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Are Mirror Journals a Better Path to the Open Access Flip? - The Scholarly KitchenMixing subscription content and open access content in hybrid journals has done little to accelerate the flip from subscription to OA. Angela Cochran explores the creation of mirror journals to comply with new OA mandates and supply a more sustainable model for moving toward OA.
The gender gap in science: How long until women are equally represented?Author summary In most fields of science, medicine, and technology research, men comprise more than half of the workforce, particularly at senior levels. Most previous work has concluded that the gender gap is smaller today than it was in the past, giving the impression that there will soon be equal numbers of men and women researchers and that current initiatives to recruit and retain more women are working adequately. Here, we used computational methods to determine the numbers of men and women authors listed on >10 million academic papers published since 2002, allowing us to precisely estimate the gender gap among researchers, as well as its rate of change, for most disciplines of science and medicine. We conclude that many research specialties (e.g., surgery, computer science, physics, and maths) will not reach gender parity this century, given present-day rates of increase in the number of women authors. Additionally, the gender gap varies greatly across countries, with Japan, Germany, and Switzerland having strikingly few women authors. Women were less often commissioned to write ‘invited’ papers, consistent with gender bias by journal editors, and were less often found in authorship positions usually associated with seniority (i.e., the last-listed or sole author). Our results support a need for further reforms to close the gender gap.
Une Huronne à Paris… ou les dérives de l’Université françaiseProfesseure nord-américaine, Josette Féral se réjouissait d’occuper un poste à l’Université française. Elle y a découvert un système de pouvoir opaque et violent. Des mentalités d’un autre âge qui empêchent la faculté de rayonner à l’étranger comme elle le mériterait.
Federal Trade Commission and National Institutes of Health Take Action Against Predatory Publishing Practices - The Scholarly KitchenThe NIH is warning its funded authors against publishing in predatory journals, and the FTC has secured a preliminary injunction against OMICS for alleged predatory publishing practices. Will this mark a turning point in the fight against fraudulent scholarly publishing?
Turning a Critical Eye on Reference Lists - The Scholarly KitchenCitations and the metrics around their use are an important part of evaluation and promotion of science and scientists and yet, little attention is paid to them in the peer review process. In this post, Angela Cochran makes a call to critically review reference lists and develop standards around what should and should not be included.
The Global Gender Gap: Research and Researchers - The Scholarly KitchenIs there a gender gap in scholarly research? Is it widening or closing? Which countries are closest to equality and which are lagging behind? Elsevier's new report on the gender gap in global research, published to coincide with International Women's Day, provides some answers.
15 Things We Can Do To Stand Up For Science! - The Scholarly KitchenWith scholarship under threat on both sides of the Atlantic, here are some practical tools all of us can use as we stand up for science and build trust in scholarly communications through improving transparency, rigor and peer review.