“Sound methodology” suggests an ideal match to a scientific question that never quite exists. So why do some publishers use it?
Higher Impact Factor, faster publication, and weaker data availability policies may be drawing authors away from PLOS ONE.
In an increasingly open world, should more subscription journals be converted to OA? And if so, why, how, and when?
Adding to the discussion of APCs, eLife’s financials suggest that being competitive with some major journals means the journal is expensive to run.
It’s unclear who in the academic world has any incentive to pay for Gold OA publishing, especially as embargoes satisfy nearly everyone and cost next to nothing.
The “publish or perish” culture has created a major mega-journal. But are its boundaries and standards built properly to avoid becoming an enabler of that culture?
A strange trip down memory lane, when scientific articles funded by page charges were considered advertisements. Are we entering another era of “articles as advertising,” only this time without any limitations?
A long, thoughtful essay by a UK academic contemplating open access merits attention, for obvious and subtle reasons.
The UK government’s Business, Innovation and Skills Committee issued a report this week that offers a harsh rebuke to the RCUK’s proposed plans to drive the adoption of Open Access (OA) publishing in scholarly journals.
While open access remains a hot topic in our industry, we may not be discussing the most difficult aspects. Worse, OA proponents themselves may not be answering some of the questions that are now arising as a broader swath of academics, scientists, and administrators become aware of OA.
Lars Bjørnshauge talks about where the DOAJ is going.
The OSTP access memorandum has led to hearings this month. Be sure to contribute and observe.
While the access debates have dominated, another debate has been emerging, one that perhaps has greater significance in the long run.
A clever way to sell institutional site licenses and Gold OA together helps one publisher find the fulcrum amidst uncertainty.
OA mandates like the RCUK mandate seem to have aspects that actually put the burdens of OA on the academics, universities, taxpayers, and scientists they were meant to help.