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15 June 2015  |  Posted in Research Integrity, RESEARCH PUBLISHING  |  Comment on this post »
Future of Academic Publishing

The Research Lifecycle
When considering the future of academic publishing, you can expect interaction from an audience that is already reeling from significant changes in technology, the arrival of open access journals, the growth of databases, the arrival of data aggregators, and increasing number of retractions in response to an increasing amount of academic fraud.

The above list would seem like a logical checklist to tackle in the near-term, but to do justice to the dynamic environment of academic publishing, we should look at the entire research lifecycle:

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08 May 2015  |  Posted in RESEARCH CHALLENGES, RESEARCH METHODS  |  Comment on this post »
Good Research

The Declining Art Of Good Research
We seem to be compromising our commitment to good research in favor of publishable research, and there are a combination of trends that are accountable for this. The first is the continued pressure of ‘publish or perish’ for young academics seeking to move forward on the track for fewer and fewer tenured positions (or increasingly draconian renewable contracts). Secondly, the open access model of research publication has created a booming population of academic journals with pages to fill and new researchers willing to pay article publication fees (APF’s).

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23 October 2014  |  Posted in Academic Event, Open Access  |  Comment on this post »

Want to learn more about open access publishing? Now is the time. October 20–26 is Open Access Week (OAW), during which seminars will be given all over the world on the subject of open access publishing. What can you learn? I signed onto the Open Access Directory’s events list to find out.

Scores if not hundreds of universities offer a variety of free seminars during OAW. For example, at Ohio State University you can learn about the following:

  • • How to disseminate your work online
  • • Creating a website or blog to showcase your research
  • • Options for publishing digital content at the university

The University of Central Florida offers an all-day seminar with speakers from IEEE, Springer, Gale, and Taylor & Francis giving their perspective on open access publishing.

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06 October 2014  |  Posted in Impact of article, Open Access  |  1 Comment »

Open access journals can be a boon for the reader of research articles: they are freely available and the editorial standards are often comparable to subscription based journals. For the researcher seeking to publish research, the advantages are less clear. Perhaps he reaches a larger audience, but open access journals charge the author for publication, sometimes several thousand dollars. There are alternatives to open access journals which are free to both reader and author. Here are some of them.

Self-archiving at a University
Many universities and other agencies maintain archives of article preprints which are freely available to anyone wishing to read them.

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10 September 2014  |  Posted in Impact of article, Open Access  |  Comment on this post »

“Megajournal” is a popular buzzword for a certain type of journal, employed mainly by publishers in the online, open access field. Megajournals contain articles from a wide variety of disciplines; they are a potpourri of many subjects, not a narrow slice of a big area. They are the opposite of specialty journals. Promoters of the term megajournal usually also tout quick response times, rapid publication, and open access to readers free of charge.

Megajournals: New Concept or Old Hat?
Really, megajournals are nothing new. Nature is a megajournal, so is Science, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

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