It is still quite a new phenomenon in scientific publishing, but the idea behind it is simple. When submitting your article online, you would like to know how many people have read it, how many people are talking about it, their opinions and whether your work is important to them. Altmetrics gives you the answer, as well as an opportunity to find out which articles are widely disputed in your field, and could therefore be of significance to you. Moreover, there are also some people who believe that altmetrics could replace the Impact Factor and even peer review. The altmetrics […]
Some events or turning points in history are noisy and receive attention. Others happen silently, with minimum or no public recognition. That is why it is sometimes a good idea to look back and understand the lesser-known moments, which have important implications from today’s perspective, particularly since this gives us an opportunity to investigate trends of development and to prepare for future ones. One of such silent but crucial point for open access was an announcement made by the European Commission in August last year. According to research, as many as half of peer reviewed articles published in 2011, were freely accessible on the […]
Last week brought news of positive and interesting developments in the world of Open Access. Among them, a milestone in the development of DOAJ, an injection of cash for the Knowledge Unlatched project, Mikael Laakso’s new article on Green OA, and the digital collection of the British Library.
Today, almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet. With an instant access to the Internet and applications we can fully exploit the potential of these devices, also by means of using them in the process of searching for scientific sources. Recently I published a list of 6 Open Access apps that can benefit scientists and their work. I reckon, a yet another app merits a post.
The scientific community has adopted a division of Open Access into two main types: Green and Gold. Almost everyone who has had contact with Open Access knows what lies behind these two terms. But apart from these, there are also other names, such as Hybrid OA, Gratis OA and Libre OA. What is hidden behind these terms? Below you will find a brief explanation, and links that should help you navigate better through the maze of definitions.
There has been some debate about delayed Open Access, if it can even be called Open Access, and whether this form of sharing research is more or less effective than immediate OA, especially in the context of the impact factor and citation level. This discussion is important as it focuses on the very essence of OA and the development of standards that should guide the publication of research in this model.