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Journal Impact Factors (From PLOS Blog)

http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2017/06/impact-factor-genie-back-in-the-box/ QUOTE: "Unintended Consequences The real question for Schmid is how to get the “impact factor genie” as she calls it, “back in the box.” Why is this so important? Scientists and publishers often focus on the limitations of JIFs and the benefits of evaluating work at the article rather than journal level. However, there are more than just limitations ...more »

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MFA vs PHD

There is a rapid growth of PhD programs in Art and Design responding to the growth of the art/sci/tech/design research and creative practice community ( eg the SACRE PHD in paris) In the USA there are two 'terminal degrees' now for artists and designers the MFA- master of fine arts and the PHD in art and design universities are under pressure to have nore phd;s and produce more phds to be higher in the shanghai and ...more »

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The backward ways of academic book publishing -- and the leadership void

As an independent scholar who is often asked to contribute to anthologies of academic essays, I find the high price and Creative-Commons-hostile nature of academic books to be a serious deterrent to reaching my intended audiences -- or to even publishing with academic book publishers. Their books are priced between $100 and $150, for the library market. The publishers (Sage, Elsevier, Cambridge, etc.) reject or are ignorant ...more »

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Restricted access to outputs and collaboration

* Research results are often not publicly accessible even if they have been funded by the public. * Highly relevant research materials from publicly funded archives, museums, libraries and statistical inventories are either not available in digital form or inaccessible. * Restricted access to and delayed dissemination of scholarly results limit knowledge transfer to researchers and other members of society. * Production ...more »

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Inefficient Processes

* The scholarly communication system is highly inefficient and exceedingly ex-pensive, albeit the emergence of electronic publishing, which greatly reduced printing and postal delivery costs, among others. * The possibilities of digital technologies are currently not fully exploited in scholarly communication. Despite the ever-growing tool and infrastructure landscape, traditional scholarly communication methods tend ...more »

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Lack of reproducibility and transparency

* The majority of research results cannot be reproduced due to lack of underlying data, process instructions and context information. * Adequate contextual information is often missing, making it difficult to determine whether a piece of research is credible and can be built upon. * Evaluation by peer review has a mighty filtering function but is often untransparent and potentially biased. * There has been a rise in ...more »

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Technical and legal barriers

* Research products (data, materials, source code, etc.) often cannot be reused due to technical and legal restrictions (e.g. copyright). * Overly restrictive copyright transfer agreements impede knowledge circulation, and contribute to an oligopoly of publishers and information service providers. Deficits of the Current Scholarly Communication System: FROM: Kraker, P., Dörler, D., Ferus, A., Gutounig, R., Heigl, F., ...more »

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Incentives in need of improvement

* The quantity of research output is often valued over its quality. Scholars are incentivised to publish research results in small pieces, which boosts the overall costs of academic publishing while impeding new, original research. * Scholarly communication is constrained by current reward structures largely favouring publication of research results in renowned academic publishing venues. * Peer review is not adequately ...more »

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What research communication means in developing countries

I recently wrote a 2-part series of blog posts titled 'Miles to go for scholarly commons to become a global academic norm': http://blog.inasp.info/miles-scholarly-commons-global-academic-norm-2/ http://blog.inasp.info/miles-scholarly-commons-global-academic-norm/ An excerpt: 'It is not enough to encourage researchers in the Tripuras and Thai Nguyens of the world today to share their research data and outputs in the ...more »

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Peer review suffers because of the growth of science

There is serious concern about how the growth of science should continue: more and more people are joining the scientific community as professional researchers. The act of counting scientists is not straightforward, since potentially everyone is a scientist in some way: we all ask questions and answer them by carefully examining data and coming up with conclusions. Trained scientists with university degrees number in ...more »

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