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SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access

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

SciELO has released SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access.

Here's an excerpt:

The creation of SciELO 15 years ago and its further development were driven by two innovative and pioneering approaches: first, the indexing of national quality journals to complement international indexes and the publication of the full texts with free access on the Web in the modality known today as the "Golden Road", which took place about four years before the launch of the Budapest Declaration that is internationally agreed to as the beginning of the Open Access movement; and, second, the cooperative convergence of independent publishers, editors and national research agencies around a common objective to increase the visibility and quality of journals (Packer 1998; Meneghini, 2003; Packer 2009). During this development, SciELO became a standard of quality for the journals it indexes. As of June 2013, the SciELO network covers 15 Ibero-American countries plus South Africa, with each country publishing a national collection of journals in the network. There are also two multinational thematic collections in the network. Together these countries index about one thousand journal titles that publish more than 40 thousand articles per year. To date, the network has published a total of more than 400 thousand open access articles that receive a daily average of over 1.5 million article downloads, 65% as PDF files and 35% as HTML files.

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    "The Open Access Citation Advantage"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 26th, 2015

    SPARC Europe has released "The Open Access Citation Advantage."

    Here's an excerpt:

    The OpCit project has for many years kept up to date a list of studies on whether or not there is a citation advantage for Open Access articles. That project has now completed and the list is no longer being managed. SPARC Europe is pleased to maintain the list henceforth and has brought it up to date.

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      Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE

      Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on January 23rd, 2015

      The HEFCE has released Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      • Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access. The availability of printed books alongside the open-access versions will be essential.
      • Contrary to many perceptions, it would not be appropriate to talk of a crisis of the monograph; this does not mean that monographs are not facing challenges, but the arguments for open access would appear to be for broader and more positive reasons than solving some supposed crisis.
      • Open access offers both short- and long-term advantages for monograph publication and use; many of these are bound up with a transition to digital publishing that has not been at the same speed as that for journals.
      • There is no single dominant emerging business model for supporting open-access publishing of monographs; a range of approaches will coexist for some time and it is unlikely that any single model will emerge as dominant. Policies will therefore need to be flexible.

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        Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on January 20th, 2015

        The RECODE project has released Policy Recommendations for Open Access to Research Data.

        Here's an excerpt:

        These policy recommendations are targeted at key stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem, namely research funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers. They will assist each of the stakeholders in furthering the goals of open access to research data by providing both over-arching and stakeholder-specific recommendations. These function, as suggestions to address and attend to central issues that RECODE identified through the research work.

        The current report thus comprises:

        • summary of project findings
        • overarching recommendations
        • targeted policy recommendations for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
        • practical guides for developing policies for funders, research institutions, data managers, and publishers
        • resources to expedite the process of policy development and implementation among stakeholders

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          Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on January 19th, 2015

          The Copyright Clearance Center has released Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group's findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting.

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            2014 Open Data Index

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access on December 10th, 2014

            Open Knowledge has published the 2014 Open Data Index.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The Index ranks countries based on the availability and accessibility of information in ten key areas, including government spending, election results, transport timetables, and pollution levels.

            The UK topped the 2014 Index retaining its pole position with an overall score of 96%, closely followed by Denmark and then France at number 3 up from 12th last year. Finland comes in 4th while Australia and New Zealand share the 5th place. Impressive results were seen from India at #10 (up from #27) and Latin American countries like Colombia and Uruguay who came in joint 12th.

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              Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on December 9th, 2014

              The Strategic Content Alliance has released Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report.

              Here's an excerpt:

              "Imagine … that much of the UK's publicly held cultural and heritage media assets could be found in a unified online space … connected together, searchable, open, accessible, visible and usable … in a way that allows individuals, institutions and machines to add additional material, meaning and context to each other's media, indexed and tagged to the highest level of detail … This emerging vision of a free-to-everyone, open access environment for learning and creative endeavour has been referred to as a digital public space."

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                Fedora 4 Production Release

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Open Source Software on December 5th, 2014

                The international Fedora repository community and DuraSpace have released the Fedora 4 production release.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                This significant release signals the effectiveness of an international and complex community source project in delivering a modern repository platform with features that meet or exceed current use cases in the management of institutional digital assets. Fedora 4 features include vast improvements in scalability, linked data capabilities, research data support, modularity, ease of use and more.

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                  DOAJ Journal Analysis: "Intersections: The Third Half"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on December 3rd, 2014

                  Walt Crawford has published "Intersections: The Third Half" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Most of this essay (pp. 7-19) is the "Third Half" of the two-part Journals and "Journals" examination in the October/November and December 2014 issues-adding another 1,200-odd bio/med journals from DOAJ and looking at overall patterns. The essay also includes four briefer discussions related to DOAJ and gold OA journals.

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                    "A Living Open Book"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on December 2nd, 2014

                    Peter Suber has published "A Living Open Book" in Ebooks in Education: Realising The Vision.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    This is a case study of my short book, Open Access (Suber 2012a). The book is not "enhanced" in the way that a growing number of digital academic books are enhanced. It has no graphics, no multimedia, and no interactivity beyond links, and does not offer different layers or pathways for readers at different levels. From that point of the view the book is conventional and text-oriented. But it has two other enhancements worth highlighting. First, the full text is open access, which benefits authors and readers, and sometimes also publishers. Second, the book has a companion web site of open-access updates and supplements, which benefits all three groups.

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                      "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012"

                      Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries on December 1st, 2014

                      Crystal Hampson has published "The Adoption of Open Access Funds among Canadian Academic Research Libraries, 2008-2012" in Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      To examine academic libraries' responses to OA publishing charges, this article explores the adoption of OA funds among Canadian academic research libraries from 2008 to 2012 by analyzing results from a series of previously published surveys. The findings are then examined in light of Everett Rogers' Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) to consider the question of whether or not OA funds are becoming a standard service in Canadian academic research institutions. Adoption in Canada is briefly compared to that in the United States and United Kingdom. The paper concludes that, as of 2012, OA funds were becoming common but were not a standard service in Canadian academic research libraries and that libraries were actively participating in the development of OA funding models.

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                        Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future

                        Posted in Digital Humanities, Open Access, Publishing on December 1st, 2014

                        Martin Paul Eve has published Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future with Cambridge University Pres.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        I am extremely pleased to announce that my book, Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future has today been published by Cambridge University Press. The book offers a background to open access and its specifics for the humanities disciplines, as well as setting out the economics and politics of the phenomenon. It also has a very fine preface by Peter Suber! You can download the book for absolutely free (under a CC BY-SA license) at the official website (click the green "open access" button). You can also buy an extremely good value paperback copy, with all my royalties going to Arthritis Research UK, from the usual suspects.

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