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Enquiries Into Intellectual Property’s Economic Impact

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Reports and White Papers on August 28th, 2015

OECD has released Enquiries Into Intellectual Property's Economic Impact.

Here's an excerpt from "Chapter 7: Legal Aspects of Open Access to Publicly Funded Research":

To explain the interplay between open access and IP laws, this chapter provides an overview of the IP regimes that protect research outputs in a sample of OECD jurisdictions. It then reviews the open access policies that are in place in some of those jurisdictions and examines two contexts in which IP questions can arise when open access principles are applied: public/private partnerships and text and data mining.

Also of interest: "Chapter 5: Copyright in the Digital Era: Country Studies."

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    "Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration—Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 26th, 2015

    Micah Altman et al. have self-archived "Open Journal Systems and Dataverse Integration—Helping Journals to Upgrade Data Publication for Reusable Research."

    Here's an excerpt:

    This article describes the novel open source tools for open data publication in open access journal workflows. This comprises a plugin for Open Journal Systems that supports a data submission, citation, review, and publication workflow; and an extension to the Dataverse system that provides a standard deposit API. We describe the function and design of these tools, provide examples of their use, and summarize their initial reception. We conclude by discussing future plans and potential impact.

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      The Once and Future Publishing Library

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on August 3rd, 2015

      The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Once and Future Publishing Library .

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives.

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        "Small Steps Matter: FASTR Passes Senate Committee Hurdle"

        Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 31st, 2015

        SPARC has released Small Steps Matter: FASTR Passes Senate Committee Hurdle by Heather Joseph.

        Here's an excerpt:

        With its action today, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) advanced the cause of public access to publicly funded research articles another crucial step. In a unanimous voice vote, the Committee approved S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act which now positions the legislation to be considered by the full Senate.

        This marks the first time that a U.S. Senate Committee has acted on a government-wide policy ensuring public access to the results of publicly funded research and signals that there is deep support for the ideal that taxpayers have the right to access to the research that their tax dollars fund. This action continues the steady march towards enabling fast, barrier-free access to research articles that got its start with the establishment of a voluntary NIH policy in 2005, and slowly progressed with legislation shifting that policy to mandatory in 2008, again in 2010 with the America COMPETES Act and most recently with the 2013 White House OSTP Directive on public access. . . .

        Today's progress on FASTR is another step in this long march. Under the leadership of Senator Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Wyden (D-OR), FASTR provides the statutory framework needed codify the White House OSTP Directive, which was issued with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery and fueling innovation. While 13 federal agencies and departments have released their initial plans, the reality is that the OSTP Directive is not law, and can be easily overturned by a subsequent Administration. Should FASTR continue on course and be passed by both chambers of Congress, free, fair public access to research articles will become the law of the land – and not just the preference a President.

        See also: "Cornyn Bill To Improve Access To Taxpayer-Funded Research Passes Committee Unanimously."

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          Take Action: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act Being Marked Up

          Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 29th, 2015

          The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act is being marked up.

          Here's an excerpt from the SPARC announcement:

          After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.

          There are two major changes from the original bill language to be particularly aware of. Specifically, the amendment

          • Replaces the six month embargo period with "no later than 12 months, but preferably sooner," as anticipated; and
          • Provides a mechanism for stakeholders to petition federal agencies to 'adjust' the embargo period if the 12 months does not serve "the public, industries, and the scientific community."

          To support the bill and communicate your concerns, see: "Help Move FASTR" "Secure Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research"

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            "’Total Cost of Ownership’ of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together"

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

            Stuart Lawson has self-archived "'Total Cost of Ownership' of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together."

            Here's an excerpt:

            Managing subscription journals and open access charges together has created challenges which may in part be dealt with by offsetting the two revenue streams against each other. In order to do this, it is necessary to have reliable financial data about the extent of the two interacting markets. Jisc Collections has been undertaking data collection regarding universities' article publication charge (APC) expenditure. This process is difficult without a standardized way of recording data, so Jisc Collections has developed a standard data collection template and is helping institutions to release data openly. If available data become more comprehensive and transparent, then all parties (libraries, publishers, research funders, and intermediaries) will have better knowledge of the APC market and can more accurately predict the effects of offsetting.

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              "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 27th, 2015

              SHARE has released "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC."

              Here's an excerpt:

              Accomplishments since the first SHARE Community Meeting in October 2014 include the DuraSpace webinar series, launch of the share-research.org website and the SHARE Notify beta, and surpassing the milestone of one million research release events included in SHARE Notify. Currently in the works are partnerships with IRIS [http://iris.isr.umich.edu/] and ORCID and a pending grant proposal to fund Phase II of SHARE.

              See also: "SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015."

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                "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?"

                Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 23rd, 2015

                Richard Poynder has published "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?" in Open and Shut?

                Here's an excerpt:

                So why has Emerald chosen to trial ZEN [Zero Embargo Now] with some of it library journals, what role did the LAG play in the decision, and what do members of the LAG feel about the associated 70% increase in the APCs of 32 engineering and technology journals?

                In the hope of finding out I emailed Emerald and asked where I could find a list of advisory group members. It turns out that these are not publicly available.

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                  Scopus Will Include Open Access Indicator for Indexed Journals

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

                  As of July 29, Scopus will include an open access indicator for indexed journals.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. . . .

                  In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

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                    Who Needs Open Access? Greek Academic Libraries Do

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 21st, 2015

                    The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) has ended its contracts with all e-journal publishers due to the financial crisis.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement (news item link scrolls on banner):

                    HEAL-Link informs you of the termination of the agreements with all publishers as of 01.07.2015 due to the inability to collect the remaining half of the budget for the current year, despite the efforts that have been made and are continued, in cooperation with the Board of Rectors and the Ministry of Education. A

                    See also: "Greek Scientists Lose Access to Digital Journals."

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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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