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Should we abolish journals? : Maximise your research impact: engaging with open access publishing

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    Should we abolish journals? : Maximise your research impact: engaging with open access publishing Should we abolish journals? : Maximise your research impact: engaging with open access publishing Presentation Transcript

    • Should we abolish journals? Antony Lewis Dept. of Physics and Astronomy http://cosmologist.info/ RIOJA project with Sarah Bridle and others Project work by Panayiota Polydoratou, Martin Moyle: 2007-2008 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ls/rioja/
    • What are journals for? • Registration: an author wishes to be acknowledged as the person who carried out a specific piece of research and made a specific discovery • Certification: the author's claims are tested through independent peer review, and it is determined that they are reasonable (refereeing) • Awareness: the research is communicated to the author's peer group • Archiving: the research is retained for posterity
    • What is arXiv for? (Currently mainly physical science and mathematics) • Registration: an author wishes to be acknowledged as the person who carried out a specific piece of research and made a specific discovery • Awareness: the research is communicated to the author's peer group • Archiving: the research is retained for posterity No certification (refereeing) Why duplicate the other three functions?
    • Overlay Journal Model • Abolish separate journals • Add certification (refereeing) to arXiv - Avoids having multiple potentially different copies of paper in different places - Increases quality of the open access arXiv repository - Significantly reduced costs
    • RIOJA: Repository Interface for Overlaid Journal Archives Main Technical Objectives • Develop open API for communication between repositories and journals • Develop software for hosting overlaid journals using the API • Demonstrate journal software using API implemented on arXiv.org repository
    • RIOJA APIs API Paper metadata Author authentication Repository Journal Integrated submission Publication status
    • Specific issues • Paper version tracking - only a specific version of the paper on the repository will be “published” • Science-specific issues like handling of equations • Options for publication of referee reports and open comments
    • The Problems - Perceived quality (same issue as starting any new journal) - Costs of current system borne very indirectly by libraries (little incentive for scientists to change) - Some learned societies funded in part by journals - WHO PAYS?
    • Conclusions - Overlay journals based on arXiv would have many advantages - Not clear how to get there for here More information: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ls/rioja/