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Don’t fall victim to predatory publishers

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Have you received emails asking you to submit a paper to a journal or conference? Researchers are increasingly being bombarded by unsolicited solicitations to publish and these should be treated with extreme caution.

The model of authors paying to publish open access has had the undesirable side-effect of spawning an industry of low quality, sometimes fraudulent, publishers and copy-cat journals to try and get authors to part with money to get published. Emails may reference your previous research or conference presentations; the journal may be a close imitation of a well-reputed one in your field. The pressure on academics to publish means that some of these emails will succeed – unfortunately, it is not just the loss of money that is at stake but also reputation:

One dodgy publication in your publication list brings all the others into question. If you are attaching that publication list to a research grant application, it works against the whole submission. (“Are my publications any good?“, The Research Whisperer blog, 22 Mar 2016)
You may already be wise to this but please don’t assume your colleagues or PhD students are – help us spread the word that this is happening and that there are resources available to help evaluate where to publish.

We have already blogged on some places where you can explore legitimate places to publish. The Think, Check, Submit website also offers good advice on approaching the question of where to publish. Their video is below:

Think. Check. Submit. from Think. Check. Submit. on Vimeo.

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Your address in Scopus

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The author address in Scopus

Scopus decides which institution you belong to by looking at the address you give in your most recent paper. Once this has been published it is hard to change it so it is important that you give Swansea University as your institution in any paper you write.

Why is my address important?

If your paper does not appear as Swansea University it will not count towards any analysis done on the university such as the one for the Times World rankings. Other universities will have this issue so Scopus claim that overall it shouldn’t affect the university score but we think it would be best for the university to keep missed people to a minimum!

If you have more than one institution, for example, Singleton Hospital and Swansea University you can give both but Scopus will take your affiliation from the last one listed so it would be best to give Singleton Hospital , Swansea University.

How can I check my profile in Scopus?

Simply go to http://www.scopus.com , click on author search and enter your details.

Scopus give links to request corrections if you feel your papers have been attributed to someone else or need other corrections but they don’t give an option to change affiliation. This makes it important to think about what you give as your address when submitting articles.

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Uprising: Less prestigious journals publishing greater share of high-impact papers

The journal Science reports on a study carried out by the Google Scholar team. According to this research:

In 1995, only 27% of citations pointed to articles published in nonelite journals. That portion grew to 47% by 2013. And the nonelite journals published an increasing share of the most highly cited papers within each field as well, growing from 14% to 24%.

John Bohanon: Uprising: Less prestigious journal publishing greater share of high-impact papers. (at news.sciencemag.org)

Anurag Acharya et al: Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals. (at arxiv.org)

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“Wild writing” or “Global Common Room”? 6 perspectives on academic blogging

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Many academics have taken up blogging with enthusiasm as a way of sharing and promoting their research online or as a more reflective way of working. For others, the idea of blogging is an addition to a heavy workload and comes with anxiety about public scrutiny and plagiarism. There have been several interesting articles this year which focus on different reasons – and justifications – for blogging:

1. Mark Corrigan discusses the concept of a “thriving academic blogosphere” which opens up “a distinctive space between academic research and journalism” – read more on the LSE Impact blog.

2. Pat Thompson reports on a small study of academic bloggers which found that blogging (and commenting) functions as a “global common room”  – read more from the Guardian’s Higher Education Network.

3. The idea of blogging as a “vehicle for intellectual exploration” is discussed by Mark Corrigan and also echoed in a discussion of academic writing on the patter blog which quotes Gerald Raunig’s “Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity” on the restrictions of academic writing:

“Wild and transversal writing is tamed and fed into the creativity-destroying apparatuses of disciplining institutions”

4. Sasley and Sucharov discuss blogging as a place for “moral activism” within the context of social engagement and a way of expressing one’s non-scholarly identity – read more on the LSE Impact Blog.

5. Is blogging what policy makers want to read i.e. more easily digestible content than full reports or academic articles? This study of US policy-makers explores this potentially impact-boosting benefit of blogging.

6. This article from the Guardian on the current emphasis on demonstrating impact from research focusses on blogging and highlighted our very own Katharina Hall’s successful “Mrs Peabody” blog in connection with REF 2014.

 

(If you are interested in starting a blog there’s a recent “top 10 tips for academic blogging” article from the Guardian or this article by Mary Hunt has excellent advice on style and approach. The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog is also a great ongoing source of articles on all aspects of engagement and social media.)

