Friday, July 20, 2018

PUBMET2018 Open Science Conference

The 5th PUBMET2018 Conference on scholarly publishing in the context of Open Science which will be held on 20-21 September 2018 at the University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia, and is organized by the University of Zadar, the University of Zagreb and the Ruđer Bošković Institute, under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Education and OpenAIRE Advance.

This conference provides a platform for researchers, editors, publishers, librarians, repository managers, and policymakers to discuss recent trends in scholarly publishing and metrics, and timely topics related to Open Science.
Please check the PUBMET website at to find more information about speakers, workshops, social events and other information.

There is a special session on Friday - SPARC Europe session - focussing on the management of copyright, moral and exploitation rights, and Creative Commons, discussing how to make these issues work optimally for a range of stakeholders in scholarly communications.

There is still time to submit an abstract for PUBMET2018 and you can also register using the REGISTER link. Special discounts are available for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

A sightseeing trip has been organised to take delegates on a tour of beautiful Zadar, the pearl of Dalmatia and Adriatic sea, with its wealth of cultural, historical, but also modern attractions.

After visiting the conference website, please address any questions regarding registration, accommodation and on-line submission to the organizers at

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Zadar!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

An Introduction to Editing With Macros

From the YouTube channel of Paul Beverley, one our our most active members, comes a new video in which he explains what a macro is and how it can be used to benefit many tasks involved in manuscript editing.

Paul is a master of the macro and regularly provides EASE members with new code to enhance common or repetitive tasks. In this video, not only does he provide excellent tuition on the fundamentals, but he reassures us that opening the code window to start creating macros doesn't have to be as scary as we might think.

If this has whet your appetite for enhancing your daily tasks, Paul has a wealth of Word macros for writers and editors available in a free book titled Macros for Editors, which you can download from his website Archive Publications.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Peer review as a cooperation dilemma

An article assessing the institutional pressures and resource limitations faced by scientists has been published in the journal Scientometrics.

Authored by Federico Bianchi, Francisco Grimaldo, Giangiacomo Bravo and Flaminio Squazzoni, the article shows that a mix of competition and cooperation is possible in peer review, but only if reviewer rewards are improved for a better division of academic labour.

Previous versions of the paper were presented during some PEERE meetings.

Bianchi, F., Grimaldo, F., Bravo, G. et al. The peer review game: an agent-based model of scientists facing resource constraints and institutional pressures. Scientometrics (2018).

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Nature article addresses problems with multiple publication dates

A short letter was published in Nature last week, briefly addressing the topic of publication dates and scientific priority, suggestions that Citations must default to the online publication date.

The aticle suggests the publication date of all articles should be officially recorded as the earliest online publication date when it first appears, rather than the scheduled publication date of the issue they are assigned to.

The increasing sophistication of ways in which research publishing databases communicate, and the way articles are indexed and discovered is arguably beginning to render traditional issue schedules obsolete (an example of which is mentioned in the Nature article).

While there are plenty of sound arguments and reasons in favour of curating content into issues of varying frequency across a year, the increasing normality of early online publication suggests there is perhaps less necessity to enshrine an article with a date associated with the issue itself.

The Nature article raises some of the problems associated with the issue date taking precedence over the online date, but there is an additional controversy associated with this practice too in how citations are counting. 

There is some criticism that journals can ‘bank’ citations in advance of years by publishing articles online towards the end of the current year, with an issue date of the following year. Any citation advantage of this practice could be seen as an artefact of the traditional publishing system. It is in authors and readers interests that articles are published as soon as possible; that the official date of publication is indexed as a date in the future is merely a function of issue schedules.

As far as we can see, there are not any articles indexed for 2019 in Web of Science….yet, and therefore no citations accrued to the year in advance, but as we get closer to the end of the year , for better or worse, articles and citations for 2019 will begin to appear.

In light of this latter predicament and the issues raised in the Nature article, we may start to see more progressive discussions around this detail of the publishing process in the near future.

Citations must default to the online publication date
Michael Keller & Stanley Prusiner
Nature 558, 519 (2018)
doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05387-4