Category: Interviews

Interview with José Adolfo Rodríguez Gallardo

UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – National Autonomous University of Mexico), which figures prominently in the academic ouptut of Latin America, and CONACYT – National Council of Science and Technology, have created a working group to improve Mexico’s academic publications. UNAM coordinates SciELO Mexico and for the past 30 years has been producing the CLASE, PERIODICA and Latindex databases which cover all areas of knowledge. As of 2006, it is promoting Open Access journals and repositories. Read More →

Interview with Janet Seggie

To improve the quality of the peer review process, Dr. Janet Seggie recommends formal training specifically addressing this activity as part of a researcher’s normal tasks, and give him or her the corresponding credit. This method could be better than the options of paid review and of proposals of open peer review. Read More →

Interview with Cicilia K. Peruzzo

With 50 years since the creation of the academic discipline of Communication Science in Brazil, what assessment can be made today of the successes and challenges of the field? Currently there are 64 graduate course in the country, while there were 6 in the 80‘s.The journal Intercom, the first academic journal in Communication in Brazil to be made available in open access, is an exciting editorial project that corresponds to an important part of this process of the development of the field. Read More →

Interview with Susana I. Córdoba de Torresi

Susana I. Cordoba de Torresi, from the Brazilian Chemical Society discusses the mission, achievements and challenges of the Society’s journals, from having them ranked in the national Qualis system, to how SciELO has improved their visibility. Read More →

Interview with Euan Adie, CEO of altmetric.com

Altmetrics is something that cannot be ignored. Based on the online monitoring of social networks in order to track the impact of academic publications, this new field is experiencing a rapid surge in interest. In an interview given exclusively to the SciELO in Perspectives blog, various aspects of Altmetrics are addressed by Euan Adie – CEO of altmetric.com. Euan will also be one of the speakers at the SciELO 15 Years Conference. Read More →

Interview with Indrajit Banerjee, Director of the UNESCO Information Society Division

To achieve the goal of open and inclusive knowledge societies, different approaches and strategies were adopted by UNESCO. In this interview, Indrajit Banerjee highlights that SciELO’s decentralized cooperative platform provides the context for a country to take charge of the process of Open Access publishing. Read More →

Interview with Vincent Larivière

Bibliometrics/Scientometrics is at the heart of information science and It is important to recall the various limitations of bibliometric indicators – warns Vincent Larivière. The journal Impact Factor provides a useful “holistic” indication of the relative position of a journal within a subfield. Most researchers outside Library and Information Science have no clue on its actual limitations! Read More →

Interview with Hooman Momen, Editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The editor of the WHO Bulletin talks about the various trends permeating international Open Access scholarly communication, the Finch report (UK), megajournals, multilingualism, and the transformative impact of technologies that always bring out conditions that favor or challenge the development of journals of developing countries or emerging economies, in particular those of SciELO. Read More →

Interview with Abel Packer

SciELO developed as an integral part of the research infrastructure of the countries where it operates, focusing on the goal of contributing to the improvement of the journals it indexes and publishes in open access. Abel Packer, Coordinator of the SciELO Program, talks of the reasons for the success of the program, the expectations of the SciELO 15 Years Conference and the future sustainability of the program. Read More →

Interview with Rogerio Meneghini

According to Rogério Meneghini, the SciELO Scientific Coordinator, SciELO’s objective of increasing the international impact of Brazilian journals is not incompatible with the publication of leading edge research in high impact journals. But in order for SciELO journals to meet international standards, SciELO will have to become a publisher itself so that it can have some influence on the development of the journal evaluation process. Read More →