Archive for journals

The new ERA of journal ranking

Posted in research with tags , , on 13 February 2011 by Steve

“It was recently announced that the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative will remain largely unchanged in the coming year, and will remain as an instrument used by the Australian government to determine the level of research funding available to Australian universities …” (more)

[Simon Cooper and Anna Poletti, University World News, 13 February]

Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results

Posted in research with tags on 26 January 2010 by Steve

“Successful research often leads through reasonable yet unsuccessful approaches and unexpected discoveries. Indeed the history of science is rife with examples of important discoveries arising from such results …” (more)

[Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, 26 January]

How to produce, publish and distribute a journal these days

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“Ok, on this I am less confident – having not published a journal before, but I have submitted articles enough to know something about the process. I reckon my experiences publishing textbooks bring some credibility to this idea. I want to have a hand in creating a distributed, networked, open journal here at UC …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Leigh Blackall, 13 January]

A threat to scientific communication

Posted in research with tags , on 13 August 2009 by Steve

UK“Do academic journals pose a threat to the advancement of science? A young scientist is threatened with legal action for breaching copyright after she republishes a journal’s graph on her website to illustrate its deficiencies. Meanwhile, another is too scared to Twitter the fascinating results from his Antarctic explorations for fear it could jeopardise his chances of being published in Nature. Elsewhere, a researcher knows that the negative results of her experiment are essentially worthless – who is going to publish them? And a university, keen to bolster its standing, is deciding who to appoint based on where the applicants have been published. All around the world, from grant funding to the peer review, publication, reproduction and public dissemination of research results, elite scientific journals wield huge influence and control over just about every facet of scientists’ lives …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 13 August]

Open-Access Publisher Appears to Have Accepted Fake Paper From Bogus Center

Posted in research with tags on 10 June 2009 by Steve

USA“The medical-research industry is under growing pressure to improve its ethical standards. Similar pressure has extended to peer-reviewed medical journals, after Elsevier, a publishing leader, admitted to publishing at least nine fake journals from 2000 to 2005. In other words, it’s an especially bad time for a medical journal to be duped by an author who, say, submits a fake computer-generated research paper from a fake institution he named the Center for Research in Applied Phrenology — or CRAP. And yet that’s exactly what appears to have happened …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 June]

Signs Of Epistemic Disruption: Transformations In The Knowledge System Of The Academic Journal

Posted in research with tags on 12 April 2009 by Steve

USA“Abstract: This article is an overview of the current state of scholarly journals, not (just) as an activity to be described in terms of its changing processes, but more fundamentally as a pivotal point in a broader knowledge system. After locating journals in what we term the process of knowledge design, the article goes on to discuss some of the deeply disruptive aspects of the contemporary moment, which not only portend potential transformations in the form of the journal, but possibly also the knowledge systems that the journal in its heritage forms has supported. These disruptive forces are represented by changing technological, economic, distributional, geographic, interdisciplinary and social relations to knowledge. The article goes on to examine three specific breaking points. The first breaking point is in business models—the unsustainable costs and inefficiencies of traditional commercial publishing, the rise of open access and the challenge of developing sustainable publishing models. The second potential breaking point is the credibility of the peer review system: its accountability, its textual practices, the validity of its measures and its exclusionary network effects. The third breaking point is post-publication evaluation, centred primarily around citation or impact analysis …” (more)

[Scholarship 2.0, 11 April]

Fee-Based Journals Get Better Results, Study in Fee-Based Journal Reports

Posted in research with tags , on 24 February 2009 by Steve

“Research scientists with egalitarian tendencies toward publication may want to think twice if they also hope to make tenure. A study by a pair of investigators at the University of Chicago has concluded that researchers may find a wider audience if they make their findings available through a fee-based Web site rather than make their work freely available on the Internet. The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Science, say that when a research article is offered online after being in print for one year, the use of an open-source format increases citations to the article by 8 percent. But when a paid-subscription format is used to distribute a year-old print article, the citations increase by 12 percent …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 February]