Category: scholarly record

The digital scholarly record is at risk

In the past the preservation of the scholarly record relied on physical print publications being archived in multiple places by different institutions. In principle this holds true for digital preservation, where a number of organisations work to prese…

If journals are to be purged of racist and sexist work, who decides where to draw the line?

Following the resignation of Harvard president Claudine Gay over allegations of plagiarism, questions around research integrity and the integrity of the scholarly record have come to the fore. Till Bruckner argues that loose definitions of research int…

Do disappearing data repositories pose a threat to open science and the scholarly record?

Research data repositories play a vital role in ensuring research is reproducible, replicable and reusable. Yet, the infrastructure supporting them can be impermanent. Drawing on a new dataset Dorothea Strecker, Heinz Pampel, Rouven Schabinger and Nina…

Content referenced in scholarly articles is drifting, with negative effects on the integrity of the scholarly record

In their 2015 post, Martin Klein and Herbert Van de Sompel reported on the beginnings of an investigation into ‘reference rot’ in scholarly articles. This term incorporated ‘link rot’, whereby referenced web-at-large resources vanished from the web altogether, and ‘content drift’, whereby a resource’s content changed over time to such an extent as to cease to be representative of that […]