Blogs selected for Week November 2 to November 8, 2020 -

1. The pandemic’s effect on the scientific publishing ecosystem

Author: Jennifer Goodrich

In this blog, Jennifer Goodrich discusses the impact of the pandemic on the scholarly publishing lifecycle as well as review trends seen through the lens of CCC’s own platform and data as well as a broader trend overview. As the latest wave of the pandemic takes shape globally, undoubtedly additional changes are made in publishing ecosystem. In the first node of the Scientific Publishing Ecosystem map, research and discovery, some significant disruption is seen, especially in the area of funding and library budgets. While many funders are publicly stating that their research support will remain in place for now, many others are struggling and announcing deep cuts to their budgets and programs.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Academic Publishing in Nepal during the COVID-19 crisis

Author: MinPun

COVID-19 has transformed academic publishing, for books and journals. In this blog, Min Pun shares his experiences as editor of two journals in Nepal. He outlines some of the opportunities posed by COVID-19, including the increased demand for research. However, there are also multiple barriers to the production and dissemination of knowledge in Nepal, including lack of funding for open access publishing and an increasing reliance on secondary evidence.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Guest post — What we can learn from how academics and the public view diversity, inclusion, and equity

Author: Susan Spilka

It is well-documented in the research literature that inclusive workplaces lead to higher levels of job satisfaction, better staff retention, greater productivity, and more innovation. There is so much evidence to cite, but two pioneers, McKinsey and Catalyst, have done a lot to build the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). It is very clear that where diversity and inclusivity are prioritised, institutions are more likely to attract talent and funding, and increase the impact of their research output. Academics identify biases in recruitment/promotions, manager/leadership attitudes, and too much pressure on career progression as their most significant workplace hurdles.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. To prevent free, frictionless access to human knowledge, publishers want librarians to be afraid, very afraid

Author: Glyn Moody

After many years of fierce resistance to open access, academic publishers have largely embraced – and extended – the idea, ensuring that their 35-40% profit margins live on. In the light of this subversion of the original hopes for open access, people have come up with other ways to provide free and frictionless access to knowledge – most of which is paid for by taxpayers around the world. One is preprints, which are increasingly used by researchers to disseminate their results widely, without needing to worry about payment or gatekeepers. The other is through sites that have taken it upon themselves to offer immediate access to large numbers of academic papers – so-called ‘shadow libraries’.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. The scientific literature’s own pandemic

Author: Derek Lowe

One side effect of the coronavirus has been an explosion of lower-quality publications in the scientific literature. This has come in several forms, some more excusable than others. In the former category are the papers that were rushed out earlier in 2020, observational studies that sometimes investigated possible therapies as well. These were often done under great pressure of time and resources, so it is understandable that they had many possible confounding variables and were also statistically underpowered. These were from the ‘some data beats no data’ era of coronavirus clinical reports, and these papers have been superseded by larger, more well-controlled ones.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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