#OpenAccess – it’s up to all of us!
"Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries" has published a review of our book.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. ★★★ All academic and professional libraries.
Digital technologies carry the promise of transforming science and opening up the research process. We interviewed researchers from a variety of backgrounds about their attitudes towards and experiences with openness in their research practices. We observe a considerable discrepancy between the concept of open science and scholarly reality. While many researchers support open science in theory, the individual researcher is confronted with various difficulties when putting open science into practice. We analyse the major obstacles to open science and group them into two main categories: individual obstacles and systemic obstacles. We argue that the phenomenon of open science can be seen through the prism of a social dilemma: what is in the collective best interest of the scientific community is not necessarily in the best interest of the individual scientist. We discuss the possibilities of transferring theoretical solutions to social dilemma problems to the realm of open science.
First Monday. Kaja Scheliga, Sascha Friesike.
Publishing in academia still bears the imprints of the book age.
Just as in the story of the QWERTY keyboard, a system of academic publishing prevailed that works, but is suboptimal. The established system of academic publishing, from submission, review, and publication is in the eye of the socio-technological opportunities outdated. It takes too much time, it is too expensive and leads to an artificial scarcity of content. It no longer reflects the zeitgeist.
The Biological Records Centre, which supports more than 80 wildlife recording societies and schemes, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Its data, submitted by volunteers, is used by scientists, such as monitoring the spread of invasive species.
It has also helped researchers gain insight into ecological concerns, such as the demise of pollinating insects.
Journal, Research Network or Preprint archive?
Or simply a "Research and Publishing Network"?