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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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  • October 23, 2015
  • 03:29 PM
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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
  • 609 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
  • 713 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  

  • September 23, 2015
  • 11:00 AM
  • 908 views

The BMJ requires data sharing to publish clinical trials

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Increased publication of clinical trial outcomes has been promoted by regional and global initiatives in order to increase transparency, reproducibility and reliability of the assays. The BMJ follows this movement, becoming the first journal to require availability of individual patient data, anonymously and upon request, as a prerequisite for publication. … Read More →... Read more »

  • September 17, 2015
  • 01:39 PM
  • 869 views

The favourable perception of open access increases among researchers

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

A research conducted by the Nature Publishing Group indicates that the perception of open access (OA) publishing is rapidly changing among researchers. In 2014, 40% of authors who have not published in OA journals declared themselves concerned about the quality of publications, a percentage which fell to 27% in 2015. The NPG supports OA publications and recognizes its importance, publishing 56% of the articles in this format. … Read More →... Read more »

  • September 10, 2015
  • 10:24 AM
  • 722 views

What is holding back the transition to open access if it does not cost more?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Transition to Article Processing Charge supported open access from a closed access subscription system is far from straightforward, even if the cost of such an open access system is the same, or even less. There are glimmers of hope, though, in an approach that may help to overcome the hurdles, by taking a large-scale, even nationwide, approach as opposed to the usual one where each individual institution has to weigh up the costs and benefits. … Read More →... Read more »

  • August 17, 2015
  • 10:09 AM
  • 901 views

The advanced management of manuscript evaluations was the focus of the first ScholarOne refresher course at SciELO

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The idea for the refresher course SciELO-ScholarOne, held August 7 in the auditorium of FAPES in São Paulo, came from the need to further improve the level of professionalization of the editorial teams of the SciELO journals that use ScholarOne. The course was attended by close to 180 participants, representing 77 journals from different areas of knowledge. … Read More →... Read more »

PACKER, A.L. (2015) Online management of manuscripts is a required indexing criterion of SciELO. SciELO in Perspective. info:/

  • August 12, 2015
  • 10:35 AM
  • 915 views

Unpublished results from clinical trials distort medical research

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The ClinicalTrials.gov initiative was created with the purpose to establish a platform for recording information on clinical trials conducted by public organizations (research institutes and government agencies) and private (pharmaceutical companies). A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, shows a worrying scenario. Despite the requirement to register clinical trials in a publicly accessible base, a small fraction of them are published in scientific journals, c........ Read more »

Anderson, M., Chiswell, K., Peterson, E., Tasneem, A., Topping, J., & Califf, R. (2015) Compliance with Results Reporting at ClinicalTrials.gov. New England Journal of Medicine, 372(11), 1031-1039. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1409364  

  • August 2, 2015
  • 09:25 AM
  • 824 views

Motion to repudiate Mr. Jeffrey Beall’s classist attack on SciELO

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

By the Brazilian Forum of Public Health Journals Editors and the Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva (Abrasco, Brazilian Public Health Association) … Read More →... Read more »

  • July 28, 2015
  • 03:01 PM
  • 733 views

Ciência e Saúde Coletiva dedicates issue on the importance of Brazilian Collective Health journals

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The journal Ciência e Saúde Coletiva celebrates 20 years of uninterrupted publication and relevant contribution to national, regional and international Public and Collective Health. The July 2015 thematic issue celebrates the most relevant Brazilian publications and provides an overview of the development of the area, which scientifically supported the construction the Brazil’s Unified Health System - SUS. … Read More →... Read more »

Carvalho, M., Coeli, C., & Travassos, C. (2015) Uma breve história de Cadernos de Saúde Pública. Ciência , 20(7), 2007-2012. DOI: 10.1590/1413-81232015207.05882015  

Martins, C., Ribeiro, H., Alvarenga, A., & Carvalheiro, J. (2015) Saúde e Sociedade: parceria e abertura para novas abordagens. Ciência , 20(7), 2069-2080. DOI: 10.1590/1413-81232015207.06042015  

  • July 13, 2015
  • 10:28 AM
  • 776 views

Science Publishing: the Transition to Open Access Going Dutch

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The negotiations between the Dutch universities (VSNU – the Association of Universities in The Netherlands) and three large publishers (Springer, Wiley, Sage) have been concluded and significant steps to include open access in the deals with those publishers have been made. With Elsevier, however, the negotiations are in deadlock, according to the VSNU. They have called for a boycott, but the real question is, of course, why it is that Elsevier, the largest, and Dutch (!) academic publisher, c........ Read more »

Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). (2015) Dutch Universities and SAGE reach agreement on open access. Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). info:/

