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The aim of SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication, in particular, of the SciELO journals, SciELO national collections and the SciELO Program and Network. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The prospect is that the blog become a reference vehicle to the community related to SciELO and to the communication and evaluation of scientific research. The blog will cover topics related to scientific communication, eg. indexing of journals, bibliometrics, scientometrics, management of journals and their editorial processes, training and updating in academic publishing, marketing and dissemination, social networks, public policies on research and scholarly communication, open access, etc.. The SciELO in Perspective blog is open to contributions from publishers, researchers, and information and communication science professionals and students. You can be an occasional or systematic collaborator submitting articles, review articles, assays, news and comments.

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  • June 13, 2016
  • 10:51 AM
  • 596 views

The best of both worlds

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Quality is an ill-defined concept with regard to scholarly literature. Some aspects of quality can be assessed reasonably objectively, and immediately, such as the quality of presentation. But some cannot be readily determined, and need time and ‘digestion’ by the scholarly community, such as the scientific quality of an article. And then there is the quality of a journal’s service to authors, of particular importance for open access publishing that is supported by Article Processing Charg........ Read more »

  • May 25, 2016
  • 03:33 PM
  • 607 views

Open Access reviewed: stricter criteria preserve credibility

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The most comprehensive index of open access journals, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), reviewed its inclusion criteria, in view of allegations of the presence of predatory journals. This restructuring will lead to more than 3,000 journals to be removed from the database. DOAJ, besides advocating Open Access, established, in collaboration with COPE, OASPA and WAME, a code of principles and good practices in scientific publishing. … Read More →... Read more »

  • May 10, 2016
  • 03:18 PM
  • 673 views

The adoption of English among SciELO Brazil journals has been increasing

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The adoption of the English language is one of the advances that SciELO is promoting in order to increase the insertion, visibility and international impact of journals and the research they communicate. In recent years, the adoption of English has growing consistently among SciELO journals, which, from 2014 reached the milestone of publishing more in English than in Portuguese. The expectation of SciELO is that in the 2 to 3 forthcoming years 75% of the articles will be published in English and........ Read more »

  • April 7, 2016
  • 12:22 PM
  • 771 views

From the NY Times: Biologists went rogue and publish directly on the Internet

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The ASAP Bio conference held in February at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US, brought together biomedicine researchers to discuss new ways to communicate research results using preprints and post-publication peer review. Renowned scientists, including several Nobel Prize winners started to deposit their articles in open access preprint repositories before proceeding with the formal publication in journals. The topic received last week the attention of the New York Times. … Read More........ Read more »

  • March 31, 2016
  • 11:28 AM
  • 819 views

Reproducibility in research results: the challenges of attributing reliability

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Recently projects have been developed with the aim to reproduce published research results in psychology, biology and economics to verify their reliability. The results indicate different degrees of reproducibility in each area, however, they served to alert the scientific community about how fragile results considered irrefutable can be and reflect on the role of science in self-correcting. … Read More →... Read more »

Anderson, C., Bahnik, �., Barnett-Cowan, M., Bosco, F., Chandler, J., Chartier, C., Cheung, F., Christopherson, C., Cordes, A., Cremata, E.... (2016) Response to Comment on "Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science". Science, 351(6277), 1037-1037. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9163  

Allison, D., Brown, A., George, B., & Kaiser, K. (2016) Reproducibility: A tragedy of errors. Nature, 530(7588), 27-29. DOI: 10.1038/530027a  

Camerer, C., Dreber, A., Forsell, E., Ho, T., Huber, J., Johannesson, M., Kirchler, M., Almenberg, J., Altmejd, A., Chan, T.... (2016) Evaluating replicability of laboratory experiments in economics. Science, 351(6280), 1433-1436. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf0918  

  • March 22, 2016
  • 03:23 PM
  • 718 views

On the dangers of SciHub and hybrid journals

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Changes and developments in the way things are done are sometimes seen as threatening, as dangers. That is a natural, instinctive reaction, perhaps, but sometimes, the danger lies not so much in the development itself as in the things that the development in question prevents. There are two developments in science publishing and science communication that are seen as dangerous by many. Both developments are seen as threatening from opposite sides of the fence, so to speak. … Read More U........ Read more »

  • March 16, 2016
  • 04:06 PM
  • 667 views

FAIR guiding principles published in journal of the Nature Publishing Group family

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The FAIR principles provide at a high level of abstraction a precise and measurable set of qualities for research data publication and reuse - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). These principles address the increasing need of rigorous data management stewardship applicable to both human and computational users which will soon become a core activity within contemporary research projects in Open Science environments. … Read More →... Read more »

Wilkinson, M., Dumontier, M., Aalbersberg, I., Appleton, G., Axton, M., Baak, A., Blomberg, N., Boiten, J., da Silva Santos, L., Bourne, P.... (2016) The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Scientific Data, 160018. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.18  

  • March 10, 2016
  • 08:45 AM
  • 705 views

Speeding up research communication: the actions of SciELO

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The SciELO Program has been promoting the individualized publication of articles, increasing the frequency of publication and the anticipation of publication of new issues. The goal is to contribute to the improvement of SciELO journals in line with the current trend to accelerate research communication. … Read More →... Read more »

  • March 4, 2016
  • 04:29 PM
  • 753 views

May excessive transparency damage Science?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The scholarly community promoted and encouraged research transparency to curb the lack of reproducibility and scientific misconduct. However, this openness also opens room for attacks and harassment of researchers, often motivated by simple discrepancy between the results and even threats of physical and psychological violence. Learn how to recognize and protect yourself from attacks of this nature. … Read More →... Read more »

