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"Global Scholarship: The Role of Subject Repositories in Advancing Research from the Developing World"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Self-Archiving on May 5th, 2015

Julia Kelly and Linda Eells have published "Global Scholarship: The Role of Subject Repositories in Advancing Research from the Developing World" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

While subject repositories successfully fill a scholarly communication niche in particular disciplines, they have not been recognized for the important role they play in promoting global scholarship. Repositories such as AgEcon Search make valuable and unique contributions by increasing publishing options for researchers and thus exposing and distributing research produced in the developing world.

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    Elsevier: "Unleashing the Power of Academic Sharing"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 4th, 2015

    Elsevier has released "Unleashing the Power of Academic Sharing."

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    Elsevier's updated sharing and hosting policies explain how articles published with Elsevier may be shared and made available. These provide a more clear and consistent framework that is aligned with the rest of the publishing industry, and which is based on feedback from our authors and institutional partners. While we know the policy changes will not go as far as some would like, we believe they strike an appropriate balance between the rights and responsibilities of sharing.

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      Disrupting the Subscription Journals’ Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on April 29th, 2015

      The Max Planck Digital Library has released Disrupting the Subscription Journals' Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access .

      Here's an excerpt:

      This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring. There is sufficient momentum for this decisive push towards open access publishing. The diverse existing initiatives must be coordinated so as to converge on this clear goal. The international nature of research implies that this transformation will be achieved on a truly global scale only through a consensus of the world's most eminent research organizations. All the indications are that the money already invested in the research publishing system is sufficient to enable a transformation that will be sustainable for the future. There needs to be a shared understanding that the money currently locked in the journal subscription system must be withdrawn and re-purposed for open access publishing services. The current library acquisition budgets are the ultimate reservoir for enabling the transformation without financial or other risks. The goal is to preserve the established service levels provided by publishers that are still requested b y researchers, while redefining and reorganizing the necessary payment streams. By disrupting the underlying business model, the viability of journal publishing can be preserved and put on a solid footing for the scholarly developments of the future.

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        "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 28th, 2015

        Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg have published "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure" in EDUCAUSE Review.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The open-access movement, fueled by the digital revolution, is transforming the business of scholarly communication, affecting the entire value chain. Rapidly emerging technologies have been crucial enablers of this transformation, blurring traditional roles and attracting new participants. The infrastructure and the economic framework established to support a centuries-old model of scholarly publishing are no longer adequate to the task. We believe that a radically different approach is required-one that is open, flexible, collaborative, and networked.

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          "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 24th, 2015

          Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015" in Library Journal.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Open access (OA) continues to develop, but some financial analysts, such as Sami Kassab, executive director at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas, now believe that OA may no longer be a pressure point on commercial publishing. OA has not been the disruptive force on commercial publishing for which many had hoped.

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            50 Universities or University Units Have Now Adopted Open Access Policies by Unanimous Faculty Votes

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 20th, 2015

            With recent votes by Boston University and University of Delaware faculty, 50 universities or university units, such as schools, have now adopted open access policies by unanimous faculty votes.

            Here's a list from Unanimous Faculty Votes. See the original document for omitted details, and see the recently revised (and praised) Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) for a complete list of over 670 open access policies.

