Blogs selected for Week September 7 to September 13, 2020 -



1. Improving Peer Review through Better Data

Author: Jennifer Goodrich

The critical importance of peer review in scholarly and scientific publishing has only been heightened during the ‘rush to publish’ times brought about by COVID-19. Publishers who embrace strategic data management throughout the entire publishing lifecycle are easing the inherent stresses of publication workflows while reducing operating costs. Scientific and scholarly presses were busy before in defining and managing their transitions to open science; and now are under enhanced social and audience pressure to produce in response to COVID-19. Curating data is a necessary first step for most research projects adhering whenever possible to the FAIR principles of findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

The full entry can be read: Here.

2. Syndication success: A report from the Springer Nature and ResearchGate Pilot

Author: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Roger C. Schonfeld

ResearchGate and Springer Nature are jointly announcing the findings of their syndication pilot. In the partnership, Springer Nature distributes the version of record of articles from several dozen journals to ResearchGate for access. Users with institutional entitlements can download the PDF, while other users are presented with a read-only version. This white paper from the partners reports positive responses from authors and plan to transition the pilot into an ongoing service. Results of this partnership signal we should expect future expansion of content syndication.

The full entry can be read: Here.

3. Can an open-access revenue model work for your journal?

Author: Rasheeda Childress

While there has been a push for open-access journals, concern about lost revenue has left many associations reluctant to try it. The American Society for Cell Biology is testing the ‘subscribe to open’ model to maintain revenue while still providing the benefits of open access. For many years, there have been calls for scholarly journals to be open access, or free to readers. While open access benefits both authors publishing their work and the public at large, it tramples the subscription revenue model that has propelled journals to success. Because of the push for open access, many journals have maintained subscriptions but allowed the content to become free after a certain amount of time.

The full entry can be read: Here.

4. The role of the research assessment in strengthening research and health systems

Author: Annette Boaz and Steve Hanney

Research Impact Assessments are regularly regarded as a tiresome part of the research process. However, Annette Boaz and Stephen Hanney find that taking a systems approach to health research demonstrates the value of assessing impact. Drawing on examples from a new review for the WHO Health Evidence Network, Boaz and Hanney highlight the role that impact assessments play in securing research funding and strengthening the health system.

The full entry can be read: Here.

5. Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them

Author: Jeffrey Brainard

Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past two decades as publishers stopped maintaining them, potentially depriving scholars of useful research findings, a study has found. An additional 900 journals published only online also may be at risk of vanishing because they are inactive. The study did not identify examples of prominent journals or articles that were lost, nor collect data on the journals’ impact factors and citation rates to the articles. About half of the journals were published by research institutions or scholarly societies; none of the societies are large players in the natural sciences. None of the now-dark journals was produced by a large commercial publisher. To determine the list of the 176 vanished journals, the authors of the new preprint did some digital detective work because clues about them are fragmentary. After the journals go dark, for example, their names no longer appear in bibliometric databases.

The full entry can be read: Here.

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