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CHORUS and ORCID Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Posted in Metadata, Open Access, Publishing on July 15th, 2015

CHORUS and ORCID have signed a memorandum of understanding.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Our plans include supporting simple and non-ambiguous links between researchers and funders by linking CHORUS article records to ORCID ID researcher records, building awareness of the ORCID registry among funding agency researchers and administrators, and encouraging the use of persistent identifiers for researchers and organizations to support public access to research works.

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    Emerald Announces Zero Embargo Trial for Library and Information Science Journals

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 15th, 2015

    Emerald has announced a zero embargo trial for library and information science journals.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice, today announces the launch of its Green Open Access, Zero Embargo trial, applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company's Library and Information Science (LIS) and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals.

    This change allows authors to deposit the post-print version of the article into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication, rather than after Emerald's 24 month embargo period for mandated articles. . . .

    The evaluation of this trial will help to inform future Emerald Open Access initiatives. Emerald will work with its Librarian Advisory Group to assess the impact of the trial, by monitoring the quality and volume of submissions, feedback from authors, and readership figures from both the Emerald platform and institutional repositories.

    See also: "Emerald and Open Access."

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      "Dutch Universities Start Elsevier Boycott—Will This Be a Game Changer or Will Publisher Profits Remain Unaffected?"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 9th, 2015

      LSE Impact of Social Sciences has released "Dutch Universities Start Elsevier Boycott—Will This Be a Game Changer or Will Publisher Profits Remain Unaffected?."

      Here's an excerpt:

      Led by vice chancellors, Dutch universities have recently announced plans for a country-wide boycott of the academic publisher Elsevier. This boycott has the potential to be a significant game changer in the relationship between the research community and the world's largest academic publisher. But how will it affect open access momentum in the UK and around the world? Here we have brought together two expert views on the subject. Danny Kingsley, the Head of Scholarly Communication at University of Cambridge and Steven Harnad, longtime advocate for open access, share their views on what the Dutch boycott can hope to achieve.

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        "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements"

        Posted in Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 7th, 2015

        Craig Finlay et al. have published "Scholarly Communication as a Core Competency: Prevalence, Activities, and Concepts of Scholarly Communication Librarianship as Shown through Job Advertisements" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

        Here's an excerpt:

        INTRODUCTION The dynamic nature of the scholarly communication landscape has produced a need for the creation of positions specifically focused on these issues. Yet, no clear title or job description for scholarly communication librarianship has emerged. The lack of standardization in this area is problematic for educators, professionals, and prospective professionals. METHODS Analyzing 13,869 job advertisements published between 2006 and 2014, this study attempts to examine the prevalence of scholarly communication terms and activities and the types of positions in which these terms and activities appear. RESULTS This study finds an increase in the use of the term "scholarly communication" in the title or text of job advertisements over the last nine years, with more than 7% of positions in the most recent year containing the term. CONCLUSIONS An analysis of the levels of engagement with scholarly communication demonstrates that jobs with substantial levels of engagement are increasing; whereas those requiring passive knowledge or awareness of scholarly communication issues are decreasing. Jobs with scholarly communication as a primary job responsibility are differentiated by a focus on repositories, open access, copyright, authors' rights, and intellectual property differentiate core scholarly communication positions.

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          "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 7th, 2015

          Danny Kingsley has published "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?" in Unlocking Research.

          Here's an excerpt:

          A long running dispute between Dutch universities and Elsevier has taken an interesting turn. Yesterday Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University who has been negotiating with scientific publishers about an open access policy on behalf of Dutch universities with his colleague Gerard Meijer, announced a plan to start boycotting Elsevier.

          As a first step in boycotting the publisher, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has asked all scientists that are editor in chief of a journal published by Elsevier to give up their post. If this way of putting pressure on the publishers does not work, the next step would be to ask reviewers to stop working for Elsevier. After that, scientists could be asked to stop publishing in Elsevier journals. . . .

          The 2015 Dutch boycott is significant. Typically negotiations with publishers occur at an institutional level and with representatives from the university libraries. This makes sense as libraries have long standing relationships with publishers and understand the minutiae of the licencing processes . However the Dutch negotiations have been led by the Vice Chancellors of the universities. It is a country-wide negotiation at the highest level. And Vice Chancellors have the ability to request behaviour change of their research communities.

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            Public Knowledge Project Announces Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 6th, 2015

            Public Knowledge Project has announced its Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study. This two-year initiative, in collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and other important stakeholders, will explore the feasibility of establishing publishing cooperatives that bring together libraries, journals, scholarly societies, presses, and others as a financially sustainable open access model for peer-reviewed scholarly publishing. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is providing a grant of $460,000 to support the project.

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              "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management"

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

              Adelia Grabowsky has published "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management" in Virginia Libraries.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This article examines if and how the integration of OA materials has changed collection and/or access management activities within academic libraries.

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                DSpace@MIT Tops 3 Million Downloads

                Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on May 26th, 2015

                MIT's DSpace@MIT repository has had over 3 million downloads as of the end of April.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The Open Access Articles Collection in DSpace@MIT now contains over 16,600 articles, which collectively were downloaded over 90,000 times in April.

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                  "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!"

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

                  Walt Crawford has published "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!" in Walt at Random.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The full set of 29 subject discussions that extend this summer's Library Technology Report issue "The State of Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism" has been posted, and will appear on Fridays from now through September 11, 2015. (Oops: The actual title is Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism.)

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                    23 Groups Oppose Elsevier’s New Sharing and Hosting Policy

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 21st, 2015

                    SPARC has released "New Policy from Elsevier Impedes Open Access and Sharing."

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    [Statement]

                    On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with funders' open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers' subscriptions.

                    Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a "non-commercial and no derivative works" license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

                    Furthermore, the policy applies to "all articles previously published and those published in the future" making it even more punitive for both authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to readers.

                    As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research results.

                    We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.

                    The statement is available here and we welcome others to show their support by also endorsing it.

                    The statement has been signed by the following groups:

                    COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
                    SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
                    ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
                    ALA: American Library Association
                    ARL: Association of Research Libraries
                    Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
                    Australian Open Access Support Group
                    IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
                    CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
                    CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
                    COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
                    Creative Commons
                    Creative Commons (USA)
                    EIFL
                    Electronic Frontier Foundation
                    Greater Western Library Alliance
                    LIBER: European Research Library Association
                    National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
                    OpenAIRE
                    Open Data Hong Kong
                    Research Libraries UK
                    SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
                    University of St Andrews Library

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                      University of Windsor Senate Adopts Open Access Policy

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 19th, 2015

                      The University of Windsor Senate has adopted an open access policy.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      In recognition of the importance of providing open access to Windsor research, and building on the momentum of the Tri-Council Open Access Policy (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), University Senate passed the University of Windsor's own open access policy (OA), Friday May 8. . . .

                      In Canada, the recent release of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires grant recipients, as of May 2015, to take steps to ensure that peer-reviewed journal publications arising from supported research are made freely accessible within 12 months of publication.

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                        University of Colorado Boulder Adopts Open Access Policy

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 18th, 2015

                        The University of Colorado Boulder has adopted an open access policy.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        "We are delighted that the Chancellor's Executive Committee has approved an Open Access policy for the campus that was endorsed by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Council of Deans, and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor," said University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "CU-Boulder proudly joins the ranks of other campuses in higher education that have created such policies in the interest of openly sharing their published intellectual assets."

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