Scholarly open-access publishing has little value when it’s effectively hidden and almost no one reads the published research. It’s possible for a scholarly article to be open-access but largely hidden from the world. Here’s how.
Two open-access journals — each titled Amphibian & Reptile Conservation — both claim to be the official organ of an organization also called Amphibian & Reptile Conservation. The split is the apparent result of a bitter academic “divorce.” Both journals use strong language to warn readers about the other one.
I am increasingly seeing contradictory licensing statements on the websites of low-quality, questionable, and predatory publishers.
You spend a couple years carrying out some research, another year writing it up, and then you submit your research manuscript to an open-access publisher. It’s accepted, you pay the article processing charges, and then it is published online. A year later, the publisher goes out of business and all its published articles disappear forever. Read the rest of this entry »
The gold rush continues — gold open-access, that is. This blog post briefly describes a brand-new publisher we recently discovered. It has serious problems. Let me explain.