Archive for the 'Open Access' Category

Open Access Webliography Link Maintenance Update

Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Webliographies on May 21st, 2008

The Open Access Webliography has been updated with current links, Internet Archive links (for works no longer available except there), or notes that the work is completely unavailable. The textual content of the document has not been updated.

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    Open Access Directory, a Factual Wiki, Launched

    Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Social Media/Web 2.0 on April 30th, 2008

    The Open Access Directory, a Wiki for factual information (vs. narrative descriptions) about the open access movement has been launched.

    Here's the press release:

    Peter Suber and Robin Peek have launched the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki where the open access community can create and maintain simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. Suber, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and Peek, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, conceived the project in order to collect OA-related lists for one-stop reference and searching.

    The wiki will start operating with about half a dozen lists—for example, conferences devoted to open access, discussion forums devoted to open access, and journal "declarations of independence"—and add more over time.

    The goal is to harness the knowledge and energy of the open access community itself to enlarge and correct the lists. A list on a wiki, revised continuously by its users, can be more comprehensive and up to date than the same list maintained by an individual. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD will make it easier for users, especially newcomers, to discover them and use them for reference. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about open access.

    The URL for the Open Access Directory is

    The wiki is represented by an editorial board consisting of prominent figures in the open access movement. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at Simmons College hosts and provides technical support to the OAD.

    Editors and administrators

    Robin Peek. Editor, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
    Athanasia Pontika. Assistant Editor, Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
    Terry Plum. Technical Coordinator, Assistant Dean for Technology and Director, Simmons College

    Editorial board members

    Charles Bailey. Publisher, Digital Scholarship
    Leslie Chan. Program Supervisor for New Media Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
    Heather Joseph. Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
    Melissa Hagemann. Open Society Institute
    Peter Suber. Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, and Senior Researcher at SPARC
    Alma Swan. Key Perspectives Ltd
    John Wilbanks. Vice President, Creative Commons

    Read more about it at "Launch of the Open Access Directory."

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      Report Released: Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America

      Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Communication on April 22nd, 2008

      CRIA has released Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development, a report about the 2007 workshop of the same name.

      Read more about it at "Workshop Report: Strategies for Open, Permanent Access to Scientific Information."

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        Interview with Microsoft's Pablo Fernicola about Article Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007

        Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2008

        Jon Udell has posted an interview ("Word for Scientific Publishing") with Pablo Fernicola, a Microsoft Group Manager, about the Article Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007 (see my prior posting "Microsoft Developing Authoring Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007 with NLM DTD Support"). (Warning: there is a very annoying Silverlight download pop-up that obscures part of the post.)

        Udell has also posted a screencast of Fernicola demonstrating the add-in ("Pablo Fernicola Demonstrates the Word Add-In for Scientific Authors").

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          JorumOpen, UK Repository for Creative Commons Licensed Educational Materials, Announced

          Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Digital Repositories, Learning Objects, Licenses, Open Access on April 21st, 2008

          JISC has announced JorumOpen, a national repository of open access educational materials under Creative Commons licenses.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          It was announced today that Jorum, the UK national repository for learning and teaching materials funded by JISC, is to offer open educational resources. This will make it easier for lecturers and teaching staff to share and re-use each other's teaching resources. JorumOpen—as it will be called—will also provide a showcase for UK universities and colleges on the international stage. . . .

          Jorum is managed jointly by EDINA and Mimas, the two National Academic Data Centres funded by JISC at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. During the first phase of Jorum's development, the focus has been on building a system that safeguards investment in digital learning resources and offers controlled access to licensed materials. The result is a service that supports access to over 2,500 learning resources for download for direct use in the classroom and within virtual learning environments (VLEs).

          Through the development of JorumOpen, lecturers and teachers will be able to share materials under the Creative Commons licence framework: this makes sharing easier, granting users greater rights for use and re-use of online content and easier to understand. Importantly, it does not require prior registration. As a result availability is global as well as across UK universities and colleges. JorumOpen will run alongside a 'members only' facility, JorumEducationUK, that will support sharing of material just within the UK educational sector; this will be available only to registered users and contributors, as is currently the case.

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            Open Access to High-Energy Physics Journals: Greater Western Library Alliance Expresses Interest in SCOAP3 Project

            Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 19th, 2008

            The Greater Western Library Alliance, a consortium of 31 research libraries, has expressed interest in the SCOAP3 project. The Greater Western Library Alliance joins a growing list of U.S. institutions interested in the SCOAP3 project.

            Here's an excerpt from Towards Open Access Publishing in High Energy Physics: Executive Summary of the Report of the SCOAP3 Working Party that explains the project:

            The proposed [SCOAP3] initiative aims to convert high-quality HEP journals to OA, pursuing two goals:

            • to provide open and unrestricted access to all HEP research literature in its final, peer-reviewed form;
            • to contain the overall cost of journal publishing by increasing competition while assuring sustainability.

            In this new model, the publishers’ subscription income from multiple institutions is replaced by income from a single financial partner, the "Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics" (SCOAP3). SCOAP3 is a global network of HEP funding agencies, research laboratories, and libraries. Each SCOAP3 partner will recover its contribution from the cancellation of its current journal subscriptions. This model avoids the obvious disadvantage of OA models in which authors are directly charged for the OA publication of their articles. . . .

