Despite the rapid pace of development, Open Access still needs to be promoted amongst scientists and researchers, as well as those who wish to use free access for research results. This is especially true since OA is variously defined and has consequently evolved in many different directions in the last few years. Therefore we strongly welcome any well-designed initiative to promote OA.
The importance and editorial requirements with regards to peer-review are commonly discussed by scientists, specifically so in the context of Open Access. The question I have been busy with recently (bothering as many journal editors as I could reach): “Does OA journal need editors and what is the role of them in whole process?” yielded a firm conclusion: Open Access journals and books need peer-review. Full stop. It doesn’t mean, however, there is a consensus on how the peer-review process should be like in the Open Access environment? Is the current process of peer-review for articles and books sustainable? A […]
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?
Publishing Technology recently featured an interesting interview with Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director of SAGE. The interview focused on the role of publishers in scholarly publishing, especially in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is worth referring to this interview, especially since some of the assertions by Ziyad Marar touch on the matters raised in the article “Do OA journals need Editors?” published on openscience.com. Here is a bunch of my thoughts on the interview.
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.
The Guardian recently published an article by Professor Robin Osborne under the controversial title “Why open access makes no sense”. The author sets out to prove that there is no such thing as free access to academic research, and having caused quite a stir, I think it is worth commenting.