An Unnecessary evil

By Bertil F. Dorch og Charlotte Wien

The purpose of the peer review is to ensure that nothing that does not have sufficient scientific quality finds its way into the columns of the scientific journals. The peer review process found this form around 1950, and so far only a single of Albert Einstein's more than 300 scientific works underwent peer review (which made him complain to the editor)[In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Comments on “Factors affecting global flow of scientific knowledge in environmental sciences” by Sonne et al.

By Bertil F Dorch, Charlotte Wien, Jonathan P Tennant, Olivier Pourret, Dasapta Erwin Irawan, Jonathan P Tennant

There are major challenges that need to be addressed in the world of scholarly communication, especially in the field of environmental studies and in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, Sonne et al. (2020) published an article in Science of the Total Environment discussing some of these challenges. However, we feel that many of the arguments misrepresent critical elements of Open Access (OA), Plan S, and broader issues in scholarly publishing. … Continue reading Continue reading

Effective publication strategies in Clinical Research

By Bertil F. Dorch, Charlotte Wien, Daniella Bayle Deutz*, Dorte Drongstrup, Evgenios Vlachos

Researchers are increasingly being assessed by the height of their h-index, h. To guide researchers on the publication strategies most likely to lead to an improvement in h, we analyzed the research output of the Department of Clinical Research at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Our aim is to investigate the importance of the following seven variables in their academic careers: h-index, number of publications, number of citations, international collaborations, local collaborations, field specific journal publishing and high journal impact factor journal publishing. … Continue reading Continue reading

Access for all

By Charlotte Wien & Asger Væring Larsen

Our peer reviewer was thrilled. He called our article 'excellent' and gave it top marks for originality, described it as 'a significant contribution to the field of research', praised it for its clarity and for the deep insight into the research field that the text reflected. However, one cannot fully understand the reviewer's enthusiasm when considering the content the article. [In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

A shift of paradigm much needed in Academia

By Charlotte Wien & Bertil F. Dorch

The Danish Research and Education Libraries pay each year, in the nearly 40.000.000 Euro to what one could call a "para-academic industry" for access to the scientific literature and for data on research production. Our mother institutions - the universities – probably pays even more to these companies: First, they pay the salaries and operating expenses for the researchers enabling them to produce scientific literature, which they then give free of charge to the scientific publishers. [In danish] … Continue reading Continue reading

Being a deliberate prey of a predator: Researchers’ thoughts after having published in predatory journal

By Charlotte Wien, Najmeh Shaghaei, Jakob Povl Holck, Anita L. Thiesen, Ole Ellegaard, Evgenios Vlachos, Thea Marie Drachen

A central question concerning scientific publishing is how researchers select journals to which they submit their work, since the choice of publication channel can make or break researchers. The gold-digger mentality developed by some publishers created the so-called predatory journals that accept manuscripts for a fee with little peer review. The literature claims that mainly researchers from low-ranked universities in developing countries publish in predatory journals. We decided to challenge this claim using the University of Southern Denmark as a case.
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A stiletto on a tender toe

By Charlotte Wien & Bertil F. Dorch

It was a bit of a hand grenade that the French research minister Madame Minister Frederique Vidal threw into the' letter box' of the research world at the opening of this year's European Research Library Conference, announcing that she had allocated approximately 113 billion DKK to revolutionize the assessment criteria for French researchers and ensure that all French research is made free and available free of charge. It sounds a lot of money, but is very reasonable because investment can be quickly re-enrolled and create better correlation between universities management and individual researchers goals.[In Danish]
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Closer to Las Vegas than to Vancouver​

By Charlotte Wien & Kjeld Møller Pedersen

The number of authors on scientific papers are booming. The record is now 5,154 authors behind one article. Rumor has it, that some scientists are optimizing their own performance through systematic negotiations of authorship​s. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes less fortunate – but one thing​ is sure: As a researcher you need many journal articles and citations on your CV in order to survive.[In Danish]
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