Archive for the 'Open Access' Category

"Q&A with CNI’s Clifford Lynch: Time to Re-think the Institutional Repository?"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 23rd, 2016

Richard Poynder has published "Q&A with CNI's Clifford Lynch: Time to Re-think the Institutional Repository?" in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

Moreover, today we can see that the interoperability promised by OAI-PMH has not really materialised, few third-party service providers have emerged, and content duplication has not been avoided. And to the exasperation of green OA advocates, author self-archiving has remained a minority sport, with researchers reluctant to take on the task of depositing their papers in their institutional repository. Given this, some believe the IR now faces an existential threat.

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"Successful SCOAP3 Global Open Access initiative Continues for Three More Years"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 22nd, 2016

CERN has released "Successful SCOAP3 Global Open Access initiative Continues for Three More Years."

Here's an excerpt:

After three years of successful operation and growth, CERN1 announced today the continuation of the global SCOAP3 (link is external) Open Access initiative for at least three more years. SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, is an innovative partnership of over 3 000 libraries, funding agencies and research organisations from 44 countries. It has made tens of thousands of scientific articles freely available to everyone, with neither cost nor barrier for any author worldwide.

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"CRL’s ‘Pivot’ to Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on September 22nd, 2016

The Center for Research Libraries has released "CRL's 'Pivot' to Open Access."

Here's an excerpt:

Therefore, as of January 1, 2017, all digital materials hosted on the web by CRL, that derive from source materials in the public domain or for which CRL has secured the requisite rights and permissions, will be available without restriction. . . .

  1. CRL has digitized and posted on the web more than twelve million pages of materials from its collections to date. . . .
  2. Because of potential copyright restrictions, only about 35% of the twelve million are now available in open access. . . .
  3. The amount of public domain content on CRL servers will grow within the next few years, as on-demand digitization continues and as CRL receives digital files produced through partnerships. CRL in-house production now digitizes nearly one million pages per year, and generates approximately 2.9 million digital pages of primary legal publications annually through its Global Resources Partnership in Law and Government.

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"What It Means to Be Green: Exploring Publishers’ Changing Approaches to Green Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 20th, 2016

Elizabeth Gadd and Denise Troll Covey have published "What It Means to Be Green: Exploring Publishers' Changing Approaches to Green Open Access" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

To test the theory that publishers are in reality discouraging open access as defined at Bethesda and preferred by authors, we took a look at the number of publishers meeting the criteria for RoMEO Green over time and the number meeting the criteria for a 'redefined green', namely, allowing immediate deposit of the post-print in an institutional repository. We found that whilst the percentage of RoMEO Green publishers had increased 8% over the 12 years, the percentage meeting the 'redefined green' criteria decreased by 35% (Figure 1).

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"What Kind of World Is STM Living In?

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on September 20th, 2016

The League of European Research Universities has released What Kind of World Is STM Living In.

Here's an excerpt:

4 September saw the International Association of STM publishers (STM) issue a response to the EC's proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which flies in the face of LERU's views contained in its own Press Release. Amongst other things, STM is calling for the extension of ancillary copyright to cover academic publishing, implying that they will take legal action if this does not happen. . . . Ancillary copyright in this case would extend copyright protection, not allowing academics and universities freely to link to/use the world of information on the Internet, placing publishers in control of the information environment. LERU rejects this as counter to academic freedom and to the EC's vison for Open Science.

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"Discriminating between Legitimate and Predatory Open Access Journals: Report from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 19th, 2016

Bhakti Hansoti, Mark I. Langdorf, MD, and Linda S. Murphy have published "Discriminating between Legitimate and Predatory Open Access Journals: Report from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee" in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health.

Here's an excerpt:

OA journals are proliferating rapidly. About half in EM are legitimate. The rest take substantial money from unsuspecting, usually junior, researchers and provide no value for true dissemination of findings. Researchers should be educated and aware of scam journals.

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Walt Crawford: "Ethics and Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 15th, 2016

Walt Crawford has released "Ethics and Access."

Here's an excerpt:

The last ETHICS AND ACCESS piece appeared in December 2015—not only a whole-issue essay but a long one at that. This one will also make up a whole issue (partly because I'm spending more time investigating "gray OA") but be shorter. As before, it will cover a lot of ground and may seem somewhat random. But no exclamation points.

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Public Knowledge Project: Report to the Community 2015/2016

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software on September 15th, 2016

The Public Knowledge Project has released Report to the Community 2015/2016.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Highlights include:

  • New grant awards from MacArthur, CIRA, and MediaX
  • Continued progress on Open Journal Systems 3.0
  • The release of Open Monograph Press 1.2
  • The integration of user experience design into our development workflow
  • Ongoing development and improvement of our XML parsing stack’s accuracy
  • Initiating the open access publishing cooperative study
  • Launching the new PKP Index and PKP LOCKSS Network
  • The 5th PKP Conference in Vancouver

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"Hybrid Open Access—A Longitudinal Study"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 14th, 2016

Mikael Laakso and Bo-Christer Bj√∂rk have published "Hybrid Open Access—A Longitudinal Study" in the Journal of Informetrics.

Here's an excerpt:

This study estimates the development of hybrid open access (OA), i.e. articles published openly on the web within subscription-access journals. Included in the study are the five largest publishers of scholarly journals; Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, and Sage. Since no central indexing or standardized metadata exists for identifying hybrid OA an explorative bottom-up methodological approach was developed. The individual search and filtering features of each publisher website and a-priori availability of data were leveraged to the extent possible. The results indicate a strong sustained growth in the volume of articles published as hybrid OA during 2007 (666 articles) to 2013 (13 994 articles). The share of hybrid articles was at 3.8% of total published articles for the period of 2011-2013 for journals with at least one identified hybrid OA article. Journals within the Scopus discipline categorization of Health and Life Sciences, in particular the field of Medicine, were found to be among the most frequent publishers of hybrid OA content. The study surfaces the many methodological challenges involved in obtaining metrics regarding hybrid OA, a growing business for journal publishers as science policy pressures for reduced access barriers to research publications.

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Wellcome Trust: "Why We Have Set Publisher Requirements"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 7th, 2016

The Wellcome Trust has released "Why We Have Set Publisher Requirements."

Here's an excerpt:

An analysis of the 2014-15 Charity Open Access Fund (COAF), which includes Wellcome funding, revealed that 30% of Wellcome and COAF member articles for which an APC was paid didn't comply with our open access policies. . . .

To try to address this issue we're now setting out requirements stating what we expect from publishers when an APC is levied. Publishers that cannot commit to providing these services will not be eligible for funding from us to cover APCs for Wellcome-funded research.

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"Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability"

Posted in ALA, Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 7th, 2016

Nathan Hall et al. have published "Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability" in College & Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This investigation explores scholarly communication business models in American Library Association (ALA) division peer-reviewed academic journals. . . . Through an analysis of documented procedures, policies, and finances of five ALA division journals, we compare business and access models. We conclude that some ALA divisions prioritize the costs associated with changing business models, including hard-to-estimate costs such as the labor of volunteers. For other divisions, the financial aspects are less important than maintaining core values, such as those defined in ALA's Core Values in Librarianship.

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"Supporting Scholarly Communication: Considerations for Library Leadership"

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on September 6th, 2016

Irene M. H. Herold has published "Supporting Scholarly Communication: Considerations for Library Leadership" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Starting from the question of what library leaders can do, I approach the topic of supporting scholarly communication from three perspectives: mentorship, effective partnerships, and the leadership role. I reviewed past columns from a leadership perspective. I also asked some of my "thought leader" colleagues what they saw as important trends and considerations.

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