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  • Berlin science policy debate recommendations September 22, 2020
    Hi Folks, A few months ago I sent you a draft report from last year’s 14th Annual Berlin Debate on Science and Science Policy. The final report has been posted and is available here: https://www.bosch-stiftung.de/en/project/berlin-science-debate/berlin-debate-2019. I think this document is
  • upcoming UNESCO webinar September 22, 2020
    Hi Folks, FYI, UNESCO will be hosting webinar next week (Sept 30 @ 7:30 a.m. Pacific time) to discuss the role of open solutions in the COVID era. This is another policy outreach session---this discussion will feed into UNESCO’s open policy formulation process. From OSI, Abel and I will be
  • a few notes September 18, 2020
    Happy Friday everyone, - First, Happy New Year to all of you who are observing Rosh Hashanah starting tonight. - Second, to everyone in this community whose job has been affected by the COVID crisis, please do feel free to use this group to network--- if you need someone’s
  • Re: analysis of Cabell's blacklist September 17, 2020
    Dear Glenn Thanks for the opportunity to respond. As many in OSI will know, I am Director of International Marketing & Development at Cabells, and there have been a number of comments on various channels regarding the recently published article ‘How reliable and useful is Cabell’s Blacklist?
  • RE: Peer Review Week September 17, 2020
    Thanks Johanna, and thanks for sharing this link. Rapid peer review is an interesting concept---I’d like to hear what Stephanie Dawson and your other speakers have to say. Normally, good and rapid are mutually exclusive requirements---you can have good peer review, or rapid “review” (though
  • more cool tools: research fronts September 17, 2020
    Here’s another cool scholcomm tool (not necessarily new but definitely gaining in strength)---this one from Clarivate, using big data tools to analyze Web of Science listings and come up with “research fronts”: https://bit.ly/35MA190. From the report’s executive summary: Most in the research
  • Re: Peer Review Week September 17, 2020
    Thanks Glenn, will look into it. On this note - please join us for a webinar on Monday: Rapid and Open Peer Review – Details at https://info.africarxiv.org/rapid-and-open-peer-review/ Best Jo. Date & Time: Sep 21, 2020 at 4pm GMT/UTC, 5pm WAT, 6PM CAT/SAST, 7pm EAT Register at https://us02web.zo
  • Peer Review Week September 17, 2020
    In preparation for Peer Review Week (next week), here’s a nice primer on the current state of peer review from the authors at TSK (see below link). For additional reading, click on the search icon at the top of the Scholarly Kitchen website and type in “peer review” ( https://scholarlykitchen.ssp
  • cool new gadgets September 16, 2020
    Hi Folks, Here are a couple of new and interesting scholcomm gadgets that might be worth your notice: 1. From OSIer Josh Nicholson (now the CEO of scite), scite has released a new feature called “smart citations,” that “uses deep learning to classify citation statements in three
  • RE: NYTimes.com: The Good, the Bad and the 'Radically Dishonest' September 15, 2020
    This isn’t only about the ethics of publishing, David, but the ethics of truth, research funding, and research evaluation. There may well be large swaths of authors who---as you have advocated for years---are being well-served by this system, but there may also be wholesale pollution of research
  • Re: NYTimes.com: The Good, the Bad and the 'Radically Dishonest' September 15, 2020
    Given the huge scale (and likely utility) of the predatory journal system, say a million active authors, I think the concept of "intervention" is unrealistic. This is a big, well established system, which may well be serving the needs of a lot of poor researchers, who may not share the views of
  • RE: Web of Science,.article research publish September 15, 2020
    Oh that is interesting Simon---a predatory publishing that uses state-of-the-art open publishing tools. The moral pretzel gets even more twisted if it turns out that IJRDO pays PKP for upkeep and backup (since “All revenue generated by the hosting service goes into developing PKP software and
  • NYTimes.com: The Good, the Bad and the 'Radically Dishonest' September 15, 2020
    Submitted for your consideration… Still on the topic of predatory publishing, maybe we can glean some insights from this new study about liars and lying (see below link to the NYT summary) that can help us better understand what drives predatory publishing behaviors? That is, rather than
  • Re: Web of Science,.article research publish September 15, 2020
    Thanks for sharing Glenn - of course, IJRDO Journal is a predatory publisher, and Cabells lists 12 of its journals in Predatory Reports. Interestingly, it seems to be using the OJS platform from PKP Thanks, Simon ------------------------------ From: osi20...@googlegroups.com
  • RE: Web of Science,.article research publish September 15, 2020
    Your moment of scholarly publishing Zen…a reminder (no doubt a daily reminder for many of you) that predatory publishers can be very deceptive in their practices. Here’s a nice invite this morning from “IJRDO Journal.” They aren’t indexed by Scopus or WOS, but you wouldn’t know this by reading