A new form of support for Open Science in SCIndeks: Publishing primary data and attachments to the articles
In an effort to support the development of Open Science in Serbia (MPNTR, 2018) and help national journals to adapt modern publishing requirements, CEON/CEES decided to support linking articles in SCIndeks - Serbian Citation Index with additional content: open (primary) data and open materials (attachments), i.e. to those offered by the authors for publication in the open regime.
The assessment of reviewers by authors and editors is enabled by the software tool Reviewing Reviewers (RevRev) built in SCIndeks Assistant. By responding to the RevRev questionnaire editorial boards evaluate usefulness of peer reviews for making their editorial decisions, while the authors evaluate usefulness of reviews for improving the quality of various parts/aspects of their manuscripts.
The research team behind the Retraction Watch blog has officially launched an online database of retracted journal articles and conference papers. The database contains information about retracted or otherwise illegitimate papers (e.g. duplicate papers). The database containing more than 18,000 retractions is the result of a project that has been ongoing for several years and so far, this is the largest and the most reliable database offering this kind of information.
The PubPeer website was launched in 2012 to serve as a platform for scholarly discussion. Over time, it has become a place where users can publicly yet anonymously report potentially flawed scientific results and misconduct. Although this is a major subject of criticism, PubPeer’s creators believe that whistleblowers’ identity must be protected. Due to this, the new version of PubPeer pays special attention to identity management.
In December 2016, SCIndeks was enriched with another new service, providing simple and easy application of journals to DOAJ. Thanks to this innovation, as many as 48 SCIndeks journals have so far been accepted for indexing in this important database.
In the 2016 edition of the Journal Bibliometric Report (JBR), CEON/CEES has introduced, among other innovations, two new impact indicators: CEON WoS Impact Factor 2 and CEON WoS Impact Factor 5. The main purpose of the new indicators is to enable journals aspiring to merit inclusion in WoS to compare their performance with other journals in relevant subject areas already indexed in the Web of Science.
Can internet-based paraphrasing tools undermine plagiarism detection? A paper published in the International Journal for Educational Integrity early in 2017 demonstrates that they can. Nevertheless, this is not a problem without a solution.