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[Editorial] Open Publishing in Engineering
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@article{EditorialOpe2016, title={[Editorial] Open Publishing in Engineering}, author={Devin Berg, Luciano Fleischfresser, Kyle Niemeyer}, year={2016}, note={version: 57c57104d7e1c83900d3d991}, publisher={PubPub}, }

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Devin Berg, Luciano Fleischfresser, Kyle Niemeyer. (2016). [Editorial] Open Publishing in Engineering. PubPub, [https://www.pubpub.org/pub/open-publishing-in-engineering] version: 57c57104d7e1c83900d3d991

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Devin Berg, Luciano Fleischfresser, Kyle Niemeyer. "[Editorial] Open Publishing in Engineering". PubPub, (2016). [https://www.pubpub.org/pub/open-publishing-in-engineering] version: 57c57104d7e1c83900d3d991

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Devin Berg, Luciano Fleischfresser, Kyle Niemeyer. "[Editorial] Open Publishing in Engineering". PubPub, (2016). [https://www.pubpub.org/pub/open-publishing-in-engineering] version: 57c57104d7e1c83900d3d991
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Openness is a cultural trait. It has been argued that open societies promote better quality of life 1

The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace

Morton Halperin, Joe Siegle and Michael Weinstein
ISBN-10: 0415990653; ISBN-13: 978-0415990653
Reference:
Morton Halperin, Joe Siegle and Michael Weinstein. "The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace". Routledge; Revised ed. edition (December 1, 2004), (2004). 312. [https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Advantage-Democracies-Prosperity-Relations/dp/0415990653]
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. Science and engineering have a long tradition of offering solutions based on natural and built processes to improve quality of life and bring prosperity. There are around 30,000 science and engineering journals available today, with a majority based on a business model that has proven successful. With some variation, this model comprises four steps: authors submit their papers, peers review these anonymously, then, if accepted, rights are transferred to the publisher, and readers pay in order to consume the final product. Some claim this subscription-based journal model is needed to assure the quality of what goes into the specialized press 2

The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open Access

Jeffrey Beall
Reference:
Jeffrey Beall. "The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open Access". tripleC. Vol. 11. (2013). Num. 2. [http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/525]
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But today there is growing uneasiness with this model due to a variety of reasons. The primary issues with the traditional subscription-based journal model come down to finances. Researchers and the public alike want access to the products of research. Unfortunately, in the traditional model they must pay for this access, either directly to the publisher per article or indirectly through a subscription fee paid by a university or library. In many instances, the public has already paid for this research through government funding using their tax dollars. Coupled to this is the fact that the majority of the work of producing a final, peer-reviewed piece of scholarship is conducted on a voluntary basis by academics and other researchers themselves. Furthermore, most of those involved in the peer-review process, from the reviewers to some editors, also volunteer their efforts. This all occurs at a time when distribution costs are trending towards zero as enabled by the internet—while academic publishers post substantial profit margins 3

The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era

Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon
Reference:
Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon. "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era". PLOS ONE. (2015). [http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0127502] DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0127502
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. Overall, the creation of new web-based technologies has driven the cost of academic publishing down significantly in recent years and will likely continue to do so as the landscape of academic publishing evolves 4

Open access: The true cost of science publishing

Richard Van Noorden
Reference:
Richard Van Noorden. "Open access: The true cost of science publishing". Nature. Vol. 495. (2013). 426-429. [http://www.nature.com/news/open-access-the-true-cost-of-science-publishing-1.12676] DOI 10.1038/495426a
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. These are some of the issues that have helped the Open Access (OA) movement gain steam. OA publishing has the ability to advance the field of engineering by providing fair access to engineering knowledge to engineers in developing nations or others without institutional access to the field’s published works 5

The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review

Jonathan P. Tennant, François Waldner, Damien C. Jacques, Paola Masuzzo, Lauren B. Collister, Chris. H. J. Hartgerink
[version 2; referees: 3 approved, 2 approved with reservations]
Reference:
Jonathan P. Tennant, François Waldner, Damien C. Jacques, Paola Masuzzo, Lauren B. Collister, Chris. H. J. Hartgerink. "The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review". F1000Research. Vol. 5. (2016). Num. 632. [http://f1000research.com/articles/5-632/] DOI 10.12688/f1000research.8460.2
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. Furthermore, OA articles provide access to wider readership through both greater academic access and wider media coverage 6

How open science helps researchers succeed

Erin C McKiernan, Philip E Bourne, C Titus Brown, Stuart Buck, Amye Kenall, Jennifer Lin, Damon McDougall, Brian A Nosek, Karthik Ram, Courtney K Soderberg, Jeffrey R Spies, Kaitlin Thaney, Andrew Updegrove, Kara H Woo, Tal Yarkoni
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Erin C McKiernan, Philip E Bourne, C Titus Brown, Stuart Buck, Amye Kenall, Jennifer Lin, Damon McDougall, Brian A Nosek, Karthik Ram, Courtney K Soderberg, Jeffrey R Spies, Kaitlin Thaney, Andrew Updegrove, Kara H Woo, Tal Yarkoni. "How open science helps researchers succeed". eLife. Vol. 5. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd, (2016). [https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e16800/] DOI 10.7554/eLife.16800
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. In fact, OA articles in engineering fields are cited 1.51–1.54 times more frequently than similar non-OA articles 7

Do Open-Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact?

