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Impact of Social Sciences – The “problem” of predatory publishing remains a relatively small one and should not be allowed to defame open access

A recent investigation led by an international group of journalists raised concerns over the scale of the problem of deceptive publishing practices, with many researchers of standing and reputation found to have published in “predatory” journals. However, while the findings of this investigation garnered significant media attention, the robustness of the study itself was not […]

The state of the art in peer review

Is now published! And available in more formats here. Abstract Scholarly communication is in a perpetual state of disruption. Within this, peer review of research articles remains an essential part of the formal publication process, distinguishing it from virtually all other modes of communication. In the last several years, there has been an explosive wave […]

19. Potential future models of Peer Review

This is adapted from our recent paper in F1000 Research, entitled “A multi-disciplinary perspective on emergent and future innovations in peer review.” Due to its rather monstrous length, I’ll be posting chunks of the text here in sequence over the next few weeks to help disseminate it in more easily digestible bites. Enjoy! This section is […]

11. Peer Review: Anonymity Versus Identification

This is adapted from our recent paper in F1000 Research, entitled “A multi-disciplinary perspective on emergent and future innovations in peer review.” Due to its rather monstrous length, I’ll be posting chunks of the text here in sequence over the next few weeks to help disseminate it in more easily digestible bites. Enjoy! This section describes […]

PaleorXiv: Post-launch update

Initial success It’s been almost 2 months since paleorXiv launched! Since then, 35 papers have been published on the platform. We maintain a database of them all here. We have also created a Code of Conduct and a Diversity Statement, developed with the help of the wider community. These are to help foster paleorXiv as a welcoming community […]

The Rise of Big Publishers in Development and What is at Stake – The Knowledge G.A.P.

The Rise of Big Publishers in Development and What is at Stake A Development Perspective By: Denisse Albornoz, Research Associate at OCSDNet Earlier this year, I attended Publishers for Development (PfD), a conference that gathers librarians, researchers, development officers Source: The Rise of Big Publishers in Development and What is at Stake – The Knowledge G.A.P.

Trust me, I’m a scientist.

Why should people trust the published scientific record? Imagine this hypothetical, but potentially very real, conversation with a non-academic: 1: “This research paper has been published, and therefore is scientifically valid.” 2: “But it’s paywalled, I can’t access it. How do I know it’s valid?” 1: “Because it has been peer reviewed.” 2. “Can you […]

Got Open Access?

The last iteration of this post made the assumption that ‘gold’ Open Access meant you had to pay for it. I of all people should know that this is what  us English scientists call ‘pish-posh’. It turns out that in reality, around 70% of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have […]