JRTDD newest issue 2, Volumen 3 for 2020 has already been published

25-December-2020
Dear colleagues and readers,
I would like to inform you that 2nd issue of the 3rd volume of Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities is published online today (December 25th, 2020). A total number of 7 papers are published. Next Issue 1, Vol. 4 of JRTDD for the 2020 is expected to be published until June 30th, 2021.

Accessing JRTDD Online
To view a current articles which appears online, please visit this LINK.
You, your colleagues, and students will be able to view articles (Full-Text PDF and Online First Full-text PDF) and have unlimited access to the journal (JRTDD is an open access, international, peer reviewed and non for profit journal).
Citing Articles Using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
When citing articles from JRTDD, we encourage you to use article’s DOI in addition to traditional citation information. This is an industry standard, a link-resolving system that allows any link to remain “persistent” even if the location of the article changes at some point in the future. Hence, when you are quoting the link for an article, you should always quote the DOI rather than the URL of our home page.
Useful Online Features for Authors
Your registration in online submission (http://jrtdd.com/submit-your-manuscript/) will enable you with continuous information connected with JRTDD. We encourage you to share publications from JRTDD platform and online registration with your colleagues. You can feel free to share every publication on social media.
We invite you to the content of the JRTDD and we think that you will consider publishing with Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities.

Call for papers for Vol.4, Issue 1 is open until January 31st.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to

  • ReAttach Therapy,
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders,
  • Neuropsychological Research,
  • Medical Aspects of Disability,
  • Special Education Research,
  • Rehabilitation Research,
  • Social Aspects of Disability,
  • Master theses and PhD theses in the field,
  • Book Reviews in the field.

If you have any questions or you face problems with paper submission, please feel free to contact us: journaljrtdd@gmail.com

Cheers,

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

 

JRTDD indexed in Federal Science Library – Canada

Dear readers,

It is my pleasure to share with you newest indexation of JRTDD into Federal Science Library – Canada.

What is Federal Science Library- Canada?

The Federal Science Library (FSL) is a one-stop, self-serve portal where you can access library services and search the print collections and repositories of seven science-based departments and agencies from a single place. Wherever possible, departmental publications, reports, data sets and other content are freely available for anyone to access or download.

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

JRTDD indexed in WorldWideScience.org

Dear readers,

It is my honor to announce you that JRTDD is indexed in WorldWideScience.org.

What is WorldWideScience.org?

WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. WorldWideScience.org accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world (Architecture: What is under the Hood). Multilingual WorldWideScience.org provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed multilingual scientific literature.

The WorldWideScience Alliance, a multilateral partnership, consists of participating member countries and provides the governance structure for WorldWideScience.org.

On behalf of the WorldWideScience Alliance, WorldWideScience.org was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), an element of the Office of Science within the U.S. Department of Energy. Please contact webmaster@worldwidescience.org if you represent a national or international science database or portal and would like your source searched by WorldWideScience.org.

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

Study for Caregivers of Individuals with ID and Dementia

CAREGIVER BURDEN, SOCIAL SUPPORT, AND QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG CAREGIVERS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES AND DEMENTIA

Be a part of a research study investigating experiences and quality of life among caregivers of individuals with both intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and dementia. The purpose of this study is to examine the experiences of caregivers and caregivers’ quality of life. To be included, you must be over 18 years of age and a caregiver of an individual with both an intellectual disability AND dementia.
If you meet this criteria, you are eligible to participate in this study. Interested participants will be entered into a raffle to receive a $20 gift card. The study will be conducted using an online survey. For interested participants, a follow up interview may be conducted over the phone
or in-person to obtain more information regarding the experiences and family quality of life.
If you are interested in participating, please Visit the following link:
https://caregiving.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0OFUQ21INkXb6br
Or contact:
Dr. Christina Marsack-Topolewski
Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University
Ctopole1@emich.edu

JRTDD indexed in HAW Hamburg

Dear readers,

JRTDD has been indexed in HAW Hamburg. What is HAW Hamburg?

