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Survey: What is important to you when choosing an open access journal?

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How do scientists decide in which journal to publish a manuscript in? This is what the team of the BMBF funded project B!SON wants to know in a current survey.

The Open Access transformation is progressing and scientists are increasingly facing the challenge of finding suitable Open Access journals for their manuscripts. The BMBF project "B!SON - Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network" develops a web-based recommendation service, which will make it easier for scientists to select suitable OA journals. After entering the title, abstract and bibliography of their manuscript, authors receive a list of quality-assured OA journals filtered by relevance. The recommender will be publisher-independent, free of charge, compliant with data protection regulations and developed according to open source principles. 

In order to develop B!SON according to the needs of scientists, the project needs your help: Simply answer their online survey. in about 10 minutes. Many thanks to all who participate!

More information about the project 

The B!SON project, conducted jointly by TIB and SLUB Dresden, implements a recommender system for quality-assured open access journals. The recommender system will filter a list sorted by relevance from the large number of available open access journals. For this purpose, in addition to common bibliometric methods of similarity determination, machine learning methods will be used to determine the semantic similarity between user inputs (especially abstract and cited literature of the article to be published). The partners cooperate with OpenCitations and the Directory of Open Access Journals and strive for a close exchange with institutions that advise authors. While open access publishing requirements are steadily increasing and there are a growing number of open access journals, authors often lack knowledge of relevant, quality-assured open access journals that would be suitable for publishing their own research. A freely accessible tool that can be linked to local support structures will help to make the transition to open access successful.


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