Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Open Access Evolution & Predators (Week of July 15, 2013)


Earlier this week, Irina posted a piece on how open access publications have grown by leaps and bounds under the NIH Mandate. The post highlighted some fascinating data (open data, by the way) showing growth over time and peaks following the implementation of processes to enforce compliance.

Open access publishing is an ecosystem still morphing and adjusting full of creatures that are evolving to fit particular niches. There are many ways in which this becomes apparent.

As you might expect, there are occasional … problems? Call them debates, controversies, defining the landscape, competition for ecological niches, but they come with the territory of evolution.

As with every ecosystem, there are predators and parasites that follow on the heels of opportunity. This week I stumbled on a new-to-me hashtag tracking some of the information about predation and predatory behaviors in the academic publishing environment. Very interesting.

So what happens next? Well, you know how things are when you try to fight predators. You better be pretty darn big and strong and nasty yourself.

First posted at THL Blog: http://wp.me/p1v84h-1lw


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