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#1 2017-01-17 12:32:28

Rainieria
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Name: Darwyn Sumner
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 299

Open Access publications

I sent an early draft of something to Alan Stubbs and in his reply he said "Rather greedy on space ... for print if DD intended (OK for E-report)"
Time perhaps for a review of the vehicles Dipterists Forum provide for publishing.
There are disadvantages from the suite we currently offer.
1. Print-only: Whilst some of our published material may be accessed online, much of it is only on paper.
2. Access: There is a membership moratorium, to obtain some papers you must become a member of Dipterists Forum
3. Colour: The Bulletin is always produced in colour yet members only see a black and white version
4. Space: Authors are constrained by the amount of acceptable space they can use in our current suite of publications

It's time we considered adding a more modern form of publishing to our suite, the E-report method that Alan refers to. At a stroke all the above restrictions could be made to disappear.
We provide links to many such reports in this publications section but we don't have a system of our own to badge, peer review and disseminate them.
Recording Scheme Newsletters may be our best example but there is no consistency regarding access to these.

Note that peer review is an important aspect. Only if such a document is DF badged and checked using a peer review system accepted by Dipterists Forum could it be said to constitute a formal paper citable in the publications of others. Such papers would also have to conform to an acceptable format.
Open Access is imperative, it must be freely and easily accessible, located permanently on our website and we should consider having a formal identifier applied to it, ISBNs might work, DOIs certainly would.

I propose that we draw up of a set of guidelines for such e-publications.


Darwyn Sumner
DF Bulletin Editor, Scheme Organiser: Stilt & Stalk Flies

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#2 2017-01-17 13:12:16

conopid
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Name: Nigel Jones
From: Shrewsbury
Registered: 2008-02-27
Posts: 619
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Re: Open Access publications

Yes, absolutely. It's easy enough to do. What sort of thing do we envisage for the peer reviewed material? At the very least the DF website could do with a facility for storing files - not necessarily peer reviewed stuff, but a place to add files describing all those handy collecting tips, techniques, and ID help,. Also family guides (that would need to be peer reviewed) that sort of thing. A sort of piecemeal revision/update for Colyer and Hammond could be built up over time. I'm all for it. It would have huge potential.

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#3 2017-01-17 18:41:31

pbrighto
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Name: Phil Brighton
From: Warrington
Registered: 2011-10-21
Posts: 337

Re: Open Access publications

County checklists would be another good example.

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#4 2017-01-18 00:20:23

Andrew Cunningham
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Name: Andrew Cunningham
From: Devon, UK.
Registered: 2010-11-05
Posts: 881

Re: Open Access publications

A super idea Darwyn. Some papers with keys would prove very useful in this format as they could be accessed anywhere at any time such as field meetings.

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#5 2017-01-31 10:53:44

Rainieria
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Name: Darwyn Sumner
Registered: 2008-02-20
Posts: 299

Re: Open Access publications

Self-archiving
I get asked this question a lot:

Does the journal you published in support self-archiving?

For pretty much all the areas in which I publish, Bulletin, Dipterists Digest, NBN Gateway/Atlas I'm obliged to say no. That's rather awkward, it puts all these publishing mechanisms outside the normal realm of publishing practise.
I looked up that term "self-archiving" and discovered that it's actually a thing in the world of publishing. I wouldn't usually refer to a Wikipedia link but this one is a bit of an eye-opener, it has it all. Stuff I do myself as much as I'm able plus reference to two "social reference management software websites" which I use (and keep banging on about) and which facilitate sharing between researchers. Isn't that what we're trying to do?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-archiving
Let's implement self-archiving in Dipterists Forum via our website and join the other 78%


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DF Bulletin Editor, Scheme Organiser: Stilt & Stalk Flies

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#6 2017-08-17 12:25:36

Malcolm Storey
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Name: Malcolm Storey
From: Wimborne, Dorset
Registered: 2012-03-22
Posts: 3
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Re: Open Access publications

Most self-archiving and e-print offerings are for completed works, but most of us have ongoing projects that are "works in progress". It'd be nice to have somewhere publicly acessible and independently-managed (ie not our own websites) that could be updated from time to time.

Many of us won't see 50 (60?) again and it'd be a shame if our projects all went into the "black bin bag" when we get boxed.

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