Queries related to open access research and journals.

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How to publish under a Creative Commons license?

I will defend my PhD thesis soon and I currently have a bunch of papers in a finalization phase. As first author of these papers, and as my work is funded with public money, I am very uncomfortable ...
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Flair/Badge for arXiv paper?

This is borderline trivial, but in my attempt to publish my work in a public repository, I've found badges at the top of my README.md to be useful. For example, using Zenodo, I can create a badge that ...
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How can/should I indicate that it's okay to use open access content in a paper?

Suppose I want to reuse some substantial piece of content - say, a figure1 - from someone else's paper in my own scholarly work. If the other paper is under a traditional license, I'll have to obtain ...
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Why do open access consortia affiliate themselves with questionable publishers

The open access publishing world has a number of predatory publishers. Many know about Beall's list which identifies publishers and journals that engage in questionable practices. The existence of ...
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List of reputable open access journals

I found a list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers" here. I am just wondering if there is a similar list of reputable open-access journals in the social ...
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Prestigious institutions with open admissions policies

Has any college in the US managed to unite being prestigious and being open access, at undergrad or grad level. I mean open enrolment in the European sense, where they have kind of minimal ...
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Do Springer, IEEE, Elsevier charge a fee for non-open-access journals?

My PhD advisor and lab colleagues think that Springer, IEEE and Elsevier journals non-open-access charge authors for submitting a paper. (They usually only publish in local journals.) All the info ...
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Is there a license that prevents others from publishing my data before I do? [duplicate]

This is a hypothetical scenario that came to mind, so let's focus on the licensing part and not on the "why"-part. Let's say I want be a good open scientist and make my unpublished data available, ...
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Why do papers sometimes appear black in Google Scholar?

I would like to download this paper: O. Faure. Numerical pathwise approximation of stochastic differential equations. Applied stochastic models and data analysis, 1992. ... but when I use ...
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Is IJCA a valid open access journal? [duplicate]

Can someone let me know whether IJCA (http://www.ijcaonline.org/) is a valid open access journal to publish our research work? BR, Tharindu from Sri Lanka
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How should use of a preprint server be incorporated into the publishing workflow?

I am a biologist and very recently there has been a movement to increase the use of preprints in publishing biological research. This has generated a lot of discussion about preprints and their ...
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What arXiv licenses are compatible with APS publishing?

I'm having some trouble understanding exactly what the APS transfer of copyright agreement does and does not permit, and I was wondering whether someone here may have a clearer insight or previous ...
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Does gold (i.e., author-pay) open-access really help access to science and save taxpayer money?

I value the reputation of the journals to which I submit articles. Mostly, I wish to confront my work with the most competent researchers in my field through peer review, in order to have an expert ...
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ResearchGate: an asset or a waste of time?

There are now may different ways of increasing your research visibility: Google Scholar, laboratory/faculty/industry or even personal websites, LinkedIn, to name a few. In your opinion, how does ...
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Why does academia.edu reserve the right to sell, modify, and “exploit” my papers if I post them there?

In academia.edu's terms of service, it says By making available any Member Content on or through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, ...
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How to tell if a paper is behind a paywall?

I am trying to figure out if a paper is open access or not. My university subscribes to many non-open access journals. Some journals offer mixed models where some papers are open access and others are ...
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Open Access Crowd Based Publications (StackExchange like) [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in computer science and sometime in the (more or less) near future I have to publish my results. Yet, I am rather sceptic about the current state of publishing, aka peer-reviewed ...
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Computer vision journal paper. What to do?

I had worked on a computer vision problem three years ago, drafted a journal paper and submitted it to a top-tier journal. My rebuttal to the reviewers answered most of their concerns except "more ...
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Do IMS journals count as open access?

I'm considering submitting a paper to Annals of Applied Statistics, published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). According to IMS Journals on arXiv: Note that the IMS posts all ...
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Open access journal for water resources

I would like to know about journals on water resources/contamination. Is there any? I cannot afford to pay for publication, although I have some work which I believe can be published. Also, what if ...
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Is it ethical to share the knowledge for free that I've learned at the university?

I can see an enormous amount of videos on Youtube about helping to learn high-level knowledge that is usually taught at universities. Even though I'm only at the beginning of the time I'm going to ...
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Access to journals for individuals outside of an institution?