  • July 1, 2015
  • 02:16 PM
  • 806 views

Ethics in research: how to improve the integrity of scientists in their work

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Scientific activity as a social enterprise must maintain its credibility. The Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines are presented as a recent and innovative initiative for scientific journals, and as one of the ways to guard this social value. … Read More →... Read more »

Alberts, B., Cicerone, R., Fienberg, S., Kamb, A., McNutt, M., Nerem, R., Schekman, R., Shiffrin, R., Stodden, V., Suresh, S.... (2015) Self-correction in science at work. Science, 348(6242), 1420-1422. DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3847  

Nosek, B., Alter, G., Banks, G., Borsboom, D., Bowman, S., Breckler, S., Buck, S., Chambers, C., Chin, G., Christensen, G.... (2015) Promoting an open research culture. Science, 348(6242), 1422-1425. DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2374  

  • June 19, 2015
  • 01:18 PM
  • 779 views

SciELO adopts CC-BY as main Open Access attribution

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

From 1st July 2015 the SciELO Program will adopt the Creative Commons license CC-BY as a standard of Open Access attribution to SciELO Brazil Collection. By this decision, SciELO aligns to the Open Access policies adopted by the leading journals and international publishers with the main purpose to increase and the options of access and reuse of the published articles. … Read More →... Read more »

  • June 8, 2015
  • 02:14 PM
  • 831 views

SciELO updates the guide for publication of errata and retractions

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

In late-May 2015 the SciELO Program published the updated guide for publication of erratum, retraction and expression of concern. The guide was written based on international guidelines and recommendations and it is directed to editors of journals indexed in SciELO. … Read More →... Read more »

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). (2013) Corrections and Version Control. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). info:/

  • May 26, 2015
  • 03:21 PM
  • 879 views

Can monies spent globally on journal subscriptions be completely transitioned to an OA business model to free the journals?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The recent rapid growth in open access publishing, and the clear benefits that open access presents to society as a whole leads to the question: can all subscription based scientific journals in the world be transitioned to open access in a sustainable way? Is there enough money currently in the system for such a transition, and would there be any economic impact? A recent eye-opening study published by the Max Planck Digital Library delves into this issue and provides some very concrete answers........ Read more »

SCHIMMER, R., GESCHUHN, K.K., & VOGLER, A. (2015) Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access. MPG. PuRe. info:/10.17617/1.3

  • May 18, 2015
  • 04:35 PM
  • 1,209 views

Dealing with information overload

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Information overload is a major barrier researchers face to capture and ingest the knowledge that is being discovered and created by science. The challenge is how to develop ways to create overviews of the knowledge that has been published related to specific areas of interest. The Lazarus initiative is introduced. … Read More →... Read more »

  • May 12, 2015
  • 03:22 PM
  • 641 views

Enhancing peer review: guides, tutorials and good practice manuals

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The validation of scientific reports before publication is an established practice, whose effectiveness and importance is recognized by authors, publishers, funding agencies and scientific societies around the world, in order to ensure the originality, quality, reliability, integrity and consistency of scholarly literature. What has long been the exclusive prerogative of publishers and editors now relies on innovative initiatives by organizations and societies dedicated to understand and improve........ Read more »

  • May 11, 2015
  • 02:23 PM
  • 867 views

Peer review: The pleasure of publishing – originally published in the journal eLife in January/2015

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

When assessing manuscripts eLife editors look for a combination of rigour and insight, along with results and ideas that make other researchers think differently about their subject. … Read More →... Read more »

  • May 6, 2015
  • 03:59 PM
  • 813 views

eLife: an example of improved peer review

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The online open access peer reviewed journal eLife publishes articles in biomedicine and life sciences. The nonprofit publication emerged from the ideas of its founders to create a publication model that met the needs of the academic community regarding editorial policy. The journal relies on a staff of Senior Editors made of renowned, experienced researchers, which are active in their fields. Its peer review process is innovative and aims to ensure clear assessment goals as well as constructive........ Read more »

  • April 30, 2015
  • 05:22 PM
  • 667 views

The use of research metrics is diversified in the Leiden Manifesto

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Research evaluation in recent decades has been increasingly conducted through metrics and indicators, which are gradually replacing the assessment by peers. Researchers gathered at the 19th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2014) held in September 2014 in Leiden, Netherlands, in order to advise on the use of metrics in research assessment drafted a set of rules - the Leiden Manifesto. Know its guidelines. … Read More →... Read more »

Hicks Diana, Ludo Waltman, Sarah de Rijcke, & Ismael Rafols. (2015) Bibliometrics: The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics. Nature, 520(7548), 429-431. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/520429a  

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