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Online-consultation "scientific publication system": documentation and main results

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Taubert, Niels; Schön, Kevin

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Abstract This short report provides a description of an online-consultation on the scientific publication system. German-speaking scientists from all disciplines were invited to articulate their perspectives on principles and current problems in scientific publishing in the dialogical procedure. 697 participants addressed their opinion in two areas of consultation (a) Consultation area “evaluate principles”: the goal in this section was to find out whether there is a general consensus throughout academia of what constitutes a good publication system. For this purpose, principles of a good scientific publication system could be commented on and evaluated with positive or negative votes. (b) Consultation area “name problems”: this section aimed at obtaining the perspective of the participants on current challenges and problems of the publication system. The contributions of the participants focus on eight topics: (1) printed vs. digital publication, (2) business models of large publishing houses, (3) open access, (4) publication-based performance indicators, (5) authorship, (6) peer review, (7) publication bias, and (8) research data.
Keywords online survey; peer review; scientist; German-speaking area; science policy; scientific activity; publication; digital media; open access; communication system; science; scientific community; scientific scene
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Free Keywords Online-consultation; scholarly publishing; academic publishing; communication system of science; scholarly communication; peer review; research data; empirical study
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages 5 p.
Journal ScienceOpen Research (2015)
ISSN 2199-1006
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution