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ACADEMICS AND OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING

I would like to invite opinion on an issue of immediate importance to all of us. In recent weeks I have been travelling around the UK attending university meetings to discuss my publications (Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory), open access issues generally and their response to the April 1st deadline for implementation of the new mandate. On practical issues, such as how open access funds are going to be administered, I have not met anybody yet that has got its house in order, which seems extraordinary since the RCUK decision was made over eight months ago and we are now six weeks to the start.

Whilst librarians are consistent and vocal supporters of reform (I was recently told that Social Sciences Directory is an ‘exemplar’ of a progressive publishing solution), the concerns of academics come up time and again. Researchers’ lack of understanding and refusal to accept either the need for change, or the new realities for UK research output in the light of Finch, is proving to be far more intractable than the supposedly entrenched resistance of publishing groups (which, whilst fearful that they will not be able to replicate subscription revenues from replacement article fees are already adapting and creating myriad new models).

Academics wish to continue to publish in high impact journals but, from April 1st, must publish in open access journals. I did some simple research into whether there is a body of open access journals that have impact factors, in the process finding this article:
http://wowter.net/2011/01/06/the-impact-factor-of-open-access-journals/
and this list of OA journals with impact factors:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1rF9RcqzpowYmY3ZTdkYWItZmQ0OS00YmFiLThjY2EtMzI1MjljYmE2NTE2/edit?num=50&sort=name&layout=list&pli=1

Although the data is now quite old (from 2009) it does not fundamentally alter the fact that, in many subject areas, there are not yet OA journals with impact factors.
So here’s the rub. How are librarians going to make recommendations about reconciling this problem? This would be a valuable discussion and I welcome comments.

DAN SCOTT

Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory

Email Dan Scott: dan.scott@SOCIALSCIENCESDIRECTORY.COM

Originally from LIS-SOCIALSCIENCE@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

Social Sciences Directory: http://www.socialsciencesdirectory.com/index.php/socscidir/index or http://www.socialsciencesdirectory.com

Humanities Directory: http://www.humanitiesdirectory.com/index.php/humanitiesdirectory or http://www.humanitiesdirectory.com/

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Aesthetics

SOCIAL SCIENCES DIRECTORY

Call for Papers

On September 24, the first issue of ‘gold’ open access journal Social Sciences Directory was published. It is a small but important start, with authors and reviewers volunteering their time and effort because they believe that research should be available without barriers. We want to build from here and publish content on a regular basis in order to become a substantial repository that can serve scholars and students worldwide.

Benefits of choosing to publish with us:
•    Fully independent Editors and Editorial Boards
•    Speeded up time to publication – aiding dissemination and citation for authors
•    Multi-disciplinary content to cross-fertilise ideas
•    Retention of copyright by authors
•    Peer review of all scholarly papers
•    Publication of valuable additional material
•    Unlimited space – so fewer unnecessary rejections
•    Low article fees  and / or institutional memberships (allowing unlimited submissions)
•    An easy-to-follow submission and review process
•    Indexed with EBSCO Discovery Service for increased discoverability
•    Archived with the British Library for perpetual access
•    Friendly and helpful service

If you have papers that you would like to be considered for publication, or would like to offer you services as a reviewer, please visit our website and register. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind regards
Dan Scott MA, BA (Hons)
Director
Tel: +44 (0)1423 326 257
Email: dan.scott@socialsciencesdirectory.com

 

Social Sciences Directory: http://www.socialsciencesdirectory.com

Social Sciences Directory is an online public database that provides the full contents of the published record of research and scholarly discourse in the social sciences in a freely accessible, fully searchable, interlinked form.

Our aim is to facilitate a revolution in social sciences publishing by providing a compelling demonstration of the value and feasibility of open-access publication. If we succeed, everyone who has access to a computer and an internet connection will be a keystroke or a click away from a living treasury of scholarly knowledge.

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com