Blogs selected for Week March 9 to March 15, 2020 -

1. Making a plan when planning is impossible

Most biomedical or clinical journals have committed resources to rapidly peer-review and produce papers related to COVID-19. Companies are beginning to prepare for potential office closings with high levels of ‘work from home’ anticipated. Travel bans, office closures, and conference cancellations have publishers and societies thinking about how best to ensure that scholarly content continues to be reviewed and distributed. This post by Angela Cochran looks at some of the impacts and questions whether this is the new normal.

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2. What marketing insights can altmetrics data and tools provide book publishers?

Book publishers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to engaging with authors; commissioning must-read content, finding new authors to work with as well as encouraging authors to publish again. Altmetric data makes the perfect companion to existing data for books allowing book publishers, and their authors, to understand the big picture of the impact a book is having. With the demands on academics increasing, publishers need to show that they can showcase the author’s work to the widest possible community in order to attract new authors. By using Altmetric data, publishers can showcase the strength of their publishing capabilities by demonstrating the reach that their titles can have.

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3. Publishers roll out alternative routes to open access

In the push for ‘open access’ (OA)—making scientific papers immediately free to everyone—it’s easy to forget that publishing costs haven’t vanished. They have simply shifted from subscriptions paid mostly by university librarians to fees charged to authors. Those article-processing fees (APCs), which can be several thousand dollars per paper, raise concerns of their own. Universities fear they could end up paying more to help their scientists publish their work than they do now for subscriptions. Scientists who have small research budgets fret that they won’t be able to afford APCs. And some nonprofit scientific societies that publish journals worry APCs won’t generate enough revenue to support other activities, such as meetings and training, notes Jeffrey Brainard.

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4. Subscribe to Open: A Mutual Assurance Approach to Open Access

Subscribe to Open is an example of an assurance approach to addressing a collective action challenge. In the Subscribe to Open model developed by Annual Reviews, each subscribing library is motivated to continue to subscribe (because they have been a subscriber and as such have already made a decision that the content is worth paying for) by a discount that is built into the Subscribe to Open offer. The model is two-fold. First, if all libraries continue to subscribe, then not only will those libraries have access to the content for their users, but Annual Reviews will also make the content openly available to non-subscribers as well and apply a CC-BY license to the articles. Second, if all libraries do not continue to subscribe, then those that do will still receive the discount — as well as access to the content — but the content will not be made available to non-subscribers. As the success of Subscribe to Open grows, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, in this post, looks at what are the benefits and limitations of the model.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. To ensure the quality of peer reviewed research introduce randomness

Journals play an important role in signalling the quality of academic research. This quality is often linked to measures such as the journal impact factor. However, these measures often obscure the overall quality of research papers in a journal. In this post, Margit Osterloh and Bruno Frey argue that the overall quality and originality of published academic research can be improved by introducing randomness into the peer review process.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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