Beyond online preprints: formalization of open initiatives in China

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Ren, Xiang. 2013. "Beyond online preprints: formalization of open initiatives in China." Learned Publishing. 26 (3), pp. 197-205. https://doi.org/10.1087/20130308
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Beyond online preprints: formalization of open initiatives in China

ERA Journal ID39878
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorRen, Xiang
Journal TitleLearned Publishing
Journal Citation26 (3), pp. 197-205
Number of Pages9
Year2013
Place of PublicationShoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. United Kingdom
ISSN0953-1513
1741-4857
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1087/20130308
Web Address (URL)http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/alpsp/lp/2013/00000026/00000003/art00008
Abstract

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.

Keywordsopen access; China; preprints; institutional repository; Web 2.0
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480603. Intellectual property law
390405. Educational technology and computing
360203. Professional writing and journalism practice
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© Xiang Ren 2013. Accepted Version deposited in accordance with publisher's copyright policy.

Byline AffiliationsAustralian Digital Futures Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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