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December highlights from the world of scientific publishing

7th Jan 2014

Some of what I learned last month from Twitter: takedowns, luxury journals, moves in peer review services and more. 'Luxury journals' A big talking point on my Twitter feed in December was the provocative comments about journal publishing made by Randy Sheckman as he received his Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. Writing in the Guardian on 9 December, he criticised the culture of science that rewards publications in 'luxury journals' (which he identified as Nature, Cell and Science). He said... Read more

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SpotOn London session: The journal is dead, long live the journal

31st Oct 2012

I'm co-hosting a workshop at SpotOn London next week on the future of journals. It's time to end a long blogging hiatus to tell you about an exciting event coming up on Sunday 11 and Monday 12 November. SpotOn London (formerly called Science Online London) is a community event hosted by Nature Publishing Group for the discussion of how science is carried out and communicated online. There will be workshops on three broad topic areas – science communication and outreach, online tools and digital... Read more

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Journal metrics

12th Apr 2012

Last week a new measure of the impact of a journal was launched: Google Scholar Metrics. So it seems like a good time to review the various metrics available for journals. Below I summarise six measures of journal impact: the impact factor (IF), 5-year IF, Google Scholar Metrics, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking. As part of the research for this post I have found out the metrics (except 5-year IF) for a sample... Read more

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