The latest issue of The Economist includes 3 articles focused on issues you should be aware of as you seek to publish your research. "Assessing the Importance of Scientific Work" discusses the development of altmetrics and profiles 2 companies working in the field. "The Findings of Medical Research are Disseminated Too Slowly" looks at how the old model of scientific research locked up behind paywalls is changing, as funders such as the Gates Foundation begin to require its grantees to make their work freely available to the public. "The Shackles of Scientific Journals, and How to Cast them Off" outlines the problems with the old model of scientific publishing, which results in profits for journal publishers to the detriment of the scientific enterprise and to the general public, as well as additional solutions including open access repositories and more transparent peer review.
These are quick reads, and we encourage our researchers to spend the less than 10 minutes it takes to skim them. We thank Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, for drawing our attention to these articles.
If you are a researcher, check out our Research Impact guide to learn how to use altmetrics and other tools to help you tell the story of *your* research impact.