With its Open Access Strategy, which has just been published, the state of Brandenburg has created the basis for the promotion of open access publications in order to facilitate global and cost-free access to and the usability of publicly funded scholarly publications.
The “Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg” will create prospects for the unrestricted flow of digital information – both within science and research and into all economic and social sectors. It will ensure free access to scientific contributions in publicly supported and funded scientific institutions.
Measures for more open access in Brandenburg
Under the leadership of Professor Ellen Euler (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), the strategy was drawn up in a participatory process with a broad network and the MWFK. Numerous experts from the political, science, research, cultural, and civil society sectors were involved in the development process in order to take into account the needs of all these sectors.
The state government itself will support open access by developing a Networking and Competence Centre (Vernetzungs- und Kompetenzstelle, VuK) that will advise and accompany scientists and institutions. Moreover, a Central Open Access Publication Fund will be established, which will cover publication costs especially for monographs and edited volumes.
In addition, in order to promote the visibility of open access from Brandenburg, the MWFK plans to launch an ‘Open Access Best Practice Prize’. The success of the Open Access Strategy will be made visible by developing a monitoring system that will cover all protagonists. In this way, it is aimed to continuously increase the share of open access publications in all scientific publications from Brandenburg.
Euler, Ellen. (2019, August 8). Open-Access-Strategie des Landes Brandenburg [Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg] (Version 1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2581783
Press release issued by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (available only in German)
The results of the study, which was published in mBio, show that the various lists differ considerably in terms of their inclusion criteria. Overall, the lists appear to give priority to easily verifiable dimensions of quality rather than to the quality of peer review. Moreover, the results show that there is an overlap of journals and publishers between blacklists and whitelists. This is an indication that some journals and publishers are misclassified and that others are operating in a grey zone between fraud and legitimacy.
The study shows that the blacklists and whitelists examined are helpful to inform researchers about journals that are probably fraudulent or probably legitimate. Because the lists emphasize easily verifiable criteria, and because they are static and can never be one hundred percent up to date, further sources should always be consulted in order to check the legitimacy of a scholarly journal (Strinzel et al. 2019).
Strinzel M, Severin A, Milzow K, Egger M. 2019. Blacklists and whitelists to tackle predatory publishing: a cross-sectional comparison and thematic analysis. mBio 10:e00411-19. doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00411-19.]]>