Month: September 2010

Peer-Review Process: Referee Report

From the moment you submit your paper to a journal until you receive the referee report may be a period filled with apprehension and/or expectation. The report of the peer reviewer goes a long way in deciding the publication prospects, and therefore the eventual impact of your work. The presentation below summarizes the typical considerations in putting together a referee report, based on the evaluation criteria used by the peer reviewer.

Peer-Review Process: Evaluation Criteria

Peer Review can be a puzzling and many a times, frustrating process for researchers, even experienced ones. Peer review, which is expected to be an objective exercise, can never completely be free of subjectivity, due to its very nature. Further, the intricacies involved may make it difficult to comprehend various aspects of the process. The attached presentation highlights some of the criteria used for evaluating scientific manuscripts.

Does Open Access conflict with traditional publishing?

The Open Access approach is on the whole complementary to traditional publishing. It utilizes both new technological developments and their wide proliferation to ease the publication process for authors, and the availability of research material to society in general.

Contributing to Open-Access Repositories or Archives

Open-access repositories or archives are intended for researchers to contribute the results of their research. This builds up an information and knowledge bank that is easily, and in most instances, freely accessible to everybody.

Publishing in Open Access Journals

The first consideration should be to look at the pros and cons of open-access publishing unique to your situation. You can locate the appropriate journal by consulting your peers or by browsing through the Directory of Open Access Journals, or similar listings.

Types of Open Access

The term Open Access encompasses a variety of research contributions intended for dissemination to the research community. These can be broadly classified into two types:

(1) Open Access journals
(2) Open Access repositories or archives

Benefits of Open-Access Publications

The open access movement offers a number of advantages to people cutting across all sections of society. Most journals and repositories do not impose access costs on the reader. Thus price barriers are substantially lowered or removed entirely. Authors are thus granted the ability to address a wider audience without the corresponding expenditure. The reach of the articles or materials increases tremendously since readers can retrieve it regardless of their economic status or geographical location.

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