Developing sustainable solutions to the societal challenges of today and tomorrow. This is the goal of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), northern Germany’s leading applied sciences university when it comes to reflective practice. Our central focus is the excellence of our teaching and our degree courses. Simultaneously, HAW Hamburg is continuing to develop its profile as a research university. People from more than 100 countries help make HAW Hamburg what it is, and our diversity is our particular strength.

Source: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/university/

JRTDD uses Turnitin plagiarism program

Dear readers,

I want to inform you that we started to use Turnitin plagiarism program. Here, I want to express my gratitude to vice rector Prof. Dr. Sebastjan Kristovič from Alma Mater Europea University and their IT staff who provide us with this service. Our fruitful cooperation will continued in the future.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks your writing for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying.    When you submit your paper, Turnitin compares it to text in its massive database of student work, websites, books, articles, etc.    

Turnitin is integrated into the Assignments tool in all online classrooms and is managed by Classroom Support.  This means that when you upload your paper to your classroom for grading, it will automatically be sent through Turnitin’s repository.  The Similarity Report that it generates will  help identify possible instances of plagiarism

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

IN MEMORIAM Gjorgji Pop Gjorgjiev 1984-2020

Resepcted readers,

We are very sad to announce that on October 23, 2020, in the early morning hours, our web administrator Gjorgji Pop Gjorgjiev died at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Skopje, after a short illness. He was born in Berovo, Macedonia in 1984. He was the web support specialist of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation in the period 2014-2017. He has been a web support specialist to the Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversity since its inception in April 2018. During all this time he invested very enthusiastically and selflessly in the growth of the journal. We spent many hours together working on this journal. His family and our journal lost a lot with his untimely death.
Rest in peace my dear colleague and friend!

JRTDD Editor-in-chief

JRTDD has been indexed in Research4Life

Dear readers,

JRTDD has been indexed in Research4Life.

What is Research4Life?

Research4Life is the collective name for five programmes – Hinari, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI – that provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

Hinari    

Research4Life is a public-private partnership of WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, ILO, Cornell and Yale Universities, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and up to 160 international publisher partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to scholarly, professional and research information.

Since 2002, the five programs – Research for Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE), Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Research for Global Justice (GOALI) – have provided researchers at more than 10,000 institutions in over 120 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up 119,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and legal information.

Source: https://www.research4life.org/about/

Why having your journals indexed in Google Scholar matters more than ever and steps to get started

If you ask any researcher which online outlets they use to find relevant journal articles, there’s a good chance that Google Scholar will be at the top of their list. The 2018 “How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications“ report found that researchers rated academic search engines as “the most important discovery resource when searching for journal articles,” and Google Scholar is among the most widely used free academic search engines available. A 2015 survey on 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication also found that 92% of academics surveyed used Google Scholar.

With so many researchers using Google Scholar, it’s a search engine that all journal publishers should prioritize. Google Scholar stands apart as one of the most accessible and sophisticated academic search engines available. Inclusion in Google Scholar can help expand the accessibility, reach, and, consequently, the impacts of the articles you publish.

Despite the seemingly magical ability of Google to answer any search query with endless results, it’s important for publishers to know that the search engine can only index content its crawlers are able to find (more on crawlers below!). Google Scholar also has specific inclusion criteria. If you want all of your journal articles to be added to Google Scholar, you must take steps to ensure that they can be found by the search engine and that Google Scholar recognizes your journal website as a legitimate source.

In this blog post, we overview how Google Scholar works, the benefits of Google Scholar indexing, and what you need to know to have your journal articles added to Google Scholar. Let’s get started!

What is Google Scholar exactly and how does it work?

Since you’re reading this blog post, you likely know about Google Scholar as an academic search tool. But you may not be entirely sure of how Google Scholar processes content or how it compares to Google’s general search engine. Before we get into the specific benefits of Google Scholar and its inclusion requirements, let’s first take a look at what Google Scholar is exactly and how it works.

Like Google, Google Scholar is a crawler-based search engine. Crawler-based search engines are able to index machine-readable metadata or full-text files automatically using “web crawlers,” also known as “spiders” or “bots,” which are automated internet programs that systematically “crawl” websites to identify and ingest new content.

