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Managing Article Processing Charges

http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Global/Pictures/Leeds_workflow_diagram_final_PDF.pdf There is no doubt that paying for the publication of open access through article processing charges has been increasing steadily over the past decade and in some disciplines is becoming a mainstream scholarly publishing activity. The numbers are not trivial, one of the largest fully open access publishers, PLOS, recently published their 100,000th article. In 2013, Australian researchers published over 1500 articles with another fully open access publisher BioMed…

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What are the alternatives to peer review?

You think that scientists, being quite clever people, would be able to agree on the best way to rank each other’s work. Oh no, not any longer. The issue really kicked off when recent Nobel Laureate and molecular biologist Randy Schekman professor of cell and development biology at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, accused the big three journals Science, Cell and Nature of “distorting science” by promoting their…

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Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

The Committee on Publication Ethics, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, and the World Association of Medical Editors are scholarly organizations that have seen an increase in the number of membership applications from both legitimate and non-legitimate publishers and journals. Our organizations have collaborated in an effort to identify principles of transparency and best practice that set apart legitimate journals and publishers from non-legitimate…

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You (may) have the right

In the wake of the latest news about Elsevier actually enforcing its copyright with academia.edu, researchers across the globe are being reminded (again) of the need to actually read their journal publishing contracts. Click here for a helpful guide to your rights as a journal author in this web resource published by the University of Tennessee libraries. UT’s take-home message: Pay attention, and make sure to reserve the rights you…

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NOVA + Nickelodeon

Looking for a more entertaining take on science? Check out PhD TV, on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/phdcomics. Topics covered include everything from how much coffee you should drink to exoplanets to this take-no-prisoners perspective on the journal publishing industry (which has amassed 1816 likes and 9 dislikes—obviously hitting a nerve with viewers). According to their website, PhD TV “illustrates and communicates the ideas, stories and personalities of researchers, scientists and scholars…

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The future of publishing

After nearly 400 years in the slow-moving world of print, the scientific publishing industry is suddenly being thrust into a fast-paced online world of cloud computing, crowd sourcing and ubiquitous sharing. Long-established practices are being challenged by new ones – most notably, the open-access, author-pays publishing model. In this special issue, Nature takes a close look at the forces now at work in scientific publishing, and how they may play…

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License restrictions: A fool’s errand

Copyright licensing is a topic usually left to law review articles, or obscure terms of service on websites, or agreements between publishers and libraries. But it is an essential element of the move towards open access — the free, immediate online availability of scholarly articles coupled with the right to use them fully in the digital environment. An article that is free to read is not necessarily open for all…

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Is there pressure to publicize?

Even in today’s world of ubiquitous communication tools, it’s rare for research scientists to communicate their work directly to the public. Newspapers and other media outlets are our unofficial science translators, sifting through studies and jargon to present readable summaries of selected science news to the public. There are two problems with this disconnected approach. The first is that the media often tends to inflate the relevance of science stories…

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