Week 9: April 7, 2016

Topic: Where to publish, including discussion of open access.

Part 1: How to choose where to submit your manuscript. The homework assignment for this week was to ask your advisor where s/he prefers to publish, and where you ought to submit your work – and why. Besides asking your advisor, you can find critical information about different journals in the Ulrichsweb database, which you can access via the UNH Library. We’ll talk about what kinds of information you might want, in order to decide where to send your manuscripts. Some of that information is searchable in the Journal Citation Reports database, accessible online via the UNH Library.

Here is a nice summary of why you should publish and a new homework assignment for next week – consider where you want to publish and why.

Part 2: Traditional and (vs.) open-access publishing models. Lots of resources to post here: The University of Michigan Library’s open access site is excellent, and opens with the Ph.D. Comics now-classic animation “Open Access Explained” – which you should definitely watch (here is the youtube link).  Agrawal’s (2014) “reasons to be skeptical,”, and a skeptical response by Carter et al.. Michael Eisen, a founder of PLoS, has written a great deal on this issue – and doesn’t mince words. Go to his blog, and check out the collection of posts in his “open access” category. The UNH Library page on open access is here. The site Scholarly Open Access is where you can find out where NOT to publish: check the lists of predatory journals and publishers. For the flip side (probably reputable OA journals), check DOAJ. This remains a controversial issue – in fact, Rehan and Bolker have somewhat different opinions about it – so go find information that will help you form your own opinions, and act on them when you publish your own work.

Please check out this skeptical look at the potential dark side of PLOS journals. Some of you might have heard of the recent ‘hand of god’ scandal at PLOS that ultimately resulted in  retraction and questions the credibility of peer review through these journals.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 11.34.01 PM.pngLastly, there is a great blog post by Small Pond Science discussing ‘open science’ its not one thing. This week we will focus on publishing in OA journals and the publication process. Next week we will discuss other forms of open science including data sets, methods, software, educational resources and peer review.


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