Study on the qualitative perception of Open Access

A contract study on the qualitative perception of Open Access was completed at the end of last year. The study was carried out as part of the third-party funded project visOA: Making Open Access publications visible in the holdings of a library, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and conducted by the […]

Bibliometric study on Open Access publications completed

Project completed: A bibliometric study on Open Access publications. It was based on the analysis of the publication output of the University of Applied Sciences of Saarland using various own evaluations as well as analyses of commercial databases. The tools used were mainly Excel and openrefine, which made the automatic enrichment of the data much […]

Predatory publishing. The role of academic libraries in publication support and their contribution to quality assurance

Gernot Deinzer (University of Regensburg) and I recently published an article on Predatory Publishing and academic libraries. The so-called Predatory Publishers are publishing any content with applying any form Peer Review against payment of a (mostly small) fee. The results of this practice are often referred to as Fake Publications or Junk Publications – whereby […]

Published: Open Research Data – SNSF monitoring report 2017-2018

Yesterday two related items were published in Zenodo’s Open Access & Open Science Research Community: Open Research Data: SNSF monitoring report 2017-2018 Abstract: The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) introduced its policy on Open Research Data (ORD) in 2017. This monitoring report gives an overview of the first experiences and provides an analysis of the adherence […]

Flip your journals to Open Access

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a non-profit Open Access platform that publishes quality-checked Open Access journals focusing on the social sciences and humanities. The highlight: Journals published via OLH do not require authors to pay publication fees in the form of Article Processing Charges (APC). Financing is given by grants from libraries. The […]

Sci-Hub under suspicion of spying

A recent article in the Washington Post suggested that the shadow library Sci-Hub was using phishing to gain access to scientific publication services and then distribute their content, bypassing copyright. Moreover, the suspicion is raised that Sci-Hub and its operators collaborated with the Russian secret service. More about this in a Telepolis article (in German […]

Taylor & Francis acquires F1000Research

As the Open Access publication service F1000Research announced on January 10th it was acquired by one of the largest publishers of scientific content: Taylor & Francis (part of Informa plc). As F1000Research comments this will „support the transition towards more open and collaborative ways of working, enabled though new approaches to scholarly publishing.“ The founder […]

„Steering science through output indicators & data capitalism“ – Presentation online

A few weeks ago I gave a presentation on the topic of „Steering science through output indicators & data capitalism“ at the 23rd Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN 2019) held at Turin/ Italy. The slides of this presentation are now online on Slideshare or can be watched right below. […]

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