The launch of Seismica: a seismic shift in publishing

Authors

  • Christie Rowe McGill University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9208-3960
  • Matthew Agius Dipartiment tal-Ġeoxjenza, L-Università ta’ Malta, Msida, Malta
  • Jaime Convers Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Gareth Funning Department of Earth &8 Planetary Sciences, University of California Riverside, Riverside, USA
  • Carmine Galasso Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Stephen Hicks Department of Earth Science & Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
  • Tran Huynh Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Jessica Lange McGill University Library, Montréal, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4733-8565
  • Thomas Lecocq Seismology and Gravimetry, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4988-6477
  • Hannah Mark Department of Geology & Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachussetts, USA https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1722-3759
  • Ryo Okuwaki University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Théa Ragon Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech, Pasadena, USA
  • Catherine Rychert Department of Geology & Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachussetts, USA
  • Samantha Teplitzky University of California Berkeley Library, Berkeley, USA
  • Martijn van den Ende Université Côte d’Azur, IRD, CNRS, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Géoazur, Valbonne, France https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0634-7078

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26443/seismica.v1i1.255

Abstract

Seismica, a community-run Diamond Open Access (OA) journal for seismology and earthquake science, opened for submissions in July 2022. We created Seismica to support a shift to OA publishing while pushing back against the extreme rise in the cost of OA author processing charges, and the inequities this is compounding. Seismica is run by an all-volunteer Board of 47 researchers who fulfil traditional editorial roles as well as forming functional teams to address the needs for technical design and support, copy editing, media and branding that would otherwise be covered by paid staff at a for-profit journal. We are supported by the McGill University Library (Québec, Canada), who host our website and provide several other services, so that Seismica does not have any income or financial expenditures. We report the process of developing the journal and explain how and why we made some of the major policy choices. We describe the organizational structure of the journal, and discuss future plans and challenges for the continued success and longevity of Seismica.

References

Adema, J., & Moore, S. A. (2018). Collectivity and collaboration: imagining new forms of communality to create resilience in scholar-led publishing. Insights, 31. https://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.399/

Aderhold, K., Wright, V., Burton, C., Scott Price, O., Madsen, S., & Duran, G. (2021). Groundswell Anti-Racism Action in the Geosciences. 2021.

Adoption of open access is rising � but so too are its costs. (2018). In Impact of Social Sciences. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/01/22/adoption-of-open-access-is-rising-but-so-too-are-its-costs/

Aksnes, D. W., Langfeldt, L., & Wouters, P. (2019). Citations, citation indicators, and research quality: An overview of basic concepts and theories. Sage Open, 9(1), 2158244019829575.

Ali, H. N., Sheffield, S. L., Bauer, J. E., Caballero-Gill, R. P., Gasparini, N. M., Libarkin, J., Gonzales, K. K., Willenbring, J., Amir-Lin, E., Cisneros, J., & others. (2021). An actionable anti-racism plan for geoscience organizations. Nature Communications, 12(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23936-w

Ancion, Z., Borrell-Dami�n, L., Mounier, P., Rooryck, J., & Saenen, B. (2022). Action Plan for Diamond Open Access. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6282403

Baruch, Y., Konrad, A., Aguinis, H., & Starbuck, W. (2008). In Opening the Black Box of Editorship (p. 319). Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230582590

Becerril, A., Bosman, J., Bj�rnshauge, L., Frantsv�g, J. E., Kramer, B., Langlais, P.-C., Mounier, P., Proudman, V., Redhead, C., & Torny, D. (2021). OA Diamond Journals Study. Part 2: Recommendations. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4562790

Benz, M., van Edig, X., Schulz, K., Finger, J., & Verbeke, D. (2022). Supporting Diamond Open Access: Research libraries as funders, intermediaries and publishers. Libraries in the Research and Innovation Landscape (LIBER 2022). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6818082

Björk, B.-C. (2021). Why is access to the scholarly journal literature so expensive? Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 21(2), 177–192. https://doi.org/10.1353/pla.2021.0010

Björk, B.-C., Shen, C., & Laakso, M. (2016). A longitudinal study of independent scholar-published open access journals. PeerJ, 4, e1990. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1990

