Some implications of "digital" for academic publishing

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A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure

The report “A Bibliographic Scan of Digital Scholarly Communication Infrastructure” sounds inviting. Scholarly communications is a wide field, and things move fast in this sector. The report is provided free of charge, having been funded by the Mellon Foundation, so it sounded authoritative, and I …

The Megajournal Lifecycle, or, let’s bash PLOS

Christos Petrou has written a detailed and highly-documented account in Scholarly Kitchen of the rise and fall of megajournals, specifically PLOS. But the conclusions he draws seem to be at variance with the principles behind PLOS.

The megajournal, a single journal that publishes content in …

Building a Sustainable Research Infrastructure

How to find the right content

A recent Scholarly Kitchen topic asked the very pertinent question: how to build a sustainable research infrastructure. Actually the subject was less about sustainability than universality; while sustainable is a term full of positive associations, I don’t think they …

Is Impact male?

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I need no persuading that there is a deeply rooted sexism at the heart of much of modern life. A recent article by Jennifer Chubb and Gemma Derrick examines one small part of academic publishing, impact assessment for research projects, …

How to select referees for peer review

A reviewer examines a grant proposal (public domain)

How to choose a reviewer for an academic article or a grant proposal? Adam Day raises an interesting idea in his article about peer review, in a recent post on Medium.

He describes how he has …

The Researcher to Reader (R2R) Conference 2020

One of the peer review workshop activities

Yes, it’s workshop time! This was my first Researcher to Reader conference, and I found the event very enjoyable (even if I had to participate in a workshop, which prevented me from falling asleep, as I usually do …

Are institutional repositories designed to be searchable?

I’ve been looking at the impressive Cambridge University Institutional Repository, called Apollo. The repository has an wide range of content across several subjects, with over 155,000 items in the collection overall. Clearly the repository is widely used to hold content. But is it used …

How arts publications fail to follow the rules for referencing science articles

Exhibition catalogue list of citations
List of references in an exhibition catalogue

It is a commonplace that arts and science scholarly writing is different. It’s only when looking regularly at arts and science writing that you begin to see just how different. Some of the differences appear to have little …

Metadata and toothbrushes

I prefer the title above. The official title of this event (“I never metadata I didn’t like”) is perhaps more revealing than the organisers imagined. We only like metadata, we never dislike it. Imagine putting together a one-day conference about metadata. You are unlikely to …

Where are we with Open Research?

How research flows into the open data lake

We should be in the open data lake, but instead we are all too often stuck in stagnant water. Such was the message from the excellent CISPC Conference on Open Research (Art House, Islington, November 2019).

Academic …

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