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      Online-consultation “scientific publication system”: documentation and main results

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          This short report provides a description of an online-consultation on the scientific publication system. German-speaking scientists from all disciplines were invited to articulate their perspectives on principles and current problems in scientific publishing in the dialogical procedure. 697 participants addressed their opinion in two areas of consultation (a) Consultation area “evaluate principles”: the goal in this section was to find out whether there is a general consensus throughout academia of what constitutes a good publication system. For this purpose, principles of a good scientific publication system could be commented on and evaluated with positive or negative votes. (b) Consultation area “name problems”: this section aimed at obtaining the perspective of the participants on current challenges and problems of the publication system. The contributions of the participants focus on eight topics: (1) printed vs. digital publication, (2) business models of large publishing houses, (3) open access, (4) publication-based performance indicators, (5) authorship, (6) peer review, (7) publication bias, and (8) research data.

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          19 February 2015
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          [1 ]Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany
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          © 2015 N. Taubert and K. Schön.

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          This is a good brief account of a survey which gives an overview of responses and respondent demographics. There are some minor issues of terminology which may be a result of translation from the German (which I do not speak). For example, Principle 5 (page 3 of the PDF) refers to "receptionists" which should probably be "recipients." Also, the beginning of the abstract refers to "scientists from all disciplines" which is confusing in English since many in the humanities and social sciences (the majority of respondents) do not consider themselves scientists. It may be better to say "researchers from all disciplines." The goal of achieving consensus on a good publishing system throughout academia seems ambitious and perhaps untenable. It also seems contradicted by Principle 2, in which most respondents agree that the exchange of research should be determined by the criteria of the discipline or field. However, these survey results are interesting and well described, and I thank the authors for this summary.
          2015-04-13 15:17 UTC

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