In many other countries, a majority of research publications are now open access, but the system of paying for access still dominates academic publishing in Australia.
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research.
Budget cuts and outsourcing content have affected the amount and quality of science journalism. Scientists should learn to communicate their own findings directly and clearly to the public.
Academic publishing is often linked to promotions and bonuses.
Universities that pay academics to publish their research should do so with caution.
Comment letters in academic journals respond to previously published articles, and are subject to the same gender disparities found elsewhere in research.
Journal comments are responses to previously published articles. The gender disparity in the authorship of these comments both reflects and contributes to women's opportunities in scientific research.
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For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals.
The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It's a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
There is an increased demand for open access publications, and this is changing publishing business models.
Open access publishing still profits publishers, with little added value for researchers.
Publish or perish?
South Africa is ahead of the pack when it comes to research output in Africa. But this ranking is not a celebration.
By opening up academic journals to a broader audience, everyone benefits.
In South Africa, open access publishing should be mandatory and publicly funded data generated by universities, should be freely available.
In one year alone 380,000 domestic applicants didn’t get a university place in Nigeria.
Nigeria's higher education system is the biggest on the continent but it lags behind on research output.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires.
Digital publishing hasn't resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars' labor.
There’s huge societal value in opening up access to knowledge resources.
Globally, the scholarly publishing system is in dire need of financial and legislative change.
Surely a socialist.
Politicians on the right surely wipe with their left hand; and vice versa?
Announced on May 15 2018, the government’s Research Investment Strategy directs $1.9 billion towards hard infrastructure.
"Soft" infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control.
It’s not good if women’s research isn’t in the library stacks.
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Women are underrepresented in academic science. New research finds the problem is even worse in terms of who authors high-profile journal articles – bad news for women's career advancement.
Predatory publishers are vultures feeding on academics’ worries about output and incentives.
If there's a general sense that academic publication is about knowledge dissemination rather than meeting performance targets, academics and universities become less vulnerable to predatory journals.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access.
In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
Women are less likely to be published in scientific journals.
Women can often draw attention to dimensions of thinking that their male perspective may miss. But this will only work if they are in positions that allow them to lead and drive the research agenda.
More is less in the world of research publications.
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The traditional mode of publishing scientific research faces much criticism – primarily for being too slow and sometimes shoddily done. Maybe fewer publications of higher quality is the way forward.
Getting up close and personal with science has huge benefits – for the scientist, too.
There is mounting evidence to show scientists and researchers why public engagement is worth their while.