Learned Publishing: Volume 34, No 4, October 2021
We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Learned Publishing. Although it was a challenge to select just four star pieces, the Editor’s Choice articles represent the high-quality of work in this quarterly issue:
• Home country bias in academic publishing: A case study of the New England Journal of Medicine – A fascinating analysis of where articles come from, and provides evidence that there is home country bias in the journal, which is something we may all be guilty of, but should be attempting to eradicate.
• Introducing a data availability policy for journals at IOP Publishing: Measuring the impact on authors and editorial teams – A great case study tracking the impact on publishing staff when new requirements are introduced. We need more of this type of research!
• Is rapid scientific publication also high quality? Bibliometric analysis of highly disseminated COVID-19 research papers – This study reveals that the papers produced during the first 6 months of the pandemic were low quality, small-study papers which often failed to adhere to reporting standards. The findings reinforce the need to editorial excellence even when under pressure for speed.
• Article processing charge expenditure in Chile: The current situation – This study provides a balanced perspective of the impact that APC-based OA has on less well-funded regions of the world, and the unsustainability of such models. This is definitely a finding that funders need to take account of if we are to avoid dividing the world of research.
There are also several pieces that focus on researchers – including how journals are overburning their peer reviewers, how early-career scholars are reshaping publishing, and trends in the users of open access. Other authors address matters of journal administration, from peer review objectivity, conference proceeding preprints, and the value and impact of special issues.
There’s something for everyone in this issue!
Lettie Y. Conrad
North American Editor
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