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A Pandemic-Accelerated Shift to Openness: The Case of Scholarly Publishing

The need to understand and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic presented an enormous stress test for scientists and for scientific research. The need for rapid access to the latest COVID-19 research highlighted a number of longstanding shortcomings in scholarly publishing, most notably delayed publication of scientific findings and barriers to access for both readers and authors to fee-charging journals. During the global health crisis, innovations were made in scholarly publishing toward greater openness, such as accelerated peer review processes and increased use of preprints. However, different stakeholders across the scientific community will need to make a concerted effort to ensure that the openness fostered during the pandemic contributes to long-lasting change in scholarly publishing.

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Opening the record of science: making scholarly publishing work for science in the digital era

Efficient access to the record of science – for authors and for readers – is essential for science and society. This ISC Report examines the current landscape of scholarly publishing, explores future trends and proposes seven principles for scientific and scholarly publishing.

The Summary of ‘Opening the Record of Science’ is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian.


Business models and market structure within the scholarly communications sector

An ISC-Commissioned Occasional Paper exploring the implications of current business models for scientific publishing.

Strengthening research integrity: The role and responsibilities of publishing

An ISC-Commissioned Occasional paper on how publishing and the processes involved in publishing can – and should – enhance research integrity.

The normalization of preprints

This ISC-Commissioned Occasional Paper looks at the history of the preprint, its advantages and potential disadvantages, and concludes with some recommendations for how the growing acceptance of preprint posting should be handled within academia, and the changes in cultural norms that this entails.

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