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CERN and APS Announce Open Access Partnership

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 19th, 2014

American Physical Society and The European Organization for Nuclear Research have formed a partnership to make CERN-authored articles published in APS journals open access.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Articles in APS' Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, and Physical Review C in 2015 and 2016 will be covered by this agreement.

Thanks to this partnership, articles will be available free of charge for everyone to read. Copyright will remain with the authors and permissive Creative Commons CC-BY licences will allow re-use of the information (e.g. in books, review articles, conference proceedings and teaching material) as well as text- and data-mining applications.

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    "Open Access Infrastructure: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go"

    Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing on September 18th, 2014

    Cynthia Hodgson has published "Open Access Infrastructure: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go" in Information Standards Quarterly.

    Here's an excerpt:

    There's no doubt that open access is here to stay, but the underlying infrastructure needed to support and sustain OA publishing is still very much in its development stages. This article, through a series of interviews with experts in the OA arena, highlights some of the major areas of infrastructure that are needed including institutional policies, compliance tracking and reporting, publishing tools, new economic models and licensing, and sustainability.

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      "The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 18th, 2014

      Clifford Lynch has published "The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE" in Information Standards Quarterly.

      Here's an excerpt:

      There is a major movement calling for public access to the results of funded research, both in the US and globally. In parallel with these developments has been a growing focus on the importance of research data management across all fields of scholarship- essentially the idea that appropriate stewardship of data used in or arising from research is essential to preserving, communicating, and replicating scholarship. SHARE (Shared Access Research Ecosystem) is a joint project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the two key higher education presidential associations, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU); ARL, with generous grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and the US Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is leading the implementation effort. This article briefly summarize the potential role of SHARE in the overall scheme of managing research data, with some emphasis on the importance of standards (both existing and to be developed) for making this vision a reality.

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        "A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing on September 16th, 2014

        Alexis Seeley et al. have published "A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access" in D-Lib Magazine.

        Here's an excerpt:

        Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output.

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          "How Many Citations Are There in the Data Citation Index?"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing on September 11th, 2014

          Daniel Torres-Salinas et al. have self-archived "How Many Citations Are There in the Data Citation Index?."

          Here's an excerpt:

          Descriptive analysis on the citation distribution of the Thomson Reuters' Data Citation Index by publication type and four broad areas: Science, Engineering & Technology, Humanities & Arts and Social Sciences.

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            Barnes & Noble and John Wiley & Sons Issue Quarterly Reports

            Posted in Publishing on September 10th, 2014

            Barnes & Noble and John Wiley & Sons have released their quarterly reports.

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              Google Settles American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. et al. v. Google Inc.

              Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on September 8th, 2014

              Google has settled the American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. et al. v. Google Inc. lawsuit. The agreement is confidential.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              The agreement resolves a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google in April, 2010, bringing to an end more than four years of litigation. It does not involve any admission of liability by Google. As the settlement is between the parties to the litigation, the court is not required to approve its terms.

              This settlement does not affect Google's current litigation with the Authors Guild or otherwise address the underlying questions in that suit.

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                "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure"

                Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on August 29th, 2014

                Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith and Megan Reed have published "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure" in College & Research Libraries.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This study analyzes the status and background of authors publishing in high-impact library science journals. Twenty-three high-impact journals were selected in this study by both quantitative and qualitative measures, while the analysis of author background focuses on whether the author holds a faculty status position with a tenure track. This study finds that 76 percent of academic librarians have faculty status.

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                  Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review?

                  Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books on August 28th, 2014

                  Ithaka S+R has released Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review?.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  In July 2014, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology Program to help underwrite the development of a new digital prototype for book reviews. This prototype will be a website that supports a digital workflow from the publisher's electronic files all the way through to online publication of the review.

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                    "A Review of the Characteristics of 108 Author-Level Bibliometric Indicators"

                    Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Metrics on August 27th, 2014

                    Lorna Wildgaard, Jesper W. Schneider, and Birger Larsen have self-archived "A Review of the Characteristics of 108 Author-Level Bibliometric Indicators."

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    An increasing demand for bibliometric assessment of individuals has led to a growth of new bibliometric indicators as well as new variants or combinations of established ones. The aim of this review is to contribute with objective facts about the usefulness of bibliometric indicators of the effects of publication activity at the individual level. This paper reviews 108 indicators that can potentially be used to measure performance on the individual author level, and examines the complexity of their calculations in relation to what they are supposed to reflect and ease of end-user application.

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                      "The Big Picture: Scholarly Publishing Trends 2014"

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 26th, 2014

                      Pippa Smart has published "The Big Picture: Scholarly Publishing Trends 2014" in Science Editing.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      Technical solutions have attempted to address the growth in research but have sometimes added to the tsunami of information and increased the need to manage quality. To this end experiments with the traditional quality control and dissemination systems have been attempted, but news of improvements are frequently overshadowed by alarms about ethical problems. There is particular concern about some of the new publishers who are not adhering to established quality control and ethical practices. Within a potentially fragmenting system, however, there are also emerging collaborative projects helping to knit together the different elements of the publishing landscape to improve quality, linkages and access.

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                        "STM’s New Publishing Licenses Raise Antitrust Concerns Amid Wider Efforts to Pollute Open Access Standards"

                        Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing on August 25th, 2014

                        Ariel Katz has published "STM's New Publishing Licenses Raise Antitrust Concerns Amid Wider Efforts to Pollute Open Access Standards" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        For antitrust purposes, when a group of publishers adopts a set of uniform licenses, or when it recommends that its members adopt them, they tread in the area of antitrust law's core concern: "price fixing". In antitrust lingo the term price fixing is not limited to coordinating on price, but applies to any coordination that affects the quantity, quality, or any other feature of the product. Indeed, "[t]erms of use are no less a part of 'the product,'"[1] and competition between publishers is supposed to ensure optimal license terms just as it is expected to guarantee competitive prices. Therefore, when a group of publishers coordinates license terms, their concerted action is not conceptually different for antitrust purposes from a decision to coordinate subscription fees (downstream) or submission fees (upstream), and when the group represents the leading publishers and affects the majority of publications, antitrust concerns are further heightened.

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