Archive for the 'Open Access' Category

"A Networked Registration Scheme to Support Open Science"

Posted in Copyright, Open Access on July 19th, 2009

Adrian Pickering, Christopher Gutteridge, and David De Roure have self-archived "A Networked Registration Scheme to Support Open Science" in the ECS EPrints Repository.

Here's an excerpt:

The Open Source and Open Science movements have demonstrated the success of distributed collaborative experimentation and intellectual property (IP) development. While those contributing to the effort may do so without seeking to secure IP rights, it is clear that credit and attribution are crucial to the scholarly lifecycle because they underpin reputation—when IP is created it is only fair that 'credit is given where credit is due'. We propose that there need to be systems in place, independent of the project, where the evidence of 'prior art' can be registered. The authors' thesis is that simply having such a system available will ensure proper behaviour between collaborators and foster higher productivity.

Repositories such as EPrints and myExperiment, which focus respectively on publications and digital 'research objects', can readily use such a system—the intellectual assets stored digitally in the repository can be registered by their owners. To achieve this with the necessary guarantees we need an appropriate registration scheme and architecture.

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    BioMed Central Presentations, Including "10 Years of Open Access at BioMed Central"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 19th, 2009

    BioMed Central has released presentations about its open access publishing activities that were made at a recent workshop for publishing consultants. Included was Matthew Cockerill's "10 Years of Open Access at BioMed Central" presentation.

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      Scholarly and Research Communication Established

      Posted in E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on July 19th, 2009

      A new open access journal, Scholarly and Research Communication, has been established.

      Here's an excerpt from the journal's home page:

      Scholarly and Research Communication is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access, online journal that publishes original contributions to the understanding of production, dissemination, and usage of knowledge. It emphasizes the dynamics of representation and changing organizational elements, including technologically mediated workflows, ownership, and legal structures. Contributions are welcomed in all media and span formal research and analysis; technical reports and demonstration; commentary, and review.

      Also see Rowland Lorimer's presentation "Scholarly and Research Communication: A Journal and Some Founding Ideas."

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        Presentations from the CNI Spring 2009 Task Force Meeting

        Posted in Digital Libraries, Digital Repositories, Open Access, Scholarly Communication on July 15th, 2009

        Presentations from the CNI Spring 2009 Task Force Meeting are now available.

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          "Open Access Archiving and Article Citations within Health Services and Policy Research"

          Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Metrics on July 15th, 2009

          Devon Greyson et al. have self-archived "Open Access Archiving and Article Citations within Health Services and Policy Research" in E-LIS.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Promoting uptake of research findings is an objective common to those who fund, produce and publish health services and policy research. Open access (OA) is one method being employed to maximize impact. OA articles are online, free to access and use. This paper contributes to growing body of research exploring the “OA advantage” by employing an article-level analysis comparing citation rates for articles drawn from the same, purposively selected journals. We used a two-stage analytic approach designed to test whether OA is associated with (1) likelihood that an article is cited at all and (2) total number citations that an article receives, conditional on being cited at least once. Adjusting for potential confounders: number of authors, time since publication, journal, and article subject, we found that OA archived articles were 60% more likely to be cited at least once, and, once cited, were cited 29% more than non-OA articles.

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            Video Presentations from Open Access to Science Publications—Policy Perspective, Opportunities and Challenges Conference

            Posted in Open Access on July 15th, 2009

            Video presentations from the Centre for Internet and Society's Open Access to Science Publications—Policy Perspective, Opportunities and Challenges conference are now available.

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              PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference Blog 2009

              Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on July 15th, 2009

              The PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference Blog 2009 has been providing very extensive coverage of this conference, with a number of interesting posts on open access topics (especially open access publishing).

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                Connotea/OATP Access Issues Resolved

                Posted in Announcements, Open Access on July 12th, 2009

                The Connotea performance problems that were affecting the ability to login and the ability to read its feeds appear to have been resolved. New items are being added to the OA Tracking Project feeds.

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