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.
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.
- history and rationale: publically funded research, growth of Internet.
- Traditional versus OA publishing: costs, access, online
- Benefits of OA: impact, reputation, internationalisation, global reach, return on tax $$$
Models: 2 main
This letter was submitted to The Australian newspaper. As it didn’t get a run it’s being published here and on a number of other platforms by the co-authors.
In making her case for federal government support for the Australian publishing industry Louise Adler (Weekend Australian 14-15 September) has made certain remarks about open access electronic and library based scholarly publishing that require a response.
You've heard about Open Access and publishing, right? It's a big discussion point in research circles, hightened by the recent Cost of Knowlege campaign, during which researchers around the world pledged to boycott publishing bohemoth Elsevier.
These are used to determine how many times, and in what publications, an article is being cited. It is presumed that if an article is cited often, or is cited in prestigeous journals, then it is likely to be of a relatively high quality.
The Library can provide advice on number of tools to support you in choosing where to publish. While they are useful, they should be balanced with advice from your colleagues, supervisor or faculty on the best ways to publish in your discipline.