What's in a name? (comment)

Also courtesy of the NCIS,here is another commentary on the dilemmas of publishing in prestigious peer-reviewed journals versus open-access publishing.  This one appeared in the "Impact of Social Sciences" blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science and  comes from Philip Moriarty who confesses to being hypocritical when he praises open access but publishes in paywalled journals and encourages his students to do so also.  The comments are worth reading as well.  Below is an excerpt and a link:

From the Web: Progress in Open-Access Publishing for Digital Scholarship

Book Channel readers will note with interest a story from Inside Higher Ed about progress made by Lever Press toward its first publications later this year. Launched in 2016, Lever Press is a new initiative to publish rigorous academic works that were "born digital" and intended for access online.

References and Citations for All

“Open citations now!” So concludes a new open letter to publishers from researchers who support making scholarly citations freely available, in the interest of better citation analysis. Advocates of such efforts say that references are a pillar of scholarly work and that being able to understand how articles cite each other shouldn’t require an expensive subscription to a database...

Call for Papers: Academia and Wikipedia: Critical Perspectives in Education and Research (Maynooth University, June 18, 2018)

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Call for Papers
June 18, 2018

Another comment on the current state of research sharing (comment)


Below is a link to another perspective on the recent scramble concerning the effort by major publishers such as Elsevir to clip the wings of research sharing operations such as ResearchGate and SciHub.

Willinsky advocates for changes in the copyright laws, arguing that the current situation frustrates the original intent of the framers of the US Constitution when they permitted copyrights, “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.”

Below is an excerpt from this article:

What has happened to preprints? (comment)


The Scholarly Kitchen blog has an editorial by Kent Anderson that questions the value and role of pre-publication circulation of articles online as "preprints," noting that these open a path to the dissemination of information that has not necessarily been properly peer-reviewed or checked.  Anderson also lists other ways that he believes research and control over the dissemination of information are being misused to bias readers.

Here is an excerpt:

more people read Open Access books (comment)


Springer Nature has just issued a report on the number of people who read their books when they are available on "Gold" open access as compared to the number of people who read books that are behind a paywall.  You can find a press release and the full downloadable report at



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