Editorial ethics – the geography of plagiarism

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A recent study published in PNAS on 757,000 arXiv.org documents about the reuse of text (text overlap) shows that this practice is more common in some countries than others, but the results seem to show that the authors who extensively copy texts from others are also the less cited. Read More →

Editorial ethics: fraudulent arbitration

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In recent months there have been a significant amount of retractions of scientific papers due to fraudulent arbitration processes. Apparently “paper mills” are appearing on the market that offer researchers, for a price, the possibility that their name appear in an article in a high Impact Factor journal (although not being the author). Read More →

Odontoestomatología – first Uruguayan journal entirely in English in SciELO

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On December 4th, the Facultad de Odontología, Universidad de la República del Uruguay marked a milestone in scientific publication in the country. After eight years of scheduled tasks the journal Odontoestomatología, indexed in SciELO, is the first journal in the country available online, in open access entirely in English. Read More →

UNESCO and SciELO launch a new book on SciELO on its 15 years of operation

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UNESCO and SciELO jointly announce the launch of a new book that takes an in-depth look at SciELO’s beginnings, undertakings and operations since its inception 15 years ago. The book highlights SciELO’s pioneering work in adopting the open access publishing model in 1998, a model which was later endorsed by the Budapest and Berlin Declarations, and in 2009 by UNESCO’s own open access policy. Read More →

The SciELO Network publishes more than 500,000 articles in open access during its 17 years of operation

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With more than 500 thousand articles indexed and published in open access, the SciELO Network begins 2015 having achieved a notable milestone. On the eve of the completion of 17 years of continuous operation, this milestone is a result of the ongoing operation of 13 certified journal collections that adopted the SciELO Model between 1998 and 2009, inclusive. This post presents SciELO as it is today, and highlights the commitment of SciELO in advancing the professionalization, internationalization and financial sustainability of journals. Read More →

It is time to review the Brazilian postgraduation system

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The Brazilian graduate system has fallen behind and needs major modifications. A panel convened to analyze the postgraduation since its initiation in the early 70’s envisaging a more effective system with respect to the quality of our students and the scientific enterprise in Brazil is needed. Read More →

Article analyses saturation of peer reviewers

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Online publication caused a significant increase in the number of journals and articles worldwide, but the number of researchers has not increased proportionately. Thus, the peer review process, which ensures quality and credibility to scientific articles, is saturated and as a result the quality of reviews is decreasing. Two articles in Nature address this issue, the first one proposes a hybrid model to evaluate the articles and the second reports an online service for registration and publication of reviews, in order to grant credit and recognition to the reviewers. Read More →

Principles for the citation of scientific data

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The Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles was recently approved by the international group FORCE11. It marks a milestone in the advancement of scholarly communication in the online world. This Declaration is being signed and endorsed by the world’s leading publishing groups and universities, and will in the future be incorporated into SciELO’s procedures as part of its ongoing improvements in management overall. Read More →

How do I get read and cited if I do not publish in elite-journals?

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The citation impact of our articles largely depends largely on the promotion work we do of what we publish. Citations do not arise mechanically from the Impact Factor of the journal, but from our personal marketing. Read More →

International Open Data Week – what’s new?

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At the World Open Data Week, the ETSINF of Valencia promoted the “1st International Workshop on Open Research Data”, where interesting lectures were presented which covered the implementation of policies that are being established within the European Community, as well as legal and ethical considerations regarding open data, the visualization technologies, the challenge of the new specialty “data curator” and the new services created by companies specialized in the preservation of open data. Read More →