Linked Research FAQ

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How to verify the openness, accessibility, decentralisation, interoperability of approaches in scholarly communication?

If anyone can publish, how do we tell what's reliable or solid work?

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If peer review is like online comments, won't it be overrun with trolls, spam and general rubbish? How do we know what to trust? How do we filter out what's useful?

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What is the role of academic publishers in the LR world?

Researchers ultimately decide if and how they use third-party publishers.

If everyone publishes in different places, how will I find things to study or cite?

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How can I get a promotion / tenure through publishing on my own site?

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Where do libraries and institutional repositories fit in to LR?

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Does Linked Research mandate Linked Data?

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I'm not a developer or a computer scientist, what can I do to help?

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Everything you say sounds great, but I can't find any tools to help me do this. Help?

See Resources for a starter.

I'd love to publish online but my field's conferences/journals/university only accepts PDF/LaTeX/paper, what do I do?

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I'm a student and I want to publish my research / notes / thesis on my blog as I make progress, but my supervisor says this is inappropriate. What do I do?

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I published my findings on my website as my project was ongoing, and someone more senior than me stole them and published in a journal. What do I do?

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How do licenses fit into all this?

The creators of a work can decide on the most suitable license. Creative Commons is encouraged but additional rights may need to be declared.

I'd love to publish my own work but I don't have a domain or web hosting, and I don't know HTML. What do I do?

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How does LR relate to Open Access?

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How does LR relate to Open Science?

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I found a conference that accepts HTML, but it says it must use particular HTML profile, subset or a variation on it, is this still Linked Research?

Publishing is more so about the author's needs, and less so about LR's. LR is not here to quality check or rule out options for you. Authors should however consider asking the venue who the specific constraint benefit - is it for the authors (proof?), or is it to make things easier for the third-party publishers or individuals that further process your work? Follow-up by asking why you are forbidden to use your own HTML or tooling, and restricted to use theirs. Generally speaking, it is not a healthy sign of a community that forbids your HTML needs.

Where can I go to meet other people who support this effort?

Digitally, check the Linked Research Gitter chat. IRL, keep an eye on our events page to see where we might be holding a meetup or workshop next. Alternatively, arrange one yourself!