You may be aware of recent controversy over the latest Elsevier publishing agreements.
Cecil McAnulty was a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force. Originally a clerk from Ballarat, he had enlisted aged 27 in February of 1915. His Brigade launched the attack on The Lone Pine on 6 August 1915 against formidable entrenched Turkish positions, sections of which were securely roofed over with pine logs.
I thought I would try to post a few items relating to some of the books we selected for our Level 2 display to mark the Centenary of Anzac Day in 2015. Actually they may all relate to just one book that is on display: The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War by Bill Gammage.
And so Part 2 begins ...
Do we really have a problem with low quality academic journals? This post by Witold Kieńć from openscience was made in late January, but I only found it this morning. He discusses the problems surrounding the hunt for better impact factors and the imperative to publish or perish in order to improve academic reputation. Witold asks whether low quality journals are really that much of a problem, but recognises the issue with predatory and poor quality journals. Whilst some see the latter as a waste of public money, Witold says they do no harm to knowledge development. Furthermore, if such publications are blocked we may well be preventing the development of excellent quality journals for years simply because they are new or innovating in new ways. Witold says the "noise" created by such journals can easily be filtered.
I've been reading a few pretty thoughtful and useful articles of late about open access publishing, traditional academic publishing and what might be wrong with and improved in these systems. So, I decided to bring all the links together here and offer you a wee comment on each for your viewing pleasure ...
Hello again. Long time no blog post I hear you saying. Well yes, but last year was a big year for us and we had a lot on that kept me busy doing things other than writing. See our 2014 Year In Review for a run down.