Inequality in Knowledge Production: The Integration of Academic Infrastructure by Big Publishers
The implications of a simultaneous redirection of the big publishers' business strategy towards open access business models and the acquisition of scholarly infrastructure utilizing the conceptual framework of rent-seeking theory.
The decision by The Review of Higher Education, a highly respected academic journal, to temporarily suspend submissions due to a backlog of more than two years’ worth of articles awaiting reviews or publication set off a twitter storm and much debate in the corridors of academia about the future of academic publishing, and in particular its very foundation, blind peer review.
Open-access Journal Editors Resign After Alleged Pressure to Publish Mediocre Papers
All 10 senior editors of the open-access journal Nutrients resigned last month, alleging that the publisher, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), pressured them to accept manuscripts of mediocre quality and importance.
Dimensions: Building Context for Search and Evaluation
Dimensions by Digital Science (owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing) is a new database that includes not only data about publications and their natural associated citation graph, but also awarded grant data, patent data and clinical data and altmetric attention data.
Sci-Hub Proves That Piracy Can be Dangerously Useful
Despite two lost legal battles in the US, domain name seizures, and millions of dollars in damage claims, Sci-Hub continues to offer unauthorized access to academic papers. The site's founder says that she would rather operate legally, but copyright gets in the way. Sci-Hub is not the problem she argues, it's a solution, something many academics appear to agree with.
India Cracks down on 'Predatory Publishers' Following International Investigation
An international investigation has discovered that some 400,000 scientists have published papers in so-called "predatory journals". Action taken after number of journals run by such publishers triples since 2013.