Archive for the 'Open Access' Category

"Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on September 1st, 2015

James Heilman has published "Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?" in PLOS Medicine.

Here's an excerpt:

Summary Points

  • Currently no open access point-of-care (POC) medical summary aimed at a professional audience exists.
  • Some nonprofit and multiple professional, for-profit POC medical summaries are frequently accessed by clinicians and policymakers.
  • Efforts to create open access POC summaries have been stymied by the difficulty of attracting high-quality contributors.
  • The open access medical publishing community can create this resource with engaged donors, crowd-sourcing, and technology.

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    Open Science, Open Questions

    Posted in Open Access, Open Science on August 31st, 2015

    IBICT and Unirio have released Open Science, Open Questions.

    Here's an excerpt:

    It is hoped that this publication will provide an overview of topics and issues that both trace and permeate the topic of open science nowadays from different perspectives and points of view. Above all, it is hoped that it might instigate further reflection and foster new ways of producing and circulating knowledge. Thus, it is geared not only towards the academic world, but also to a broader range of social actors that concern themselves with the democratisation of knowledge and information.

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      "Is it True that Most Open Access Journals Do Not Charge an APC? Sort of. It Depends."

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 28th, 2015

      David Crotty has published "Is it True that Most Open Access Journals Do Not Charge an APC? Sort of. It Depends." in The Scholarly Kitchen.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Most journals in the study ["72% and 41%: A Gold OA 2011-2014 Preview"] do not charge authors, but the majority of authors are choosing to publish in journals that do charge. 27% (2,365) of the journals studied required an APC and were responsible for 57% of the articles.

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        Enquiries Into Intellectual Property’s Economic Impact

        Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on August 28th, 2015

        OECD has released Enquiries Into Intellectual Property's Economic Impact.

        Here's an excerpt from "Chapter 7: Legal Aspects of Open Access to Publicly Funded Research":

        To explain the interplay between open access and IP laws, this chapter provides an overview of the IP regimes that protect research outputs in a sample of OECD jurisdictions. It then reviews the open access policies that are in place in some of those jurisdictions and examines two contexts in which IP questions can arise when open access principles are applied: public/private partnerships and text and data mining.

        Also of interest: "Chapter 5: Copyright in the Digital Era: Country Studies."

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          "Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration—Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 26th, 2015

          Micah Altman et al. have self-archived "Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration—Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research."

          Here's an excerpt:

          This article describes the novel open source tools for open data publication in open access journal workflows. This comprises a plugin for Open Journal Systems that supports a data submission, citation, review, and publication workflow; and an extension to the Dataverse system that provides a standard deposit API. We describe the function and design of these tools, provide examples of their use, and summarize their initial reception. We conclude by discussing future plans and potential impact.

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            The Once and Future Publishing Library

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on August 3rd, 2015

            The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Once and Future Publishing Library .

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives.

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              "Small Steps Matter: FASTR Passes Senate Committee Hurdle"

              Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 31st, 2015

              SPARC has released Small Steps Matter: FASTR Passes Senate Committee Hurdle by Heather Joseph.

              Here's an excerpt:

              With its action today, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) advanced the cause of public access to publicly funded research articles another crucial step. In a unanimous voice vote, the Committee approved S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act which now positions the legislation to be considered by the full Senate.

              This marks the first time that a U.S. Senate Committee has acted on a government-wide policy ensuring public access to the results of publicly funded research and signals that there is deep support for the ideal that taxpayers have the right to access to the research that their tax dollars fund. This action continues the steady march towards enabling fast, barrier-free access to research articles that got its start with the establishment of a voluntary NIH policy in 2005, and slowly progressed with legislation shifting that policy to mandatory in 2008, again in 2010 with the America COMPETES Act and most recently with the 2013 White House OSTP Directive on public access. . . .

              Today's progress on FASTR is another step in this long march. Under the leadership of Senator Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Wyden (D-OR), FASTR provides the statutory framework needed codify the White House OSTP Directive, which was issued with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery and fueling innovation. While 13 federal agencies and departments have released their initial plans, the reality is that the OSTP Directive is not law, and can be easily overturned by a subsequent Administration. Should FASTR continue on course and be passed by both chambers of Congress, free, fair public access to research articles will become the law of the land – and not just the preference a President.

              See also: "Cornyn Bill To Improve Access To Taxpayer-Funded Research Passes Committee Unanimously."

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                Take Action: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act Being Marked Up

                Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 29th, 2015

                The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act is being marked up.

                Here's an excerpt from the SPARC announcement:

                After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.

                There are two major changes from the original bill language to be particularly aware of. Specifically, the amendment

                • Replaces the six month embargo period with "no later than 12 months, but preferably sooner," as anticipated; and
                • Provides a mechanism for stakeholders to petition federal agencies to 'adjust' the embargo period if the 12 months does not serve "the public, industries, and the scientific community."

                To support the bill and communicate your concerns, see: "Help Move FASTR" "Secure Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research"

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                  "’Total Cost of Ownership’ of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 28th, 2015

                  Stuart Lawson has self-archived "'Total Cost of Ownership' of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together."

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Managing subscription journals and open access charges together has created challenges which may in part be dealt with by offsetting the two revenue streams against each other. In order to do this, it is necessary to have reliable financial data about the extent of the two interacting markets. Jisc Collections has been undertaking data collection regarding universities' article publication charge (APC) expenditure. This process is difficult without a standardized way of recording data, so Jisc Collections has developed a standard data collection template and is helping institutions to release data openly. If available data become more comprehensive and transparent, then all parties (libraries, publishers, research funders, and intermediaries) will have better knowledge of the APC market and can more accurately predict the effects of offsetting.

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                    "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC"

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 27th, 2015

                    SHARE has released "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC."

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Accomplishments since the first SHARE Community Meeting in October 2014 include the DuraSpace webinar series, launch of the share-research.org website and the SHARE Notify beta, and surpassing the milestone of one million research release events included in SHARE Notify. Currently in the works are partnerships with IRIS [http://iris.isr.umich.edu/] and ORCID and a pending grant proposal to fund Phase II of SHARE.

                    See also: "SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015."

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                      "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?"

                      Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 23rd, 2015

                      Richard Poynder has published "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?" in Open and Shut?

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      So why has Emerald chosen to trial ZEN [Zero Embargo Now] with some of it library journals, what role did the LAG play in the decision, and what do members of the LAG feel about the associated 70% increase in the APCs of 32 engineering and technology journals?

                      In the hope of finding out I emailed Emerald and asked where I could find a list of advisory group members. It turns out that these are not publicly available.

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                        Scopus Will Include Open Access Indicator for Indexed Journals

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 22nd, 2015

                        As of July 29, Scopus will include an open access indicator for indexed journals.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. . . .

                        In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

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