Hopefully below you'll find the slides of a talk that I gave on 15 October to some UTS first year Information and Knowledge Management students. I was on a panel of speakers with some academics, a colleague from eResearch and other colleagues from the Library.
You may be aware of recent controversy over the latest Elsevier publishing agreements.
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.
Copyright in 2014: The Year in Review & Evening Lecture: Professor Jane Ginsburg
Library staff can help academics locate and provide student access to online subject readings as well as ensure Copyright obligations are meet.