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Ten Hot Topics around Scholarly Publishing

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Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE), 75008 Paris, France
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Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08901, USA
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School of Education, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK
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CESIMO, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida 5101, Venezuela
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Scholarly Communications Lab, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Colombia, V6B 5K3, Canada
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IGDORE, 10115 Berlin, Germany
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Utrecht University Library, Utrecht University, Utrecht 3512, The Netherlands
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Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, CA 27607, USA
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IGDORE, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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INASP, Oxford, OX1 1RR, UK
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Oslo Metropolitan University, 0010 Oslo, Norway
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Dirección General de Asuntos Académicos, Universidad de Las Américas, Sede Providencia, Manuel Montt 948, Chile
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Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology and Know-Center GmbH, Graz 8010, Austria
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National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, SW3 6LY, UK
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Freelance Science Journalist, Madrid, Spain
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Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels 1050, Belgium
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Publications 2019, 7(2), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7020034
Received: 11 March 2019 / Revised: 23 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 May 2019 / Published: 13 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Frontiers for Openness in Scholarly Publishing)
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Abstract

The changing world of scholarly communication and the emerging new wave of ‘Open Science’ or ‘Open Research’ has brought to light a number of controversial and hotly debated topics. Evidence-based rational debate is regularly drowned out by misinformed or exaggerated rhetoric, which does not benefit the evolving system of scholarly communication. This article aims to provide a baseline evidence framework for ten of the most contested topics, in order to help frame and move forward discussions, practices, and policies. We address issues around preprints and scooping, the practice of copyright transfer, the function of peer review, predatory publishers, and the legitimacy of ‘global’ databases. These arguments and data will be a powerful tool against misinformation across wider academic research, policy and practice, and will inform changes within the rapidly evolving scholarly publishing system. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer review; copyright; open access; open science; scholarly communication; web of science; Scopus; impact factor; research evaluation peer review; copyright; open access; open science; scholarly communication; web of science; Scopus; impact factor; research evaluation
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Tennant, J.P.; Crane, H.; Crick, T.; Davila, J.; Enkhbayar, A.; Havemann, J.; Kramer, B.; Martin, R.; Masuzzo, P.; Nobes, A.; Rice, C.; Rivera-López, B.; Ross-Hellauer, T.; Sattler, S.; Thacker, P.D.; Vanholsbeeck, M. Ten Hot Topics around Scholarly Publishing. Publications 2019, 7, 34.

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