PRC Guides

The PRC has also commissioned a number of guides, click on headings to access the full guides: 

open accesslicensing Open Access Licensing

A legal perspective for authors, publishers, funders, repository platform operators, and other stakeholders in the communication of science

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari and René Viljoen (2015)

The licensing of open access publication is an evolving concern for which no practical guide yet exists. This short and we hope readable perspective serves as an introduction to the issues involved for all those concerned with scholarly communication, and in particular for those involved with the drafting and appraisal of licences and publishing agreements. It covers the complex inter-dependence of copyright licensing, publishing agreements, and open access or other licences ‘downstream’. For a full understanding there is much ground to be covered, including: the landscape of open access; the concept of copyright; the nature of publishing agreements; the principles behind open access licensing; and the impact of other agreements that affect scholarly practitioners.The guide concludes with some recommendations and opinions to steer sustainable open access licensing, and offers a checklist of concerns for all actors involved with open access publication..

Peerreviewgraphic Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide

What is it? How does it work? What about misconduct? Is there an alternative?

Mark Ware ( 2013)

This guide offers a readable overview of the processes used in peer review that assesses its strengths and limitations and looks at alternative approaches that are now being developed and trialled.

Ware discusses why, although inevitably imperfect, peer review remains a vital element of scholarship and the means by which the quality benchmark that distinguishes scholarly discourse is established. The Guide describes the elements that make up the peer review process, the workflows and tracking systems, the issues around publication ethics, and the developments in post-publication review and altmetrics that may represent the direction peer review will take in the future.

The reader of this short Guide will be left with a coherent and forward-looking insight into the processes, the shortcomings and the innovations around peer review, and a deeper understanding of why peer review is )

PRCTextMiningandScholarlyPublishinFeb2013graphic Text Mining and Scholarly Publishing

What is text mining? Why do it and who is? How does it work? What do publishers need to do? 

Jonathan Clark (2013)

Text mining is generating a frenzy of debate in and around the scholarly publishing world. There are many questions swirling around, and few sources to consult. There are the usual misunderstandings and over-enthusiastic and unrealisitic expectations associated with technology hype, but text mining is thought to hold real benefits for the progress of science. This brief but comprehensive PRC Guide gives an overview of the issues, the challenges, the technology and the activity happening around text mining and brings the reader up to date with the debate.