The Research Works Act, open access and publisher boycotts

31st Jan 2012

The open access movement has been around for decades, gradually building up, but this month there seems to have been an acceleration in the pace of change. I will try in this post to summarise the current situation as I see it. The initial driver of this recent change was theResearch Works Act (RWA), a draft law proposed in the US that would prohibit federal bodies from mandating that taxpayer-funded research be made freely accessible online (as the NIH currently does). The two Representatives who... Read more

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Journal news for 20-27 January

26th Jan 2012

A brief summary of recent news related to journals and scientific publishing. Datasets International The open access publisher Hindawi has launced Datasets International, which "aims at helping researchers in all academic disciplines archive, document, and distribute the datasets produced in their research to the entire academic community." For a processing charge of $300 authors can upload an apparently unlimited amount of data under a Creative Commons CC0 licence (and associated dataset papers... Read more

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Choosing a journal IV: peer review procedure

22nd Jan 2012

This the fourth post in my series on choosing a journal, following posts on getting your paper published quickly, getting it noticed, and practicalities. Most journals use the usual procedure for peer review: The editors first decide whether to reject the manuscript immediately or send it to peer reviewers Unless the manuscript is rejected, the editors send the manuscript to 2-3 reviewers The reviewers provide reports on the manuscript The editors decide, using the reports, whether to reject... Read more

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