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The Once and Future Publishing Library

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on August 3rd, 2015

The Council on Library and Information Resources has released The Once and Future Publishing Library .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives.

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    "The Oldest Internet Publication You’ve Never Heard Of"

    Posted in E-Journals, Publishing on August 3rd, 2015

    Roy Tennant has published "The Oldest Internet Publication You've Never Heard Of" in Digital Shift.

    Current Cites is now 25 years old. It was established by the Library Technology Watch Program at the University of California, Berkeley Library in 1990. It went online on the University of California's Melvyl system in February 1991, and it was distributed on the University of Houston's PACS-L discussion list starting eight months later. In January 1992, it became one of the first digital publications distributed on the University of Houston's PACS-P discussion list, and it was distributed on this list until May 2014. Starting in 2005, it was distributed by OCLC's WebJunction.org.

    Current Cites is published monthly by Roy and his team of contributors. This serial has always been open access.

    Congratulations, Roy!

    You can read more about it at:

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      "Small Steps Matter: FASTR Passes Senate Committee Hurdle"

      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 31st, 2015

      SPARC has released Small Steps Matter: FASTR Passes Senate Committee Hurdle by Heather Joseph.

      Here's an excerpt:

      With its action today, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) advanced the cause of public access to publicly funded research articles another crucial step. In a unanimous voice vote, the Committee approved S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act which now positions the legislation to be considered by the full Senate.

      This marks the first time that a U.S. Senate Committee has acted on a government-wide policy ensuring public access to the results of publicly funded research and signals that there is deep support for the ideal that taxpayers have the right to access to the research that their tax dollars fund. This action continues the steady march towards enabling fast, barrier-free access to research articles that got its start with the establishment of a voluntary NIH policy in 2005, and slowly progressed with legislation shifting that policy to mandatory in 2008, again in 2010 with the America COMPETES Act and most recently with the 2013 White House OSTP Directive on public access. . . .

      Today's progress on FASTR is another step in this long march. Under the leadership of Senator Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Wyden (D-OR), FASTR provides the statutory framework needed codify the White House OSTP Directive, which was issued with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery and fueling innovation. While 13 federal agencies and departments have released their initial plans, the reality is that the OSTP Directive is not law, and can be easily overturned by a subsequent Administration. Should FASTR continue on course and be passed by both chambers of Congress, free, fair public access to research articles will become the law of the land – and not just the preference a President.

      See also: "Cornyn Bill To Improve Access To Taxpayer-Funded Research Passes Committee Unanimously."

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        Take Action: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act Being Marked Up

        Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 29th, 2015

        The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act is being marked up.

        Here's an excerpt from the SPARC announcement:

        After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.

        There are two major changes from the original bill language to be particularly aware of. Specifically, the amendment

        • Replaces the six month embargo period with "no later than 12 months, but preferably sooner," as anticipated; and
        • Provides a mechanism for stakeholders to petition federal agencies to 'adjust' the embargo period if the 12 months does not serve "the public, industries, and the scientific community."

        To support the bill and communicate your concerns, see: "Help Move FASTR" "Secure Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research"

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          "’Total Cost of Ownership’ of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on July 28th, 2015

          Stuart Lawson has self-archived "'Total Cost of Ownership' of Scholarly Communication: Managing Subscription and APC Payments Together."

          Here's an excerpt:

          Managing subscription journals and open access charges together has created challenges which may in part be dealt with by offsetting the two revenue streams against each other. In order to do this, it is necessary to have reliable financial data about the extent of the two interacting markets. Jisc Collections has been undertaking data collection regarding universities' article publication charge (APC) expenditure. This process is difficult without a standardized way of recording data, so Jisc Collections has developed a standard data collection template and is helping institutions to release data openly. If available data become more comprehensive and transparent, then all parties (libraries, publishers, research funders, and intermediaries) will have better knowledge of the APC market and can more accurately predict the effects of offsetting.

