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Cameron NeylonCameron Neylon is a Senior Scientist in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility at the Science and Technology Facilities Council. He has more than a passing interest in “Open Research” and is well-known for advocating the benefits for science of open access, both in terms of data and publications.

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Trying to hack the academic reputation system

In this five minute clip, Cameron wonders how to stop talking about open science, and how to actually do something that will showcase its benefits. His idea is to leverage funders’ requirements, by not simply capturing ‘outputs’ from the science they fund, but thinking about how to measure how they are used—be they papers, data, materiel or patents. The ultimate aim is to demonstrate benefits of reuse, and thereby encourage scientists to make their research output open.

If you have any thoughts on Cameron’s very practical proposal, please feel free to leave a comment here.

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  2. Ed Rybicki says:

    Interesting! I have shared this with a planning team here at the University of Cape Town to see if it can inform some of our thinking about a Research Portal.

    • Good question, Mohd.

      Ed, that’s brilliant. Please do let us know how it goes.

      On another note, I’ve heard that this audio can’t be embedded on other sites. That might be our fault, for which I apologize. It might take a bit of dev time to fix that, so in the meantime, what’s a good audio sharing site? (Like Vimeo, but for audio.) Will Vimeo, in fact, do it?

  3. The main impediment in using the open access model for scientists working in not-so-developed countries is the cost which has to be borne by the author. Most universities and colleges do not pay the authors for publication costs. So, they are bound to published in journals which are publish your paper free of cost. How can this be circumvented?

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  5. Jean-Claude Guédon says:

    In response to Mr. Salman’s comment, I agree with him that the so-called “author-pay” model is not very useful for less-than-rich countries, and less-than-rich institutions in rich countries. However, mr. Salman should not conflate Open Access with “author-pay” models. On the publishing side, many OA journals are free to the reader AND to the author(s). The best model to follow here is SciELO. And, as Stevan Harnad would quickly undescore, the Green road is also available, i.e. self-archiving in an open institutional repository. Here, a mandate, preferably voted yupon themselves by faculty, is essential.

  6. Its so reassuring to know that there are many free to the author OA journals. Can I have a list of such journals in field of Pharmacology?What is the SciELO model? Yes, the green road is always there. The National Informatics centre, India has an open access repository Openmed where authors can self-archive their manuscripts.