Archive for the 'Open Access' Category

"The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky"

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 11th, 2015

Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky" in Open and Shut?.

Here's an excerpt:

I was fortunate enough to draw together a wonderful team, led by the Associate University Librarian Brian Owen and technical wonder Alec Smecher at Simon Fraser University Library, who, through the research and development funds we were able to raise, created open source systems for scholarly workflow management and publishing. Together, we created Open Journal Systems (OJS) beginning in 2002, to answer the question of what will it cost to put a journal online. . . .

Over the course of the next decade, the use of OJS has spread across the globe to the point where—with 8,000 journals actively using it in 2013—we now feel a considerable responsibility at PKP for ensuring that this system provides a high-quality editorial workflow and publishing environment, and all the more so with roughly half of those journals in the Global South.

So in terms of your question on what PKP has developed into, I would say that it has become primarily but not entirely an open source software development and community support project in a global scale.

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council Unanimously Adopts Open Access Policy

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on May 8th, 2015

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council has unanimously adopted an open access policy.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Resolution 2015-9: On Endorsing a University Open Access Policy represented more than a year of work by a 35-member faculty Open Access Task Force. Chairs Todd Vision and Julie Kimbrough told the University Gazette that they worked diligently to craft a policy recommendation that could be applied differently according to the needs of various disciplines.

    UNC-CH is the 51st university or university unit to have adopted an open access policies by a unanimous faculty vote.

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      "Who Needs Open Access, Anyway?"

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

      Walt Crawford has published "Who Needs Open Access, Anyway?" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

      Here's an excerpt:

      That title is not my own opinion or question—but it feels like the appropriate title for this odd roundup, covering several dozen items I've tagged over the last two years (or so) as " oa-anti. " The tag doesn't necessarily mean the item was a flat-out attack on open access (even with the typical "some of my best friends are OA, but… " nonsense that's usually now phrased as "I am/this publisher is/a big proponent of OA, however… "). It means that, in skimming the item initially, it seemed to register as something that either seemed to undermine OA or could be used as an attack on OA—or, in some cases, it's discussing somebody else attempting to undermine OA. At the end of this mostly-unsorted set of items, I note a handful of " oa-pro " items for a little balance.

      You can help support Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large and Crawford's open access research by donating as little as $2 per month via PayPal.

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        "Thumbs Down for the Freemium Model? Researchers Reject Nature’s Fast Track Peer Review Experiment"

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

        David Crotty has published "Thumbs Down for the Freemium Model? Researchers Reject Nature's Fast Track Peer Review Experiment" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

        Here's an excerpt:

        NPG launched a four-week trial in their megajournal Scientific Reports. The journal features a Gold open access (OA) business model, where accepted authors pay a $1,495 article processing charge (APC). In the trial, authors willing to pay an additional $750 upfront would get their decision in three weeks. NPG would be able to offer this additional speed by outsourcing the peer review process to Rubriq, a service offered by the private company Research Square.

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          "Stepping Back from Sharing"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 5th, 2015

          Kevin Smith has published "Stepping Back from Sharing" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Two major features of this retreat from openness need to be highlighted. First, it imposes an embargo of at least one year on all self-archiving of final authors' manuscripts, and those embargoes can be as long as four years. Second, when the time finally does roll around when an author can make her own work available through an institutional repository, Elsevier now dictates how that access is to be controlled, mandating the most restrictive form of Creative Commons license, the CC-BY-NC-ND license for all green open access.

          See also: "Elsevier Updates Its Article-Sharing Policies, Perspectives and Services" and "GET IT IN WRITING: On Elsevier's Revised Sharing/Hosting Policies."

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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."

              Here's an excerpt:

              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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