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APCs and subscription offset

Universities that pay for their researchers’ papers to appear in IOP Publishing’s open access journals could have most of the costs offset against their library subscription fees

Under a three-year pilot project announced today, universities taking part will be able to offset much of their expenditure on hybrid article publication charges (APCs) – payable by an author or their institution to have their article published on a “gold” open access basis – against subscription and licence fees for IOP Publishing’s journals.

Gold open access allows a final published paper to be made available immediately under certain conditions, as well as being published in a particular open access journal.

An agreement to set up the pilot project – the first of this type in the UK – followed discussions between the IOP, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Russell Group of universities. Bodies that fund or support UK research, such as the research councils and the higher education funding councils, have funder mandates in place that require research papers to be published through open access, and the scheme will facilitate this.

(source: IOP Publishing launches open access deal)

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Interpreting Ceramics: Gold before the Gold Rush

A guest post by  Lynette Summers, Information Advisor (CSS & Research) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who writes about creating a successful gold open access journal with institutional collaboration.

Interpreting Ceramics: Gold before the Gold Rush

The UK is on a course set for gold open access and, to misquote Ralph Waldo Emerson, the transition from subscription-based publishing to a fully open access model is very much about the destination rather than the journey. That said, the journey for research articles has been outlined by the recommendations of the 2012 Finch Report and so we find ourselves in a “mixed economy” of subscription-based titles (traditional journal publishing), hybrid and fully open access journals (gold open access) and open access repositories (green open access). By now, many of you will already be familiar with the various routes to open access, but if you would like a quick refresher then do check out Peter Suber’s very brief introduction to open access.

Everyone that has been involved, in one way shape or form, in making research outputs open access will know that the transition to a fully open access environment will not be an easy one. However, for some, much of the hard work has already been done — I am of course talking about those journals that we can think of as being “born gold” with the first wave of enthusiasm for open access publishing in the 1990s as access to the internet became more widely available and online publishing took hold. I don’t know how many such journals still remain, but I would like to highlight the story of one: Interpreting Ceramics.

Interpreting Ceramics was established by the Interpreting Ceramics Research Collaboration (ICRC) in 2000 as the ‘first refereed, electronic journal for ceramics’. The ICRC were committed to making the journal fully open access from the very beginning and the pronouncement that the journal would be ‘freely accessible, without charge’ has almost become a motto (this can be found on every issue in the ‘About this Journal’ section ). In the beginning the decision to go electric came from the desire to exploit the internet as a means of easily sharing the various formats that the journal’s authors were utilising — primarily video and audio — to record, interrogate, interpret and communicate the practice and history of ceramics. The decision also came down to, in part, the fact that managing a subscription journal would be far more complicated for the ICRC. However, don’t for a second think that all of this came easily or without cost — as we know, the cost of publishing is always absorbed somewhere along the line and, even if a gold open access journal does not charge authors an article processing charge (APC), there is no such thing as free gold. Interpreting Ceramics has prospered due to the time and effort that the editorial team has committed to the journal and because of institutional funding (Cardiff Metropolitan University;  Aberystwyth University; the University of the West of England, Bristol; and Bath Spa University have joint proprietorship of the journal). In recent years the journal has been further strengthened through the support of the Wales Institute of Research in Art & Design (WIRAD).

The fact that the ICRC was approached last year by a major publisher wishing to take over the journal is testament to its success and its importance to the scholarly community. The ICRC politely declined the approach as the publisher wanted to distribute the publication as a subscription print journal. Luckily, the editorial team recognised that this would have been a backwards step in light of the direction the UK is taking with regards to open access. The journal would have also lost its look and feel. Moreover, to use the words of its editor, Jeffrey Jones, the editorial team have become more “idealistic as it has gone along” with regards to the open access principle and, as the journal is read worldwide (this is known because readers are encouraged to register), they can certainly boast that it has ‘anyone, anywhere’ credentials. So, let us hold up Interpreting Ceramics as an example of a successful gold open access journal; may it act as encouragement for those scholars and institutions thinking of embarking on their own publishing venture. Not everybody will be able to make it work, but, in the transition to a fully open access world, let’s explore the options.

This article gives the views of the author, and not the position of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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CrossMark: tracking changes to scholarly publications

What happens when scholarly research published in journals, books, proceedings or other documents changes? Corrections, updates, errata, and even retractions and withdrawals are sometimes necessary. How can you find out about these changes?

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Look for the CrossMark logo appearing in ejournals (online HTML or downloaded PDF).

Just click on the CrossMark logo and a status box will tell you if the document is current or if updates are available.

The CrossMark service comes from CrossRef, the association of scholarly publishers which already asssigns DOI to documents.

Further information: www.crossref.org/crossmark/ – including a short video (3m 35s)

 

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