Duke Medical Center Library & Archives Blog
Open Access: Breaking Barriers for Quality Research
Posted On: Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 10:50 by Megan Von Isenburg
By Alissa Kocer
In today's digital age, we’re flooded with information, but not all of it is high-quality or free. Open access journals offer a solution, providing top-notch articles on the internet without restrictions.
As the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives recognizes International Open Access (OA) Week, Oct. 23-29, it celebrates a bold strategic partnership that’s dismantling publishing fees for Duke scholars.
This year’s theme, “Community Over Commercialization,” puts the spotlight on prioritizing the public over profits, and rethinking how we share knowledge.
Building Community Through Access
Catherine Staton, MD,…
New Open Access Publishing Agreement with PLOS
Posted On: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - 22:37 by Li Ma
Duke University Libraries and the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives are currently engaged in a two-year publishing agreement with PLOS, a non-profit scientific Open Access publisher with global reach. This agreement provides authors affiliated with Duke University, Duke Health, and Duke Kunshan University with unlimited, no-fee publishing in all twelve PLOS journals. Coverage includes articles accepted between January 3, 2023 and December 31, 2024, with all published articles being immediately Open Access and free to read for everyone.
The PLOS agreement will expand publishing opportunities for all Duke authors by eliminating expensive Article-Processing-Charges (APC), which are usually paid by authors and range from $800 to $5,300 per article for PLOS journals. Duke…MORE
International Open Access Week: October 23-29!
Posted On: Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 08:59 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.
Open Access (OA) Week is a great reason for everyone to learn more about the many benefits of Open Access and discuss all things open access with friends and colleagues. This year’s theme, Community over Commercialization, encourages a “candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community, and which do not.”
This idea echoes the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science that calls for the prevention of “inequitable extraction of profit from publicly funded scientific activities” and instead supports “non-commercial publishing models and collaborative publishing models with no article processing charges.”
To celebrate Open Access week at Duke…MORE
Publishing in "Sister" Journals
Posted On: Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:12 by Margaret Graton
You've revised your article and resubmitted it to your preferred journal, but the decision letter arrives in your inbox with the following message: "We regret to inform you that your article has not been accepted at "Your Preferred Journal." However, we would like to offer you the chance to transfer it to our sister journal…". What now?
Many publishers have jumped on the bandwagon to offer "sister" or "companion" journals, often Open Access, alongside their successful flagship counterparts. From the business perspective, it makes sense: when you have more submissions than you have room to publish, you make more room. Open Access journals especially offer a host of benefits, including greater flexibility, that a traditional journal cannot, and…
Transformative Agreement with Cambridge University Press
Posted On: Friday, February 25, 2022 - 22:26 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.
Authors who want to publish an article in an open access journal or publish in a standard subscription journal as an open access article, typically need to pay an "article processing charge" (APC) in order to cover the cost of publishing by the publisher. Duke University Libraries, including the Medical Center Library & Archives, now have a "Read and Publish" agreement, also known as a "transformative agreement," with Cambridge University Press(CUP) so Duke researchers can publish articles open access at no cost in specific journals covered by this agreement. In addition, users will have access to CUP's journal content. To find out what CUP journals fall under this agreement, use CUP’s…MORE
New Scholarly Communications Hub
Posted On: Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 08:10 by Megan Von Isenburg
Are you trying to find the best journal for your next research manuscript? Do you know how to find a journal's impact factor? Have you received an email invitation to publish or speak at a conference? Are you wondering what options you have for paying an article processing charge to make your article open access?
The answers to these and other common questions from our faculty, students, and staff about publishing and scholarly communications are now available on our Website via our Scholarly Communications Hub.
Linked from the…
NIH Statement on Predatory Publishing
Posted On: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 13:39 by Jesse Akman
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a statement intended to "protect the credibility of published research" by encouraging authors to publish papers resulting from NIH-funded research in reputable journals. You can read the full statement here.
For resources to help you determine where (and where not) to publish, see our Publication Metrics Guide.
Have questions about predatory publishing? Ask a Librarian! Contact us at email@example.com.
