This year we have had an opportunity to organize a workshop at the Open Reading s Conference – the 60th International Conference for Students of Physics and Natural Sciences. Every year the conference attracts many Ph.D. students from Europe, Asia, and the USA.
March 16th, 2017, VTeX organized the workshop “What’s hot in science publishing: the scientists’ approach”. Since many of our services are used by authors, it is extremely important to understand young scientists. We are happy, that all the participants enjoyed the discussion, established new connections, and gained a deeper understanding of a scientific publishing environment.
We encouraged the discussion about the search and systemization of the published scientific data. The participants shared their experience about the influence of supervisors and colleagues, discussed how they search for information and where they store it. Another essential topic was about the manuscript preparation process. We asked participants which software they use and how their environment affects their choice. It became clear that colleagues and supervisors make a significant impact on information gathering and manuscript preparation process.
Since we provide a peer-review system, we were curious about what participants think about a peer-review process and how to improve it. We discussed the pros and cons for the single-blind, double-blind, post-publication, and open peer-review processes. We all agreed, that the peer-review process makes a great contribution to science publishing, but there is a room for improvement.
Differences among journals with higher or lower acceptance ratios were also discussed. And finally, we discussed the Open Access publishing model. As it was expected, this question raised the biggest discussion, all the participants had their opinion towards this question. And even after many arguments expressed, we did not conclude, which model is better.
Overall, we are very happy with this workshop. We believe that during the discussion a lot of good practices were shared, students got new insights and ideas on how to be more efficient and achieve results faster. We will organize more workshops and encourage scientists to share the best practices among each other.