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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

 

White Papers

Critical study of the new ways of “editorialising” open access scientific journals

This report, commissioned by BSN 4 and BSN 7, is concerned with the new ways in which open access journals can be editorialised. The transition to open access has accelerated in recent years. Several countries have established a legal framework to secure the depositing of articles in open archives (in… Read More

Crisis in scholarly publishing: an economic analysis

Scientific, technical and medical (STM) journal pricing in Australia has, at a particular point, exceeded the inflation rate of the country. The scholarly communication arena in Australia, its economies, players of the industry, cost structure, scope of activities, and distribution system are discussed in the paper. Read More

MathML to solve problems of publishing notations

Mathematical notations form an important part of STM publishing. Over the years, various attempts have been made to develop structured formats for publishing these notations. The advent of the Internet has made the task more challenging, as publishers looked for a suitable markup language. MathML is one tool that has… Read More

 

Presentations

Elsevier in China – a brief

Paul M. Evans, Vice President of Elsevier, China, has given a brief on the STM publishing industry, his company's proposed activities in China and ethical publishing standards. Read More

Andrew Berin, US Health Sciences Journals, Elsevier, on open access

Andrew Berin, Publisher of US Health Sciences Journals at Elsevier, made a presentation on open access at The Anchasl Spring 2005 Meeting held on April 1, 2005 at Wesley Long Community Hospital. The presentation examines the functions of open access journals, the role of commercial publishers, the rights of the… Read More

Access To Scientific Literature: The Changing Landscape

Michael Held gave a presentation on the publishers’ model of disseminating scientific content and cost involved in accessing scientific journals. Read More

 

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