Tools for Choosing Journals
Posted On: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:17 by Megan Von Isenburg
Choosing a journal for your newest article is not always easy. While you may wish to publish in a high impact journal, there are many factors to consider when picking a journal to submit your latest article, such as audience and potential visibility. Here are a few of our favorite tools for identifying potentially relevant journals for your work:
- Web of Science or Scopus: These databases allow you to search for keywords and then analyze the results by journal or source title. This lets you see what journals publish most on certain topics.
- JANE: Journal / Author Name Estimator…
Open Access Required by Gates Foundation
Posted On: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 14:40 by Megan Von Isenburg
As of January 1, 2017, the Gates Foundation Open Access Policy will require that all Gates Foundation-funded research be promptly and broadly disseminated. What does this mean?
From the Foundation Website:
Our Open Access policy contains the following elements:
- Publications Are Discoverable and Accessible Online. Publications will be deposited in a specified repository(s) with proper tagging of metadata.
- Publication Will Be On “Open Access” Terms. All publications shall be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Generic License (CC BY 4.0) or an equivalent license. This will permit all users of the publication to copy and…
Making Information Free: Open Access & More
Posted On: Friday, October 7, 2016 - 13:56 by Patricia Thibodeau
Easy and immediate access to journal articles still remains a challenge. Even Duke cannot provide access to everything. Journal prices have continued to increase year after year with more and more expensive journals being published. That means important clinical, research, and educational content can be locked up for months, years, or permanently, inaccessible to the patients, health providers, researchers, teachers and learners that need access to them. This problem becomes even more massive when you look at access to information within developing countries, and can become an obstacle as Duke tries to work with global sites to reduce disparities in health, education, and research.
The following three movements are trying to ensure that…MORE
Categories: Resource Updates
ORCID iDs and Article Submissions
Posted On: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 09:51 by Jamie Conklin
At the start of the year, eight publishers, including eLife, PLOS, and The Royal Society, announced they would require ORCID identifiers from authors as a way to encourage ORCID adoption. An ORCID iD is a persistent identifier for an author, much like a doi for an article. The publishers issued an open letter inviting others to do…MORE
Invited to publish somewhere new? Be iNFORMED!
Posted On: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 16:47 by Megan Von Isenburg
Rarely does a week pass that I don’t get invited to publish in an unknown journal or to present at a conference. I hear from many of you that you are getting the same invitations. While you may be tempted to hit the spam or delete key, some of these journals may be legitimate. How can you tell which are worth pursuing?
Hopefully by now, most authors and readers of academic journals are familiar with the open access model. This model aims to shift the cost of producing academic journals to the author, as opposed to the readers and institutions that subscribe to the journals. Many open access journals offer excellent content in an open and low-cost way, making the research available to more people than a traditional journal…MORE
What's an ORCID and why should you care?
Posted On: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 17:09 by Megan Von Isenburg
Hint: it is not a whale.
Online publishing has created a great potential for finding and sharing research. We often hear from researchers that they not only want to find articles on a topic, but also collaborators, experts in a field, grant opportunities, and other related information. Currently, much of this is possible in a fairly labor-intensive way. You can search grant databases, article citation databases, Websites... but the process will become much richer and simpler when it could be truly automated. True automation will require better data. This is where ORCID comes in.
ORCID provides a way to differentiate authors. There are countless people with the same last names working in similar research areas. If everyone had an ORCID, systems would be able to distinguish…MORE
Students: Want to Get Published?
Posted On: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:09 by Megan Von Isenburg
Call for Papers for the next issue of the Medical Student Research Journal (MSRJ)!
The MSRJ, sponsored by The College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, is the only online academic journal in the U.S. operated by medical students for medical students. The MSRJ provides medical students with an excellent opportunity to publish, review manuscripts, or learn about the peer review process and all aspects of journal operations. All manuscripts undergo a strict peer review by students who have completed specialized training. Manuscript submissions are accepted from medical students worldwide. All articles are indexed and identified with a unique DOI number. The deadline for the next Winter Issue is October 1st, and the deadline for…