Source: MalBooth.com – My thoughts on revolutionising scholarly publishing in the digital age
Author: Mal Booth
On 14 February I was on a panel talking about the future of academic publishing for ALIA Information Online 2017. As there was no time for me to explain all of this I thought I’d post it all here with all the relevant links.
Essentially, I’m exploring the following key issues that need to be dealt with if we are ever to substantially improve, let alone revolutionise, academic publishing: speed (to access); improved reach (wider audience, not just the privileged); transparency of process; openness (for access); an expectation to use multi-media (sound, video, images); appropriate metrics; better facility and recognition for collaboration across disciplines; and interactivity.
And as a university librarian (i.e. not a scholar), I can’t stop myself from thinking that maybe we also need to decide whether scholarly publishing is really about the sharing of knowledge or just a competitive game where points are scored for individual and institutional reputations.
I must also thank some of my colleagues at UTS for their advice and suggestions, but what is written here is my personal view and it is not necessarily reflective of our institution.
For the full post go here.
In order to highlight the excellent content provided by UTS ePRESS Journals and Books we would like to take this chance to draw your attention to the (Open Access) Special Issue on Ethnocracy recently published by Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: an Interdisciplinary Journal. Below is the abstract of the Editorial Welcome to that Special Issue by James Goodman and James Anderson. Below the abstract is the DOI link which will take you to the full Editorial Welcome in PDF or HTML.
In addition, we would also like to draw your attention to an article in The Conversation that references articles in the Special Issue which provide more context and discussion on this important topic.
Enjoy your reading!
Editorial Welcome: Special Issue on Ethnocracy
This Special Issue of Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Journal focuses on the domination of social and political relations by Ethnocracy – rule or would-be rule by an ethnic group or ethnos, as distinct from Democracy or rule by the demos of all the people. Ethnocracy encompasses state regimes and associated political movements and parties that discriminate systematically in favour of a particular ethnic group (or groups) and against others. When we proposed the Special Issue in late 2014 ethnocratic practices were as prevalent as they had ever been; and now two years later they appear to be on the increase with an ethno-populist upsurge and the election or threatened election of governments pursuing ethnocratic agendas. From India to the USA, from Russia to Hungary, leading politicians openly discriminate against ethnic ‘others’ to attract support from ‘their own’ ethnic groups; across the European Union and in other liberal democracies they increasingly scapegoat ‘immigrants’ to hide their own inadequacies and further their political objectives. Now, more than ever, it is critical that the dynamics of ethnocracy are more clearly understood. This Issue documents the logics of ethnocracy in a variety of different contexts, posing questions about how it develops and how it can be challenged.
Johann. N. Neem’s article Coming Down From the Clouds, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, brilliantly explores both sides to the question: Should academics write for each other or for the public?
We increasingly live in an age of hard-fought-for and, at times, diminishing transparency: in government; in media; and now, at times, in scholarly communication. When the tax-paying public becomes aware that their taxes are paying for the vast majority of research conducted within this country (and most others) many would like the opportunity to share in that knowledge creation and dissemination of which they are an integral part. To know, for example, that two black holes are colliding and that the impact of that collision can now be measured and conveyed to us in layers of profound meaning is, indeed, human progress. Neem writes:
We want physicists who write for each other. I appreciate that, at conferences and in academic papers, they have challenged each other’s conclusions and, in doing so, have pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge. Yet I am also grateful for my scientist friends who posted on Facebook links to videos and essays in which scientists explained, in terms that I could understand, why it was so significant that we had heard black holes colliding.
Has the time come for researchers to embrace lay summary dissemination services such as GrowKudos.com? Then, even if the scholarly work is impenetrable, at least the common Google researcher could find a trace of it and perhaps links to other works that may help explain it.
To explore more of Neem’s insightful piece please go here Coming Down From the Clouds: On Academic Writing
We are proud to announce that currently all of our journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Further, three of our journals have been awarded the DOAJ Seal out of only 213 journals globally: PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Organisational Project Management.
In order to be awarded the DOAJ Seal, journals must satisfy the seven following conditions:
The DOAJ Seal is a mark of certification for open access journals, awarded by DOAJ to journals that achieve a high level of openness, adhere to Best Practice and high publishing standards. To receive the Seal, the journal must comply with the following 7 conditions:
use DOIs as permanent identifiers;
provides DOAJ with article metadata;
deposits content with a long term digital preservation or archiving program;
embeds machine-readable CC licensing information in articles;
allows generous reuse and mixing of content, in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC license;
has a deposit policy registered wíth a deposit policy registry;
allows the author to hold the copyright without restrictions.
UTS ePRESS is excited to announce the release of the fascinating new open access book ‘Georges Baudoux’s Jean M’Barai The Trepang Fisherman’ with translation by Karin Speedy.
The free PDF version is available to download now at http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/…/georges-baudouxs-jean-mbarai…. The dates for the official launch and print on demand to be announced in the near future.
UTS ePRESS is excited and proud to announce its new partnership with award winning scholarly communication developer Kudos. Please see the Kudos video below for more information on their service:
With Kudos UTS ePRESS authors will be able to explain, enrich, share and measure the impact of their sharing with the Kudos dashboard for every one of their publications.
As Dr Belinda Tiffen, Director of Library resources at UTS, writes:
“As a growing open access publisher, a priority for UTS ePRESS is to extend the reach, impact and accessibility of the content we publish. Kudos shares our values of promoting high quality and ethical publishing and helps us broaden the support we can provide to UTS ePRESS authors, as well as giving us insight into the effectiveness of communications that UTS researchers undertake around works they publish elsewhere.”
For more information go to the UTS ePRESS site and go to “Contact”.