Disruptions in a complex ecology:
the future of scholarly
communications?
Michael Jubb
Research Information Network
UKSG: ...
Purposes of scholarly
communications
 registering research findings, their timing,
and the person(s) responsible
 review...
Purposes of scholarly
communication (2)
 discoverable
 accessible
 intelligible
 assessable
 usable
 Royal Society, ...
Mechanisms for scholarly
communication
 oral: lectures, seminars, conference
presentations, tele-conferences
 written: t...
Players and stakeholders:
and their interests
 researchers
 universities and research institutes
 funders
 libraries
...
The Research Landscape:
Funders and Do-ers
Elsevier, International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, 2013: ...
Sources of funds: international
differences
Where research is done
Collaboration
Research Data
Publishers
 no. of publishers: c 2k
 no. of journals: c 28k (10k in WoK, 18k
in SCOPUS)
 no. of articles: c 2m a year
Publishers (2)
revenues (geog): c52% US
c32% EMEA
c12% Asia/Pacific
c 4% other
revenues (source): 70+%library subs
16% cor...
Quality assurance and peer review
 who?
 editors and editorial boards
 publishers’ editorial staff
 reviewers
 types
...
Quality assurance and peer review (2)
 issues
 fairness and bias
 delays
 inefficiency (repeat submissions and reviews...
Open Access: the routes
 Fully-OA journals with APC
 Fully-OA journals no APC
 Hybrid journals
 Delayed free access jo...
Open Access: Global take-up 2012
 Fully-OA journals with APC 5.5%
 Fully-OA journals no APC 4.2%
 Hybrid journals 0.5%
...
Service infrastructure
 subscription agents and other intermediaries
 navigation:
 abstracts and indexes
 citation ser...
Some issues for the future
 balance between sustainability and
innovation
 future of peer review
 future of journals
Thank you
Questions?
Michael Jubb and Debby Shorley, The Future of Scholarly Communications, Facet, 2013
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  • First four from Henry OldenburgLast has become increasingly important over past few years, as performance management and assessment has become a bigger part of the research landscape
  • Science as an open enterprise
  • Publication not just about dissemination: it’s a vital step in the competition for credit and scholarly reputation. It’s how researchers build the credit to win new research grants and advance in their careersChoices about where to publish are informed not just by the kinds of drivers I’ve just been talking about, but by hard-headed views about which journal will help me get most creditAll this underpinned by systems at national and institutional levels which reward researchers for publications in top journalsSo while perceptions of lower quality for OA publications may be wrong, they are realUncertainties about IP, and reluctance to give away rightsCosts for universities and funders; but also for publishers (existing ones and start ups); and lots of uncertainties about both
  • UKSG 2014 Breakout Session - Disruptions in a complex ecology: the future of scholarly communications

    1. 1. Disruptions in a complex ecology: the future of scholarly communications? Michael Jubb Research Information Network UKSG: Harrogate 14 and 15 April 2014
    2. 2. Purposes of scholarly communications  registering research findings, their timing, and the person(s) responsible  reviewing and certifying findings before publication  disseminating new knowledge  preserving a record of findings for the long term efficiency and effectiveness of research  rewarding researchers for their work
    3. 3. Purposes of scholarly communication (2)  discoverable  accessible  intelligible  assessable  usable  Royal Society, Science as an Open Enterprise, 2012
    4. 4. Mechanisms for scholarly communication  oral: lectures, seminars, conference presentations, tele-conferences  written: theses, working papers, pre- prints, books, journal articles, blogs, wikis, emails  public vs restricted audience  peer-reviewed/quality-assured or not?
    5. 5. Players and stakeholders: and their interests  researchers  universities and research institutes  funders  libraries  publishers  learned societies
    6. 6. The Research Landscape: Funders and Do-ers Elsevier, International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, 2013: a Report for BIS
    7. 7. Sources of funds: international differences
    8. 8. Where research is done
    9. 9. Collaboration
    10. 10. Research Data
    11. 11. Publishers  no. of publishers: c 2k  no. of journals: c 28k (10k in WoK, 18k in SCOPUS)  no. of articles: c 2m a year
    12. 12. Publishers (2) revenues (geog): c52% US c32% EMEA c12% Asia/Pacific c 4% other revenues (source): 70+%library subs 16% corporate 4% adverts 3% memberships 4% other Mark Ware and Michael Mabe, The STM Report: An overview of scientific and scholarly journal publishing, 2013
    13. 13. Quality assurance and peer review  who?  editors and editorial boards  publishers’ editorial staff  reviewers  types  single-blind, double blind, open
    14. 14. Quality assurance and peer review (2)  issues  fairness and bias  delays  inefficiency (repeat submissions and reviews)  data and reproducibility  overload  new types  soundness not significance  cascade  portable  open and interactive  post-publication Mark Ware Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide, Publishing Research Consortium 2013
    15. 15. Open Access: the routes  Fully-OA journals with APC  Fully-OA journals no APC  Hybrid journals  Delayed free access journals  Repository pre-print  Repository accepted ms
    16. 16. Open Access: Global take-up 2012  Fully-OA journals with APC 5.5%  Fully-OA journals no APC 4.2%  Hybrid journals 0.5%  Delayed free access journals 1.0%  Repository pre-print 6.4%  Repository accepted ms 5.0%
    17. 17. Service infrastructure  subscription agents and other intermediaries  navigation:  abstracts and indexes  citation services  linking services  library systems  reference management services  semantic enrichment  OA infrastructure  green and gold  metadata standards  text and data mining
    18. 18. Some issues for the future  balance between sustainability and innovation  future of peer review  future of journals
    19. 19. Thank you Questions? Michael Jubb and Debby Shorley, The Future of Scholarly Communications, Facet, 2013
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