Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

Category: open access

Is Open Access Open Excess?

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A remarkable comment (“Open excess: remove open access burden from REF”) on the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) claims that open access is a burden on higher education. The comment, by three research managers at …

Chronology of Open Access

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I’ve always found that to get a clearer idea of a subject that has developed over time, it’s a worthwhile exercise to identify the key …

In defence of book reviews

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Figure 1 A typical firewalled review of an academic title

What is the point of book reviews – to be specific, books that potentially

have some kind of academic interest? David Beer, in an interesting LSE Impact blog post (which …

How to justify open-access publishing

Reading Time: 2 minutesJoe Esposito’s contributions to Scholarly Kitchen are always well-argued and present an argument from a business-informed point of view that is mercifully free of much of the sloppy thinking around academic publishing. So it was very disappointing to see how negative …

Academic Publishing in Europe (APE) Berlin, 2018

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It was snowing in Berlin as I arrived, late on a night in January. Not the most encouraging of weather, but the following morning the sun was shining, the air was clear, and it was warming indeed to see the Berlin …

The Journal Impact Factor and the Publishing Business

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The Journal Impact Factor has been discussed, and criticized, for years. A recent Scholarly Kitchen article looks at another proposal for improving the impact factor (Optical Illusions, 21 July 2016). This is by no means the first suggested improvement …

How many open-access articles and books are there?

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It is a sign of the maturity of open access that good, reliable figures are available. The latest stats from OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Assocation, reveal that there were 160,995 open-access articles published in 2015. What do they mean …

Open Access: just where are we today?

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Just as you think that Open Access has come of age:  discussions have all been concluded, funding and administrative bodies such as the EU (in Europe) and HEFCE and RCUK (in the UK) have mandated it, you attend an event like

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