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

Open book publishing: The landscape of scholarly monographs

Published by Ioana Liuta

Conversations around open access publishing often focus on open access journals and journal articles. But what about open access books?

While scholarly monograph publishing has been slower to adopt open access due to a number of factors, proponents of open access recognize the importance of expanding Open to include book publishing.

Transformative agreements come to SFU

Published by Ioana Liuta

SFU Library is proud to announce our first two transformative agreements with scholarly publishers. As a member of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), SFU has recently signed agreements with SAGE Publishing and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) that open a new way to publish open access to SFU authors.

Two open systems -- “Connecting research and researchers” with ORCID in OJS

Published by Kate Shuttleworth

This blog post was contributed by Kate Shuttleworth, Digital Publishing Librarian at SFU Library. 

Do you publish or manage journals hosted by Open Journal Systems (OJS)? Have you been putting off updating your ORCiD profile with new publications? Now, doing both those things got a little bit more streamlined through a new connection between OJS and ORCID!

Journal editors in OJS can now enable an ORCID plugin that will authenticate authors publishing in your journals. This works both ways as authors can allow OJS to push new publications right into your ORCID profile, updating it automatically when a new article is published.

Getting published: Tips for choosing an academic journal

Published by Kate Shuttleworth
As a graduate student, you may be interested in publishing an article in an academic journal. But how do you go about selecting a journal to submit to, and how can you tell if a journal is right for your work?
 
Ultimately the choice of where to submit your work comes down to your discipline and the topic of your paper, but as a general guide, there are three places we recommend looking for potential journals that might be suitable for your work:
  1. Your literature review.

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

Published 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 by Ioana Liuta

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.