[Oa-italia] studio su peer review e nuove forme di comunicazione scientifica

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Center for Studies in Higher Education


We are delighted to announce the publication of:

Peer Review in Academic Promotion and Publishing: Its Meaning,
Locus, and Future
A Project Report and Associated Recommendations, Proceedings from
a Meeting, and Background Papers

Authors: Diane Harley and Sophia Krzys Acord

The publication can be viewed online and downloaded at:

Since 2005, and with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) has
been conducting research to explore how academic values --
including those related to peer review, publishing, sharing, and
collaboration -- influence scholarly communication practices and
engagement with new technological affordances, open access
publishing, and the public good.

This report includes (1) an overview of the state of peer review
in the Academy at large, (2) a set of recommendations for moving
forward, (3) a proposed research agenda to examine in depth the
effects of academic status-seeking on the entire academic
enterprise, (4) proceedings from the workshop on the four topics
noted above, and (5) four substantial and broadly conceived
background papers on the workshop topics, with associated
literature reviews.

The document explores, in particular, the tightly intertwined
phenomena of peer review in publication and academic promotion,
the values and associated costs to the Academy of the current
system, experimental forms of peer review in various disciplinary
areas, the effects of scholarly practices on the publishing
system, and the possibilities and real costs of creating
alternative loci for peer review and publishing that link
scholarly societies, libraries, institutional repositories, and
university presses. We also explore the motivations and
ingredients of successful open access resolutions that are
directed at peer-reviewed article-length material. In doing so,
this report suggests that creating a wider array of
institutionally acceptable and cost-effective alternatives to
peer reviewing and publishing scholarly work could maintain the
quality of academic peer review, support greater research
productivity, reduce the explosive growth of low-quality
publications, increase t!
  he purchasing power of cash-strapped libraries, better support
the free flow and preservation of ideas, and relieve the burden
on overtaxed faculty of conducting too much peer review.

This latest report on the state and future of peer review is a
natural extension of our findings in Assessing the Future
Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty
Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines (2010), which stressed the
need for a more nuanced academic reward system that is less
dependent on citation metrics, the slavish adherence to marquee
journals and university presses, and the growing tendency of
institutions to outsource assessment of scholarship to such
proxies as default promotion criteria.

Links to the complete results of our ongoing work can be found at
The Future of Scholarly Communication Project website.

Diane Harley, Ph.D.,
Principal Investigator and Director, Higher Education in the
Digital Age Project,
Center for Studies in Higher Education
771 Evans Hall, # 4650
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

dott.ssa Elena Giglia
Responsabile Progetti Open Access
Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Torino
via Michelangelo, 27
10126 Torino
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