Google Scholar has access to all of the crawlable scholarly content published on the web, with the ability to index entire publisher and journal websites as well as the ability to use the citations in the articles it has indexed to find other related content. Google Scholar includes content across academic disciplines, from all countries, and in all languages. Recent research, including Michael Gusenbauer’s article “Google Scholar to overshadow them all? Comparing the sizes of 12 academic search engines and bibliographic databases,” has found that Google Scholar is the world’s largest academic search engine, containing over 380 million records.

A common misconception about Google Scholar is that it indexes all of the content it has access to regardless of the content type or quality. This is not the case. Rather, as explained in “Academic Search Engine Optimization (ASEO): Optimizing Scholarly Literature for Google Scholar & Co.,” Google Scholar is an “invitation based search engine.” This means that “only articles from trusted sources and articles that are ‘invited’ (cited) by articles already indexed are included in the database.” On its website Google Scholar states, “we work with publishers of scholarly information to index peer-reviewed papers, theses, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from all disciplines of research and make them searchable on Google and Google Scholar.”

In order for your journals to be considered for inclusion in Google Scholar, the content on your website must first meet two basic criteria:

  1. Consist primarily of journal articles (e.g. original research articles, technical reports)
  2. Make freely available either the full-text or the complete author-written abstract for all articles (without requiring human or search engine robot readers to log into your site, install specific software, accept any disclaimers etc.)

From there your journal website and articles will have to meet certain technical specifications, which we outline below. Before we get into that, let’s first take a look at some of the specific benefits Google Scholar offers journals and how to tell if your articles are being included in the search engine.

Why should I get my journals indexed in Google Scholar?

We’ve talked about the broad research benefits of Google Scholar, but you may be wondering — what are the specific benefits of Google Scholar indexing for the journals I publish? Google Scholar indexing can greatly expand the reach of your journal articles and improve the chances of your articles being read, shared, and cited online. A primary benefit of Google Scholar is that, unlike other databases, its search functionality focuses on individual articles, not entire journals. So having your articles indexed in Google Scholar can help more scholars discover the journals you publish when those articles show up in keyword and key phrase searches.

Getting your journal articles indexed in Google Scholar will:

  • Increase the reach of your individual journal articles because more scholars will be likely to find them
  • Give scholars an easy way to gauge how relevant your articles are to their research based on the article title and search snippet you provide
  • Help resurface old articles from the journals you publish — Google Scholar takes citations into account and shows more frequently cited works earlier in search results

For open access journals the importance of Google Scholar indexing is even greater. If you want your content to be accessible, making it freely available isn’t enough — you have to be sure that anyone can find your journal articles on the web and that they aren’t only available to scholars with access to subscription-based academic abstracting and indexing databases or prior knowledge of your journals (i.e. scholar knows to search for your specific journal website). Google Scholar makes it possible for anyone to freely search for and find relevant scholarly content on the web from anywhere in the world.

How can I tell if my journal is being indexed by Google Scholar?

As noted, Google Scholar doesn’t just index all of the content it can access on the web. Rather, it seeks to index content from what it deems to be “trusted” publication websites. If other articles from trusted websites have cited a journal article Google Scholar will know to index it, but any content that is not published on a “trusted” website and that has not been cited by an article already included in Google Scholar will not be indexed right away.

In order for Google Scholar to deem a journal website trustworthy, it must follow all of Google Scholar’s technical guidelines. Journal publishers should also contact Google Scholar to request inclusion in the index. If you’re not sure whether your journals are being indexed by Google Scholar, you can quickly check by searching your journal website domain (e.g. www.examplejournal.com) in scholar.google.com.

What steps can I take to get my journals indexed by Google Scholar?

If you find that one or more of the journals you publish are not yet being indexed by Google Scholar you’ll need to take some steps to get them added to the search engine.

Google Scholar has thorough Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters that detail how to get your articles added to the index.