            In practice, the OA transition will be facilitated by the fact that the large majority of HEP articles are published in just six peer-reviewed journals from four publishers. Five of those six journals carry a majority of HEP content. These are Physical Review D (published by the American Physical Society), Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B (Elsevier), Journal of High Energy Physics (SISSA/IOP) and the European Physical Journal C (Springer). The aim of the SCOAP3 model is to assist publishers to convert these "core" HEP journals entirely to OA and it is expected that the vast majority of the SCOAP3 budget will be spent to achieve this target. The sixth journal, Physical Review Letters (American Physical Society), is a "broadband" journal that carries only a small fraction (10%) of HEP content; it is the aim of SCOAP3 to sponsor the conversion to OA of this journal fraction. The same approach can be extended to another "broadband" journal popular with HEP instrumentation articles: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A (Elsevier) with about 25% HEP content.

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              Going Up: Serials Prices Increase 9% to 11% in 2008

              Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 15th, 2008

              Library Journal has published "Periodicals Price Survey 2008: Embracing Openness."

              Most of the narrative discusses open access developments. The news on toll-access serials remains grim:

              Prices of subscription-based journals increased nine to ten percent in 2008, driven by an extremely weak dollar. Non-U.S. titles in the humanities and social sciences increased even more (11 percent), because publishers in these disciplines tend to price in native currencies, driving U.S. prices up when those currencies are converted to dollars. The sciences, on the other hand, are dominated by large European publishers that price in U.S. dollars, reducing the volatility of prices and keeping price increases in foreign scientific journals under nine percent. Given the continuing slide of the dollar, expect increases in 2009 to approach ten percent overall.

              As usual, the article includes detailed tables packed with serials cost information.

              Average subscription prices in some high-ticket disciplines include: Chemistry, $3,490; Physics, $3,103; Engineering, $1,919; Biology, $1,810; and Technology, $1,776; and Astronomy, $1,671.

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                California Digital Library Puts Up Mass Digitization Projects Page

                Posted in Digitization, E-Books, Mass Digitizaton, Open Access on April 15th, 2008

                The California Digital Library has added a UC Libraries Mass Digitization Projects page to its Inside CDL Web site.

                The Web site includes links to Frequently Asked Questions, contracts with digitization partners, and other information.

                Of special interest in the FAQ are the questions "What rights to the digitized content does UC have in the projects; will access be limited in any way?" and "How will our patrons be able to access these texts, i.e. through MELVYL, or local catalogs, or a webpage, any search engine, or….?"

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                  Students Establish Harvard College Thesis Repository

                  Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Self-Archiving on April 15th, 2008

                  A Harvard student group, Harvard College Free Culture, has established the Harvard College Thesis Repository for senior theses.

                  Read more about it at "Harvard U. Students Support Open Access for Student Theses" and "Theses For All: Students Should Jump on the Free Thesis Project."

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                    Harold Varmus on the NIH Public Access Policy

                    Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2008

                    NPR has released a digital audio interview with Harold Varmus (Noble Prize winner, President of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, former Director of the National Institutes of Health, and co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science) about the NIH Public Access Policy and open access.

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                      Repository Interface for Overlaid Journal Archives: Results from an Online Questionnaire Survey

                      Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, E-Journals, E-Prints, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 10th, 2008

                      The RIOJA project has released Repository Interface for Overlaid Journal Archives: Results from an Online Questionnaire Survey.

                      Here's an excerpt from the "Introduction":

                      The Repository Interface for Overlaid Journal Archives (RIOJA) project ( is an international partnership of members of academic staff, librarians and technologists from UCL (University College London), the University of Cambridge, the University of Glasgow, Imperial College London and Cornell University. It aims to address some of the issues around the development and implementation of a new publishing model, that of the overlay journal – defined, for the purposes of the project, as a quality-assured journal whose content is deposited to and resides in one or more open access repositories. The project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC, and runs from April 2007 to June 2008.

                      The RIOJA project will create an interoperability toolkit to enable the overlay of certification onto papers housed in subject repositories. The intention is that the tool will be generic, helping any repository to realise its potential to act as a more complete scholarly resource. The project will also create a demonstrator overlay journal, using the arXiv repository and OJS software, with interaction between the two facilitated by the RIOJA toolkit.

                      To inform and shape the project, a survey of Astrophysics and Cosmology researchers has been conducted. The findings from that survey form the basis of this report.

                      The project team will also undertake formal and informal discussion with publishers and with academic and managing members of editorial boards. The survey and supplementary discussions will help to ensure that the RIOJA outputs address the needs and expectations of the research community. Finally, the overall long-term sustainability of a repository-overlay journal will be assessed. The project will examine the costs of adding peer review to arXiv deposits, of implementing and maintaining the functionality which the survey shows to be most valued by researchers, and of providing long-term preservation of content, and will aim to identify and appraise possible cost-recovery business models.

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                        Selected Publisher Policies about the NIH Public Access Policy

                        Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 9th, 2008

                        The Edward G. Miner Library of the University of Rochester Medical Center has a very useful page (Publishers' Policies on the NIH Public Access Policy) that includes excerpts from selected publisher's policies about the NIH Public Access Policy. However, this page does not include the URLs for the policies.

                        I've identified the URL's (listed below in the same order as in the original document), provided updates where appropriate, and included the publisher's fee-based open access option if available.

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