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How flipping a journal became about more than just Open Access

Updated on 21 Apr 2020 | Published on 03 Dec 2019

On January 14, 2019, the entire editorial board of Elsevier’s Journal of Informetrics (JOI) resigned. The editorial board wanted a journal with the same scope and same scientific standards, but owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) (and not by a publisher), open access (instead of toll-access) and with open citations.

New journal: Quantitative Science Studies (QSS)

That is why, after resigning from JOI, they launched the new journal Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) with MIT Press. MIT Press participates in the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) .

Interview with the editor-in-chief and and an editorial board member

My colleague Saskia Woutersen Windhouwer from Leiden University interviewed Ludo Waltman (professor of Quantitative Science Studies and deputy director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University) and Paul Wouters (Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, former director of CWTS and Open Science Coordinator at Leiden University) about the reasons for their decision and their views on the future of scholarly communication in general.

Read in this insightful interview more about:

  • Why open citations became a breaking point with Elsevier
  • The ownership of academic journals
  • Moving a journal: lessons learned
  • How does QSS fit with Plan S?

Read the complete interview at the website of Digital Scholarship @ Leiden.


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About Digital Scholarship @ Leiden

Through the Digital Scholarship @ Leiden the Leiden University Libraries (UBL) aim to be a resource for scholars who want to use social media to promote their work, especially as it pertains to altmetrics, which are an emerging way to supplement traditional bibliometrics, but also to show they can be leveraged as powerful information-gathering and collaborative tools. These services are provided to Maastricht University scholars by the Research Support team of Maastricht University Library.

About Quantitative Science Studies (QSS)

Quantitative Science Studies is the official open access journal of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI). It will publish theoretical and empirical research on science and the scientific workforce. Emphasis will be placed on studies that provide insight into the system of science, general laws of scientific work, scholarly communication, science indicators, science policy, and the scientific workforce.

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  • Post title: How flipping a journal became about more than just Open Access
  • Author: Ron Aardening
  • Category: Open Access recommended reads
  • Keywords: Open Access, Open Science, Publishing
  • Publication date: Updated on 21 Apr 2020 | Published on 03 Dec 2019
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