Tag Archives: Open access publishing

Scientific Publishing: An Industry in Flux

Synapse: the ucsf student newspaper Alexandra Greer 27 March 2014

For scientists around the world, the open access movement has radically changed how journal articles are read and distributed by offering an alternative to the dominant subscription-based access model. Today, anyone can access at least some scientific articles on the web. In this three-part series, we examine the impact of open access journals on the scientific publishing industry.

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PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

PLOS Blogs Liz Silva 24 February 2014

Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement. However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use. For this reason, PLOS has always required that authors make their data available to other academic researchers who wish to replicate, reanalyze, or build upon the findings published in our journals.

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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Riled up by Elsevier’s take-downs? Time to embrace open access

The Conversation 13 December 2013

The publishing giant Elsevier owns much of the world’s academic knowledge, in the form of article copyright. In the past few weeks it has stepped up enforcement of its property rights, issuing “take-down notices” to Academia.edu, where many researchers post PDFs of their articles.
The articles in question were published in Elsevier-owned journals, and are legally available only by subscription, often at exorbitant prices.

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Open Access the key to ivory towers

Sydney Morning Herald Asa Wahlquist 21 November 2013

One Australian university is pushing the boundaries of unrestricted access to its scholarly research.

t is one of the greatest challenges so far to the claim that academics live in ivory towers. Peer-reviewed research from academics at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) will soon be available to the general public, free of charge, on iTunes, the so-called jukebox software used to download music, film and book files.

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American Chemical Society extends new open access program designed to assist authors

American Chemical Society 1 November 2013) ACS Publications, a leading scientific journal publisher and a Division of the American Chemical Society, announced today a far-reaching expansion of its open access publishing options — including a major new open access journal, more licensing choices for authors and a stimulus program to support authors who select ACS journals when seeking to publish their work open access. The programs will be featured at the annual Charleston Library Conference in Charleston, S.C.

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Hoax highlights the pitfalls and perils of open access publishing

The Conversation James Bradley 4 November 2013

Open access has become the catch-cry of academic science, demanding all research be freely available to anyone. But it leaves open the question of how publishers are to make money.

Science, the widely respected magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science recently commissioned a sting operation aimed at revealing serious abuses within the world of open access publishing.

Predatory open-access publishing is discussed.

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Scientists must share early and share often to boost citations

The Conversation 1 October 2013

Publish or perish” is a well-known maxim within academia.

A paper published overnight by American researchers Heather Piwowar and Todd Vision in the open access journal PeerJ has finally reliably demonstrated what many data sharing advocates have been saying for a long time.

Far from hurting the ability to publish, sharing data in a public repository can actually lead to a tangible benefit to your publication record through increased citations.

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Quality not quantity: measuring the impact of published research

The Conversation 18 September 2013,

Few things are changing faster in the research world than publishing. The “open access” movement recognises that publicly-funded research should be freely available to everyone. Now more than a decade old, open access is changing where researchers publish and, more importantly, how the wider world accesses – and assesses – their work.
As the nation’s medical research funding body, we at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) mandate that all publications from research we’ve funded be openly accessible. We and the government’s other key funding organisation, the Australian Research Council, are flexible on how it’s done, as long as the paper is made available.

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Investigating journals: The dark side of publishing

Nature 495, 433–435 (28 March 2013)  doi:10.1038/495433a

The goal of predatory open-access publishers is to exploit the open-access model by charging the fee without providing all the expected publishing services. These publishers typically display “an intention to deceive authors and readers, and a lack of transparency in their operations and processes”.    Some researchers say that they thought their papers had been poorly peer reviewed or not peer reviewed at all, or that they found themselves listed as members of editorial boards they had not agreed to serve on.

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For Scientists, an Exploding World of Pseudo-Academia

“Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)” New York Times, 7 April 2013

This article about the predatory behaviour of pseudo-academic conferences and journals is being widely discussed on the internet (Richard Dawkins, Science-Based Medicine, etc.). Damages include high hidden fees, promotion of anti-vaccination and other agendas and possible theft of intellectual property.

“… some researchers are now raising the alarm about what they see as the proliferation of online journals that will print seemingly anything for a fee. They warn that nonexperts doing online research will have trouble distinguishing credible research from junk. “Most people don’t know the journal universe,” Dr. Goodman said. “They will not know from a journal’s title if it is for real or not.””