On 4 October 2013, Science published a special issue on communication in science containing the ‘open access sting article’ that went on to cause huge controversy worldwide. The study consisted of John Bohannon deliberately submitting articles with mistakes to various open access journals. Out of the 304 journals the paper was submitted (more…)
The debate between peer review and open access reveals a bigger problem: the publishing business.
As Katie Williams points out when discussing academic publishing it is impossible to escape the debate of traditional peer-reviewed versus open access peer-review.
Peer review has always been the gold standard of science. However, ask an academic about peer-review and you’ll likely hear a grumble or two. (more…)
Tonight will see the launch of a scheme to make public over 8,000 research journals around the world. Access To Research will make over 1.5 million academic articles available online in participating public libraries – including research in health, social sciences, biological research and engineering. (more…)