Why not take a trip to Münster for the ECIS 2015 conference in May 2015 and make time for the workshop “Systematize your Literature Review: it’s a Piece of Cake (and other useful and innovative approaches for analyzing research literature)”
The ‘San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment‘ aims to improve the ways in which scientific resarch outputs are evaluated.
“A number of themes run through these recommendations:
- the need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as
- Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment,and promotion considerations;
- the need to assess research on its own merits rather than on the basis of thejournal in which the research is published;and
the need to capitalize on the opportunities provided by online publication (such as relaxing unnecessary limits on the number of words, figures, and references inarticles, and exploring new indicators of significance and impact).” [Declaration, p.1-2]
See this Dilbert cartoon.
Some predatory open access journals exist. These lack academic credibility and spam academics requesting submissions with the aim of claiming an author’s fee – a way of making money. The University of Manchester Library gives tips on how to spot such journals.
See also the Scholarly Open Access blog.