Hindawi is just the latest in a string of journals to uncover fake reviewers.
Bernard Rentier's insight:
In these times of massive scientific production, of huge publication overload and emerging communication technologies, the much revered 'peer review' dogma is showing its limits.On top of the overpricing problem, it is becoming an additional difficulty in the growing debate on the evolution of scientific communication: the whole process of performing research, sharing results and evaluating researchers must be (and will be, whether we like it or not and whether we control it or not) reconsidered altogether.
Academic publishing is a multi-million dollar business dominated by just a few major publishing houses. Many academics and open access advocates believe that’s unfair—publishers simply take researchers’ work and sell it back to them, they say. Stan Correy takes a look at the state of play.
Richard Poynder: "Elsevier’s Director of Access & Policy, Alicia Wise states that they “have received neutral-to-positive responses from research institutions and the wider research community.” Yet, since the “Statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy <https://www.coar-repositories.org/activities/advocacy-leadership/petition-against-elseviers-sharing-policy/>” was published on Wednesday May 20, 2015), it has been signed by close to 700 organizations and individuals, demonstrating that there is significant opposition to the policy."
The PASTEUR4OA project supports the development and alignment of Open Access strategies and policies at the national level to promote the implementation of the European Commission's 2012 Recommendation on Access to Scientific Information and the Open Access Mandate for Horizon 2020.
After two decades of tough fighting, OA has definitely become the world's standard of scholarly publications, whether one likes it or not. Let's remain vigilant and keep avoiding the dangerous trap of an escalating "pay to publish" system that would be totally anti-democratic (only the richest can publish in 'posh' journals).
ROARMAP, the directory of OA policies, has been rebuilt. It is now up-to-date and accurate."A much richer database with lots of information about each policy and a full search facility to enable users to query the database in many ways. It currently has some 650+ policies recorded and classified."
Que vous en soyez irrité ou comblé, ou que votre avis soit plus nuancé, chercheurs de l'ULg, voici le moment de donner votre avis sur un outil qui, aujourd'hui, contribue largement à la réputation de votre université partout dans le monde. Il est important pour l'équipe d'ORBi de pouvoir objectiver le degré de satisfaction des utilisateurs.Pour moi qui suis fréquemment invité à expliquer dans d'autres universités la politique que j'ai mise en place en 2007 (Conseil d'administration de mai) et qui a permis de lancer ORBi en novembre 2008, cette objectivation est donc essentielle. Ma conviction est que l'outil est apprécié pour diverses raisons et surtout pour l'élargissement du lectorat qu'il provoque, donc pour l'accroissement de votre notoriété. J'aime croire que si une politique 'musclée' fut indispensable au départ, elle est devenue secondaire aujourd'hui, le principal incitant étant le bénéfice qu'en retire le chercheur et la conscience qu'il/elle en a.
Academic publishing company Elsevier has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the SciHub.org search engine.
Bernard Rentier's insight:
After a significant extension of the embargoes imposed on articles in institutional repositories, Elsevier is launching an aggressive legal campaign against "piracy". We should remember that the BIG MISTAKE is to abandon all rights in the first place.
Of course there is nothing you can do except publish elsewhere. The only pressure Elsevier and consorts can feel is that of money, i.e. a decrease in the number of authors and articles. It is called 'boycott'. The only way out is #AlternativePublishing
Depuis quelques années, des mesures 'alternatives' d'impact, ou altmetrics, viennent compléter les indices bibliométriques traditionnels dont on connaît les limites et les défauts (SCImago Journal Rank [SJR], Impact Factor [IF], EigenFactor, h-index...).
Les Bibliothèques de l’ULg mettent désormais en avant ces nouveaux outils sur ORBi et dans les résultats des "Collections ULg".
Academic, library and technology organisations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open access policies at universities and prevents authors from sharing their work.
Bernard Rentier's insight:
Alicia WISE may pretend being surprised by the reaction of "the Open Access Lobby", the new Elsevier policy is meant to intimidate researchers and to combat the rise of institutional repositories which are, from now on, unavoidable, mind her.
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