As an author of a blog on contemporary scientific publishing, I am forced to stress frequently two important facts. Firstly, a growing number of researchers use the internet in their work to search for literature and to communicate with other researchers, and secondly, the internet is getting crowded. That is why some people are starting to consider the ways of making their research more visible on the net. This is a controversial issue and it can be interpreted as cheating or unfair competition, but in fact good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices is nothing of the kind. As you will […]
Searching for literature is something that every scholar does, and sometimes I wonder, am I the only one who finds it the least attractive part of conducting research? According to PubChase’s promotional video I am not, and this is why I decided to write this post. Of course Open Access helps people who: a) are not staff or students of the world’s top universities (and especially those who live in less wealthy countries, where universities and libraries have less money for subscriptions) b) are staff or students of the world’s top universities, but are too lazy to go to the […]
The launch of Horizon 2020 is probably the most important event in the academic world of the last few months (from an organizational point of view, of course – I’m not comparing it to the supernova blast in M82 or the discovery of the next species of river dolphin). Not only because of the huge amount of money that is going to be spent (€15 billion in the first two years only!), but also because of the strict Open Access policy enforcement. Application calls are open right now and probably some of you have already considered them. The program includes […]
Just after I posted my previous piece about the open access publishing process, I realized that some parts of the process mentioned in the graph have not yet been discussed on the blog. The costs and benefits of the DOI number and connected services were in my opinion the biggest gap, so here I am filling it in. The DOI stands for the Digital Object Identifier, and as you may have already guessed, it is a unique number, which can be assigned to any kind of digital object, such as a picture, graph, database or movie and it is used […]
Maybe you have been wondering what the whole publishing process looks like and what publishers in fact do? Maybe you were asked to pay an Article or Book Processing Charge and you want to know what are you paying for? Or you want to choose between self-archiving (on a private website or on-line repository) and cooperation with a professional publisher, or between publishers X and Y? Anyway it is good to know, in simple terms, what process your paper or your book should go through. So I have tried to summarize the whole process of publishing in a simple graph.
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.