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Editor’s Choice: 2018 in review: round-up of our top posts on open access | Impact of Social Sciences

Source: 2018 in review: round-up of our top posts on open access | Impact of Social Sciences

This post originally appreared in LSE  Impact Blog http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/12/27/2018-in-review-round-up-of-our-top-posts-on-open-access/

Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be […]

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Editor’s Choice: Impact of Social Sciences – Predatory publishers threaten to consume public research funds and undermine national academic systems – the case of Brazil

Impact of Social Sciences – Predatory publishers threaten to consume public research funds and undermine national academic systems – the case of Brazil

Excerpt:

“An unintended consequence of the open access movement, predatory publishers have appeared in many countries, offering authors a quick and easy route to publication in exchange for a fee and usually without any apparent peer review or quality control. Using a large database of publications, Marcelo S. Perlin, Takeyoshi Imasato and Denis Borenstein analyse the extent of this problem throughout the entire Brazilian academic system. While predatory publications remain a small proportion of the overall literature, this proportion has grown exponentially in recent years, with both early-career and established scholars found to have authored papers published in predatory venues. The inclusion of predatory publications in national journal quality rankings has been a key factor in this increase…”

“A disturbing side effect of this new publishing environment is the emergence of so-called “predatory publishers”. An unintended consequence of the OA movement, predatory publishers have appeared in many countries, offering quick and easy publication in exchange for a fee, usually without any apparent peer review or quality control. Although concerns have been raised over predatory journals, these are often accounts based on experience of a limited number of journals, or research studies limited to a specific subject.”

Read the full article: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/09/06/predatory-publishers-threaten-to-consume-public-research-funds-and-undermine-national-academic-systems-the-case-of-brazil/

Editor’s Choice: New to OA? Top tips from the experts | Unlocking Research

Source: New to OA? Top tips from the experts | Unlocking Research

Excerpt:

We have a fantastic community in the Scholarly Communication space. And this is one of the clear themes that emerged from a recent exchange on the UKCORR discussion list. The grandly named UK Council of Research Repositories is a self-organised, volunteer, independent body for repository managers, administrators and staff in the UK.

The main activity for UKCORR is a closed email list which has 570 members and is very active. Questions and discussions range from queries about how to interpret specific points of OA policy through to technical advice about repositories.

Recently, the OSC’s Arthur Smith (the current Secretary of UKCORR), posed the first ‘monthly discussion’ point, asking the group two questions:

  • What do you wish you were told before you started your job in repository management/scholarly communication?
  • What are your top three tips for someone just starting?

What followed was a flurry of emails full of great advice. Too good not to share – hence this blog. In summary:

  1. This is a varied and complex area
  2. Open access is bigger than mandates
  3. Things change fast in scholarly communication
  4. Don’t panic
  5. Work with your academic colleagues
  6. The OA community is strong and supportive

Read the full blog post: https://unlockingresearch-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=2134

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