The American librarian and blogger Jeffrey Beall, perhaps best known for his lists of “potential, possible or probable” predatory open-access publishers and journals, has been praised by many for shining … Continue Reading Jeffrey Beall and the disappearing blacklists of predatory journals/publishers
Since 2006 and the launch of PLOS ONE, the number of open-access mega-journals (OAMJs) has been steadily increasing. In a recent article, Simon Wakeling and colleagues present a bibliometric analysis … Continue Reading Study establishes bibliometric profiles of leading open-access mega-journals
Last week saw the first articles go live on Wellcome Open Research. The platform, funded by Wellcome and run by F1000, follows the publishing model of F1000Research, that is immediate … Continue Reading Wellcome Open Research publishes its first articles
A central theme of this year’s Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers (COASP) was the idea that open access is fundamentally about promoting the public good. Diana Marshall, of BioMed … Continue Reading Highlights from COASP 2016: open access as a social movement
Since 2013, PLOS One, the first of the open access mega-journals, has published roughly 30,000 articles per year. However, in September its monthly publication tally was overtaken for the first … Continue Reading Scientific Reports overtakes PLOS One as largest academic journal
The open-access journal eLife is to start charging publishing fees from 2017. Expenses have been covered to date by three of the largest private research funding organisations (Howard Hughes Medical … Continue Reading eLife to start charging publishing fees from 2017
As open access (OA) articles are freely available, the potential readership and impact is much greater than for articles where access to the full-text is limited to subscribers only. But … Continue Reading Does the ‘Open Access Citation Advantage’ exist?
At The EMBO Meeting 2016, held in Germany earlier this week, EMBO and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. launched the ‘SmartFigures Lab’, a prototype online publishing website. SmartFigures are interactive … Continue Reading SmartFigures Lab launched at The EMBO Meeting 2016
As we recently reported, the Dutch government, which is currently holding the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU) has set the target of making all new scientific papers published … Continue Reading EU call for open access to all scientific papers by 2020
A recent blog from Nature highlights some of the current issues facing successful clinical-trial data sharing, including resource shortages, insufficient government regulation and incompatible reporting. Vivli, a new data sharing … Continue Reading The road to successful data sharing
The registration of clinical trials on public platforms such as clinicaltrials.gov has become commonplace in recent years and is now a prerequisite for the publication of clinical data in many … Continue Reading Access all publications related to a clinical trial at a click of a button
As readers of The Publication Plan, you will be aware of the recent rise in demand for open access publishing. But have you ever questioned the quality of the research that is being … Continue Reading Is the quality of open access and non-open access reporting comparable?
Data sharing must become routine argue Richard Smith and Ian Roberts in a recent opinion article published on F1000Research. They acknowledge that researchers are incentivised to publish papers rather than … Continue Reading Why do researchers refuse to share their data?
As the debate about access to scientific data and research rumbles on, scientists across the globe are increasingly turning to illegally downloaded sources as one-stop repositories for scientific literature. As … Continue Reading Illegal downloads: copyright theft or promotion of science?
An interesting article from Kalev Leetaru looks at the reluctance of academia to join the open access insurgence. The concept of open access is gathering momentum at a phenomenal pace, … Continue Reading The reluctance of academia to join the open access age
Since their foundation in the 17th century, medical journals have enabled communication amongst doctors and scientists and permitted the dissemination of medical knowledge. With thousands of titles available, covering all … Continue Reading Are medical journals fit for purpose in the modern world?