Special Issue "Library and Scientific Publishing"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Beatriz Valadares Cendón

Guest Editor
School of Information Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Interests: e-journals, digital libraries, information retrieval systems, information seeking behavior, evaluation
Dr. Marlene Oliveira Teixeira De Melo

Guest Editor
School of Information Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Interests: scholarly communication, bibliometry and metric studies, citation studies, interdisciplinarity studies in information science.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past few decades, scholarly publishing has undergone major transformations. Continuous subscription prices increases for scholarly journals and a growing volume of scientific data were elements of the environment, which led to the need for change in the parameters of the scholarly publishing industry. The stream of new possibilities brought by digital information technology facilitated the extraordinary rate of these transformations. Reference books and monographs, as well as scholarly journals, have moved relatively rapidly into e-form. The search for alternative models of scholarly publishing, as a solution to the high costs of publications, led to the Open Access (OA) movement. The creation of subject repositories was followed by institutional ones, and nowadays the OA literature is increasingly accepted. As the number of high quality open access journals grows and repository infrastructure matures, OA publications are progressively included in citation analyses and impact studies. The traditional models of scholarly communication have shown to be insufficiently flexible to adapt to the new environment, leaving a major a major role in the alterations in scholarly and scientific communication to the networks.

Libraries are inextricably involved in these issues and accompany all of these movements of scientific publishing. As a consequence, librarians are having to redefine their roles and the services they provide to better serve the research and teaching needs of their institutions. As libraries become responsible for establishing databases of publications or institutional repositories, there is increasing potential for libraries and university presses to cooperate. Emerging roles both for libraries and presses, in a trans-institutional publication system are forecast.

In this environment, which brings together scientific publications, libraries, and technologies arose our interest in this Special Issue. We seek studies for further reflection on the challenges outlined above. We invite submissions by those interested in the topic as researchers in the field of library and information science, publishers, librarians and scholars from other social sciences. In terms of the genre, contributions can be think pieces, theoretical discussions, research reports with empirical data, or reviews of relevant literature. The threads of interest include but are not limited to:

New roles and trends for libraries

  • Evolving roles for libraries, librarians and information professionals
  • The implications of OA for libraries
  • Impact of e-journals on libraries
  • E-books and economic impact on libraries
  • University institutional repositories and libraries

New roles and trends for publishers:

  • Impact of OA movement on traditional scholarly publication model
  • Future trends and roles in the world of publishing and publishers
  • Sustainable economic models for scientific publishing

Open Access

  • Open Access within higher education
  • Open Access, the journal impact factor, and altmetrics
  • The economics of Open Access publishing

All submissions will undergo the regular peer review and editorial procedures followed by the journal, using double-blind review. Please remove all reference to the author/s of the submission in the text and reference list.

We look forward to your contributions to this important topic.

Dr. Beatriz V. Cendon
Dr. Marlene Oliveira
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • Scientific Publishing
  • Open Access
  • E-Journals
  • Institutional repositories
  • Subject repositories
  • E-books
  • Publishing industry
  • Academic libraries
  • Research Libraries

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Internationality of Publications, Co-Authorship, References and Citations in Brazilian Evolutionary Biology
Publications 2016, 4(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications4010004 - 22 Feb 2016
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The international dimensions of contemporary science have significantly impacted production and use patterns of scientific knowledge, which, in turn, requires new insights of librarians, publishers and academic institutions. Despite the recognized importance of internationality in science, studies on the internationalization of scientific output [...] Read more.
The international dimensions of contemporary science have significantly impacted production and use patterns of scientific knowledge, which, in turn, requires new insights of librarians, publishers and academic institutions. Despite the recognized importance of internationality in science, studies on the internationalization of scientific output are still limited and dedicated exclusively to analyzing of its diffusion and international collaboration. This study analyzes the national/international character of articles, international collaboration, references and citations of Brazilian scientific output in Evolutionary Biology in order to understand the contribution to the internationalization of science in Brazil. Analyses are based on data from the Science Citation Index of Web of Science and include 1450 articles, 60,454 references and 18,059 citing documents. Results reveal similar internationality patterns, with 99.6% of articles published in foreign journals, 90.5% international references, and 88.5% international citations. Despite recording the lowest value among the indicators (51.9%), international collaboration surpasses the national and international average and is an important characteristic in the field in Brazil, contributing to increasing the number of references and the impact of articles. Evolutionary Biology is considered a predominantly international field, whose internationality patterns increase the audience for the studies and provide greater visibility for Brazilian science. Full article
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Scientific Production on Open Access: A Worldwide Bibliometric Analysis in the Academic and Scientific Context
Publications 2016, 4(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications4010001 - 14 Jan 2016
Cited by 12
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This research aims to diachronically analyze the worldwide scientific production on open access, in the academic and scientific context, in order to contribute to knowledge and visualization of its main actors. As a method, bibliographical, descriptive and analytical research was used, with the [...] Read more.
This research aims to diachronically analyze the worldwide scientific production on open access, in the academic and scientific context, in order to contribute to knowledge and visualization of its main actors. As a method, bibliographical, descriptive and analytical research was used, with the contribution of bibliometric studies, especially the production indicators, scientific collaboration and indicators of thematic co-occurrence. The Scopus database was used as a source to retrieve the articles on the subject, with a resulting corpus of 1179 articles. Using Bibexcel software, frequency tables were constructed for the variables, and Pajek software was used to visualize the collaboration network and VoSViewer for the construction of the keywords’ network. As for the results, the most productive researchers come from countries such as the United States, Canada, France and Spain. Journals with higher impact in the academic community have disseminated the new constructed knowledge. A collaborative network with a few subnets where co-authors are from different countries has been observed. As conclusions, this study allows identifying the themes of debates that mark the development of open access at the international level, and it is possible to state that open access is one of the new emerging and frontier fields of library and information science. Full article
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