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Canadian Center of Science and Education SLAPPs Jeffrey Beall, but they also publish plagiarized content

Tweet The Canadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE),  established in 2006,  has implemented a version of the Open Journals System and  hosts a number of open access journals. An article in the February 14, 2013, Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned that CCSE  “is threatening to sue Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado [...]

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Sun, February 17 2013 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

How to shed the predatory label? Open peer review!

Tweet There are more than 50 questionable open access publishers on Jeffrey Beall’s List of Predatory Open-Access Publishers.   Some questionable journals publish independently of any publisher.  How has this disease spread? Here are my thoughts and evidence: Plug-and-play content management such as Open Journal  Systems (OJS) provides a no-cost easy way to set up a [...]

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Thu, April 12 2012 » Uncategorized » 4 Comments

Grading the top clinical genetics journals for open access

Tweet Here are the top 10 clinical genetics journals for 2011,  according to SCImago Journal Rank for today, limited to journals with at least 100 articles over the last three years: Nature Genetics is the highest ranked journal by a wide margin.  In a reputation strong position, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) does not offer optional [...]

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Sun, March 25 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Into the Lion’s Den… Chemistry Central visits ACS later this month

Tweet Recent visitors to the BioMed Central (BMC) web site might notice the prominence that Chemistry Central has in the three-sisters navigational tabs: I have not had a chance to acquaint myself with this new open access publishing brand, with four new journals: Chemistry Central Journal Editors-in-Chief: R. Stephen Berry, University of Chicago,   Jean-Claude [...]

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Sat, March 10 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Interview with Dr. Raoul Kamadjeu, in anticipation of Open Access Africa 2011

Tweet Raoul Kamadjeu is a physician, co-founder of the Pan African Medical Journal. He is driven in all his projects by a simple motto: “Start small, but think big..!” He received his doctorate in Medicine in Cameroon and completed his MPH in Belgium (ULB). He has experienced a broad spectrum of public health practice, from [...]

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Sun, August 21 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

A modest proposal: Rating biomedical open access editorial teams

Tweet In my last blog post I promised to conjure up a way to compare the quality of the collective editors of a biomedical open access  journal. Here is my recipe, a modest proposal for rating the editing team of a biomedical open access journal.  I am tentatively calling this the OAER (Open Access Editorial Rating) Score. [...]

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Tue, February 15 2011 » Uncategorized » 6 Comments

UNESCO’s open access strategy presented at Open Access Africa

Tweet Last November, the publisher BioMed Central (BMC) sponsored Open Access Africa at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. BMC happens to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of  Springer Science+Business Media, acquired  in the fall of 2008.  I mention this because there are substantial costs involved in gathering the attendees of Open Access Africa, and I imagine this event [...]

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Sat, February 5 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

SpringerOpen’s launch… and a handy list of OA funding agencies

Tweet Not so long ago, in October 2008,  Springer Science+Business Media acquired the  BioMed Central Group (BMC) and its 180 open access journals (now up to 208).  BMC continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary within Springer’s Science+Business Media and do some interesting things. Recently we have heard about  the launch of a new [...]

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Wed, January 19 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open data discussion time

Tweet BioMed Central has drafted a position statement on data sharing, open data and licensing, and they have invited the wider scientific community to join the discussion to craft an explicit open data licensing policy. BMC acknowledges  the Panton Principles for open data in science, adding the caveat that the scientific community ensure researchers still receive appropriate [...]

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Fri, September 10 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Elsevier tests new peer-review….we want open peer review

Tweet I noticed in a tweet of a Research Information posting about Elsevier’s new peer-review experiment for Chemical Physics Letters called PeerChoice. On the scale of news,  PeerChoice is a murmur.  Reviewers for  one journal will now have the freedom to choose which articles they would like to review, hopefully matching their expertise and interest, [...]

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Sat, July 3 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments