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New publishing model pins hopes on ‘unity of purpose’

Higher education leaders in South Africa are looking to move to a European model for open access (OA) publishing of scholarly articles as soon as possible, according to the body that coordinates the country’s public universities. The plan to move to the new model has been slammed as unduly expensive… Read More

Innovating the Peer-Review Research Process

A team of scientists led by a Michigan State University astronomer has found that a new process of evaluating proposed scientific research projects is as effective – if not more so – than the traditional peer-review method. Normally, when a researcher submits a proposal, the funding agency then asks a… Read More

Transformative Journals: Rationale

Transformative Journals approach is one of the Transformative Arrangements proposed in the Guidance to the Implementation of Plan S, in addition to Transformative Agreements, and Transformative Model Agreements. Like the other Transformative Arrangements, Transformative Journals are designed to provide a means for researchers to continue publishing results from projects funded… Read More

Do preprints improve with peer review? A little, one study suggests

Every day, scientists post dozens of preprints—studies that have not been peer reviewed—on public servers such as bioRxiv. Preprints allow scientists access to cutting-edge findings faster than when authors submit their findings to traditional journals, which often take months to complete reviews. But what preprints gain in speed, they may… Read More

Peer review process best method to determine scientific funding, study finds

While everybody these days has an opinion about science that affects all, the wisest approach involves consulting with key experts in the field. That also applies to funding research, according to a new article affirming that peer review is the most effective method of helping government agencies predict what ideas… Read More

Will others follow China’s switch on academic publishing?

The March 1 edition of University World News brought two important articles on the Chinese government notice on academic publication and research funding. China is second in the world for research papers published in international journals, behind the United States. Now, after years of demanding researchers publish in international journals,… Read More

Hundreds of scientists have peer-reviewed for predatory journals

Hundreds of scientists who post their peer-review activity on the website Publons say they’ve reviewed papers for journals termed ‘predatory’ — although they might not know it. An analysis of the site has found that it hosts at least 6,000 records of reviews for more than 1,000 predatory journals. The… Read More

Artificial intelligence is selecting grant reviewers in China

China’s largest funder of basic science is piloting an artificial intelligence tool that selects researchers to review grant applications, in an attempt to make the process more efficient, faster and fairer. Some researchers say the approach by the National Natural Science Foundation of China is world-leading, but others are sceptical… Read More

Flaws in Academic Publishing Perpetuate a Form of Neo-Colonialism

Academic publishing is the backbone of science. Publishing papers is one of the primary ways in which scientists disseminate findings to peers as well as the general public. Academia has been plagued by the ‘publish or perish’ ethos, such that the number of publications they have determines important career events… Read More

Making Monographs Open

The University of North Carolina Press is leading an experiment to significantly lower the cost of producing scholarly books - an important step toward a sustainable open-access publishing model for monographs. Many university presses have experimented with open-access monographs, but few have transitioned away from charging fees for most work,… Read More


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