Open Access publishing is a rapidly expanding market, generating new types of activities and business models. Since this emerging framework involves many different stakeholders, their vested interests are bound to clash. Is it possible to reconcile the conflicting interests of authors, publishers and libraries, and encourage them to work together towards a single Open Access model? Knowledge Unlatched is a project that specifically aims to solve this issue.
The PLoS blog is gearing up nicely for Open Access Week (October 22-28 — make sure you’re there) by asking How Open Is It? We are quite used to seeing the term Open Access (OA) bandied about, so the question PLoS are raising, as a natural extension to whether or not a publication is OA, is important in keeping us all on toes. Why? Well, for one very simply reason: what may be Open Access to one person, or institution, might not necessarily mean Open Access to another. This clearly comes up in conversations where, for instance, the mention of Open Access is equated […]
The progress of science wouldn’t be possible without scientific journals, which play a key role in reporting new research findings. With thousands of scientific journals published today, obviously of various quality – there is a need – for authors, readers, librarians or funders alike – to have a reliable instrument for measuring a journal’s importance and relevance to the academic community. The most common method of evaluating journals uses bibliometric citation analysis – and its most universally used instrument is impact factor, which is calculated and published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now part of Thomson Reuters. Impact factor […]