Friday July 13, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm
This session will consider the issue of Quality Control in Scientific Publishing, both in the context of publication in for-profit journals and also in the context of a future move to Open Access journals. Against the backdrop of:
- The proliferation of journals and the burgeoning of scientific publications,
- Recent controversies over publication and subsequent corrections and retractions of flawed and fraudulent papers,
- On-going community and political agitation for Open Access (OA),
the following questions will be posed:
- Is the transition to full and immediate open access to research papers inevitable?
- Does the growth of open access threaten the quality of research papers?
- How will the science literature evolve over the foreseeable future, and how will the roles and funds of researchers, publishers, research councils and universities need to evolve with it?
- How will the achievements of researchers be documented, accredited and judged in the future?