”There is no reason why the combination of online archives and overlay journals cannot be extended to all disciplines, saving billions of euros a year. This would free up vast resources for research that are currently wasted on commercial publishers’ profits”, writes cosmologist Syksy Räsänen in his article. The path to a more sustainable publishing culture goes through awareness of the current situation and practical solutions. According to Räsänen, non-profit diamond open access publishing – open access with no APCs (article processing charges) – represents a return to the roots of the open access movement.
What is a research article that is open to the public one day but behind a paywall the next? Answer: free article. Free articles have different names in the publishers’ websites, but the common factor is that there is no guarantee that the publication will be open in the long term. In this blog article, we will discuss the characteristics of a free article and how to identify an open access article – and we’ll also cover a bit about self-archiving.
”Yksipuolinen keskittyminen oman julkaisuluettelon salonkikelpoisuuteen ei yksinkertaisesti enää riitä”, kirjoittaa Taideyliopiston musiikkikasvatuksen professori Heidi Partti. Blogiartikkelissaan hän tarkastelee tieteellisen julkaisemisen käytäntöjä sekä oman kokemuksensa kautta että laajemmin. Kriittinen silmäys tieteelliseen julkaisukulttuuriin nostaa esiin kysymyksen julkaisukanavan valinnasta eettisenä valintana.
The article processing charges (APC) of open access publishing lure in suspicious publishers as well. Therefore it is a good skill for a researcher to recognize the typical characteristics of these so-called predatory publications.
University of Helsinki’s open monograph service, Helda Open Books, launched last year, boosts the availability and visibility of scientific publications. The current theme is to improve the access to textbooks through open publishing venue.
Helsinki University Library organises a webinar, which will introduce UH researchers to the characteristic features of predatory publishers and journals and explain by which criteria one can tell the good journals from the predatory journals. In addition to this, library welcomes all University of Helsinki researchers, students and staff to virtual Open Science Café every Tuesday at 2–3 pm until the end of May.
The most important repository of mathematical and physical sciences already contains 1.6 million e-prints. arXiv provides a platform for sharing e-prints openly for peer review. Over the years arXiv has grown into a giant, encouraging the birth of similar repositories in other scientific fields. This has been a challenge for arXiv maintenance, both in the technical and administrative sense. In this article, bibliometrics expert Eva Isaksson describes arXiv history, development and challenges.