Author: Pablo Markin

Understanding Andean concepts of death and renewal: new insights to Prehispanic sacrality and sepulchral culture

Research in the Andes has yielded evidence for a complex association between settlement sites and mortuary monuments, tied to concepts of death, ancestor veneration and water. A Blog Article by Eric Merkel-Sobotta. In the case-study Carved Rocks and Subterranean Burials at Kipia, Ancash, AD 1000 – 1532 published in De…

African-American Artists and Performers between Camp Aesthetics and Racial Identity: Black Camp as a Critical Category

This article presents a blog version of Anna Pochmara and Justyna Wierzchowska’s panoramic introduction to “Notes on the Uses of Black Camp”: A special issue of Open Cultural Studies published in its inaugural, first issue in 2017. A Guest Article by Anna Pochmara and Justyna Wierzchowska. On Uses of Black…

The Refractions of Cervantes’ Fictional Figure of Don Quixote in Cinematic, Literary and Therapeutic Narratives Across Cultures

In this blog post, Juan de Dios Torralbo Caballero briefly introduces Multicultural Cervantes, a special issue of Open Cultural Studies published in 2017, based on his foreword, that examines the work of Miguel de Cervantes through its multicultural appropriations. A Guest Article by Dios Torralbo Caballero. The commemoration of the…

Subscription-Based Journals Have Not Been Found to Make Significant Contributions to Post-Publication Article Quality

Recent findings suggest that a transition to Open Access publishing is not likely to have a discernible effect on the quality of scholarly articles, since no significant measurable differences have been found between pre-print papers and their final versions as articles published in toll-based journals. A Blog Article by Pablo…

Transdisciplinary Studies Show How Hybridity Crosses the Boundaries of Cultural Media

In a special issue of Open Cultural Studies entitled “Transmediating Culture(s)?” that appeared in 2017, Justyna Stępień and Beata Zawadka, as its guest editors, have brought together contributions from cinema, literary, visual, epistemological and cultural studies, to reflect on the place of transmedia in cultural production across its various genres.…

While European Union Open Access Goals May be Unrealistic, Survey Findings Indicate Progress for Open Science

Even through in his recent news item, David Matthews concludes that the European Union’s 2020 target of universal Open Access adoption is not likely to be achieved on time based on recent surveys among European universities, these findings also show that Open Access policies have resulted in significant increases in…

Despite Divided Opinions on their Practices and Prospects, Open Access Mega-Journals Command Significant Presence

A recent meta-analysis of mega-journal-related qualitative and quantitative findings by Valerie Spezi et al. (2017) indicates that Open Access mega-journals have become an established part of the scholarly publishing market, in spite of diverging views on their long-term effect on the marketplace. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. In their…

Where are female academic journal board members?

In the process of launching a new journal in social sciences at De Gruyter, an interesting and disconcerting statistic came to light. A Blog Article by Beata Socha. As part of assembling an editorial board for the journal, an equal number of invitations was sent to male and female academics…

Open Access Journals, Rather Than Reviewer Fees, are Likely Instrumental for Changing Power Relations in the Publishing Industry

Recent criticisms of the market power that major journal publishers have underestimate the disruptive potential of Open Access to change the power relations between university libraries and publishing houses, as putting a price tag on purportedly unpaid labor of authors and reviewers will likely reinforce the market positioning of the…

Domesticity and Worldliness in the Victorian Period from the Cultural Studies Perspective

Ana Cristina Mendes and Iolanda Ramos, editors of “‘Victorians Like Us,” a special issue published by Open Cultural Studies in 2017, discuss in their introduction the insights that its various contributions offer on the domestic and public sphere in the Victorian era of the British Empire. A Guest Article by…

Preprints and Retrieval Tools Help Implode the Distinction between Open Access and Subscription-Based Journals

As the growing availability of the self-archived and preprint versions of articles published in paywall-protected journals widens the gray zone between subscription-based and Open Access publishing models, the scientific journal publishing market undergoes a sea change with possibly momentous consequences. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. While the differences between…

Hélder Santos, the Editor-in-Chief of Open Material Sciences, Explains the Rationale Behind the Newly Launched Journal

In early 2018, De Gruyter has launched Open Material Sciences, an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish latest research concerning organic, inorganic, composite, biomedical and biological materials, such as ceramics or polymers. Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin have interviewed its Editor-in-Chief on this occasion. A Blog Interview by…

Open Access Can Help Redress Geography-Related Access Disparities in the Global Scientific Publishing Market

Behind the lawsuit-backed fines and media bruhaha around Sci-Hub, a controversial scientific article-sharing website operated by Kazakhstan-based Alexandra Elbakyan, stands the oligopolistic dynamics of the privatization of the scientific commons that have created few large-scale global publishers effectively controlling the access to scientific knowledge. Open Access to journals and data…

Germany Turns the Table on Elsevier, as a De Facto Country-Level Transition to Open Access Puts Pressure on Publishers

The case of Elsevier’s inconclusive subscription contract negotiations in Germany shows that it is the involvement of scientific communities and organisations, such as research universities and institutes, at all stages of article publishing and access that creates journal impact and value. Digitization and file sharing, thus, can create conditions for…

Open Access in Medical Sciences Goes Increasingly Mainstream with Growing Public Awareness and Industry Acceptance

As access to latest medical research results, such as in the fields of oncology, vaccine development and disease prevention, can have critical importance for individual patients, healthcare professionals and public bodies, Open Access is increasingly advocated for by research institutes and switched to by academic journals. A Blog Article by…

Open Access Journals Can Further Mathematical Research Behind Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Revolutions

Though blockchain and crypto-currencies have been receiving growing media attention, such as due to their financial applications and performance respectively, their mathematical foundations may be underappreciated. Open Access is not only integral to these technologies, but can also contribute to their development, such as via cutting-edge research published in Open…