Some steps you may need to take include:

  • Checking your HTML or PDF file formats to make sure the text is searchable
  • Configuring your website to export bibliographic data in HTML meta tags
  • Publishing all articles on separate webpages (i.e. each article should have its own URL)
  • Making sure that your journal websites are available to both users and crawlers at all times
  • Making sure you have a browse interface that can be crawled by Google’s robots
  • Placing each article and each abstract in a separate HTML or PDF file (Google Scholar will not index multiple articles in the same PDF)

Google Scholar’s indexing guidelines can get pretty technical. If your journal or journals are currently hosted on a standalone website that you had custom-built or that you’re hosting via an outside provider like WordPress, you’ll need to either work with available internal IT resources to make any necessary updates or hire a web developer.

If you don’t want to deal with the technical aspects of getting your journal articles indexed in Google Scholar, you may want to consider moving your journal to a website hosted on a journal publishing platform that can take care of Google Scholar indexing for you. For example, Scholastica is already recognized as a trusted site by Google Scholar so all journals that publish via Scholastica journal websites are automatically indexed with no extra work on the part of the editors. Some journal databases, such as JSTOR or Project Muse, are also indexed by Google Scholar. So if you publish via a Google Scholar indexed aggregator or database, or if you regularly upload articles to one, you may also be able to have articles added to Google Scholar through it. You’ll want to check with any journal hosting platform or aggregator to make sure that they support indexing in Google Scholar.

However you decide to go about getting your journal articles indexed by Google Scholar, now’s the time to start! Google Scholar indexing is sure to expand the accessibility and reach of the articles you publish.

Source: https://blog.scholasticahq.com/

5 ways to increase peer review transparency to foster greater trust in the process

Another Peer Review Week is upon us, and this year’s theme, “Trust in Peer Review,” comes at a particularly apt time. The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent global crises have magnified the role of peer review as a mechanism to ensure research quality while, in many ways, putting trust in peer review to the test. Pressures on journal editorial teams and volunteer referees to peer review larger volumes of papers at record speeds have raised concerns in and outside of academia about the potential for higher levels of human error in an inherently imperfect process.

The pandemic aside, since peer review became part of scholarly publishing (a mere ~60 years ago in the 350+ year history of journals!), concerns about flawed peer review processes, overburdened reviewers, and reviewer biases have put peer review on shaky ground. Studies in the early 2010s revealing the ongoing replication crisis in many disciplines marked a particularly apprehensive time in peer reviews’ history. However, despite some discontent with the current state of peer review, surveys conducted in recent years, including Publons’ 2018 “Global State of Peer Review“ report, have revealed that most researchers want to work to improve peer review rather than replace or bypass it. Across academia, stakeholders in scholarly journal publishing have responded by placing greater emphasis on vetting and improving peer review practices, as exhibited by last year’s Peer Review Week, themed “Quality in Peer Review.” As stakeholders work to fortify peer review, the question now is — what can be done to build up and, in many cases, rebuild trust in the process?

With the curtain pulled back on peer reviews’ bumps and bruises for all to see, arguably, one of the best courses of action to address its limitations is to readily acknowledge them and work to make peer review practices more transparent. In this post, we round up five ways to increase peer review transparency that could help foster greater trust in the process.

Putting research questions and methods before findings

One of the primary concerns about the efficacy of peer review expressed in recent years is that the predominant peer review model — where scholars design studies, conduct them, write reports, and then receive feedback — may be contributing to the reproducibility crisis by hindering the publication of null and negative results. During a keynote address for the 2019 International Society of Managing and Technical Editors Conference (ISMTE), Brian Nosek, Executive Director for the Center for Open Science, discussed how in the “publish or perish” research culture dominated by the Journal Impact Factor and other citation-based incentive systems, tidily packaged positive research outcomes are often favored by journals over negative or inconclusive ones. As a result, scholars may be compelled to, intentionally or not, introduce research spin into their work.