Bosman, J., Frantsv�g, J. E., Kramer, B., Langlais, P.-C., & Proudman, V. (2021). OA Diamond Journals Study. Part 1: Findings. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4558704

Butler, L.-A., Matthias, L., Simard, M.-A., Mongeon, P., & Haustein, S. (2022). The oligopoly�s shift to open access publishing: How for-profit publishers benefit from gold and hybrid article processing charges. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du Congr�s Annuel de l’ACSI. https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1262

Casadevall, A., & Fang, F. C. (2014). Causes for the persistence of impact factor mania. MBio, 5(2), e00064-14. https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00064-14

cOAlition S. (n.d.). Plan S: Making full and immediate Open Access a reality. Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies.

Dodds, F. (2019). The future of academic publishing: Revolution or evolution revisited. Learned Publishing, 32(4), 345–354. https://doi.org/10.1002/leap.1258

Doumont, J.-L. (2009). Trees, Maps, and Theorems: Effective communication for rational minds. In Information Design Journal (Vol. 17/2, pp. 155–156). Principiae.

Dutt, K. (2020). Race and racism in the geosciences. Nature Geoscience, 13(1), 2–3. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0519-z

Else, H. (2020). Nature journals reveal terms of landmark open-access option. Nature, 588(7836), 19–20. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-03324-y

Farley, A., Langham-Putrow, A., Shook, E., Sterman, L. B., & Wacha, M. (2021). Transformative agreements: Six myths, busted: Lessons learned. College & Research Libraries News, 82(7), 298. https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.82.7.298

Farquharson, J. I., & Wadsworth, F. B. (2018). Introducing Volcanica: The first diamond open-access journal for volcanology. Volcanica, 1(1), i–ix. https://doi.org/10.30909/vol.01.01.i-ix

Feldman, D. C. (2008). Building and maintaining a strong editorial board and cadre of ad hoc reviewers. In Y. Baruch, A. Konrad, H. Aguinis, & W. Starbuck (Eds.), Opening the Black Box of Editorship (pp. 68–74). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230582590_7

Fuchs, C., & Sandoval, M. (2013). The diamond model of open access publishing: Why policy makers, scholars, universities, libraries, labour unions and the publishing world need to take non-commercial, non-profit open access serious. TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(2), 428–443.

Funning, G., Bruhat, L., van den Ende, M., Gabriel, A.-A., Hicks, S., Jolivet, R., Lecocq, T., & Rowe, C. (2021). Seismica: a community-led Diamond Open-Access journal for seismology and earthquake science. 2021. https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2021AGUFM.U43E..06F

Gabriel, A.-A., Bruhat, L., van den Ende, M., Funning, G., Hicks, S. P., Jolivet, R., Lecocq, T., & Rowe, C. (2022). Seismica: a community-led Diamond Open-Access journal for seismology and earthquake science. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-11264

Grossmann, A., & Brembs, B. (2021). Current market rates for scholarly publishing services. F1000Research, 10(20). https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.27468.2

Haak, L. L., Fenner, M., Paglione, L., Pentz, E., & Ratner, H. (2012). ORCID: a system to uniquely identify researchers. Learned Publishing, 25(4), 259–264. https://doi.org/10.1087/20120404

Hodgkinson, G. P. (2008). Moving a Journal up the Rankings. In Y. Baruch, A. M. Konrad, H. Aguinis, & W. H. Starbuck (Eds.), Opening the Black Box of Editorship (pp. 104–113). Palgrave Macmillan UK. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230582590_11

Kahr, B., McHenry, L. B., & Hollingsworth, M. D. (2019). Academic publishing and scientific integrity: Case studies of editorial interference by Taylor & Francis. The Journal of Scientific Practice & Integrity, 1, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.35122/jospi.2019.848394

Khanna , S., Ball, J., Alperin, J. P., & Willinsky, J. (2022). Recalibrating the Scope of Scholarly Publishing: A Modest Step in a Vast Decolonization Process. SciELO Preprints. https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.4729

Khoo, S. Y.-S. (2019a). Article processing charge hyperinflation and price insensitivity: An open access sequel to the serials crisis. Liber Quarterly, 29(1), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10280

Khoo, S. Y.-S. (2019b). Article Processing Charge Hyperinflation and Price Insensitivity: An Open Access Sequel to the Serials Crisis. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 29(1), 1�18. https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10280

Lamport, L. (1985). LATEX: a document preparation system. Addison-Wesley.

