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A comprehensive list of journal self-archiving policies for Palaeontology and PaleorXiv

“This shouldn’t take too long..” said this idiot last week. As part of the development of PaleorXiv, I’ve now built a comprehensive database of self-archiving policies for journals that publish Palaeontological research. The different columns represent different ‘stages’ of manuscript publication at which you can self-archive for free: Preprint: Version of a research paper prior to […]

Draft submission guidelines for PaleorXiv

We asked, you spoke, we listened. Last week, we announced that PaleorXiv was open for submissions. This led to a great deal of discussion, as expected, including some important concerns from members of the Palaeo community. We are thankful for all of the engagement so far from all of you. As I previously stated “I want […]

Should we cite preprints?

Recently, Matt Shawkey*, an Associate Professor at the University of Gent, tweeted his opinions about citing preprints in formal research publications, stating that they should not be cited as equivalents to papers that had been peer reviewed. This led to a great deal of interesting discussion around the topic, but scattered all over various Twitter […]

Why we don’t need journal blacklists

A journalist approached me yesterday, and asked the question: “I’d like to know what you think about [journal/publisher] blacklists and whether you would pay for one?” I can’t reveal too much about the context just yet (see here), but it was regarding the release of a new ‘blacklist’ this month by a company called Cabell’s […]

PaleorXiv: Now open for submissions!

tl,dr: We’re launching a preprint server for Paleontology, paleorXiv. Email me for submissions. Open Access is the future of publishing, one way or another. One way that different research communities are doing this is through preprints. These are research articles that are published online prior to the peer review process. The main rationale behind them […]

Why Unpaywall will be a game-changer

Oh god, not another post about Open Access. Yep, sorry, we’re going to keep talking about this stuff, because it’s something worth talking about. Recently, a new tool has come out, from the makers of OADOI and ImpactStory, that allows users to ‘jump the paywall’ and access research articles for free. It’s called Unpaywall, and […]