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"The ‘Total Cost of Publication’ in a Hybrid Open-Access Environment: Institutional Approaches to Funding Journal Article-Processing Charges in Combination with Subscriptions"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 27th, 2014

S. Pinfield et al. have self-archived "The 'Total Cost of Publication' in a Hybrid Open-Access Environment: Institutional Approaches to Funding Journal Article-Processing Charges in Combination with Subscriptions."

Here's an excerpt:

This study analyses data from 23 UK institutions covering the period 2007 to 2014 modelling the total cost of publication (TCP). It shows a clear rise in centrally-managed APC payments from 2012 onwards, with payments projected to increase further. As well as evidencing the growing availability and acceptance of OA publishing, these trends reflect particular UK policy developments and funding arrangements intended to accelerate the move towards OA publishing ('Gold' OA). Whilst the mean value of APCs has been relatively stable, there was considerable variation in APC prices paid by institutions since 2007. In particular, 'hybrid' subscription/OA journals were consistently more expensive than fully-OA journals. Most APCs were paid to large 'traditional' commercial publishers who also received considerable subscription income. New administrative costs reported by institutions varied considerably. The total cost of publication modelling shows that APCs are now a significant part of the TCP for academic institutions, in 2013 already constituting an average of 10% of the TCP (excluding administrative costs).

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    All Harvard Schools Now Have Open Access Policies

    Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 24th, 2014

    With the adoption of an open access policy in June by the Harvard Medical School, all Harvard schools now have open access policies.

    Here’s an excerpt from the announcement:

    Harvard Medical School adopted an open-access policy on June 18, 2014, by a unanimous vote of the Faculty Council. The new policy covers both "quad"-based and clinical faculty. Now all Harvard schools have open-access policies.

    Like the other Harvard policies, the Medical School policy insures that faculty members automatically retain a license to share their research papers freely through DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard), the University’s open-access repository. Faculty also have the option to waive this license for any article, preserving their freedom to submit new work to the journals of their choice. When faculty write articles covered by the Medical School policy and the policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), they need only deposit once to comply with both.

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      Library Publishing Directory, Second Edition

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on October 23rd, 2014

      Library Publishing Coalition has released the Library Publishing Directory, second edition .

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      Published just in time for Open Access Week, the Directory illustrates the many ways in which libraries are actively transforming and advancing scholarly communications in partnership with scholars, students, university presses, and others.

      In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and to raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators.

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        "PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 22nd, 2014

        Phil Davis has published "PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

        Here's an excerpt:

        PeerJ is growing, publishing more papers and attracting more authors, although it is not clear whether the company is moving toward financial sustainability. In a crowded market of multidisciplinary open access journals, the success/failure of PeerJ may be determined when it receives its first Impact Factor.

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          "The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 21st, 2014

          James M. Donovan et al. have self-archived "The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews."

          Here's an excerpt:

          Articles available in open access formats enjoy an advantage in citation by subsequent law review works of 53%. For every two citations an article would otherwise receive, it can expect a third when made freely available on the Internet. This benefit is not uniformly spread through the law school tiers. Higher tier journals experience a lower OA advantage (11.4%) due to the attention such prestigious works routinely receive regardless of the format. When focusing on the availability of new scholarship, as compared to creating retrospective collections, the aggregated advantage rises to 60.2%. While the first tier advantage rises to 16.8%, the mid-tiers skyrocket to 89.7%. The fourth tier OA advantage comes in at 81.2%.

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            Data from Nature and Palgrave Macmillan’s Author Insights Survey

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing on October 21st, 2014

            Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan have released data from their Author Insights Survey.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The survey, which contains views from 30,466 researchers, is the biggest publisher survey of authors' views to be made open access.

            NPG and Palgrave Macmillan are making this anonymised data available in order to achieve greater understanding between authors, funders and publishers, particularly with regard to open access.

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              Fair-Use and E-Reserves: "A Reversal for Georgia State"

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing on October 20th, 2014

              Kevin Smith has published "A Reversal for Georgia State" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its ruling in the publisher appeal of a district court decision that found most instances of electronic reserve copying at Georgia State to be fair use. The appellate court ruling is 129 pages long, and I will have much more to say after I read it carefully. But the hot news right now is that the Court of Appeals has reversed the District Court's judgment and remanded the case back for proceedings consistent with the new opinion. The injunction issued by the District Court and the order awarding costs and attorney's fees to GSU have been vacated.

              Read more about it at "Publishers Win Reversal of Court Ruling That Favored 'E-Reserves' at Georgia State U." and "A Win for Publishers."

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                "Tweets as Impact Indicators: Examining the Implications of Automated Bot Accounts on Twitter"

                Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Metrics, Social Media/Web 2.0 on October 17th, 2014

                Stefanie Haustein et al. have self-archived "Tweets as Impact Indicators: Examining the Implications of Automated Bot Accounts on Twitter."

                Here's an excerpt:

                This brief communication presents preliminary findings on automated Twitter accounts distributing links to scientific papers deposited on the preprint repository arXiv. It discusses the implication of the presence of such bots from the perspective of social media metrics (altmetrics), where mentions of scholarly documents on Twitter have been suggested as a means of measuring impact that is both broader and timelier than citations. We present preliminary findings that automated Twitter accounts create a considerable amount of tweets to scientific papers and that they behave differently than common social bots, which has critical implications for the use of raw tweet counts in research evaluation and assessment. We discuss some definitions of Twitter cyborgs and bots in scholarly communication and propose differentiating between different levels of engagement from tweeting only bibliographic information to discussing or commenting on the content of a paper.

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