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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.
Over the last decade, the topic of scholarly communication has attracted the interest of researchers in all fields of knowledge. One of the most studied topics is the assessment of peer review, including its qualitative and quantitative aspects, its ability to detect and curb unethical practices, the appreciation of its methods of assessment and how technology can facilitate and improve the process, while meeting the challenges brought about by the age of digital publishing. … Read More ........ Read more »
Mulligan Adrian, & Ellen Raphael. (2012) Peer review in a changing world: An international study measuring the attitudes of researchers. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(1), 132-161. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.22798
Nicholas David, Hamid R. Jamali, Eti Herman, Carol Tenopir, Rachel Volentine, Suzie Allard, & Kenneth Levine. (2015) Peer review: still king in the digital age. Learned Publishing, 28(1), 15-21. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/20150104
Nicholas David, Rachel Volentine, Suzie Allard, Kenneth Levine, Carol Tenopir, & Eti Herman. (2014) Trust and Authority in Scholarly Communications in the Light of the Digital Transition: setting the scene for a major study. Learned Publishing, 27(2), 121-134. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1087/20140206
Onitilo Adedayo A., Sherry A. Salzman-Scott, Rachel V. Stankowski, & Suhail A. R. Doi. (2013) A Core-Item Reviewer Evaluation (CoRE) System for Manuscript Peer Review. Accountability in Research, 21(2), 109-121. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08989621.2014.847664
Park In-Uck, & Marcus R. Munafò. (2013) Modelling the effects of subjective and objective decision making in scientific peer review. Nature, 506(7486), 93-96. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12786
Vesnic-Alujevic Lucia. (2014) Peer Review and Scientific Publishing in Times of Web 2.0. Publishing Research Quarterly, 30(1), 39-49. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12109-014-9345-8
Peer review is seen as one of the pillars - if not the most important - of scientific communication. Despite the difficulties in going through the review process, the authors believe that the process improves the quality of the manuscript, and they want to be published on refereed journals that have a sound evaluation mechanism. Recent cases of attempted manipulation of the peer review process by fake reviews concern the international scientific community, however, it does not undermine its cred........ Read more »
The current science publisher Elsevier may have the same name as the venerable publishing house that published the work of great scientists in the 16th and 17th century, but there is in fact no historical connection other than the name. … Read More →... Read more »
FREDRIKSSON Einar. (2001) The Dutch Publishing Scene: Elsevier and North-Holland. IOS Press.
FREDRIKSSON, E. H. (2001) The Dutch Publishing Scene: Elsevier and North-Holland. A century of science publishing: a collection of essays. info:/
The double-blind peer review system is chosen by most researchers as an effective and efficient mechanism by eliminating subjective judgment as well as authorship and affiliation biases, allowing to focus on the quality of the manuscript. Nature reports that authors can, from now on, choose this form of review for their manuscripts. Here are discussed the most common forms of peer review, its features, advantages and disadvantages, including those regarding SciELO Brazil journals. … Read M........ Read more »
Mulligan, A., Hall, L., & Raphael, E. (2013) Peer review in a changing world: An international study measuring the attitudes of researchers. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(1), 132-161. DOI: 10.1002/asi.22798
Meneghini, R., Packer, A., & Nassi-Calò, L. (2008) Articles by Latin American Authors in Prestigious Journals Have Fewer Citations. PLoS ONE, 3(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0003804
Researchers have been discussing what would be the impact of making the review process of grant proposals more open and transparent, in order to support the preparation of better proposals and acknowledge the work of the reviewers. A recently published paper in Nature examines the impact of two articles on the open availability of the review of research proposals and the possibility of changing the assessment after publication of the results. … Read More →... Read more »
Woolston, C. (2015) What would happen if grant reviews were made public?. Nature, 517(7534), 247-247. DOI: 10.1038/517247f
Mietchen D. (2014) The transformative nature of transparency in research funding. PLoS biology, 12(12). PMID: 25549343
Gurwitz D, Milanesi E, & Koenig T. (2014) Grant application review: the case of transparency. PLoS biology, 12(12). PMID: 25460001
The use of social networks in science communication has been increasing on a large scale, and specific platforms have been created for interaction and information sharing among researchers. A study by researchers at the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland evaluated whether and how scientific impact can be measured by social media data analysis, and how this approach correlates to traditional metrics. … Read More →... Read more »
HOFFMANN, C.P., LUTZ, C., & MECKEL, M. (2014) Impact Factor 2.0: Applying Social Network Analysis to Scientific Impact Assessment. 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Science, Hilton Waikoloa Village. DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.202
boyd, D., & Ellison, N. (2007) Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 210-230. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00393.x
Certain disciplines have a lower percentage of women than others. A study published in Science puts forward the hypothesis that there are proportionately fewer women in fields where it is believed that brilliance and innate talent are required rather than hard work and dedication. The study, which looked at 1,820 researchers in institutions of higher education in the United States, showed an inverse relationship between the fields that value innate talent and the number of women represented in t........ Read more »
Leslie, S., Cimpian, A., Meyer, M., & Freeland, E. (2015) Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines. Science, 347(6219), 262-265. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261375
Is has been 350 years since the first numbers of the first journals of scientific nature were published - Journal des Sçavans and Philosophical Transactions. With the support of the new printing technology handwritten letters used in the communication between researchers and scholars have been replaced. There is much to celebrate in these 350 years in which scientific journals contributed to the record and memory of the advancement of science. Online Web publishing is the most important t........ Read more »
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