For all that is said about the wealth of information that is freely available on the internet, the fact is that most of it is incomplete, dumbed down, lacking in context or downright wrong. ...
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How to find OA free to publish journals with a JCR ranking?

I would like to find journals that: are ranked with JCR (no matter how low) and have open access (anyone can access the papers for free) and are free to publish (authors are not required to pay) ...
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How tightly enforced are open-access embargoes?

Many academic journals have copyright policies which forbid authors (possibly for a finite embargo time) to make their papers (either preprints, accepted manuscripts, or camera-ready versions) freely ...
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Is it illegal to share scientific publications not in the public domain?

Back in my university days, I got into the habit of saving papers I had to read to my hard disk. At first I did this simply to organize them more conveniently, and have quicker access to them. ...
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What is the effect of a journal going open-access on its impact factor?

I recently saw this reasonably interesting graphic regarding journals and open access. As many of you know, there is a large discussion about open access. It appears to be most strong within ...
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When can I safely use CC-BY license on arXiv?

On arXiv one can license a preprint on one of the following (see also a note on arXiv on licenses): arXiv.org perpetual, non-exclusive license to distribute this article (Minimal rights required by ...
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How to make my papers accessible to other researchers?

I have published some papers in some conferences, but the problem is that the people in charge put them in bibliographic repositories, such as DBLP, and they take too much time to do that. I would ...
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Open Lab Notebook in early postdoc career, advantages vs disadvantages

so I've found a few open lab notebooks such as this online. I think the philosophy is great, basically an extreme form of open-access. I work in theoretical neuroscience as a fresh post-doc. I'm also ...
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Use Google Scholar only for open access journals

Sometimes I work from home, and for security reasons it is not possible to connect to the campus computers. I use Google Scholar for finding papers and so, but from home, most of the journals can not ...
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What are risks or disadvantages in uploading to figshare or related services?

Figshare lets researches publish figures and data for long-term archival and public access. I just found out about it and find the idea sympathetic. See for example their F.A.Q.. What risks are ...
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How should one respond to 'Call for Paper' e-mails?

Of late I have been receiving a number of e-mails with subject 'Call for Paper' and invitations to contribute to new and/or open-access publications. While most of them immediately qualify for the ...
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What will happen to non open-access publications in the UK after 2014?

The UK recently decided that from 2014, all research papers supported by public funds must be published in open-access journals. For instance, the Research Councils UK announced a new policy stating ...
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Pros and cons on commenting on public review papers

Journals such as AMTD and ACPD contain an open discussion where anybody can comment on papers under review. The peer-reviewers are still anonymous, but other people commenting are not. If I'm reading ...
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Releasing one version of a Scientific Paper under an Open License

I am going to release a Technical Report that will be archived and made available online by the university's library. An abridged version of the work was accepted by a peer-reviewed conference and ...
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How to publish an academic book but make the PDF freely available online?

Background I like the idea of writing an academic book. It currently looks better on a CV when applying for jobs, grants, promotions, etc. than a blog post, or a website. Libraries and people ...
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How to evaluate an open access journal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you judge the quality of a journal? How to evaluate the genuineness/authenticity, impact, significance & reputation of an open access journal? The prestigious ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having open-access publications?

Is there any compulsory rule for researchers to have publications in restricted access publication platform? What if one has majority of his publications on open access journals?
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What is the best repository for Engineering research work in pre-print format?

I'm a civil engineer myself and found no options for depositing engineering related pre-print papers in any online repositories. Is there any easy solution to this? For example, academia.edu lets one ...
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What are the pros and cons of submitting same paper to more than one open repository?

What if I submit a same preprint to several open access repositories, e.g. arxiv, vixra, philica etc.? I guess doing so would give to a paper more visibility. But would it be a bad practice? Would it ...
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Why do universities have to splurge on journals?

Obviously this is a question in the light of the recent Elsevier boycott. Currently we do have an arXiv, maintained by academia and where researchers regularly upload parts of their work. In such a ...
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Is it advisable to put entire source of my thesis up on GitHub?

I've been using git for a while and now GitHub. I'm starting to write a master's thesis. Would it be a good idea to upload all the files to online public repositories? Does anyone have any experience ...
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What are alternatives to Journal of Theoretical Biology?

I am considering joining the recent boycott of Elsevier, however I work with biologists on theoretical/mathematical biology (in particular, evolutionary game theory and population biology). However, ...