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The latest news and answers to your questions about scholarly publishing and open access.

Immediate free access to research: The scholarly response to COVID-19

Published March 16, 2020 by David Gill

Scholarly publishers have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak by providing immediate, free open access to research on their platforms. This blog post summarizes what each publisher has made available, highlights the responses of funding agencies worldwide, and illustrates why open access to research saves lives. 

Scholarly journal rejection rates

Published November 2, 2019 by David Gill

As early career researchers, you might have heard of your colleagues discuss rejection rates/acceptance rates for scholarly journals. 

How are rejection rates/acceptance rates calculated? 

Unfortunately, the journal industry does not have a set standard on calculating rejection rates/acceptance rates. Some things journals could consider: 

Should I be worried about my thesis or dissertation being openly available in Summit?

Published October 23, 2019 by Jennifer Zerkee

It can be daunting to think about your thesis or dissertation being openly available in Summit for anyone to find and read. You may have heard concerns about plagiarism, predatory publishers or limitations on your ability to publish a manuscript based on your openly available thesis. Be reassured that, for the most part, these concerns are unwarranted. Most universities in Canada make their students' theses and dissertations open.

Dear Eminent Researcher: How to assess a conference invitation and avoid predatory conferences

Published July 31, 2019 by Alison Moore

We discussed predatory journals in a previous blog post, but you may have also heard of predatory conferences. Conferences are an important piece of the scholarly publishing world, and give you valuable opportunities to present research and network with colleagues. Just as it’s important to do research on journals before publishing, it’s important to look into conferences you are thinking of attending. Poor quality and deceptive conferences can be hard to spot; here is some information on what to look for, and how they operate. 


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