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Category Archives: Academic Publishing
Dec 2 2013
A Bayesian approach to the REF: finding the right data on journal articles and citations to inform decision-making.
Now that the REF submission window has closed, a small panel of academics are tasked with rating thousands of academic submissions, which will result in university departments being ranked and public money being distributed. Given the enormity of the task … Continue reading
Posted by: December 2, 2013
Nov 29 2013
As more and more funders and journals adopt data policies that require researchers to deposit underlying research data in a data repository, the question over where to store this data and how to choose a repository becomes more and more … Continue reading
Posted by: November 29, 2013
Nov 28 2013
As the REF submission period ends, mismatched publishing incentives signal challenging times ahead in academia.
Academics are frequently subject to new types of evaluations. November marks the end of the submission process for the UK funding council’s evaluation, the Research Excellence Framework (REF). John Hudson discusses some of the shortcomings of the REF and the methods … Continue reading
Posted by: November 28, 2013
Nov 26 2013
Researchers, publishers, libraries and data centres all have a role in promoting and encouraging data citation.
The key to verifying and validating research is the identification and access of datasets. But cultural and behavioural barriers to sharing data are still widespread. Rachael Kotarski, the Content Expert for scientific datasets at the British Library, explains why citing data, … Continue reading
Posted by: November 26, 2013
Nov 20 2013
When viewed in the broader context of late modernity, responses to the increasingly frenetic academic workload can be more clearly understood, argues Filip Vostal. Rather than choosing between the regressive ethic of slow scholarship on the one hand, or the time management … Continue reading
Posted by: November 20, 2013
Nov 18 2013
The working group which first released the Finch Report on expanding access to published research in June 2012 has issued a new progress update. Following the UK government’s unilateral acceptance of these recommendations, criticisms have mounted against this so-called ‘push for … Continue reading
Posted by: November 18, 2013
Nov 14 2013
The Wellcome Trust funds its first open access monograph, helping medical humanities reach wider audiences.
The Wellcome Trust requires that research outputs which arise from their funding are made available in open access formats. This policy notably includes scholarly monographs. Today marks the first day where that policy has been put into practice with an open … Continue reading
Posted by: November 14, 2013
Nov 12 2013
How a little bit of technology can fix the editing and production processes for the social sciences.
Academic text production faces many challenges. Some of them are of a technical nature. Johannes Wilm, initiator behind Fidus Writer, argues that by adapting the text editing environment for scientific articles in the social sciences, the amount of manual labour … Continue reading
Posted by: November 12, 2013
Nov 8 2013
What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain.
Initial studies into the effect of open access monographs suggest little to no impact on sales, but an increase in discoverability and online usage. But there are still many hurdles to overcome before OA books become a routine option for … Continue reading
Posted by: November 8, 2013
Oct 25 2013
Yesterday we co-hosted the event Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The aim of the conference was to bring together a diverse range of voices within the wider community to examine and interrogate issues of openness, new horizons … Continue reading
Posted by: October 25, 2013