Interview with CyberLeninka’s Chief Strategy Officer

RICHARD POYNDER, 17th January 2016

Mighty Crawfish

Пока рак на горе не свистнет, мужик не перекрестится

While open access was not conceivable until the emergence of the Internet (and thus could be viewed as just a natural development of the network) the “OA movement” primarily grew out of a conviction that scholarly publishers have been exploiting the research community, not least by constantly increasing journal subscriptions. It was for this reason that the movement was initially driven by librarians.

OA advocates reasoned that while the research community freely contributes the content in scholarly journals, and freely peer reviews that content, publishers then sell it back to research institutions at ever more extortionate prices, at levels in fact that have made it increasingly difficult for research institutions to provide faculty members with access to all the research they need to do their jobs.

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CyberLeninka as a part of Russian Open Science infrastructure



The issue of scientific knowledge openness is urgent worldwide, but for Russia it is particularly crucial for two reasons: open access policy is still not accepted by government and the most cited academic journals are poorly accessible. Solution for this issue is proposed by means of the gold-oriented method which is implemented in the project of open access repository called as CyberLeninka. It is designed in order to improve scholarly communication, promote science and research activities, control research papers quality and increase citation/download rates of journals in Russia and CIS.

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Россия вошла в пятерку европейских стран по количеству статей в открытом доступе


Около недели назад научная библиотека открытого доступа «КиберЛенинка» передала крупнейшему европейскому репозиторию OpenAIRE данные о полумиллионе статей, хранящихся в ее базе данных. По обновленным данным хранилища, Россия вошла в пятерку европейских стран по количеству статей, опубликованных в открытом доступе. Об этом сообщил редакции N+1 Михаил Сергеев, директор по развитию «КиберЛенинки».

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