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Webinar - Open Research in Asia-Pacific Countries

On Thursday 5 December, we conducted our third webinar with academics from Asia-Pacific countries, and the discussion was divided into four main topics: Open access, government focus on R&D, where to publish and choosing what to read.

Rishi Kumar from India, Giulio Gabrieli from Singapore and Fei Gao from China offered their insight and opinion.

 

Open access

  • Open Access was considered positively by our panellists, as it allows academics to make their research results more visible, helping others to access data and conduct further studies
  • In China, Singapore and India, the government is now encouraging data sharing and reproducibility guidelines

 

In terms of challenges around open access:

  • Our speakers agreed that lack of funding makes publishing open access really challenging
  • In India, there is a general feeling that having to pay a fee to publish open access means that the journal or publisher does not have a great reputation

 

Government focus on R&D

  • In developing countries, such as India, the government is asking to contribute to international research
  • In China and Singapore, there is also a demand to publish in English for well-known international journals
  • The panellists agreed that the future of publishing could change with a joint effort from the government and publishers

 

Where to publish

  • Our panellists usually discussed with their group where to publish
  • When deciding where to publish, our speakers took into account impact factor, journal reputation and index
  • PI have the last word and strongly influence the final decision on publishing
  • Journal accessibility has improved recently, with increased availability of research papers on different platforms
  • When it comes to publishing in a new journal, caution was exercised by our speakers. Nevertheless, if the editor has a good reputation and the publisher is reliable, they felt more comfortable
  • To determine the  impact of a paper, our panellists used different methods such as statistics with views of the paper, paper repositories from universities, paper index and how many times a paper was shared across social networks

Choosing what to read

  • Social media has a strong influence as academics usually check Twitter, Facebook and WeChat (mainly in China) to see the latest trends
  • Together with social media, our speakers used a variety of tools: Researcher, ResearchGate, Mendeley, Endnote and university newsletters
  • A selection of recommended articles was usually preferred by our speakers as this helped them decide what to read 

 

Open Research in Asia-Pacific Countries: a Q&A with Academics