Kristin Antelman
Reference:
Kristin Antelman. "Do Open-Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact?". College & Research Libraries. Vol. 65. (2004). Num. 5. 372-382. DOI 10.5860/crl.65.5.372
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Impact of open access on citation of scholarly publications in the field of civil engineering

Teja Koler-Povh, Primož Južnič, Goran Turk
Reference:
Teja Koler-Povh, Primož Južnič, Goran Turk. "Impact of open access on citation of scholarly publications in the field of civil engineering". Scientometrics. Vol. 98. (2014). Num. 2. 1033-1045. DOI 10.1007/s11192-013-1101-x
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The Journal of Open Engineering (TJOE) is being launched amidst this scenario. OA publishing is in a state of rapid growth and it is estimated that the number of OA journals will surpass that of subscription-based journals somewhere in 2018 9

Born Digital: building the ultimate open-access publisher

Frontiers Communications
Reference:
Frontiers Communications. "Born Digital: building the ultimate open-access publisher". Frontiers OA Commentary. (2015). [https://blog.frontiersin.org/2015/12/22/born-digital-building-the-ultimate-open-access-publisher/]
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. Engineering deserves open access in its own right, and TJOE pushes that boundary by using open, post-publication peer review and by asking authors to submit work that is truly open and reproducible through the dissemination of all associated artifacts. Here we include educational resources; design, computational, and experimental research; and humanitarian outcomes. TJOE is following a growing trend of making science and engineering more transparent to the public. It does that using PubPub, a technology that facilitates the whole publishing workflow in a single online platform, from the initial preprint submission, through peer-review, and finally curation in the journal where articles are versioned and evolve as long as interest allows. Readers, writers, reviewers, and editors can all engage in open dialog to create results with greater applicability, a prized goal of any engineering project. This is all done while charging no fees to either the authors or the readers in alignment with our goal of making engineering as open and accessible as possible.

References

[1]
Morton Halperin, Joe Siegle and Michael Weinstein. "The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace". Routledge; Revised ed. edition (December 1, 2004), (2004). 312. [https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Advantage-Democracies-Prosperity-Relations/dp/0415990653] ISBN-10: 0415990653; ISBN-13: 978-0415990653
[2]
Jeffrey Beall. "The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open Access". tripleC. Vol. 11. (2013). Num. 2. [http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/525]
[3]
Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, Philippe Mongeon. "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era". PLOS ONE. (2015). [http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0127502] DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0127502
[4]
Richard Van Noorden. "Open access: The true cost of science publishing". Nature. Vol. 495. (2013). 426-429. [http://www.nature.com/news/open-access-the-true-cost-of-science-publishing-1.12676] DOI 10.1038/495426a
[5]
Jonathan P. Tennant, François Waldner, Damien C. Jacques, Paola Masuzzo, Lauren B. Collister, Chris. H. J. Hartgerink. "The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review". F1000Research. Vol. 5. (2016). Num. 632. [http://f1000research.com/articles/5-632/] [version 2; referees: 3 approved, 2 approved with reservations]DOI 10.12688/f1000research.8460.2
[6]
Erin C McKiernan, Philip E Bourne, C Titus Brown, Stuart Buck, Amye Kenall, Jennifer Lin, Damon McDougall, Brian A Nosek, Karthik Ram, Courtney K Soderberg, Jeffrey R Spies, Kaitlin Thaney, Andrew Updegrove, Kara H Woo, Tal Yarkoni. "How open science helps researchers succeed". eLife. Vol. 5. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd, (2016). [https://elifesciences.org/content/5/e16800/] DOI 10.7554/eLife.16800
[7]
Kristin Antelman. "Do Open-Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact?". College & Research Libraries. Vol. 65. (2004). Num. 5. 372-382. DOI 10.5860/crl.65.5.372
[8]
Teja Koler-Povh, Primož Južnič, Goran Turk. "Impact of open access on citation of scholarly publications in the field of civil engineering". Scientometrics. Vol. 98. (2014). Num. 2. 1033-1045. DOI 10.1007/s11192-013-1101-x
[9]
Frontiers Communications. "Born Digital: building the ultimate open-access publisher". Frontiers OA Commentary. (2015). [https://blog.frontiersin.org/2015/12/22/born-digital-building-the-ultimate-open-access-publisher/]
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I would like a reference for "Open societies with good ethical norms are more prosperous and offer better quality of life."
The statement has been re-worded and a citation added.