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"The Economics of Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on March 3rd, 2015

Walt Crawford as published "The Economics of Open Access" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

Here's an excerpt:

This essay is primarily about open access, but strays into journal publishing in general. As usual, it's a combination of resources (cites) and commentary (insights), divided into ten overlapping segments. I believe the mèlange will be informative and useful, although I'm certain it won't provide pat answers to most questions, because such answers don't exist.

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    Altmetric Mentions and the Communication of Medical Research

    Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Metrics on March 2nd, 2015

    Digital Science has released Altmetric Mentions and the Communication of Medical Research.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Social and mainstream media mentions of research publications appear much more rapidly than conventional academic citations and are generated by a wider range of users. They therefore offer the potential for early and complementary indicators of research impact. Such indicators could also identify new kinds of economic and social impact.

    In this report we explore the relevance of such new indicators to research in medical and health sciences.

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      "The Educational Value of Truly Interactive Science Publishing"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 2nd, 2015

      Michael J. Ackerman has published "The Educational Value of Truly Interactive Science Publishing" in The Journal of Electronic Publishing.

      Here's an excerpt:

      Interactive Scientific Publishing (ISP) has been developed by the Optical Society of America with support from the National Library of Medicine at NIH. It allows authors to electronically publish papers which are linked to the referenced 2D and 3D original image datasets. These image datasets can then be viewed and analyzed interactively by the reader. ISP provides the software for authors to assemble and link their source data to their publication. But more important is that it provides readers with image viewing and analysis tools. The goal of ISP is to improve learning and understanding of the presented information. This paper describes ISP and its effect on learning and understanding. ISP was shown to have enough educational value that readers were willing to invest in the required set-up and learning phases. The social aspects of data sharing and the enlarged review process may be the hardest obstacles to overcome.

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        "AHRQ, NASA, USDA Release Plans for Public Access to Funded Research"

        Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 23rd, 2015

        ARL has released AHRQ, NASA, USDA Release Plans for Public Access to Funded Research.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Three US Government agencies-the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)-recently released their plans for increasing public access to federally funded research in response to the 2013 White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) directive. The OSTP memorandum directed federal agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication.

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          "The Case of the Disappearing E-book: Academic Libraries and Subscription Packages"

          Posted in E-Books, Licenses, Publishing, Scholarly Books on February 12th, 2015

          College & Research Libraries has released "The Case of the Disappearing E-Book: Academic Libraries and Subscription Packages" by Helen Georgas.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This study begins with a one-year analysis of "disappeared" titles from ebrary's Academic Complete™ collection at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Were certain subject areas particularly affected? Which publishers were removed? Were the removed titles mainly scholarly, or were they titles published by popular presses? Were the removed monographs older publications, or were recent titles deleted as well?

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            "Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 10th, 2015

            Heather Morrison et al. have published "Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014" in Publications.

            Here's an excerpt:

            As of May 2014, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) listed close to ten thousand fully open access, peer reviewed, scholarly journals. Most of these journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). This article reports the results of a survey of the 2567 journals, or 26% of journals listed in DOAJ, that do have APCs based on a sample of 1432 of these journals. Results indicate a volatile sector that would make future APCs difficult to predict for budgeting purposes. DOAJ and publisher title lists often did not closely match. A number of journals were found on examination not to have APCs. A wide range of publication costs was found for every publisher type. The average (mean) APC of $964 contrasts with a mode of $0. At least 61% of publishers using APCs are commercial in nature, while many publishers are of unknown types. The vast majority of journals charging APCs (80%) were found to offer one or more variations on pricing, such as discounts for authors from mid to low income countries, differential pricing based on article type, institutional or society membership, and/or optional charges for extras such as English language editing services or fast track of articles. The complexity and volatility of this publishing landscape is discussed.

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              "Reflections on Library Licensing"

              Posted in Licenses, Publishing on February 9th, 2015

              Ann Shumelda Okerson has published "Reflections on Library Licensing" in Information Standards Quarterly.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The way libraries acquire basic content for their readers has been completely upended in the last two decades. In this rapid electronic environment, content providers are pressed to enhance and update existing products or to produce competitive new products, with ever-increasing functionality and with great uncertainty about what users will pay for and how much they will pay. At the same time, numerous new producers are entering the electronic marketplace. We are living in an information Wild West, which can put libraries and publishers face to face on Main Street at high noon, often without the third-party subscription agents or book jobbers we used to depend on. This article discusses how we got to this place; whether one should prefer copyright or license; the differing view of rights by authors, publishers, libraries and their end users; different types of licenses; and current issues in licensing.

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                Managing Open Access Publication: A System Specification

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries on February 6th, 2015

                JISC Monitor has released Managing Open Access Publication: A System Specification.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The purpose of this document is to provide a specification for a system to help UK HE institutions manage administrative data in relation to the publication of open access Academic Outputs. The document is intended to:

                • Describe the scope of such a system and the workflows it should support
                • Describe an appropriate data model given the scope and workflows
                • Provide illustrative wireframes for a user interface (UI) to such a system

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