Change is glacially slow (but it happens): challenges and opportunities for the HSS

Galimberti, Paola and Marchitelli, Andrea Change is glacially slow (but it happens): challenges and opportunities for the HSS., 2011 . In PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2011, Berlino (Germany), 26-28 September 2011. [Presentation]


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In Italy, Open Access (green and gold road) toils to start due to many reasons such as: - lack of central and clearly defined policies - lack of a careful audience both of Managers and Institutional Key Decision-Makers in the universities - at a national level, lack of central funding agencies imposing open access policies to funded organizations and research groups - lack of local (University) policies counting on ad hoc fundings for open access publications - lack of serious reflections at political level on the importance of sharing of research results -in the STM field, proposals for publication are submitted mainly on international journals for reason of reputation and career. Hybrid OA publishing costs too much. Full OA journals (such as BMC or PloS, though it offers very specific titles). are generally preferred. HSS could be a potential area for OA, since institutions already use to fund publication of their researchers. The problems are a scarce attitude to visibility, a reserve when showing the results of a research (not for quality reasons, rather for an aristocratic attitude towards knowledge circulation). Nevertheless, things are slowly changing. The need to be evaluated makes being visible and evaluable fundamental. Online publishing seems to be a good way to reach visibility. Especially because the traditional form of publication on paper is not longer sustainable due to high costs. Universities and scientific societies are experimenting new ways of publishing, driven by the dissatisfaction of HSS researchers with the present system (extremely long publishing time, scarce distribution, no visibility). The transition to more visible publishing solutions encouraged a revision of quality evaluation mechanisms, and the formulation of stricter criteria for peer reviewing. The paper presents the case of University of Milan and the UNIMI journals platform, an OJS project hosted by Cilea (who supplies technical support), entirely managed by librarians: in particular: business model, organization, statistics, strong and weak points. Challenges and opportunities.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: open access, e-journals
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > EB. Printing, electronic publishing, broadcasting.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HA. Periodicals, Newspapers.
Depositing user: Andrea Marchitelli
Date deposited: 01 Oct 2011
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:20


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