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Elsevier Sessions

On April the 7th, world-leading publisher company Elsevier are running several events for research active staff.

Following on from the success of his previous visit, Anthony Newman is once again offering his very popular author seminar, which will be free of charge to attend. Anthony Newman is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier. Currently responsible for several laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier 28 years ago and has been a publisher for the last 15 years. Whilst Anthony is from a life science background, the lessons from this seminar are transferrable to researchers at any stage in their career from any discipline.

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In addition to the above session, Michaela Kurschilden will also be running two sessions to offer training on some of the services provided by Elsevier. These useful events will provide participants with the tools to engage with both the Scopus and Mendeley systems. These services are great for the management and analysis of your research.

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We anticipate all these sessions to be very popular so register now to avoid missing out.

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Publishing Workshop with Elsevier

RKE are delighted to be able to offer the chance to attend a very popular seminar presented by world-leading publishing company, Elsevier.

The session will be hosted in GM LT2, Lower Ground for Lecture Theatre, Geoffrey Manton (All Saints Campus) on Wednesday the 20th of January 14:30-17:00, open to all Manchester Metropolitan research staff and post graduate students – free of charge.

Knowing the best way of structuring your paper and the most appropriate journal to send it to really helps in getting your paper accepted. Also, understanding how editors and publishers think and what they expect, and knowing how the peer review process works, is an invaluable insight into the publishing process.

Anthony Newman is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier. Currently responsible for several laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier 28 years ago and has been Publisher for the last 15 years.

Here’s your chance to learn from the world’s leading publisher of science, technology and health science journals. Attend this seminar to find out about:

  • Types of scientific publications
  • The different types of research papers published
  • Considerations before writing
  • Choosing the right journal
  • Writing using correct language
  • The structure of the manuscript
  • The submission and review procedure
  • Author responsibilities: publishing ethics and plagiarism
  • How to use information resources as a tool for authors

We anticipate this lecture to be very popular and places will be offered on a first come first served basis. There will also be an opportunity for networking after the lecture. Wine and refreshments will be provided.

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The Dangers of Open Access

Predatory Publishing and Open Access – a Researcher’s View by Edward Randviir
In this post, Edward Randviir from the Faculty of Science and Engineering cautions colleagues against a rise in predatory publishing practices as a result of the Open Access agenda.

Open Access (OA) is defined as the unrestricted online access to research, and encompasses journal articles, conference proceedings, chapters, monographs, posters, and now datasets. The immediately obvious benefits include enhanced visibility of research and improved chances of author citations, potentially leading to higher societal impact. HEFCE’s Open Access in the post-REF2014 policy states that universities should make any articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN available through an OA route within 3 months of acceptance to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework. The University has established Symplectic, as the research information management system that will enable compliance with the OA agenda for staff.

A danger with OA is the plague of predatory OA publishers that have emerged in the past five years. A predatory publisher is one that offers OA publishing, for huge nominal fees that are often undisclosed when they invite academics to write for them, often without providing proper editorial and publishing services. This means that final versions appearing online are incorrect, not proofed properly, and in the majority of cases not even peer reviewed – and whether we like it or not, the peer review process improves the quality of published work and filters out the papers that may not be up to scratch. This also extends to conference proceedings.

How can we tell if a publisher is predatory? Firstly, their emails are generally dubious in the first instance and constitute what I consider to be spam. Secondly, if an invite has come out of the blue, it is best to check online if they are a predatory publisher by accessing Beall’s List, which is essentially a blacklist of predatory publishers compiled by American librarian and researcher, Jeffrey Beall. Beall’s list of predatory publishers is available here:

The list does have its critics, but it acts as a safety net for those who are unsure about publishing to an unknown journal.

Having encountered a predatory OA publisher called OMICS, I have experienced the unpleasant nature of these companies. I will be happy to assist anybody who is unsure of whether they are dealing with predatory publishers, so please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please don’t make the same mistake I made.

Edward Randviir