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      Ten myths around open scholarly publishing

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          The changing world of scholarly communication and the emergence of ‘Open Science’ or ‘Open Research’ has brought to light a number of controversial and hotly-debated topics. Yet, evidence-based rational debate is regularly drowned out by misinformed or exaggerated rhetoric, which does not benefit the evolving system of scholarly communication. The aim of this article is to provide a baseline evidence framework for ten of the most contested topics, in order to help frame and move forward discussions, practices and policies. We address preprints and scooping, the practice of copyright transfer, the function of peer review, and the legitimacy of ‘global’ databases. The presented facts and data will be a powerful tool against misinformation across wider academic research, policy and practice, and may be used to inform changes within the rapidly evolving scholarly publishing system.

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                PeerJ
                March 11 2019
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                [1 ]IGDORE, Leicester, United Kingdom
                [2 ]Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, Rutgers University, Piscataway, United States of America
                [3 ]School of Education, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom
                [4 ]CESIMO, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Venezuela
                [5 ]Scholarly Communications Lab, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
                [6 ]IGDORE, Berlin, Germany
                [7 ]Utrecht University Library, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
                [8 ]Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, United States of America
                [9 ]IGDORE, Ghent, Belgium
                [10 ]International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, Oxford, United Kingdom
                [11 ]Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
                [12 ]Asesora Producción Científica, Santiago, Chile
                [13 ]Institute for Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology and Know-Center GmbH, Graz, Austria
                [14 ]National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
                [15 ]NA, Madrid, Spain
                [16 ]Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
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                10.7287/peerj.preprints.27580v1
                88d16793-d8f4-4b9d-ba9e-e502a1fb7691
                © 2019

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