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NDT.net Issue - 2019-09 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2019-09
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

Editorial: Rolf Diederichs about Peer Review and Conference Proceedings

Rolf Diederichs58
NDT.net115, Bad Breisig, Germany

I would like to say a few words about open access publishing in relation to a unique case that you can find in our NDT-Review collection.

In NDT-Review we are publishing in this month's issue, papers of the Malaysia International NDT Conference and Exhibition 2018 (MINDTCE’18). These papers have been published in June 2019 in the "Peer Review" IOP Conference Series ' Materials Science and Engineering'. Please be aware that the term "Peer Review" is often used even when it does not meet the common standard. We found these papers by accident during our work on NDT-Review and because of Creative Common License we are able to publish these papers in our NDT Review collection.

From the organizing committee I received the information: "We decided for the MINDTCE’18 papers to be published in a scopus indexed journal. The decision is based on the request by many participants in the past, especially from universities." Unfortunately, the committee did not recognized that SCOPUS can also include non-peer reviewed or pseudo-peer reviewed literature. That means from the point of SCOPUS, there is no difference if the conference committee delivers papers in PDF to the IOP or to NDT.net. The only difference is that IOP costs money and papers are much less visible than in NDT.net.

Publishing conference papers in a peer review publication, especially open access under CC License, may be a good idea, but there are disadvantages that have to be taken into account. First of all, not all conference papers, and also not Powerpoint presentations, will have the quality for being accepted in a peer review publication. Otherwise it would be a pseudo peer review (unfortunately this happens quite often). An Open Access Peer Review publication greatly expands the budget of a conference. Furthermore, the papers would not be accessible/searchable by the entire NDT community in the case that a license would not allow the inclusion in NDT.net's Open Access Archive.

To some, mostly academics, the prestige of publishing in a peer reviewed journal is important.

As long as ranking systems and research funding organization use this system, we will need to integrate the demand for Peer Review. Hopefully the future will give more credit points to non-Peer Review publications. Please do not miss in this month's issue "Editorial: Ed Ginzel on "Peer Review".

A good method to answer the peer review demands for conferences is a hybrid method that satisfies both the demands of the industry and academics. NDT.net has been using this practice for several years now. The majority of the conference papers are published free of charge in NDT.net's Open Access Archive and in some cases can be included in Scopus Index (Elsevier's abstract and citation database) that satisfies the academics. Selected papers are published in a real peer review publication and ideal by Open Access license that allows to publish these papers also in NDT.net. Optionally, an extended version of the selected papers are submitted to a peer review publication after the conference. Last, but not least, a Conference cooperation with NDT.net benefits from the NDT.net promotion package to boost the success of the conference.

I would like to encourage NDT conferences to contact me so that together we can find the best publishing method for their individual demands.

Rolf Diederichs
Editor in Chief

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