Choosing a journal V: impact factor

8th Feb 2012

This the fifth post in my series on choosing a journal, following posts on getting your paper published quickly, getting it noticed, practicalities, and peer review procedure. It is all very well getting your paper seen by lots of people, but will that lead to an increase in your reputation? Will it lead to that all-important grant, promotion or university rating? The impact factor of a journal is a measure of the average number of citations of papers published over the previous two years in the... Read more

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Journal news 28 January to 3 February

3rd Feb 2012

Your journal-related news for the week. F1000Research Faculty of 1000 (F1000), the well established post-publication peer review service, has announced a new service that will publish original research papers. According to the initial announcement, this will differ from traditional journals in that all papers will be published immediately, before peer review (as long as they pass a 'sanity check'), and peer review will happen openly after that. Publication of datasets will also be encouraged. Fees... Read more

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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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