Science covers our work on COVID-19

Update 29/05/2020: a printed version of the Science story is now out

A couple of weeks ago we uploaded along with Daniel Torres-Salinas and Pedro A. Castillo-Valdivieso, from the University of Granada a preprint in which we modeled the publication growth and social media attention to COVID-19 papers to make predictions. A specific aspects we considered was the distinction between OA and non-OA publications. This is a work in progress and we hope to deliver some more solid results in the future.

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Swamped by rankings

Lately the odds have confronted me with what I thought, was a topic I had left behind: university rankings. Having written my PhD thesis on university rankings, you can imagine how fed up I ended with all this business. Still, the fascination they provoke and the stimulating discussions they lead to (usually criticizing their use) traps me from time to time. While I thought these relapses were anecdotal, funnily, they have concentrated in the last 15 days. First, came the announcement of the release of the 2019 edition of the Leiden Ranking. This year, it includes gender and Open Access indicators. Me being involved in the development of the latter. Then, just a couple of days ago, our paper on Mining university rankings was finally accepted for publication in Research Evaluation and we uploaded an OA version of the manuscript.

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Living bibliography on Open Access

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Björk, B.-C., Welling, P., Laakso, M., Majlender, P., Hedlund, T., & Guðnason, G. (2010, June 23). Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009. (E. Scalas, Ed.), PLoS ONE. Public Library of Science (PLoS).
Bohannon, J. (2016, April 28). Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone. Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Chawla, D. S. (2017). Unpaywall finds free versions of paywalled papers. Nature.
Cullen, R., & Chawner, B. (2011, December). Institutional Repositories, Open Access, and Scholarly Communication: A Study of Conflicting Paradigms. The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Elsevier BV.
Gargouri, Y., Hajjem, C., Larivière, V., Gingras, Y., Carr, L., Brody, T., & Harnad, S. (2010, October 18). Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research. (R. P. Futrelle, Ed.), PLoS ONE. Public Library of Science (PLoS).
Ginsparg, P. (2006, September 20). As We May Read. Journal of Neuroscience. Society for Neuroscience.
Ginsparg, Paul. (1997, May). Winners and Losers in the Global Research Village. The Serials Librarian. Informa UK Limited.
Haque, A., & Ginsparg, P. (2009, November). Positional effects on citation and readership in arXiv. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
Laakso, M., Welling, P., Bukvova, H., Nyman, L., Björk, B.-C., & Hedlund, T. (2011, June 13). The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. (M. Hermes-Lima, Ed.), PLoS ONE. Public Library of Science (PLoS).
Moed, H. F. (2007). The effect of “open access” on citation impact: An analysis of ArXiv’s condensed matter section. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Wiley-Blackwell.
Whitfield, J. (2012, February 9). Elsevier boycott gathers pace. Nature. Springer Nature.

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