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Session Overview
Workshop 3b: Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and disciplinary communities
Sunday, 25/Mar/2018:
11:00am - 12:30pm

Session Chair: Stephen Pinfield, University of Sheffield
Location: iSpace (Regent Court - The Information School)
Regent Court - The Information School

Session Abstract

Open-access mega-journals (OAMJs) represent an increasingly important part of the scholarly communication landscape. OAMJs, such as PLOS ONE and Nature’s Scientific Reports, are large scale, broad-scope journals that operate an open-access business model, and which employ a novel form of peer review, focusing on scientific ‘soundness’ only and not judgments of novelty or importance. This workshop will facilitate discussion of the future of scholarly communication using OAMJs as a starting point, examining key issues including business models, peer review, and disciplinary community (and other stakeholder) responses to key developments in the field. The workshop will bring to bear the findings of a major two-year mixed-methods research project on mega-journals carried out by the organizers. It will use some of the empirical evidence, theoretical models and practitioner responses generated by the project as the basis for discussion. The contribution of OAMJs to the wider Open Science agenda will also be considered.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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