To address concerns about the potential for research spin and biases against null and negative results, the Registered Reports publishing format has been gaining ground in recent years. In the Registered Reports format, peer review is split into two parts:

  1. An initial peer review of the study concept and design, used to make an acceptance or rejection determination
  2. Peer review of the finished paper — this review stage is solely to assess the quality of the research contents, not the nature of the findings

Notably, the journal Royal Society Open Science recently initiated an expedited pre-registration process for coronavirus-related submissions to help scholars avoid following false leads. Journals interested in implementing the Registered Reports publishing format can find many helpful resources on The Center for Open Science website.

Employing more open peer review practices

Once studies have been completed and peer review is underway, another trust concern many have expressed is a lack of transparency around the robustness of journal peer review, the rationale behind publication decisions, and the identities of those doing the reviewing. Journals can address high-level uncertainties about the nature of their peer review processes by providing detailed peer review policies on their publication websites. As for making the recommendations and/or identities of peer reviewers more transparent, some journals are now experimenting with more open peer review practices. Definitions and levels of open peer review can vary substantially, but the term generally refers to one or a combination of the following practices:

  • Publishing review reports alongside journal articles to make reviewer recommendations open
  • Making author and reviewer identities open to both parties and readers
  • Soliciting public peer review comments in addition to or in lieu of invited reviews

Proponents of open peer review practices argue that they promote accountability and allow for reviewer recognition. Of course there are also arguments on the opposite side of the spectrum in favor of blinded peer review to prevent skewed referee reports. For example, some argue when reviewers know the identities of authors, there is the potential for them to make recommendations based on implicit biases. As exhibited by the various definitions of open peer review, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. So this is an area where journals can and likely should weigh the pros and cons of different models as they apply to their discipline and particular publication to determine the best course of action for them.

Developing shared peer-review standards and taxonomies

Another fundamental aspect of increasing peer review transparency and ultimately trust in the process is developing more universal peer-review standards and nomenclature (to help with hurdles in communicating peer review policies like the many definitions of “open peer review”). STM recently launched a “Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy” to address the definitional component of peer review standards that journal publishers should keep on their radar, the first draft of which is available here. Another recent example of developing shared publishing definitions that can help increase research transparency and, consequently, trust in peer review is the CRediT – Contributor Roles Taxonomy initiative, which introduces naming conventions for different types of author roles.

In addition to working to develop shared peer review taxonomies, scholarly publishing stakeholders have been exploring new methods of normalizing and expressing journal publishing standards, including via the TOP Factor. Launched by the Center for Open Science in February 2020, TOP Factor is a new journal assessment system based on the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, which consists of eight publishing standards to improve research transparency and reproducibility. TOP Factor has the potential to foster a uniform shared framework for implementing and demonstrating adherence to journal publishing best practices, which would increase peer review transparency and make it easier to compare publisher processes and norms. The TOP Guidelines also promote FAIR data principles and open data, which could help to foster a more self-correcting research environment.

Facilitating the sharing of review reports across journals

Finally, a mounting trust concern to be addressed is the increasing peer-review burden faced by many scholars. As the rate of articles published across disciplines continues to increase, many worry that reviewers will struggle to keep up, potentially leading to more research errors slipping through the cracks. Adding another plot twist — in reality, a lot of the review work placed on scholars is redundant because they are being asked to vet papers that have already undergone peer review elsewhere.

One possible solution to help alleviate the peer review pressures scholars face is the Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA), an initiative launched by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) in May 2018. MECA aims to develop a framework for transferring manuscripts and review reports between different peer review systems. According to the MECA website sharing review reports between journals could help save an estimated “15 million hours of researcher time [that] is wasted each year repeating reviews.” In the same vein, the C19 Rapid Review Initiative, a large-scale collaboration among 20 publishers to improve the efficiency of coronavirus-related research processing, is piloting a version of review report sharing by requiring reviewers to consent to have their identities and review reports shared among participating publishers’ and journals.

Putting it all together

The fact that peer review is imperfect, like any human endeavor, is no secret or surprise. Working to make all aspects of the peer review process more transparent could help safeguard against inevitable human errors. At the same time, it could expand the potential for more widespread assessment of peer review approaches and outcomes, something that scholars argue is needed to improve and increase trust in peer review.

Source: https://blog.scholasticahq.com/