Faculty development in scholarly activity and research.
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With the explosion of open-access publishing sites over the last decade, opportunists have taken advantage of the desire (and sometimes obligation) for publishing, creating a market for “peer-reviewed” journals which publish articles for a fee. This has been covered in the journals Nature (here and here) and The Chronicle of Higher Education (here) as well as in the New York Times (here). Professor Jeffery Beall began exploring this issue in 2008 and was interviewed by the blog The Scholarly Kitchen (here, 15 min. audio only). Prof. Beall states:
"Predatory open-access publishers are those that unprofessionally exploit the gold open-access model for their own profit. That is to say, they operate as scholarly vanity presses and publish articles in exchange for the author fee. They are characterized by various levels of deception and lack of transparency in their operations. For example, some publishers may misrepresent their location, stating New York instead of Nigeria, or they may claim a stringent peer-review where none really exists."
With the impetus to produce scholarly activity, what is an author to do? Ask yourself…
Faculty Development at USA
The Innovation in Learning Center provides professional development workshops for all USA faculty members and promotes coordinated professional development initiatives and integrated instructional technologies for the traditional classroom, blended courses, and fully online learning environments. Workshops can be provided for groups at USAMC, USACW, and USAMCI. Contact Joyce Guest to arrange an onsite workshop. Selected workshops are listed below.
Concise summaries of educational technology research.
USAonline contains the project site "The Basics of Research", which includes 13 short articles on writing papers for submission. Also, Basics includes a tutorial for "Assessment of Literature" as well as articles on "A Systematic Guide to Reviewing a Manuscript" and "Simple Method for Evaluating the Clinical Literature." These three resources are helpful in resident and faculty education related to journal clubs. For access to these resources, contact Dr. Joyce Guest.
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