            1. February 12, 2008. Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
            2. April 27, 2008. Macquarie University
            3. May 7, 2008, Harvard University, School of Law
            4. June 10, 2008, Stanford University, School of Education
            5. October 2008, University College London (UCL)
            6. February 11, 2009. Boston University
            7. March 6, 2009, Oregon State University, Library Faculty
            8. March 18, 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
            9. May 2009. University of Calgary, division of Library and Cultural Resources
            10. May 2009. University of Pretoria
            11. May 7, 2009, University of Oregon, Library Faculty
            12. May 14, 2009, University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages
            13. May 14, 2009, Gustavus Adolphus College, Library Faculty
            14. October 1, 2009, York University, librarians and archivists
            15. October, 2009. Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
            16. November 18, 2009, Oberlin College
            17. December 2, 2009, University of Northern Colorado, Library Faculty
            18. February 1, 2010, Wake Forest University, Library faculty
            19. February 9, 2010, California Polytechnic State University
            20. February 12, 2010, Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)
            21. February 24, 2010, University of Virginia
            22. February 25, 2010, Rollins College Faculty of Arts and Sciences
            23. March 18, 2010, Duke University
            24. March 24, 2010, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
            25. April 19, 2010, San Jose State University
            26. September 27, 2010, University of Northern Colorado
            27. October 2010, Trinity College Dublin
            28. December 22, 2010, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
            29. March 15, 2011, Emory University
            30. May 11, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
            31. September 2011, Princeton University
            32. October 19, 2011, Florida State University
            33. December 8, 2011, Pacific University
            34. January 27, 2012, Bifröst University
            35. February 15, 2012, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
            36. April 2012, Utah State University
            37. May 21, 2012, University of California, San Francisco
            38. February 6, 2013, Wellesley College
            39. March 4, 2013, College of Wooster
            40. March 5, 2013, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library faculty
            41. March 21, 2013, University of Rhode Island
            42. April 2013, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
            43. June 13, 2013, Oregon State University
            44. December 2013, Télé-université (TELUQ), Université du Québec
            45. December 2, 2013, Columbia University, School of Social Work
            46. June 18, 2014, Harvard Medical School
            47. October 7, 2014, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
            48. October 9, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
            49. February 11, 2015, Boston University
            50. April 6, 2015, University of Delaware

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              DigitalKoans Marks Its Tenth Year of Publication

              Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on April 20th, 2015

              DigitalKoans, which was established by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. on April 20, 2005, has now been published for ten years. During that time, it has had over 11.1 million visitors, over 50.8 million file requests, and over 36.8 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 6.8 million visitors, over 49.7 million file requests, and over 17 million page views. There have been over 7,100 DigitalKoans posts.

              DigitalKoans was the first publication of Digital Scholarship, a digital press that was founded by Bailey on the same date. In its ten years of operation, Digital Scholarship has had over 14.9 million visitors from 231 counties, over 72 million file requests, and over 52 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9 million visitors from 231 counties, 43.4 million file requests, and over 24.1 million page views.

              Digital Scholarship has primarily published e-books, low-cost paperbacks, digital bibliographies/webliograpies, and blogs. The publications have been under Creative Commons licenses, usually versions of the Attribution-NonCommercial license. The digital publications have been open access. Digital Scholarship has operated without advertising revenue or other external funding.

              One of the most popular e-books published by Digital Scholarship has been Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography. Excluding spiders, the PDF version has been requested over 475,000 times; with the addition of page views from the HTML version, total use is over 539,000 requests.

              Prior to establishing Digital Scholarship, Bailey worked at the University of Houston Libraries, where he led the digital publishing program from 1989-2007 as Assistant Dean/Director for Systems and subsequently Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development. He established and acted as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (1989-1996), the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. In 1996, he established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book that had 79 subsequent versions (16 of which were published by Digital Scholarship). These two publications had over 9 million file requests while under Bailey's direction at the UH Libraries.

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                "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness"

                Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2015

                A. Swan et al. have self-archived "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness".

                Here's an excerpt:

                The PASTEUR4OA project analyses what makes an Open Access (OA) policy effective. The total number of institutional or funder OA policies worldwide is now 663 (March 2015), over half of them mandatory. ROARMAP, the policy registry, has been rebuilt to record more policy detail and provide more extensive search functionality. Deposit rates were measured for articles in institutions' repositories and compared to the total number of WoS-indexed articles published from those institutions. Average deposit rate was over four times as high for institutions with a mandatory policy. Six positive correlations were found between deposit rates and (1) Must-Deposit; (2) Cannot-Waive-Deposit; (3) Deposit-Linked-to-Research-Evaluation; (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention; (5) Must-Make-Deposit-OA (after allowable embargo) and (6) Can-Waive-OA. For deposit latency, there is a positive correlation between earlier deposit and (7) Must-Deposit-Immediately as well as with (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention and with mandate age. There are not yet enough OA policies to test whether still further policy conditions would contribute to mandate effectiveness but the present findings already suggest that it would be useful for current and future OA policies to adopt the seven positive conditions so as to accelerate and maximise the growth of OA.

