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"Multi-Stage Open Peer Review: Scientific Evaluation Integrating the Strengths of Traditional Peer Review with the Virtues of Transparency and Self-Regulation"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on July 15th, 2012

Ulrich Pöschl has published "Multi-Stage Open Peer Review: Scientific Evaluation Integrating the Strengths of Traditional Peer Review with the Virtues of Transparency and Self-Regulation" in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Here's an excerpt:

The traditional forms of scientific publishing and peer review do not live up to all demands of efficient communication and quality assurance in today's highly diverse and rapidly evolving world of science. They need to be advanced and complemented by interactive and transparent forms of review, publication, and discussion that are open to the scientific community and to the public. The advantages of open access, public peer review, and interactive discussion can be efficiently and flexibly combined with the strengths of traditional scientific peer review.

| Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 | Digital Scholarship |

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    Scholarly Communication Program Case Study: "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections"

    Posted in Author Rights, Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 12th, 2012

    Micah Vandegrift and Gloria Colvin have published "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Two years ago use of the terms scholarly communication and open access on the Florida State University (FSU) campus was limited primarily to library administrators and a few library and teaching faculty. But, in a relatively short time, we have dramatically increased awareness of these topics on our campus and accomplished many of our goals. Our focus has been on promoting authors' rights, the option to archive publications in open access repositories, and the evolution of scholarly publication in a digital environment, rather than a focus on the serials crisis facing libraries. Looking back over these past two years, the relationships that we developed along the way have been foundational to our success. Here, we discuss development of the FSU program and key steps we took, which we hope are instructive to others in developing a scholarly communication program.

    | Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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      "Open Metrics for Open Repositories"

      Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Metrics on July 12th, 2012

      Brian Kelly, Nick Sheppard, Jenny Delasalle, Mark Dewey, Owen Stephens, Gareth J Johnson, and Stephanie Taylor have self-archived "Open Metrics for Open Repositories" in University of Bath Research.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Increasingly there is a need for quantitative evidence in order to help demonstrate the value of online services. Such evidence can also help to detect emerging patterns of usage and identify associated operational best practice. This paper seeks to initiate a discussion on approaches to metrics for institutional repositories by providing a high-level overview of the benefits of metrics for a variety of stakeholders. The paper outlines the potential benefits which can be gained from providing richer statistics related to the use of institutional repositories and also reviews related work in this area. The authors describe a JISC-funded project which harvested a large number of repositories in order to identify patterns of use of metadata attributes and summarise the key findings. The paper provides a case study which reviews plans to provide a richer set of statistics within one institutional repository as well as requirements from the researcher community. An example of how third-party aggregation services may provide metrics on behalf of the repository community is given. The authors conclude with a call for repository managers, developers and policy makers to be pro-active in providing open access to metrics for open repositories.

      | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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        A Technical Review of Open Access Repository Registries: OpenDOAR and ROAR

        Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on July 11th, 2012

        JISC has released A Technical Review of Open Access Repository Registries: OpenDOAR and ROAR, which was written in 7/1/2011 and deposited on 7/5/2012.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This document provides a technical review of the capabilities, benefits and drawbacks of two leading Open Access Repository Registries (OARRs)—OpenDOAR and ROAR. Both systems are considered qualitatively and quantitatively with a view to identifying those facets which provide value for a repository registry service.

        | Institutional Repository and ETD Bibliography 2011 | Digital Scholarship |

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          Going for Gold? The Costs and Benefits of Gold Open Access for UK Research Institutions: Further Economic Modelling

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on July 8th, 2012

          JISC has released Going for Gold? The Costs and Benefits of Gold Open Access for UK Research Institutions: Further Economic Modelling.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Based on this analysis, the main findings are:

          • so long as research funders commit to paying publication costs for the research they fund, and
          • publication charges fall to the reprint author's home institution,
          • all research-intensive universities would see the greatest savings, and universities would see savings from (worldwide) Gold OA when article-processing charges are at the current averages,
          • in a transition period, providing Open Access through the Green route offers the greatest economic benefits to individual universities, unless additional funds are made available to cover Gold OA costs

          | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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            Wellcome Trust Enforces Its Open Access Policy More Vigorously

            Posted in Grants, Open Access on June 28th, 2012

            The Wellcome Trust is enforcing its open access policy with three new rules.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            Since 2006, its open access policy has required that all research papers funded in whole or in part by the Wellcome Trust be made available via the UK PubMed Central repository as soon as possible, and in any event within six months of the date of publication. At present, only 55 per cent of research papers acknowledging Wellcome Trust funding comply with its open access policy. . . .

            Sir Mark has written to university vice-chancellors and the directors of the Trust's major overseas programmes to outline the steps that the Trust will be taking:

            • When Trust-funded researchers prepare final grant reports, it will require the principal investigator's institution to provide assurance that all papers associated with the grant comply with the Trust's policy. If they are unable to do this, the final payment on the grant will be withheld.
            • Non-compliant publications will be discounted as part of a researcher's track record in any renewal of an existing grant or new grant application.
            • Trust-funded researchers will be required to ensure that all publications associated with their Wellcome-funded research are compliant with the Trust's policy before any funding renewals or new grant awards will be activated.

            All three steps will apply to research articles published from 1 October 2009 onwards.

            | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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              League of European Research Universities Releases The LERU Roadmap towards Open Access

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on June 25th, 2012

              The League of European Research Universities has released The LERU Roadmap towards Open Access.

              Here's an excerpt:

              • The idea of Open Access is not new; the first major international statement on Open Access was set out in the Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002.4 However, 'the pathway' to Open Access is not a smooth one. Many parties are involved and there are many competing interests. There are costs and there are advocates, agnostics and critics. There are gains and impacts which need to be carefully assessed.
              • This Roadmap traverses some of this landscape and aims to assist LERU members who wish to put in place structures, policies and practices to facilitate Open Access. Whilst the Roadmap is primarily intended for LERU members, other European universities may find it useful.

              | Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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                Five Research Councils in Denmark Adopt Open Access Policy

                Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Self-Archiving on June 25th, 2012

                Five research councils in Denmark (the Danish Council for Technology and Innovation, the Danish Council for Independent Research, the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, the The Danish National Research Foundation, and the Danish Council for Strategic Research) have adopted an open access policy.

                Peter Suber has provided a Google translation of the policy.

                Read more about it at "Researchers' Results to Be Free for All."

                | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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