For 74 Taiwanese researchers, the mean citation score is 1,29 time higher for their works published in open access journals than for those submitted in traditional venues. It would be good to confirm this output for a big sample of researchers working in various countries and disciplines. Citations are the currency of modern, competitive academia. Authors want them, journal editors and publishers want them for their authors, heads of faculties want them for their researchers. “Can open access bring more citations to this particular article?” – this is one of the questions which is frequently asked by representatives of each […]
Is it possible to imagine a social platform for researchers providing a good recommendation system that would also have Impact Factor? Some time ago I read a piece where the author asked a question, “if academic publishing is about providing services, where is the Uber of academic publishing?” For the author the obvious answer was that there is no Uber-like company in the research communication industry, so it is not about the service there. I do not remember where I found this sentence, but it stayed in my mind, mostly because I do not agree with its assumptions and also […]
Book processing charges for open access monographs may potentially bring more equality among authors, but this model needs to find some good funding solutions. “Open access is dear to our hearts, but it can’t lead to inequality among scholars” – claimed one of the scholars participating in a research project aiming to explore opportunities for direct author subventions on open access monographs. (S)he expressed the popular apprehension that the model in which the cost of book publishing is covered by the institution hiring a book author (or his/her research funder), will exclude scholars from less wealthy institutions and independent ones. […]
My wish for the year 2015 came true. I wished the debate about open access would turn from asking “shall we shift toward open access” towards “how to ensure open access to academic knowledge and what kind of open access do we need?”. However, this debate is even more difficult and the open access movement seems to be more and more divided than in past. We enter 2016 with a lot of unsolved problems, but also with the another year of open access growth behind us. Here you have my subjective review of 2015. The belief that open access is […]
Over 600 thousand academic articles under Creative Commons Attribution license. Do authors want more?
Despite the conservative view on copyright, shared by the majority of academic authors, liberal licences dominate open access publishing. Does some unspoken tension between academic authors, funders, policymakers and open access advocates exist in the case of licensing and readers’ rights? Creative Commons, a global advocacy organization promoting an alternative to the classic, restrictive copyright contract, has recently published the State of the Commons Report, summarizing the popularity of its licenses. These licenses have become a standard in open access publishing and in the broader open culture movement. The report notes a rapid growth in the number of works employing them, […]
Do we need a Beall-like blacklist of journals? Even if so, it should be crowd-sourced and not focused on open access only. The irony is that one of the most well-known blogs on open access is authored by a person who has a negative attitude towards any form of opening scholar communication. Jeffrey Beall, the author of “Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers list”, and the the “Scholarly Open Access” blog, which is written in an investigative-like manner, is currently the only authoritative source of knowledge about pseudo-journals. And Beall is focusing on venues that claim to be […]