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"Harvard’s 11 Announcements for Open Access Week 2014"

Posted in Open Access on October 27th, 2014

Peter Suber has released "Harvard's 11 Announcements for Open Access Week 2014."

Here's an excerpt:

Harvard has taken a series of new steps to support open access to research. The best evidence lies in the 11 announcements released by the Office for Scholarly Communication for Open Access Week 2014 (October 20-24). Here's a brief recap of the series. . . .

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society announced that the Center's faculty directors and staff have adopted an open-access policy. In a landmark unanimous vote, the Berkman Center became the first research center at Harvard to adopt an open-access policy, and the first to extend the scope of Harvard's open-access policies beyond the faculty.

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    "The ‘Total Cost of Publication’ in a Hybrid Open-Access Environment: Institutional Approaches to Funding Journal Article-Processing Charges in Combination with Subscriptions"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 27th, 2014

    S. Pinfield et al. have self-archived "The 'Total Cost of Publication' in a Hybrid Open-Access Environment: Institutional Approaches to Funding Journal Article-Processing Charges in Combination with Subscriptions."

    Here's an excerpt:

    This study analyses data from 23 UK institutions covering the period 2007 to 2014 modelling the total cost of publication (TCP). It shows a clear rise in centrally-managed APC payments from 2012 onwards, with payments projected to increase further. As well as evidencing the growing availability and acceptance of OA publishing, these trends reflect particular UK policy developments and funding arrangements intended to accelerate the move towards OA publishing ('Gold' OA). Whilst the mean value of APCs has been relatively stable, there was considerable variation in APC prices paid by institutions since 2007. In particular, 'hybrid' subscription/OA journals were consistently more expensive than fully-OA journals. Most APCs were paid to large 'traditional' commercial publishers who also received considerable subscription income. New administrative costs reported by institutions varied considerably. The total cost of publication modelling shows that APCs are now a significant part of the TCP for academic institutions, in 2013 already constituting an average of 10% of the TCP (excluding administrative costs).

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      All Harvard Schools Now Have Open Access Policies

      Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 24th, 2014

      With the adoption of an open access policy in June by the Harvard Medical School, all Harvard schools now have open access policies.

      Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

      Harvard Medical School adopted an open-access policy on June 18, 2014, by a unanimous vote of the Faculty Council. The new policy covers both "quad"-based and clinical faculty. Now all Harvard schools have open-access policies.

      Like the other Harvard policies, the Medical School policy insures that faculty members automatically retain a license to share their research papers freely through DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), the University’s open-access repository. Faculty also have the option to waive this license for any article, preserving their freedom to submit new work to the journals of their choice. When faculty write articles covered by the Medical School policy and the policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), they need only deposit once to comply with both.

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        Purdue e-Pubs Repository Tops 8 Million Downloads

        Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access on October 24th, 2014

        The Purdue e-Pubs repository has had over 8 million downloads.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        To date, every college on Purdue's West Lafayette campus has a presence in the repository. Purdue e-Pubs continues to be a central place on campus advancing the impact of scholarship at the global, national and local level. Purdue University Libraries began providing the Purdue e-Pubs service to the campus community in 2006 as a means to openly share research and scholarship in a stable, open, and citable format.

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          Library Publishing Directory, Second Edition

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on October 23rd, 2014

          Library Publishing Coalition has released the Library Publishing Directory, second edition .

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Published just in time for Open Access Week, the Directory illustrates the many ways in which libraries are actively transforming and advancing scholarly communications in partnership with scholars, students, university presses, and others.

          In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and to raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators.

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            "PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 22nd, 2014

            Phil Davis has published "PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

            Here's an excerpt:

            PeerJ is growing, publishing more papers and attracting more authors, although it is not clear whether the company is moving toward financial sustainability. In a crowded market of multidisciplinary open access journals, the success/failure of PeerJ may be determined when it receives its first Impact Factor.

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              "The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 21st, 2014

              James M. Donovan et al. have self-archived "The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews."

              Here's an excerpt:

              Articles available in open access formats enjoy an advantage in citation by subsequent law review works of 53%. For every two citations an article would otherwise receive, it can expect a third when made freely available on the Internet. This benefit is not uniformly spread through the law school tiers. Higher tier journals experience a lower OA advantage (11.4%) due to the attention such prestigious works routinely receive regardless of the format. When focusing on the availability of new scholarship, as compared to creating retrospective collections, the aggregated advantage rises to 60.2%. While the first tier advantage rises to 16.8%, the mid-tiers skyrocket to 89.7%. The fourth tier OA advantage comes in at 81.2%.

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                Data from Nature and Palgrave Macmillan’s Author Insights Survey

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing on October 21st, 2014

                Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan have released data from their Author Insights Survey.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The survey, which contains views from 30,466 researchers, is the biggest publisher survey of authors' views to be made open access.

                NPG and Palgrave Macmillan are making this anonymised data available in order to achieve greater understanding between authors, funders and publishers, particularly with regard to open access.

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