Lange, J. (2022). Removing author fees can help open access journals make research available to everyone. The Conversation.

Lange, J., & Severson, S. (2021). What Are the Characteristics of Canadian Independent, Scholarly Journals? Results from a Website Analysis. The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 24(1). https://doi.org/10.3998/jep.153

Lange, J., & Severson, S. (2022). Work It: Looking at Labour and Compensation in Canadian Non-Commercial Scholarly Journals. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, 6(2), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.18357/kula.151

Lariviere, V., & Sugimoto, C. R. (2019). The journal impact factor: A brief history, critique, and discussion of adverse effects. In Springer handbook of science and technology indicators (pp. 3–24). Springer.

Liboiron, M. (2021). Decolonizing geoscience requires more than equity and inclusion. Nature Geoscience, 14(12), 876–877. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00861-7

Needleman, M. H. (2012). NISO Z39.96-201x, JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite. Serials Review, 38(3), 213–214. https://doi.org/10.1080/00987913.2012.10765464

Office of Science and Technology Policy. (2022). Ensuring Free, Immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research. Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies.

Olejniczak, A. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2020). Who�s writing open access (OA) articles? Characteristics of OA authors at Ph. D.-granting institutions in the United States. Quantitative Science Studies, 1(4), 1429–1450.

Parks, B. (2020). AJP adopts double-anonymous reviewing. American Journal of Physics, 88(12), 1035–1035. https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0002460

Petersen, J., Hattke, F., & Vogel, R. (2017). Editorial governance and journal impact: a study of management and business journals. Scientometrics, 112(3), 1593–1614. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-017-2434-7

Pico, T., Bierman, P., Doyle, K., & Richardson, S. (2020). First authorship gender gap in the geosciences. Earth and Space Science, 7(8). https://doi.org/e2020EA001203

Puehringer, S., Rath, J., & Griesebner, T. (2021). The political economy of academic publishing: On the commodification of a public good. PloS One, 16(6), e0253226. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253226

Shapiro, D. L., & Bartunek, J. (2008). Being an Ethical Editorial Board Member and Editor: The Integral Role of Earned Trust. In Y. Baruch, A. M. Konrad, H. Aguinis, & W. H. Starbuck (Eds.), Opening the Black Box of Editorship (pp. 88–96). Palgrave Macmillan UK. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230582590_9

Shipp, J. (2000). Commercial scholarly publishing: the devil incarnate or divine saviour? History of Economics Review, 32(1), 37–45. https://doi.org/10.1080/10370196.2000.11733339

Siler, K., & Frenken, K. (2020). The pricing of open access journals: Diverse niches and sources of value in academic publishing. Quantitative Science Studies, 1(1), 28–59. https://doi.org/10.1162/qss_a_00016

van den Ende, M., Bruhat, L., Funning, G., Gabriel, A.-A., Hicks, S. P., Jolivet, R., Lecocq, T., & Rowe, C. (2021). Creating a Diamond Open Access community journal for Seismology and Earthquake Science. https://doi.org/10.31223/X5304V

Zhang, X., Grebel, T., & Budzinski, O. (2021). The Prices of Open Access Publishing: The Composition of APC across Different Fields of Sciences. In The Prices of Open Access Publishing: The Composition of APC across Different Fields of Sciences (pp. 317–336). De Gruyter Oldenbourg. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110724523-014

Downloads

Published

2022-11-16

How to Cite

Rowe, C., Agius, M., Convers, J., Funning, G., Galasso, C. ., Hicks, S., Huynh, T., Lange, J. ., Lecocq, T., Mark, H., Okuwaki, R., Ragon, T., Rychert, C., Teplitzky, S., & van den Ende, M. (2022). The launch of Seismica: a seismic shift in publishing. Seismica, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.26443/seismica.v1i1.255

Issue

Section

Editorials