Helping to Archive and Preserve Open Access Journals
A recent study looked at the number of journals that had "vanished" from the internet. The study is a timely reminder of how vulnerable publishing outputs are. There is an urgent need for a group of organisations to come together to find a solution and minimise this risk.
Systematize Information on Journal Policies and Practices - A Call to Action
Recently the creators of Transpose and the Platform for Responsible Editorial Policies convened an online workshop on infrastructures that provide information on scholarly journals. In this blog post they look back at the workshop and discuss next steps.
"TOP Factor" Rates Journals on Transparency, Openness
A new tool, created by the advocacy organization Center for Open Science, seeks to change editorial practices. Journals are scored based on ten different criteria, including availability of data and policies on preregistration.
New System Will Measure Journals' Research Transparency
A new ranking system for academic journals measuring their commitment to research transparency will be launched next month - providing what many believe will be a useful alternative to journal impact scores.
Opinion: Things are not right in the culture of research, and that this is ultimately to the detriment of research. Two issues emerge: the huge complexity of the research ecosystem, and the related problem of collective action that this complexity creates.
Inferring the Causal Effect of Journals on Citations
Articles in high-impact journals are by definition more highly cited on average. But are they cited more often because the articles are somehow "better"? Or are they cited more often simply because they appeared in a high-impact journal?
The Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics (SURE) is an e-journal of high-quality research with "unsurprising" findings. We publish scientifically important and carefully-executed studies with statistically insignificant or otherwise unsurprising results. Studies from all fields of Economics will be considered. SURE is an open-access journal and there are no submission charges. SURE benefits readers by: Mitigating the … Continue reading Aim and Scope →
Rethinking Impact Factors: New Pathways in Journal Metrics
Diversity, transparency, and reliability are essential principles to ensure that a proliferation of metrics does not distort the scholarly communication system, but leads to more granular and transparent assessments
How Former Elsevier Editors Started a Community-led Publisher and Launched Their First OA Journal
After serving as editor-in-chief of an Elsevier journal for over seven years, Lajos Balogh decided to channel his publishing knowledge to a new endeavor. He and a group of fellow editors started a publishing organization and journal of their own.