Francisca García Abad is Professor of Library and Information Science and Professor of History of Science and Research at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Valencia. After graduating in Medicine and finishing her PhD thesis, her lines of research focused on scientific information systems. She has been responsible for coordinating the team that started up RODERIC, the university’s institutional repository. She is currently collaborating on several Open Access projects in the Spanish scientific production as well as in the study of international visibility for scientific publications of the University of Valencia.
Why has the scientific paper become the most valuable element for academic assessment?
How has the researcher profile changed in recent years?
What are the consequences of the pressure to publish?
Could we reach a point where the name of the publication is better valued than the quality of the research itself?
This «publish or perish» motivation… Can also have other consequences such as, for example, neglecting science communication?
Is the review system for publication in prestigious journals here to stay?
Once the article is published, there is another added pressure which is to get the work quote.
Open access Publications
Why does OA [Open Access] arise and what is it about?
I recently heard you say that Open Access is the Occupy movement of science.
Who is behind the big publishing houses? Why have we arrived to such concentration of journals in a few groups?
«Open Access has reformulated the entire life cycle of information»
«You can publish a good science communication article, informative and beautiful, and although it had much impact, nobody will value it on your CV»
«Those who cannot take the pressure go more for quantity rather than quality. Therefore, production is elevated, but not everything is good»
Does OA contribute to greater transparency in research?
Open Access has its detractors too. What are the dangers of this publishing system?
This generates distrust towards the «pay to post» system…
To what extent does this business model damage Open Access?
What about smaller groups, those who have no funding?
Lucía Sapiña. The Two Cultures Observatory. Mètode.
«There are a lot of articles published in journals with high impact factor which receive zero citations»
«There are people who think that what is free is not as good as what you had to pay for»