This year’s International Open Access Week will take place from October 25-31, 2021. The theme for this year is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” The theme intentionally aligns with UNESCO’s (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Recommendation on Open Science, which is expected to define shared values and principles for open science and identify concrete measures on open access and open data, with proposals to bring citizens closer to science and commitments to facilitate the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge around the world.
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Dr. RaMonda Horton works as an associate professor in the speech-language pathology program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Dr. Horton’s research, teaching, and service interests are in the areas of early language development and disorders, school-based services, and multicultural and social justice issues in communication disorders. She recently published Critical Perspectives on Social Justice in Speech-Language Pathology and hosted a webinar with her contributing authors that was met with great success.
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Recently, the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organization released a report stating the number of deadly natural disasters has nominally increased from 1970 to 2019. These disasters have accounted for nearly 50% of disasters, 40% of deaths, and are causing economic losses up to US$ 383 million per day globally.
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Firstly, as many are starting new semesters and still navigating the turbulence of adjusting to hybrid and in-person working environments, I hope that you are staying safe and healthy. Throughout the past two years, we can all agree that we have seen amazing resilience from society and due to the upheaval, seen so many inadequacies be discovered and addressed, which includes the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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As journals have become more digital over the last several years, publishers are striving to break away from the limitations that traditional print/issue schedules present, and instead are opting to migrate to a more continuous pace. Research becomes dated quite quickly and risks losing its value if it sits for too long, and waiting for the assembly of a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, etc. issue for articles to be published can be a huge detriment to timely research dissemination.
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IGI Global and the Carolina Consortium have been collaborating for years to provide specialized pricing to their members on IGI Global’s e-Collections, including their e-Book and e-Journal Collections. In 2019, the state of library acquisitions was turbulent as the threat of library budget cuts prevailed, due to political uncertainty coupled with the ongoing pressure for libraries to negotiate Read & Publish deals.
In response to the ongoing shift to remote education, I am conducting a series of interviews with leading industry experts, research scientists and university professors. In this interview series, I seek to explore research-based principles, emerging trends, and initiatives for driving student engagement and success in online courses.
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Over the past several years, academia and scholarly publishing have turned into a data-driven endeavor that hinges on the citation impact, indexing, and prestige of research. Due to this shift, academics are not only now challenged with teaching classes, conducting office hours, researching and writing, continuing education, participating in various societies and associations, and more, but they must also ensure that their research work is highly discoverable and accessible.
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IGI Global is pleased to announce that the 2023 book copyright (books published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023) has formally opened. Proposal submissions are encouraged for editors and authors choosing to publish between these dates.
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In 2017, the international Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) council conducted an extensive and rigorous year-long review process in which every aspect of IGI Global was carefully examined. IGI Global was then formally recognized by COPE as a viable, ethical, and prestigious publisher of scholarly content.
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IGI Global is currently accepting proposals for Gold Open Access (OA) and Diamond/Platinum Open Access (OA) journals for 2023 inauguration consideration. Open access models remove subscription pricing and permission barriers and garner a larger audience; including those who could not previously access this valuable emerging research.
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Since the onset of Plan S, transformative Read & Publish and Publish & Read agreements are becoming the new standard for library acquisitions and are leading to a higher level of prioritization of open access. With hundreds of libraries investing in these models and nearly every party in the academic community discussing the benefits, library consortia have now started to prioritize open access publishing in their contracts.
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By now, many in the global academic community have a good grasp on what open scholarship is, even if they do not fully understand all the intricate details and miscellaneous information that encompasses open access publishing. While understanding open access under an umbrella may seem like a daunting task, open access can actually be categorized into different types (also referred to as different “colors”) which may help further one’s understanding of how content is archived and/or shared when published under open access.
Many institutions around the world are starting up new semesters and bringing students back to campus for in-person and hybrid teaching. While some are excited to welcome back “normalcy,” according to an Insider Higher Ed article, many professors are quitting their positions due to the lack of ability to teach remotely.
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As we have all seen, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is now at the forefront of the academic community. It is encouraging to see so many institutions and industries now focusing on this important concept and the ideals that we as a company are founded upon.
As open access (OA) is continuously growing and changing, many researchers, publishers, and librarians still have many questions, misconceptions, and confusion. Although OA has been around for some time now, there are constantly new mandates and programs being launched globally that make it almost impossible to understand all the intricacies associated.
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Recently, the popular social media platform, Twitter announced its first “algorithmic bias bounty challenge” for researchers and hackers to fix the bias in their image-cropping algorithm. According to an Insider article, this competition was established after a group of researchers found that the platform’s algorithm favored “white people over Black people, and women over men.”
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Research and development (R&D) strategies, policies, and management remain integral forces for the continued advancement and sustainability of services across a variety of industries. Without the continual output of research in this essential field, organizations and systems remain stagnant, product development is halted, and processes are not optimized and made more efficient.
To succeed in this ever-evolving age of digital transformation, organizations must develop a digital-first business model to gain a competitive advantage. The most successful organizations have IT governance structures, processes, and relational mechanisms that support digital initiatives.
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Diversity and Inclusion. These two words seem to be everywhere in academia right now, with higher education institutions frequently touting their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As a company, we find it exciting to see so many embrace the concept that IGI Global was founded upon--the understanding that underrepresented researchers need to have an outlet to share their perspectives and research findings.
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