To master a university education and pass exams is an intrinsic element of scientific education and training. However, as junior scientists aspiring to become research professionals you may find yourselves in a more challenging situation. Gaining first merits by publishing articles or books is often expected. However most curricula do not touch on this subject and the publishing system requires specific knowledge that doesn’t come naturally to the unexperienced. In addition, you may face the dilemma that during your early career stages, your mentors offer conventional advice that simply seems to repeat the status quo or even demand to publish in specific established journals or series. The respective publishers often build on conventional reputation-building mechanisms such as the journal impact factor or their brand. And although these means are rightfully criticized, they continue to play an important role for evaluation and tenure.
Over the last decade innovative aspects of the publishing system as well as funder and institutional Open Access policies have become more prevalent and seem to announce a new paradigm: Open Science. This comes with new forms of publishing as well as evaluation, e.g. article level metrics, open peer or post-publication review. For the humanities new research methods brings about new forms of publishing as well. And last but not least, publishing research data complements publications and offers a new range of reuse scenarios.
Our workshop aims to give junior scientists an overview on the mentioned aspects and will give you hands-on opportunities to discuss publishing-related topics with researchers, journal editors and publishing professionals. Get familiar with the Open Science paradigm and explore how to reach informed publishing decisions that offer you new ways of fostering your career.
The following topics will be covered
- becoming a scientific author
- first steps into reviewing
- how to become an editor (journals, series)
- evaluation and impact: (open) peer review and metrics
- data management and publishing data
The workshop will take place as a satellite event on 7 June, prior to the 20th International Conference on Electronic Publishing. The main conference will be held on 8-9 June 2016 at the University of Göttingen, State and University Library.
Junior scientists, especially from fields with high publishing pressure