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                  "Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 10th, 2015

                  SPARC has released "Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA" by Heather Joseph.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its plan to create policies ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive. . . .

                  The NOAA plan calls for all agency-funded intramural and extramural researchers to deposit final, accepted manuscripts into the agency's repository upon acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal. Unlike many of the other agencies that have released plans to date, NOAA will also require its investigators to submit technical reports, data reports, and technical memoranda into the repository as well—significantly increasing the scope of the materials covered by the agency's policy.

                  NOAA will use the OSTP-suggested 12-month embargo period as its baseline. Like other agencies, it will provide stakeholders with a mechanism for petitioning the agency to change the embargo period. The plan indicates that requests must include evidence that outweighs the public benefit of having the embargo remain at one year. . . .

                  Currently, funded researchers are required to make data "visible and accessible" within two years. The new plan calls for this time frame to be shortened to just one year. It also indicates that data underlying the conclusions of peer-reviewed articles will most likely be required to be made available at the time of the article's publication, in appropriate repositories (presumably to be designated by NOAA).

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                    "Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2015 First Quarter"

                    Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 9th, 2015

                    Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2015 First Quarter" in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    OpenDOAR added 129 repositories for a total of 2,857. The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine added close to 3 million documents for a total of over 71 million documents. Another 7,690 authors joined the Social Sciences Research Network for a total of over 275,000 authors.

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                      "NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform"

                      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 9th, 2015

                      SPARC has released "NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform" by Heather Joseph.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      NIST's plan calls for the agency to partner with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to use PubMed Central (PMC) as the repository for articles. The plan indicated that NIST selected this option in order to "leverage the well-established search, archival, and dissemination features of PMC."

                      All NIST-funded researchers will be required to deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts into PMC upon acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal and make them available to the public with no longer than a 12-month embargo period. NIST will also accept final published articles where allowed and will follow the NIH's current format requirements. As with the other agencies, NIST will provide stakeholders with a mechanism for petitioning the agency to "shorten or extend the allowable embargo period." NIST envisions that this process would take place through a public petition process run through the Federal Register. . . .

                      NIST's plan for providing public access to data consists of three components: requiring data management plans (DMPs), creating an Enterprise Data Inventory (EDI), and establishing a Common Access Platform providing a public access infrastructure.

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                        "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Alternative Infrastructures in Scholarly Publishing"

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

                        Carl Lagoze, et al. have published "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Alternative Infrastructures in Scholarly Publishing" in the International Journal of Communication.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        For more than three-and-a-half centuries, the scholarly infrastructure—composed of commercial publishers, learned societies, libraries, and the scholars themselves—has provided the foundation functions of certification, registration, access, preservation, and reward. However, over the last two decades, the stability of this infrastructure has been disrupted by profound changes in the technological, economic, cultural, and political climate. We examine the actions of scholars in response to this infrastructure instability through the lens of Hirschman's "exit, voice, and loyalty" framework. We describe the motivations and actions by scholars, especially those with tenure, who have chosen exit from the mainstream scholarly communication infrastructure to a proliferation of newly available alternative infrastructures. However, this option is not practical for all scholars due to the "enforced loyalty" imposed by reward systems based on metrics that are intricately tied to the traditional infrastructure. We examine the alternative of voice exercised by these scholars, combined with the threat of exit that has changed policies that are the source of dissatisfaction with the system.

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