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By Virginia Barbour | Published: August 11, 2015
No one ever assumed that everything in print was trustworthy, says Virginia Barbour, and neither should that be the case for open access content. Content is what matters – whether delivered by open access, subscription publishing, or a printed document.
By Nick Butler and Sverre Spoelstra | Published: February 10, 2015
When McDonald’s came under sustained criticism from campaigners in the 1980s, the company responded by constructing a carefully crafted image of corporate social responsibility. It insisted that it cared about the cows and chickens that are eventually ground up into burgers and nuggets. With the growing commercialization of university research, academic journals are starting to […]
By Erik Voeten | Published: August 26, 2014
While preparing for a panel on the subject at APSA this week, political scientist Erik Voeten looks over the launch of the open access and peer-reviewed journal 'Research & Politics' and discusses the opportunities and challenges of this kind of publishing.
By Robert de Vries | Published: August 6, 2014
Academic publishing creates incentives to simplify results, cull aberrations and focus on the exciting -- often to the detriment of good research. Could more open access allows us to be good and boring?
By David G. Drubin | Published: June 13, 2014
The signatories of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment continue to explore ways to dethrone the reigning monarch of research assessment, the impact factor.
By Gerald F. Davis | Published: May 20, 2014
It’s time for a broader dialogue about how we connect the aims of the social science enterprise to our system of journals, argues the editor of Administrative Science Quarterly.
By Dahlia Remler | Published: April 28, 2014
Reports of their death have been exaggerated: a look at the literature finds academic papers are not as uncited as recent reports would have you believe, but don't start celebrating over the genuine figures.
By Catherine de Vries and Bernard Steunenberg | Published: April 12, 2014
Editors of the recently launched journal Research and Politics argue publishing in political science requires a reboot. Time lags in conventional publishing and the limited accessibility of articles can undermine researchers’ attempts to maximize the impact of their work.
By Michael Todd, Social Science Space editor | Published: April 8, 2014
Although four out of five Canadian researchers surveyed say they like the idea of open access, the cost of serving that principle turns many of them off.
By Leah Fargotstein | Published: March 19, 2014
Leah Fargotstein, a social science journals editor at SAGE, recently sat on a panel where she was asked some basic, yet essential questions about being published in a scholarly journal. Here’s a version, first posted at SAGE Connection, of what she had to say: *** 1. What is the point of an abstract and how […]
By American Educational Research Association | Published: February 28, 2014
The American Educational Research Association, the nation’s largest professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education, has named three professors from the University of California, Irvine as the inaugural editors of AERA Open, the association’s new open-access journal. Mark Warschauer, associate dean of UCI’s School of Education and founding editor of another open access journal, Language Learning & […]
By Kamil Mizera | Published: March 26, 2013
A comparison of two studies on the coverage and range of citations in Open Access, comparing OA and non-OA journals.