Short Introduction to Academic Publishing

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Short Introduction to Academic Publishing

  1. 1. Dietrich Rordorf Basel, 16 April 2014 Academic Publishing
  2. 2. 1) Short intro to academic publishing (Dietrich) 2) Peer-review and research ethics (Martyn) 3) Trasition from research to publishing (Franck) 4) Editorial roles within a journal (Dietrich) 5) Session with questions 2  Program Today Morning
  3. 3. Our mission is to increase open scientific exchange through the means of scholarly open access journals and conferences.
  4. 4.  Scholarly Communication 4Figure taken from http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/subject-guides/rem
  5. 5. • Peer-reviewed, formal publication • Presenting latest research results relating to an academic discipline • Scholars submit their work to the scrutinity of other scientists • Validation, certification & attribution • Journals are the «minutes of science»* * Jan Velterop. Keeping the minutes of science. In Proceedings of the second ELVIRA conference, May 1995, De Montfort University, Milton Keynes; ASLIB, 1995, pp 11-17. 5  Research Journal
  6. 6. 6  The First Academic Journals Figures taken from http://wikimedia.org
  7. 7. • Molecules • First MDPI journal • Established in 1996 • Volume 1 co-published with Springer-Verlag • Published by MDPI starting Volume 2 (1997) • Free to access in 1996 • Later «open access» 7  MDPI Journals
  8. 8. 8  MDPI Journals
  9. 9. • Online • Free to read • Free to re-use, given proper attribution • Open access movement arose out of discontent: o Increasing subscription costs per journal o More and more journals to subscribe o Scholars having decreasing access to scientific literature o ...in a world where things could be easily available online... 9  Open Access
  10. 10. • 146 journals (22 planned, 2 published by MDPI & owned by a society) • 200 in-house staff • 10’000+ papers per year • 100’000+ authors published • 7’000 academic editors more at www.mdpi.com... 10  MDPI Now
  11. 11. 11 Thanks! Dietrich Rordorf E-mail: rordorf@mdpi.com MDPI AG Klybeckstrasse 64 CH-4057 Basel Switzerland

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