Achieving a big number of subscribers for new, local journals is very difficult, thus the only reasonable way for this kind of journals is to go open access. Thanks to openness, local journals that were invisible on a global publishing market can fight for an international audience and recognition. Recently, I had the pleasure to discuss a couple of interesting problems considering scholarly communication during my interviews with Emanuel Kulczycki and Bo-Christer Björk. The most interesting ones, from my point of view, were those connected to the role of open access in reinforcing an international discussion, or, if you prefer, […]
Three publicists working at Nature revealed their study on the 100 most cited scientific articles of all time, based on data provided by Thomson Reuters from their Web of Science database. For me, the most interesting part of the article is the xlsx file, which is attached to the main content and provides data on the same subject from Google Scholar. I agree that the Google Scholar literature base is “poorly characterized” and in contrary to Web of Science it also includes non peer-reviewed content. More importantly, however, it includes books, which changes the whole essence of the ranking. Six […]
Today we present an interview with prof. Gregor Serša, the editor-in-chief of Radiology and Oncology, the Journal of Association of Radiology and Oncology, published by De Gruyter Open, with an Impact Factor of 1.602 in 2012. Professor Serša is also a researcher at the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana. His main fields of interest are electroporation in targeted delivery of cytostatics into tumors (the research has already reached the clinical phase), and recently, electrogene therapy (a research field that has great prospects to be translated into clinical practice). First of all, please tell me a little about the Radiology and Oncology […]
I previously wrote a bit about finding open access, scientific content, which is important for scientists during their entire research process. Nevertheless, when researchers are ready to publish their work, they take particular interest in what steps should be taken to get their work discovered by others. Applying Search Engine Optimization techniques is the first thing recommended, but other and more basic problems surround the process of getting indexed by popular databases and search engines. The solution is not obvious since there are a significant number of searching services that are popular among researchers. Tools designed to provide easy to […]
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 […]
The issue of citations is crucial for all researchers and scholars who are interested in publishing their scientific work in the Open Access model. The wide availability of scientific articles and books that is the result of publishing in OA helps scholars to gain a higher level of paper downloads and citations. I have written about this phenomenon of Open Access more than a few times. However it is always worth exploring this subject further with new examples of the influence of Open Access on the level of citations.