ASAPbio: Launching Transpose, a database of journal policies on preprinting & peer review

ASAPbio: Launching Transpose, a database of journal policies on preprinting & peer review. “Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Transpose (@TransposeSCI), a database of journal peer review, co-reviewing, and preprint policies relating to media coverage, licensing, versions, and citation. These policies can often be difficult to find, unclear, or undefined. Our hope is to bring them to light so that authors, readers, reviewers, and other stakeholders can more easily find journals that align with their values. At the same time, editors can use this resource to draw inspiration from changing practices at other journals.”

EurekAlert: Hyphens in paper titles harm citation counts and journal impact factors

EurekAlert: Hyphens in paper titles harm citation counts and journal impact factors. “According to the latest research results, the presence of simple hyphens in the titles of academic papers adversely affects the citation statistics, regardless of the quality of the articles. The phenomenon applies to all major subject areas. Thus, citation counts and journal impact factors, commonly used for professorial evaluations in universities worldwide, are unreliable.”

PLOS: PLOS Journals Now OPEN for Published Peer Review

PLOS: PLOS Journals Now OPEN for Published Peer Review. “Starting today, ALL PLOS journals will offer authors the option to publish their peer review history alongside their accepted manuscript! We’ve been excited to make this announcement, and make major strides towards a more open publication process, since last fall when we signed ASAPbio’s open letter committing to transparent peer review options.”

Nature: Indonesia tops open-access publishing charts

Nature: Indonesia tops open-access publishing charts. “European funders have been leading a charge under ‘Plan S’ to make more of the scientific literature free to read. Yet the nations that publish the highest proportion of their research papers open access (OA) aren’t in Europe, according to a preliminary analysis shared with Nature. Instead, countries in southeast Asia, Africa and South America are leading the way — thanks to a flourishing network of local open-access journals and publishing portals.”

University of Iowa Libraries: University of Iowa Libraries becomes institutional member of Open Access publisher Cogitatio

University of Iowa Libraries: University of Iowa Libraries becomes institutional member of Open Access publisher Cogitatio. “Today hefty paywalls prevent research published in most scholarly journals from being read online by audiences that many academics often most want to reach—policy makers and elected officials, industry leaders, non-profits, educators, the general public, and even faculty from smaller teaching colleges and community colleges. The University of Iowa Libraries has signed an institutional agreement with Cogitatio Press to support Open Access publishing by faculty, students and staff in their journals. “

Inside Higher Ed: Making Monographs Open

Inside Higher Ed: Making Monographs Open. “The University of North Carolina Press is leading an experiment to significantly lower the cost of producing scholarly books — an important step toward a sustainable open-access publishing model for monographs. Many university presses have experimented with open-access monographs, but few have transitioned away from charging fees for most work, as they are unable to do so sustainably, said John Sherer, director of UNC Press.”