Wolfe-Simon, F., Blum, J., Kulp, T., Gordon, G., Hoeft, S., Pett-Ridge, J., Stolz, J., Webb, S., Weber, P., Davies, P.... (2010) A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus. Science, 332(6034), 1163-1166. DOI: 10.1126/science.1197258  

  • February 2, 2016
  • 11:53 AM
  • 899 views

Are ‘predatory’ journals completely negative, or also a sign of something positive?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Something that is generally, and justifiably, considered negative, can, however, also be a harbinger of an underlying positive development. The case in point is the existence of so-called ‘predatory’ journals, which have – inevitably – emerged in an environment in which a true market for scientific publishing services is slowly taking shape. … Read More →... Read more »

Ding, X., Wellman, H., Wang, Y., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2015) Theory-of-Mind Training Causes Honest Young Children to Lie. Psychological Science, 26(11), 1812-1821. DOI: 10.1177/0956797615604628  

  • January 21, 2016
  • 05:52 AM
  • 738 views

Will your paper be more cited if published in Open Access?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Is there any positive relationship between open access and the amount of citations? Last year Academia.edu announced in its website that citations to papers in its repository could raise in percentages much higher than other repositories. Is it truth or exaggeration? … Read More →... Read more »

  • December 16, 2015
  • 12:10 PM
  • 762 views

Openness and quality of a published article

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Openness is a scientifically and societally relevant part of a published article's quality. It is time that openness is recognized as a most important element of the quality of a research publication and that those who judge researchers on their publications (e.g. tenure and promotion committees) take that into account. For the benefit of science and the benefit of society as a whole. … Read More →... Read more »

  • December 8, 2015
  • 11:05 AM
  • 727 views

Annotating the scholarly literature online

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The Internet irreversibly changed the scholarly literature, the way it is published, assessed, disseminated, read, shared and cited. The peer review process has been evolving as a result of innovations facilitated by the Web. Among them, the post-publication review and open comments on online texts constitute a strong trend. Hypothes.is is an open source initiative that allows sharing openly – or privately – comments from researchers on scientific publications, contributing to their improvem........ Read more »

Perkel, J. (2015) Annotating the scholarly web. Nature, 528(7580), 153-154. DOI: 10.1038/528153a  

  • November 25, 2015
  • 01:13 PM
  • 798 views

How to assess research proposals?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The peer review of research proposals (grants) aims to judge the merit of projects and researchers and enable the best to be contemplated. The director of an institution in the United Kingdom shared on Twitter his struggle in evaluating the numerous proposals received and started a discussion forum from which ideas and suggestions emerged. … Read More →... Read more »

Singh Chawla, D. (2015) How to judge scientists’ strengths. Nature, 527(7578), 279-279. DOI: 10.1038/527279f  

  • November 13, 2015
  • 08:43 AM
  • 814 views

Predatory journals: the dark side of Open Access

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Low quality non peer reviewed open access journals called ‘predatory’ compromise the credibility of open access publishing and cause damage to this business model’s reputation. A detailed study analyzes these journals and their publishers, including geographic location and authors’ profile. … Read More →... Read more »

  • November 5, 2015
  • 12:25 PM
  • 834 views

Bibliometric indicators of the European scientific production

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Europe brings together many countries leaders in scientific and technological research and has encouraged cooperation programs between institutions, countries and regions to foster competitiveness, impact and relevance in research. A comprehensive study based on bibliometric indices analyzes the scientific output of the region and appraises its contribution to the realization of the European Research Area. … Read More →... Read more »

European Comission. (2015) Analysis of Bibliometric Indicators for European Policies 2000-2013. European Comission. info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.2777/194026

  • October 29, 2015
  • 08:36 PM
  • 525 views

Science (which needs communication) first, careers (which need selectivity) later

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Science communication and career advancement via journal publications are too closely intertwined, to the detriment of science. The selectivity of journals slows, hampers, and distorts the communication process. Therefore, the processes of scientific communication and assessment for career advancement should be separated. As a welcome side effect, publishing, particularly publishing with open access, could be very much cheaper than it is currently (and the money saved used for research). …........ Read more »

  • October 23, 2015
  • 03:29 PM
  • 570 views

Taking open access one step further: The role of SciELO in the global publication landscape [originally published in Editage Insights]

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

In this conversation, Abel Packer traces SciELO Program’s growth and talks about the gap in publication standards and processes between developed and developing countries. He also emphasizes the importance of establishing sustainable open access publication models. [Available only in English] … Read More →... Read more »

Abel Packer. (2009) The SciELO Open Access: A Gold Way from the South. Canadian Journal of Higher Education. info:/

  • October 7, 2015
  • 01:20 PM
  • 594 views

The publishing proposal of the Open Library of Humanities [Originally published in The Impact Factor Blog]

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The Open Library of Humanities (openlibhums.org) is no longer a project. On September 28th, 2015 the mega-journal for humanities and the social sciences came into existence, and at the same time a new funding model. … Read More →... Read more »

Eve, M., & Edwards, C. (2015) Opening the Open Library of Humanities. Open Library of Humanities, 1(1). DOI: 10.16995/olh.46  

  • October 1, 2015
  • 11:44 AM
  • 690 views

Project Making Data Count encourages sharing of research data

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Sharing of research data (open data) is increasing in all areas related to scientific research, and it involves authors, journals, publishers, funding agencies, the productive sector and society. In order to encourage authors to provide and reuse datasets, it is paramount to find ways to measure their impact. The initiative ‘Making Data Count’ is efficiently doing this, find out how. … Read More →... Read more »

KRATZ, J. E.,, & STRASSER, C. (2015) Making data count. Scientific Data. DOI: http://dx.org/10.1038/sdata.2015.39  

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