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Think. Check. Attend.

Think. Check. Attend. is an initiative that aims to guide and assist researchers and scholars to judge the legitimacy and academic credentials of conferences in order to help them decide whether to or not attend the same. Nowadays, the scholarly community faces an increasing number of invitations to present at or attend conferences. Some of these are respectable, academic events, while others are misleading, exaggerated or even fake. Think. Check. Attend. provides guidelines that help researchers to differentiate between an authentic conference and the one they should avoid. In this initiative, we help scholars to recognise the characteristics of a trusted conference to attend and submit their abstracts through a number of steps and a check list. Simply follow these steps and you will rest assured that you attend only the most appropriate conferences.

COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

Open Access Initiatives and Networking in the Global South – Kuchma, Iryna

This short study highlights the impact of open access in the Global South. Featuring collaborative open access initiatives in Algeria, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Nepal, Palestine, Tanzania, Uganda and Latin American countries, it showcases success and describes the challenges that we still face. It also questions a notion of a journal article – perhaps already becoming obsolete – and discusses the growing preprints initiatives to speed up the availability of research results. The value of regional journal and repository networks enhancing open access content in Europe and Latin America is also discussed as well as the impact human networks make in the Global South.

Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit is a resource for researchers and evaluators that provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact.  With the Toolkit you can quickly understand what a metric means, how it is calculated, and if it’s good match for your impact question.

Selecting a quality publisher

Getting published is important, but not so important that you should publish in an inappropriate or disreputable journal. This guide provides information to help you navigate the publishing world, with questions to ask of a potential publisher and information on key issues in academic publishing.

Open Access Clinic

A guide to make your science 100% open access

FOSTER – Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research

The FOSTER portal is an e-learning platform that brings together the best training resources addressed to those who need to know more about Open Science, or need to develop strategies and skills for implementing Open Science practices in their daily workflows.

Confessions of an Open Access Advocate – Leslie Chan

As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, a historical and defining event of the global open access movement, Leslie Chan has been active in the experimentation and implementation of scholarly communication initiatives of varying scales around the world for the last twenty years. However, in this post, Leslie confesses that his advocacy efforts have not gone as hoped.

Published on the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) blog.