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"Breaking Down Pros and Cons of Preprints in Biomedicine"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 4th, 2016

Hilda Bastian has published "Breaking Down Pros and Cons of Preprints in Biomedicine" in Absolutely Maybe.

Here's an excerpt:

The pros and cons on this are arguably different for physics and biomedicine. It might be easier to copy or fold in someone else's insights into an experiment or paper and beat them to press, so the argument goes. Perhaps this is in part a concern about losing out on a citation in a higher impact journal if your work is no longer seen as exciting. If it's a common concern, then it's a serious hurdle for preprint acceptance.

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    "The Mystery of Creative Commons Licenses"

    Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 29th, 2016

    De Gruyter Open has released "The Mystery of Creative Commons Licenses" by Witold Kieńć.

    Here's an excerpt:

    While more than half of open access papers are published under the terms of a liberal Creative Commons Attribution Licence, the majority of authors of open access works seem not to accept the terms of either this or any other Creative Commons license.

    Despite the fact that the majority of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals use liberal Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence as a default, and that probably more than half of all articles published in open access serials are published under the terms of this licence, academic authors seem not to support liberal licensing. How is it possible? Are authors of more than 600 thousand CC-BY licensed works invisible in surveys? Or do they publish under the terms of this license against their will?

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      "Policy: Google Books: The Final Chapter?"

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on April 29th, 2016

      Walt Crawford has published "Policy: Google Books: The Final Chapter?" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

      Here's an excerpt:

      On Monday, April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Authors Guild appeal of a district court decision finding, once again, that Google Books Search is fair use. . . .

      That should be the final chapter in this decade-long epic case, and maybe I should stop right here.

      But let's look at a couple of the early commentaries after the denial (two of many), then go back for the usual chronological citations and notes on items since the last coverage of this legal marathon. The question mark in the essay's title? Well, the Authors Litigation Guild (the middle word isn't part of the name, but maybe it should be) seems as incapable of admitting defeat as it apparently is of recognizing that it only represents the interests of a few hundred or few thousand writers. And, of course, there's the enticing if unlikely counter possibility: what if Google asked to recover its legal costs, which must surely be in the millions of dollars?

      See also: “Google Case Ends, but Copyright Fight Goes On.”

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        "Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth"

        Posted in Publishing on April 27th, 2016

        AAP has released "Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth."

        Here's an excerpt:

        Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014.

        Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year. . . .

        Ebook sales declined in 2015; digital audio continued to grow in popularity; trade publishers did better than educational and scholarly publishers; adult books performed better than other trade categories.

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          "Fracking the Ecosystem: Periodicals Price Survey 2016"

          Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 22nd, 2016

          Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Fracking the Ecosystem: Periodicals Price Survey 2016" in Library Journal.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Accordingly, we have measured the 2015 price increases of more than 5,000 e-journal packages handled by EBSCO. Our analysis indicates an average e-journal package price increase of 5.8% to 6.3%, down slightly from last year's average of 6.6%.

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            "The Open Access Interviews: Sir Timothy Gowers, Mathematician"

            Posted in Disciplinary Archives, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2016

            Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Interviews: Sir Timothy Gowers, Mathematician " in Open and Shut?.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The idea of arXiv overlay journals was in the air for a long time. I think one impulse behind Discrete Analysis was the very hostile reaction from many people to the setting up of the open access journal Forum of Mathematics by Cambridge University Press, which (after a three-year free period) charges £750 per article.

            It seems that a large proportion of mathematicians are implacably opposed to article processing charges, no matter what assurances are given that authors themselves will never be expected to pay out of their own pocket, and that ability to pay will not affect the choice of which articles to publish.

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              "Comparing Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Versions"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2016

              Martin Klein et al. have self-archived "Comparing Published Scientific Journal Articles to Their Pre-print Versions."

              Here's an excerpt:

              Academic publishers claim that they add value to scholarly communications by coordinating reviews and contributing and enhancing text during publication. . . . We have investigated the publishers' value proposition by conducting a comparative study of pre-print papers and their final published counterparts. This comparison had two working assumptions: 1) if the publishers' argument is valid, the text of a pre-print paper should vary measurably from its corresponding final published version, and 2) by applying standard similarity measures, we should be able to detect and quantify such differences. Our analysis revealed that the text contents of the scientific papers generally changed very little from their pre-print to final published versions.

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                "On the Marginal Cost of Scholarly Communication"

                Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 18th, 2016

                Tiffany Bogich et al. have published "On the Marginal Cost of Scholarly Communication" in Standard Analytics' Research.

                Here's an excerpt:

                We assessed the marginal cost of scholarly communication from the perspective of an agent looking to start an independent, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. We found that various vendors can accommodate all of the services required for scholarly communication for a price ranging between $69 and $318 per article.

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                  "The Academic, Economic and Societal Impacts of Open Access: An Evidence-Based Review"

                  Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 14th, 2016

                  Jonathan P. Tennant et al. have published an e-print for review of "The Academic, Economic and Societal Impacts of Open Access: An Evidence-Based Review" in F1000 Research.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  This review presents published evidence of the impact of Open Access on the academy, economy and society. Overall, the evidence points to a favorable impact of OA on the scholarly literature through increased dissemination and reuse. OA has the potential to be a sustainable business venture for new and established publishers, and can provide substantial benefits to research- and development-intensive businesses, including health organisations, volunteer sectors, and technology. OA is a global issue, highlighted by inequalities beset at all levels between developing and developed nations, and largely fueled by financial inequality. Current levels of access in the developing world are insufficient and unstable, and only OA has the potential to foster the development of stable research ecosystems. While predatory publishing remains an ongoing issue, particularly in the developing world, increasing public engagement, development of OA policies, and discussion of sustainable and ethical publishing practices can remove this potential threat to OA.

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                    "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on April 13th, 2016

                    Heather Morrison has published "Dramatic Growth of Open Access March 31, 2016 " in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    There are now 150 publishers of peer-reviewed open access books listed in the Directory of Open Access Books, publishing more than 4,400 open access books. 620 books were published in this quarter alone, a 16% increase in just this quarter. The Directory of Open Access Journals has been adding titles at a net rate of 6 titles per day, 540 journals added this quarter for a total of over 11,000 journals.

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                      Springer Will Automatically Deposit MIT-Authored Papers in DSpace@MIT

                      Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 12th, 2016

                      Springer and MIT have reached an agreement that will result in Springer automatically depositing MIT-authored papers in DSpace@MIT nine months after publication.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, one of the first initiatives of its kind in the United States, made a bold commitment to disseminate the results of MIT research and scholarship as widely and openly as possible. Recently, the MIT Libraries affirmed this commitment by signing an innovative agreement with Springer, one of the world's largest scholarly publishers. Springer will send manuscripts of MIT-authored scholarly papers directly to the Open Access Articles Collection of DSpace@MIT, the Institute's open access repository.

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                        "A Spiritual Successor to Aaron Swartz Is Angering Publishers All Over Again"

                        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Open Access, Publishing on April 7th, 2016

                        David Kravets has published "A Spiritual Successor to Aaron Swartz Is Angering Publishers All Over Again" in Ars Technica.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Meet Alexandra Elbakyan, the developer of Sci-Hub, a Pirate Bay-like site for the science nerd. It's a portal that offers free and searchable access "to most publishers, especially well-known ones."

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