Beyond online preprints: formalization of open initiatives in China

Ren, Xiang (2013) Beyond online preprints: formalization of open initiatives in China. Learned Publishing, 26 (3). pp. 197-205. ISSN 0953-1513

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A growing number of online journals and academic platforms are adopting light peer review or 'publish then filter' models of scholarly communication. These approaches have the advantage of enabling instant exchanges of knowledge between academics and are part of a wider search for alternatives to traditional peer review and certification processes in scholarly publishing. However, establishing credibility and identifying the correct balance between communication and scholarly rigour remains an important challenge for digital communication platforms targeting academic communities. This paper looks at a highly influential, government-backed, open publishing platform in China: Science Paper Online, which is using transparent post-publication peer-review processes to encourage innovation and address systemic problems in China's traditional academic publishing system. There can be little doubt that the Chinese academic publishing landscape differs in important ways from counterparts in the United States and Western Europe. However, this article suggests that developments in China also provide important lessons about the potential of digital technology and government policy to facilitate a large-scale shift towards more open and networked models of scholarly communication.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Xiang Ren 2013. Accepted Version deposited in accordance with publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2014 06:09
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 01:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: open access; China; preprints; institutional repository; Web 2.0
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180115 Intellectual Property Law
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190302 Professional Writing
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8904 Media Services > 890404 Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1087/20130308

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