Universities vs Elsevier: who has the upper hand?

Posted in Research on November 14th, 2021 by steve

“The academic publisher Elsevier is currently negotiating a deal with UK universities. In Oxford, as in other universities, there have been extensive discussions about the proposed deal; the goals are to reduce costs to sustainable levels and to provide full and immediate open access to UK research …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 14 November]

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Learned Societies, Equity, and Open Access

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I’m not getting much time these days to think about new ideas for blog posts so yet again I’m going to rehash an old one, but at least it is somewhat topical because of an interesting blog post I saw recently about the American Sociological Association …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 November]

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The AAS goes for Gold

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday there was a big announcement from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), namely that all its journals will switch to Open Access from 1st January 2022. This transition will affect the Astronomical Journal (AJ), the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), and the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS). Previously authors were able to opt for Open Access but from next year it will apply to all papers …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 September]

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ACS signs ‘read and publish’ transformative agreement with IReL

Posted in Research on May 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The agreement, which lasts through 2025, will allow all ACS articles published at IReL’s nine participating institutions to be made open access. Additionally, researchers and students will continue to enjoy full access to ACS’ suite of more than 75 premier journals …” (more)

[IReL, 18 May]

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Oxford University Press and IReL agree Read and Publish deal

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Oxford University Press has reached a transformative read and publish agreement with IReL. The three-year deal enables users at the ten participating institutions to access the full OUP journals collection of more than 340 prestigious, highly cited titles …” (more)

[IReL, 18 May]

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Taylor & Francis Group and IReL agree three year ‘read and publish’ deal

Posted in Research on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IReL and Taylor & Francis Group have signed a new transformative agreement, for three years starting in March 2021. IReL is a licensing consortium of nine participating Irish publicly-funded higher education institutions. This deal allows Irish researchers access to Taylor & Francis Group journals as well as the option to publish in around 2,000 titles without paying article publishing fees …” (more)

[IReL, 31 March]

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SAGE and IReL Sign Transformative Agreement

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IReL has signed its first transformative open access agreement with SAGE Publishing. The three-year Read and Publish deal will provide expanded open access publishing opportunities for corresponding authors at IReL member institutions …” (more)

[IReL, 25 March]

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Elsevier? Just say No!

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I found out via Twitter that UK Universities are now negotiating again with publishing giant Elsevier for access to its range of hideously overpriced journals. Five years ago the result of similar negotiations was a clear victory for Elsevier and UK institutions have been paying ever since …” (more)

[In the Dark, 6 March]

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Can Publishers Maintain Control of the Scholarly Record?

Posted in Research on January 6th, 2021 by steve

International“The journal brand has proven to be the great intangible asset of the scholarly publisher. It signals trust and authority to authors and readers alike. So even as libraries came to license bundles rather than discrete titles and users came to discover and access content through platforms, publishers have worked hard to defend the journal brand and extend it, for example through cascades and author workflow integrations …” (more)

[Danielle Cooper, Oya Y Rieger and Roger C Schonfeldjan, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 January]


Faux peer-reviewed journals: a threat to research integrity

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2020 by steve

“Despite all its imperfections, peer review is one marker of scientific quality – it indicates that an article has been evaluated prior to publication by at least one, and usually several, experts in the field. An academic journal that does not use peer review would not usually be regarded as a serious source and we would not expect to see it listed in a database such as Clarivate Analytic’s Web of Science Core Collection …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 6 December]

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Trust as an Ethic and a Practice in Peer Review

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Trust is the theme of this year’s Peer Review Week, and we can’t think of anything more important or timely. Peer review runs on trust. Trust is both a noun and a verb; both are central to how knowledge develops and is shared through research. And yet trust seems in short supply in our fractured and fraying world …” (more)

[Alice Meadows, Jasmine Wallace and Karin Wulf, The Scholarly Kitchen, 21 September]

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IReL journal backfile purchases

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IReL has purchased journal backfile collections from Sage, American Medical Association and Wiley. Typically, our publisher subscription agreements do not give us access to all issues of a journal: our so-called frontfile entitlements give us access to issues published from the late 1990s (when journals first became available online) to present. The backfiles, issues published in print format before this date, were digitised and licensed separately …” (more)

[IReL, 16 September]

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Sustainable Open Access – What’s Next?

Posted in Research on August 27th, 2020 by steve

International“Early last year, I interviewed Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews about the organization’s rationale for pursuing open access (OA) and details of their Subscribe to Open approach. A few months ago, Lisa Hinchliffe offered us an update on Annual Reviews, providing both an expanded definition of Subscribe to Open and an overview of some of the advantages and challenges of the model …” (more)

[Ann Michael, The Scholarly Kitchen, 27 August]

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Women less likely to critique men’s research in academic journals

Posted in Research on August 20th, 2020 by steve

“Women researchers are less likely to comment on academic work, and it shows a subtle gender bias in academia. If women are less likely to comment, they could be excluded from or marginalized in important scholarly debates and networks …” (more)

[Cary Wu, Rima Wilkes and Sylvia Fuller, Academic Matters, 19 August]

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Signs of ‘citation hacking’ flagged in scientific papers

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2020 by steve

“Scientists who get too many references to their own work inserted in others’ papers – whether by prior arrangement or by asking for extra references during peer review – might leave telltale fingerprints in the citation record, say two researchers who have developed a way to detect what they call citation hacking …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 14 August]


Ten takeaways from ten years at Retraction Watch

Posted in Research on August 4th, 2020 by steve

International“As we celebrate our tenth birthday and look forward to our second decade, we thought it would be a good time to take stock and reflect on some lessons we – and others – have learned …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 3 August]


Science publishing has opened up during the coronavirus pandemic. It won’t be easy to keep it that way

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2020 by steve

International“Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years. Researchers prepare a first version of a paper on new findings and submit it to a journal, where it is often rejected, before being resubmitted to another journal, peer-reviewed, revised and, eventually, hopefully published …” (more)

[Virginia Barbour, The Conversation, 27 July]

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Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2020 by steve

International“Funding agencies behind the radical open-access (OA) initiative Plan S have announced a policy that could make it possible for researchers to bypass journals’ restrictions on open publishing. The change could allow scientists affected by Plan S to publish in any journal they want – even in subscription titles, such as Science, that haven’t yet agreed to comply with the scheme …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 16 July]

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After Open Access

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2020 by steve

International“We are a collective of intersectional feminist and social justice journal editors. We reject the narrow values of efficiency, transparency and compliance that inform current developments and policies in open access and platform publishing …” (more)

[Critical Legal Thinking, 15 July]

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Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don’t Really Do Their Job

Posted in Research on June 27th, 2020 by steve

“The rush for scientific cures and treatments for Covid-19 has opened the floodgates of direct communication between scientists and the public. Instead of waiting for their work to go through the slow process of peer review at scientific journals, scientists are now often going straight to print themselves, posting write-ups of their work to public servers as soon as they’re complete …” (more)

[Simine Vazire, Wired, 25 June]

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