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Beyond Open Access: Facing the Real Problems


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On Thursday 5th of December, Open Scholar co-founder Pandelis Perakakis gave a talk on how to move beyond open access and face academia’s real problems, at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. The talk focused on how the journal monopoly over three of the most basic processes in scholarly communication —validation, evaluation and dissemination— is creating problems even more important than the lack of accessibility to research output. The LIBRE platform was presented as an alternative, free, journal-independent, community-based model of research validation and evaluation where the author is at the center of an open and transparent peer review process.

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Beyond Open Access: Facing the Real Problems

  1. 1. Beyond Open Access: facing the real problems Pandelis Perakakis, PhD Open Scholar C.I.C. @libreapp
  2. 2. Open Access: an entire movement
  3. 3. the problem
  4. 4. it can get really annoying
  5. 5. Just how over-priced is “over-priced”?
  6. 6. talking about BIG business! Data are from Mike Taylor, The obscene profits of commercial scholarly publishers, 2012 http:// openaccess.commons.
  7. 7. elsevier boycott
  8. 8. some formal recommendations...
  9. 9. ...and the “t wo” roads to OA are born Green Gold
  10. 10. “green” repositories
  11. 11.
  12. 12. “golden” journals
  13. 13. why gold then???
  14. 14. how publishers think... Whatever one may think about the relative merits of Green and Gold OA (a matter that my colleagues on the Kitchen and myself have discussed numerous times) or the economic implications of embargoes of various lengths, what is clear is that Green OA has no promise of delivering augmented revenues to the publisher, but Gold OA opens up a new customer, the author him or herself, who in many instances pays for the article to be OA. Gold OA, in other words, represents a business opportunity, whereas Green OA represents a business problem. Thus we have the emergence of a relatively new market, where publishers fight to collect fees from this new class of customers: authors. How to compete is another matter. Most traditional publishers rely on the strength of their brands to bring the articles in. This is most obvious in cascading peer review, where the established publication represents the wide end of the marketing funnel and the Gold OA venues sit at the narrow end. (It’s worth remembering that this model works for purely toll-access publications as well, as the enormous success of Nature’s line-extension proves.) Other publishers focus on metrics of different kinds and boast of their Web-friendly tools for submission, discovery, and dissemination. As one would expect, wherever there is competition, the matter of pricing comes up. And here the established publisher may have a problem.
  15. 15. money is power! Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings
  16. 16. how did we get into this mess???
  17. 17. after all journals are brands!
  18. 18. is there a way out?
  19. 19. dissemination remember self-archiving?
  20. 20. validation
  21. 21. validation
  22. 22. validation
  23. 23. validation How LIBRE works STEP 1: authors self-archive research items STEP 2: link to LIBRE STEP 3: find & invite reviewers to openly peer-review STEP 4: reviewers evaluate based on predefined categories STEP 4: authors revise & update STEP 5: authors may choose to submit to a journal LIBRE is journal-independent LIBRE is an overlay to existing OA LIBRE is author-guided LIBRE is free LIBRE is open LIBRE is transparent LIBRE is citeable (DOI) LIBRE is safe (CLOCKSS) LIBRE is open source LIBRE is non-profit LIBRE is a community project
  24. 24. evaluation
  25. 25. evaluation
  26. 26. the future of scholarly communication?? scholarly communication model processes LIBRE benefits evaluation reviewer assessments pursue of quality scientific community scientific output validation author-guided peer-review transparency dissemination self-archive open access
  27. 27. thank you! @libreapp