Dr. Beall recently posted on Scholarly Open Access an item about a very disturbing case. Namely, that the Icelandic journal Jökull, which is published in the traditional paper form, has been hacked. Some scammers created a new website and pretended to run an official website of the bona fide journal. According to Dr. Beall, the hackers have a simple goal: “to steal the reputation and brand value of the journal and then invite submissions to the counterfeit online journal, charging authors fees to publish their articles there.” Is this a consequence of the growing presence of Open Access?
On Wednesday I shared with you the very important news about the introduction of a comprehensive Open Access policy at UC. Implementation of mandatory OA policies in the US can be considered as some kind of positive trend. But this trend does not only concern US universities as it also occurs in other regions of the world, like New Zealand, for example.
For several years at least, there has been a lively discussion on the future of scientific journals as a platform for scientific publication, and indicators of the impact of researchers themselves. This multi-faceted discussion, taking place under the growing influence of the Open Access movement, has touched new aspects. One of them is the role of the editor in chief and of editors in general throughout the process of scientific publishing.
Journal Impact Factor. For some it is one of the most important metrics of an article’s scientific credibility. For others, it is just an aberration that does not measure anything but “prestige”. One thing is for sure, the IF has become a great headache for the entire scientific community, which has no idea how to deal with it. The problem is that despite the strong conviction that the IF does not measure the value of a scientific article, it can still influence the reputation of researchers and have an influence on their careers.
Funding, funding, funding! It is not important whether we talk about Green or Gold OA, since Open Access cannot develop without financial backing. At some point in the publishing process someone has to pay, and for authors looking to publish their papers in OA journals the matter of funding is absolutely crucial. That is why any information about new funds is worth mentioning. So today I have good news – more funding for Open Access, but where?
by Emily Poznanski Introduction The issue of free access, both the free and the access components, have a number of currents flowing through, such as its impact on economic growth, its egalitarian-ethical claims, professional advantage to authors, and other broad notions, such as the industry newcomer versus the traditionalist. The two terms, moreover, are often conflated into one brand, which in itself impedes presenting a clear view of Open Access as a publishing proposition and its position in the market, which is that of a professional scientific publisher with characteristics broadly identical to those of the traditional type. In particular, […]