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Open Research Society - open journal publishing - Miguel Angel Sicilia


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Describes some preliminary ideas on open scholarly publishing that come from discussions of the founders of the Open Research Society. Presented at MTSR'07:

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Open Research Society - open journal publishing - Miguel Angel Sicilia

  1. 1. From open access to open research and information sustainability Miguel-Angel Sicilia Information Engineering Research Unit [University of Alcalá]
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Open Research Society approach: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build on open access and open source established practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and go beyond experimenting. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Journal open access the ORS way <ul><li>Draft proposal for discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy on fees and subscriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements for open source scientific resource publishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements for openness in the peer review process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements for openness in Editorial Boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliometrics and ORS journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The ORS way is expanding the open access idea beyond the sharing of digital contents. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Policy on fees and subscriptions <ul><li>All the papers published are and will continue to be open access. In addition, publishing will never require fees to the authors of the papers (or their institutions). </li></ul><ul><li>However, authors could be asked to follow some specific guidelines for the format and style of their papers, and they could be required to provide metadata and complementary digital files for their papers. These requirements will be oriented to increase the openness of research results. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Requirements for open scientific resources <ul><li>Authors will be required to provide in open source form all the resources used or created in the course of the research reported in their papers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This typically includes data sets in the case of empirical studies, software, files or ontologies in the case of papers that report on technology, and educational resources in the case of papers reporting instructional practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This does not conflict with preserving anonymity and privacy, but is oriented to make research contrastable and repeatable and to improve opportunities for meta-analysis.    </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Openness in peer review <ul><li>All ORS journals follow a double-blind peer review process , similar to that of most standard scholarly journals. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preliminary screening for early feedback. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experimental review processes (as collaborative or incremental reviews) will be provided as an option for authors that consider them more appropriate than the conventional review process. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ORS will report which published papers were selected through these special processes to allow for objective comparison in terms of quality and impact. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Opennes in the EB <ul><li>The ORS renews Editorial Boards by a process of temporary appointment. Editorial Board members serve in periods of 3-4 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invitations are suggested by present Editorial Board members. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self nominations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invitation to authors of papers of special relevance in ORS journals, based on the bibliometric assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The policy for Editorial Board membership allows for plurality, rotation and openness in the decision-making organization of ORS journals, in contrast with existing practices that conform static boards that change on the discretion of publishers or editors in chief. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Sustainability <ul><li>Sustainability is a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, an agricultural system is sustainable if it can be expected to be productive (with some approximate level of productivity) indefinitely. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What about IT? Two interpretations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How IT affects the environment, e.g. issues about recycling hardware… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… but here we are concerned with the sustainability of digital content production. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Information sustainability <ul><li>Is the way we produce Internet information sustainable? </li></ul><ul><li>Let’sthink some operating conditions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of finding information (avoid information overload). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust in the Internet as a source of information. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The mass production of information might go against these properties! </li></ul><ul><li>… is there a solution? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Metadata and InfSus <ul><li>Metadata helps applications find relevant information, so acting as a filter to trusted sources. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Producing quality metadata with the appropriate applications makes Internet information search sustainable in the long term. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This needs to be combined with personalization. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainable information as a concept provides a framework for assessing metadata initiatives. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How the ORS meets InfSus <ul><li>Providing full metadata for research reports. </li></ul><ul><li>Openly sharing bibliometric information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>References standardized (e.g. Bibtex). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This enables open citation indexes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing more than the paper… </li></ul><ul><li>… more is required! </li></ul>