Academic Publishing Update – July 2020 : 1

Kaitlin Thaney. “The open scholarship ecosystem faces collapse; it’s also our best hope for a more resilient future.” LSE Blog. June 19, 2020.

Excerpt : The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting universities and higher education institutions, reducing budgets and presenting new design challenges that will fundamentally alter how research and scholarship operate. Economic volatility is also constraining support for key systems and services that the academy relies on, especially those that are community-led.

Kaitlin Thaney argues that there’s a need to converge on community-controlled open scholarship projects, to both meet the demands of the moment, and build a more resilient system for scholarly communication for future crisis situations, and invites readers to participate in planning how such systems can be maintained.

More info: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/06/19/the-open-scholarship-ecosystem-faces-collapse-its-also-our-best-hope-for-a-more-resilient-future/

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Open Access Update – July 2020 : 1

Ewen Callaway. “Will the pandemic permanently alter scientific publishing?“. Nature. June 3, 2020.

Summary : The push for rapid and open publishing could take off — although financial pressures lie ahead.

More info : https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01520-4

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Academic Publishing Update – June 2020 : 2

Elizabeth A. Harris. “Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books.” New York Times. June 1, 2020.

Summary : Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Wiley accused the nonprofit “Internet Archive” of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

More info : https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/books/internet-archive-emergency-library-coronavirus.html

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Academic Publishing Update – June 2020

ResearchGate and Wiley announce cooperation agreement.

Summary : ResearchGate, the largest professional network for researchers, and Wiley, a global leader in research and education, announced a cooperation agreement to explore ways in which Wiley and ResearchGate can collaborate to better support the needs of researchers through ResearchGate’s collaboration platform.

Wiley and ResearchGate are committed to the protection of intellectual property rights for authors and publishers; and through this partnership, both companies will continue to support principled sharing of content while facilitating the discovery of and access to high-quality scholarly content for researchers.

More info : https://librarytechnology.org/pr/25139

Reposted from Library Technology Guides

Event / Elsevier – Webinar on Academic Writing @ 11.00 am (IST) on 3 June 2020

Elsevier Webinar on How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

Watch the pre-recorded workshop and learn the best way of structuring your paper when writing it, and the most appropriate journal to submit your papers. Also, you will gain an understanding of how editors and publishers think, what they expect in your submission, and how does the peer review process work.

Venue: https://elsevier.zoom.us/rec/share/vuZJKpbX5D5LZbPvyVziaqIiEoi9X6a80HdI__IOykmyKwGXJ0vWlMHVPcQaloN-

Date and Time: 3rd June 2020 at 11.00am (IST)
For any clarification contact Dr. Shubhra Dutta at s.dutta@elsevier.com
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Academic Publishing Update : May 2020 – 2

Kyle Siler. “There is no black and white definition of predatory publishing”. LSE Blog. 13 May 2020.

Summary : The nature and extent of predatory publishing is highly contested. Whilst debates have often focused defining journals and publishers as either predatory or not predatory. Kyle Siler argues that predatory publishing encompasses a spectrum of activities and that by understanding this ambiguity, we can better understand and make value judgements over where legitimacy lies in scholarly communication.

More info : https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/05/13/there-is-no-black-and-white-definition-of-predatory-publishing/

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Academic Publishing Update : May 2020

Tony Ross-Hellauer , Jonathan P. Tennant, Viltė Banelytė, Edit Gorogh, Daniela Luzi, Peter Kraker, Lucio Pisacane, Roberta Ruggieri, Electra Sifacaki, Michela Vignoli. “Ten simple rules for innovative dissemination of research.” PLOS Computational Biology. 16 April 2020.

Summary : How we communicate research is changing because of new (especially digital) possibilities. This article sets out 10 easy steps researchers can take to disseminate their work in novel and engaging ways, and hence increase the impact of their research on science and society.

More info : https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007704

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Publishing / Chinese state censorship of COVID-19 research represents a looming crisis for academic publishers

George Cooper. “Chinese state censorship of COVID-19 research represents a looming crisis for academic publishers.”

LSE Blog. 24 April 2020.

Excerpt : Issues of censorship surrounding the publication of scholarly research in China have been prominent since a series of press reports and publisher statements revealed that works had been removed from circulation that were deemed sensitive by Chinese buyers.

As George Cooper observes, evidence that Chinese authorities are conducting pre-publication vetting of COVID-19 related research, raises new challenges for publishers seeking to distribute open access research papers on this subject, as there is little ground for publishers to remove these papers from their platforms.

As publisher commitments to openness collide with their obligations to operate within the legal frameworks of the countries they operate in, it is argued that COVID-19 presages an overdue discussion on the limits of openness in publishing.

More info : https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/04/24/chinese-state-censorship-of-covid-19-research-represents-a-looming-crisis-for-academic-publishers/

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Academic Publishing Update

20 Feb 2020
Tao Tao. “India’s Fight Against Predatory Journals: An Interview with Professor Bhushan Patwardhan”.
The Scholarly Kitchen. 5th February 2020.
Excerpt : Predatory journals find most of their prey in developing countries, and in particular, among emerging economies where research output is rapidly growing. Bhushan Patwardhan is the current Vice Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) which plays a key part in India’s anti-predatory journals efforts. In this interview, Professor Patwardhan tells us about India’s battle against predatory journals.