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Critical study of the new ways of “editorialising” open access scientific journals


This is the english translation (by Helen Tomlinson) of a report commissioned by BSN 4 and BSN 7 for the French Ministry of Research (see for the original). It is concerned with the new ways in which open access journals can be editorialised. The transition to open access has accelerated in recent years. Several countries have established a legal framework to secure the depositing of articles in open archives (in France, a provision of this type is included in the Digital Bill). In May 2016, the Council of the European Union called for open access to be made a “default option” in all Member States by 2020. While the conversion of scientific publishing to open access distribution appears to be a given in the short term, the ways and means remain uncertain: is the process confined to simply transferring budgets from subscription to the payment of publishing rights, without fundamentally changing the existing publishing structures (“journal flipping”)? Or does it entail new models that reconfigure the existing parameters as a whole (review procedures, writing practices, business models, governance)? This dynamic of change opens up the prospect of large-scale reforms. The initial remit of the present study falls into this framework: what publishing forms can the state encourage in a digital age that is witnessing the transformation of scientific publishing and the failure of scientific peer review? This report maps four aspects of the emerging practices and initiatives: publishing tools, writing forms, peer review and economic models. The different “dimensions” we have mapped are interdependent and raise common issues, adressed in the final part. In an ecosystem as “interdependent” as digital scientific publishing, this reform would imply the implementation of infrastructure policies which, above and beyond supporting specific usages and tools, would define the convergent linkages between mechanisms, actors and practices.
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hal-01399286 , version 1 (18-11-2016)


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Pierre-Carl Langlais. Critical study of the new ways of “editorialising” open access scientific journals. [Research Report] Bibliothèque Scientifique Numérique. 2016. ⟨hal-01399286⟩


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