lunes, septiembre 28, 2009

El flujo de la literatura gris....

Gracias al post Cómo se comunican los investigadores (I) de Alvaro Cabezas me entero de la publicación de "Communicating knowledge: How and why UK researchers publish and disseminate their findings", realizado por la RIN (Research Information Network).
Es francamente interesante conocer el flujo de información para poder localizarla. Este tipo de documentacion es una de las mas dificiles de encontrar...por eso, si conocemos "a nuestro enemigo" quizá tengamos una ventaja importante.

"In deciding when, where and how to communicate their
work, researchers may have to make choices between speedy
dissemination to a desired audience, and less speedy publication
in a high-status journal. Such choices are made more complex
because researchers know that publications serve not only as
means of communication. They can be monitored or measured as
indicators of quality or impact (in the academic world and more
widely). And the difficulty in choosing between different channels
of communication is exacerbated because researchers often
find the messages they get from different agencies, including
universities, conflicting or unclear. But the perception that their
work is being monitored and assessed in particular ways, notably
by the RAE, has a major influence on how they communicate"

¿Porque publicar en un sitio o en otro...o con un formato u otro?

Once you have published a book you have a certain standing
in the field, you then get asked to do things for volumes, for handbooks [which] are quite substantial in the profession. They’re one of the main ways in which I deal with getting disseminated.”

The major reason for producing conference presentations and
posters is naturally the desire for rapid dissemination

Por el contrario cuando llega la hora de pensar en publicar en Open Access ocurre lo de siempre:

"Many reports have pointed to more widespread awareness (if not
necessarily deeper understanding) among researchers’ of open
access, particularly in some areas in the biological and physical
sciences. There is some pressure on researchers from funders and
from universities to make use of open access repositories, and
previous surveys have indicated that a majority of researchers
are prepared to respond to positively to such pressures. But uptake of open access options – either through publication in
open access journals or through deposit of articles in open access
repositories – has been slower than many would have hoped.
Our survey shows that over 60% of researchers believe that open
access repositories are either ‘not important’ or ‘not applicable’ to
the dissemination of their research. This may reflect researchers’
concerns – shown in earlier studies – that open access outlets will
be not be rated highly by peer reviewers – either in the RAE or on
interview panels – or in any bibliometric analysis"

Francamente invito a echarle una visual a este informe...Tiene datos muy significativos, y aunque bien es cierto que está centrado en el Reino Unido creo que sirve de muestra para lo que en general son los cauces de publicación cientifica.