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Brief notes on some of the talks and attendees of Elsevier's 2021 Diamond OA Conference Day One
JG Bankier (JGB) highlights an article from a Bepress journal called "The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness,
and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss's Children's Books"
PlumX metrics indicate this article been downloaded over 300,000 times. It featured in many news stories.
JGB's tips:
1.) Publish regularly
2.) "Google indexing is critical"
3.) "Important to have accurate reporting and readership tools" [so you can see and demonstrate readership]
JGB specifically called out Turkey, Indonesia, India, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, and Malaysia on his slide about 'orgs,
agencies, indices, or programs set up to drive higher journal quality' [RM comment: which I think is very much pandering to
the targeted invited audience geography]
A brief one slide nod to the OADJS study noting from it that "bigger budgets translate to better indexing"
[RM comment: hmmmm...]
"second, a budget is not required to get into Scopus or Web of Science"
"for visibility, nothing compares to Google"
"I see here, a future where the journal homepages are sexier. We want to make our journal homepages sexier.
We believe that that's important, we want to make them more compelling."
[RM comment: This is an actual quote folks. I'm not sure if that will have gone down well with the conference attendees
from e.g. Indonesia or Saudia Arabia.]
JGB: remarks on SirsiDynix 'CloudSource OA': something something tipping point
something something [RM comment: *eyeroll* presumably the follow-on pitch here is that Egyptian/Saudi/Indonesian dollars
given to Elsevier will help reach that tipping point]
Bepress are also integrating with another of Elsevier's acquisitions (Aries Systems) so that, for a reassuringly expensive price,
Bepress journals can integrate with the Aries Editorial Manager system. [RM comment: inevitable. Why didn't this happen earlier,
given Aries was acquired in Aug 2018]
Attendees. By watching the chat rooms, I was able to observe the identity of approximately 120 attendees at day one.
Not including Elsevier employees (of which there were a great many, at least twelve) there were at least five from Algeria,
seven from Poland, one from Latvia, one from Greece, four affiliated with University of Pretoria (South Africa), one from Lebanon,
four from Brazil inc three from USP, one from Finland, at least two from Egypt, three from Ukraine, three from Iran,
two from Indonesia, two from Spain, two from Buketov Karaganda University (Kazakhstan), one from China, one from Mali.
The geography of attendees was unlike anything I've ever seen before at a virtual conference, I was left wondering
just how Elsevier achieved that...?
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