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            "Journal Subscription Expenditure of UK Higher Education Institutions, Version 3″

            Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on July 27th, 2015

            Stuart Lawson and Ben Meghreblian have published "Journal Subscription Expenditure of UK Higher Education Institutions, Version 3." in F1000Research.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The academic libraries of higher education institutions (HEIs) pay significant amounts of money each year for access to academic journals. The amounts paid are often not transparent especially when it comes to knowing how much is paid to specific publishers. Therefore data on journal subscription expenditure were obtained for UK HEIs using a series of Freedom of Information requests. Data were obtained for 153 HEIs' expenditure with ten publishers over a five-year period. The majority of institutions have provided figures but some are still outstanding. The data will be of interest to those who wish to understand the economics of scholarly communication and see the scale of payments flowing within the system. Further research could replicate the data collection in other jurisdictions.

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              "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 27th, 2015

              SHARE has released "SHARE Community Stakeholders Convene Working Meeting in Washington, DC."

              Here's an excerpt:

              Accomplishments since the first SHARE Community Meeting in October 2014 include the DuraSpace webinar series, launch of the share-research.org website and the SHARE Notify beta, and surpassing the milestone of one million research release events included in SHARE Notify. Currently in the works are partnerships with IRIS [http://iris.isr.umich.edu/] and ORCID and a pending grant proposal to fund Phase II of SHARE.

              See also: "SHARE Community Meeting, Summer 2015."

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                "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?"

                Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 23rd, 2015

                Richard Poynder has published "Emerald Group Publishing Tests ZEN, Increases Prices: What Does It Mean?" in Open and Shut?

                Here's an excerpt:

                So why has Emerald chosen to trial ZEN [Zero Embargo Now] with some of it library journals, what role did the LAG play in the decision, and what do members of the LAG feel about the associated 70% increase in the APCs of 32 engineering and technology journals?

                In the hope of finding out I emailed Emerald and asked where I could find a list of advisory group members. It turns out that these are not publicly available.

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                  Scopus Will Include Open Access Indicator for Indexed Journals

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 22nd, 2015

                  As of July 29, Scopus will include an open access indicator for indexed journals.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. . . .

                  In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

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                    "Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology"

                    Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 22nd, 2015

                    Ronald D Vale has self-archived "Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology."

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    Our analysis suggests that publication practices have changed considerably in the life sciences over the past thirty years. Considerably more experimental data is now required for publication, and the average time required for graduate students to publish their first paper has increased and is approaching the desirable duration of Ph.D. training. Since publication is generally a requirement for career progression, schemes to reduce the time of graduate student and postdoctoral training may be difficult to implement without also considering new mechanisms for accelerating communication of their work. The increasing time to publication also delays potential catalytic effects that ensue when many scientists have access to new information. The time has come for the life scientists, funding agencies, and publishers to discuss how to communicate new findings in a way that best serves the interests of the public and scientific community.

                    See also: "Thoughts on Ron Vale's 'Accelerating Scientific Publication in Biology'" by Michael Eisen.

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                      Who Needs Open Access? Greek Academic Libraries Do

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 21st, 2015

                      The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) has ended its contracts with all e-journal publishers due to the financial crisis.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement (news item link scrolls on banner):

                      HEAL-Link informs you of the termination of the agreements with all publishers as of 01.07.2015 due to the inability to collect the remaining half of the budget for the current year, despite the efforts that have been made and are continued, in cooperation with the Board of Rectors and the Ministry of Education. A

                      See also: "Greek Scientists Lose Access to Digital Journals."

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                        CHORUS and ORCID Sign Memorandum of Understanding

                        Posted in Metadata, Open Access, Publishing on July 15th, 2015

                        CHORUS and ORCID have signed a memorandum of understanding.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        Our plans include supporting simple and non-ambiguous links between researchers and funders by linking CHORUS article records to ORCID ID researcher records, building awareness of the ORCID registry among funding agency researchers and administrators, and encouraging the use of persistent identifiers for researchers and organizations to support public access to research works.

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