Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members. These are articles we’ve read and liked, things that made us think and things we couldn’t stop talking about.
- The Tender Document for the European Commission’s Open Access Platform Asks for an Awful Lot for Not Very Much
Martin Paul Eve reviews the tough platform requirements new European Commission’s open-access platform. (Suggested by Claire Rawlinson, Publisher)
- Rethinking newsroom innovation
Lessons from BBC News Labs‘s inaugural Media Innovation Unconference.
- A Reality Check on Author Access to Open Access Publishing
Hilda Bastian tries to work out how many English, biomedical journals with DOIs that are indexed in Medline do not charge APCs? (Answer 105 but see caveats)
- What’s wrong with the JIF in 5 graphs
Scholars love to hate the journal impact factor, but Dalmeet Singh Chawla asks how flawed is it?
- The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete
James Somers writes about the future of the scientific papers (computational notebooks) in The Atlantic.
- Journal coverage of the Emerging Sources Citation Index
A study looking at the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) found that 19.3% of the ESCI journals are not covered by any other A&I databases. “This low coverage suggests that the selection criteria for ESCI journals are not consistent with the overall trend in the other classical citation indexes.” (Suggested by Henry Spilberg, Associate Publisher)
- Mark Little: No, we are not building a Netflix for News
Interesting parallels between ‘Netflix for news’ and ‘iTunes for papers’ discussions. There’s some food for thought in here for academic publishers.
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