Tag Archive | open access

Link: Bad reviews: The perils of modern peer reviews


We’ve tackled the topics of open access, as it relates, funding. But we’ve recently come across an interesting spin on the familiar topics in Significance Magazine‘s “Bad reviews: The perils of modern peer review” from contributor Carlos Alberto Gómez Grajales.

In the article, Grajales talks about the shifting process through which scientific publications place increased emphasis on electronic formats to dispense its content with a reduced or non-existent cost to readers.

Grajales highlights a project by John Bohannon (Harvard Universitybased biologist and science journalist) where he distributed fake scientific articles to online journals in order to test the effectiveness of the review process. “Out of 304 submissions made throughout a period of six months, 157 of the journals (about half) had accepted the paper, 98 rejected it. Of the 49 journals that remain, 29 appeared to be no longer operative and 20 were still evaluating the merit of the text.” Read the hoax in full in Sciences Oct 4 Issue or online.

One of the complications with the pay-to-publish model lies in the possibility of an ineffective review processes. This is why reviews are important, because we need to criticize each other, not for confronting, nor for glory, but because a fine review is a nice intellectual conversation in which both parties learn from each other.”One journal that approved the fake article, was ready to charge $3,100 USD for publication fees. 

Sound off: Has open access changed how you publish? What’s your review of Grajales conclusions and Bohannon’s findings?

Wiley Exchanges: Interview with Adela Rauchova, on open access

Recently, we’ve been selecting relevant articles from Wiley Exchanges articles to share with our readers.

This week read an interview with Adela Rauchova, open access publication assistant at the University of Edinburgh.  This new role is part of a RCUK-funded project. She talks the purpose of the role, her day-to-day tasks, and the key challenges she faces.  At the end, she shares best practices like informing academics of key policies and the main philosophy of Open Access.

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Interview with Ann Okerson

Wiley Exchanges posted an interview with Ann Okerson.

There are many points that may be of interest to authors:

  • The SCOAP3 project: Okerson is a member of this international committee that works on transitioning high energy physics journals to a sustainable open-access business model. 
  • Her role at the Center for Research Libraries: As senior adviser on electronic resources, she supports digital activities, fosters collaborations, and supports the membership group of academic libraries and various partner consortia in the US, Canada, and the UK.
  • Establishing LIBLICENSE: Okerson founded this organization in 1997 and serves as a moderator for the project. She is a strong advocate for fair and clear licensing of online resources. In the years since the founding, the landscape of publishing and learning has changed and LIBLICENSE has adapted.
  • The challenges facing librarians: From driving access to entering into research and academic partnerships, there are many ways to stay relevant in the changing landscape.
  • Opportunities for women in librarianship and leadership roles.

Click here to read the full interview on Wiley Exchanges.



Some things to know about open access

Open Access is a popular topic in the publishing world. We will be doing a series of posts on this topic in the coming months.

Today’s post will be some general information about open access, including key terms and some links.

What do we mean by open access?

“By ‘open access’ to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

– Budapest Open Access Initiative

What are the types of open access?

Gold: “pay to publish”

  • article is freely accessible online immediately after publishing
  • authors, funders, or institutions pay an article publication charge

Green: “self-archiving”

  • article deposited in institution or subject repository by the author

What are some benefits of open access?

  • Efficiency and speed: articles published via open access are peer reviewed. Decisions are made swiftly and there is often no need for time consuming formatting changes.
  • Visibility: open access articles appear in a variety of Wiley search platforms and are easily accessible to readers.
  • Compliance with open access mandates: our journals allow authors to retain copyrights and publish under Creative Commons License, thus adhering with various mandates.

Where can you get more information on open access? 

  • Results of our 2013 author survey on open access 
  • Wiley Open Access : This site has a plethora of information including open access policies, a browsing tool for open access journals, and an informative FAQ page. There is also a section of information specifically for societies, authors, or institution & funders.
  • @WileyExchanges: a Twitter-feed that complies relevant links for authors, including Open Access articles and tips, SEO guidelines, some great links to open access information and other .

Experience with Open Access? Take our poll and read survey results

Our colleagues at Wiley Exchanges surveyed authors about their experiences and opinions on Open Access.   You can view these results through this interactive visualization tool. The tool allows you to easily manipulate the charts to view results by a variety of groupings including geographic region, age group, and subject area.

If you published an open access article in the past 3 years, take this short poll.

For more interesting links on open access, check out @WileyExchanges. You can also join the conversation. They will be tweeting all week with the hashtag #OAWeek.



The RCUK mandates & what it means for authors

Open Access is an important issue for journals authors.  This is the idea that journal articles should be available for free, with free re-use rights.  The fee to make an article open access is usually paid by the university or funder (and sometimes, the author). This policy is in contrast with journals requiring members to pay to read their issues.

If you are a UK author, you may be familiar with the Research Councils UK mandates.

For those who aren’t familiar, if you get funding from several organizations (MRC, BBSRC, AHRC, ESRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC), you need to conform to the RCUK Open Access policies.

Here is a video explaining the policies and how to comply with them.

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In the near feature, we will be featuring most posts on open access. If you have any specific questions for our experts, please let us know by commenting below or emailing us at authorblog@wiley.com.