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Digital Legal Deposit, An IPA Special Report

Posted in Copyright, Legislation and Government Regulation, Publishing on August 21st, 2014

The International Publishers Association has released Digital Legal Deposit, An IPA Special Report.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

A new IPA report reveals how policies and processes are being developed and implemented which allow digital content, whether in the form of e-books, journals, blogs or website content, to be collected and archived. It contains in-depth analysis of schemes in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Italy, as well as details from Japan, China, Brazil, the United States, Australia and Canada.

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    U.S. Department of Energy Public Access Plan

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on August 21st, 2014

    U.S. Department of Energy has released its Public Access Plan.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The Department proposes to host, a portal and a search interface tool, the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), to enhance the discoverability of unclassified and otherwise unrestricted scholarly publications resulting from DOE funding. PAGES will provide metadata and abstracts for such publications in a way that is open, readable, and available for bulk download. The PAGES metadata catalog will be included in the Department's Enterprise Data Inventory and Public Data Listing. PAGES will also link to the full text VoR hosted by the publisher when the article is available on the publisher's site openly and without charge. In instances where this is not the case, PAGES will link to a full-text version of the accepted manuscript twelve months from the article publication date and then link to the VoR when and if it becomes available. Metadata accompanying the accepted manuscript, e.g., author name, journal title, and digital object identifier (DOI) for the VoR, ensures that attribution to authors, journals, and original publishers will be maintained.

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      eLife Research Advances Allows Authors to Update Their Papers

      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 19th, 2014

      eLife has announced Research Advances, which allows authors to update their papers.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      The new article format, which we have named Research Advances, is for new results that build on previously published Research Articles or Short Reports in an important way. Authors will therefore be able to report progress in their research programs rapidly and efficiently when it is judged to be a substantial addition to the original work. These contributions might use a new technique or a different experimental design to generate results that strengthen, refine or even challenge the conclusions of the original research paper.

      On a historical note, the University of Houston Libraries' e-journal The Public-Access Computer Systems Review began to offer authors the option of updating articles in 1995. For example, the 1995 "The Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS): Building a Digital Archive Using Imaging, OCR, and Natural Language Processing Technologies" and the 1998 "The Heinz Electronic Library Interactive Online System (HELIOS): An Update."

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        "Technology and Digital Scholarship"

        Posted in Digital Culture, Publishing on July 17th, 2014

        Robert Harington has published "Technology and Digital Scholarship" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

        Here's an excerpt:

        According to The Guardian, 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, but less than 1% of this information has been analyzed. The question for academic publishers and societies is one of comprehension. How do we assimilate these data?

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          "Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories"

          Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on July 16th, 2014

          Hélène Prostand Joachim Schöpfel have published "Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories" in D-Lib Magazine.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Institutional repositories, green road and backbone of the open access movement, contain a growing number of items that are metadata without full text, metadata with full text only for authorized users, and items that are under embargo or that are restricted to on-campus access. This paper provides a short overview of relevant literature and presents empirical results from a survey of 25 institutional repositories that contain more than 2 million items. The intention is to evaluate their degree of openness with specific attention to different categories of documents (journal articles, books and book chapters, conference communications, electronic theses and dissertations, reports, working papers) and thus to contribute to a better understanding of their features and dynamics. We address the underlying question of whether this lack of openness is temporary due to the transition from traditional scientific communication to open access infrastructures and services, or here to stay, as a basic feature of the new and complex cohabitation of institutional repositories and commercial publishing.

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            "Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce"

            Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication on July 15th, 2014

            John P. A. Ioannidis et al. have published "Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce" in PLOS ONE.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The proportion of the scientific workforce that maintains a continuous uninterrupted stream of publications each and every year over many years is very limited, but it accounts for the lion's share of researchers with high citation impact. This finding may have implications for the structure, stability and vulnerability of the scientific workforce.

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              STM Releases Its Own Open Access Licenses

              Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing on July 14th, 2014

              The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) has released its own collection of open access licenses.

              Here's an excerpt:

              STM believes that publishers should have the tools to offer a wide variety of appropriate licensing terms dependent on their economic model and business strategy. To that end, the Association has produced sample licences for a variety of uses within open access publishing.

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                "Implementing CHORUS: Big Decisions Loom for Publishers"

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 10th, 2014

                Angela Cochran has published "Implementing CHORUS: Big Decisions Loom for Publishers" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The implementation is not without complications. Publishers need to make some pretty serious decisions on how to proceed. The biggest decision may be exactly what to expose in order to comply with any forthcoming public access mandates. The options are to make the accepted manuscripts (AM) publicly available for papers derived from federal funds or to allow access to the final PDF or version of record (VoR). Either is acceptable under federal requirements.

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                  Innovation in E-book Lending

                  Posted in E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on July 8th, 2014

                  The International Publishers Association has released Innovation in E-book Lending.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  This special report assesses recent developments in e-lending, both in the trade and the academic sector, studying innovative approaches from the US, France, Sweden and Brazil. What these different projects have in common is that they are based on licenses which provide libraries with the conditions to acquire and lending e-books while putting publishers in control of lending terms. This allows publishers not just to protect their revenue streams, but to expand them.

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                    Preserving eBooks

                    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on July 7th, 2014

                    The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Preserving eBooks.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Written by Portico's Amy Kirchhoff and Sheila Morrissey, and published in association with Charles Beagrie Ltd., this report discusses the current developments and issues with which public, national and higher education libraries, publishers, aggregators and preservation institutions must contend to ensure long-term access to eBook content.

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                      SCOAP3 Has Published 2,000 Articles

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 3rd, 2014

                      The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) has published 2,000 articles.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      Two thousand Open Access articles have been published with SCOAP3 funding since January 2014 in 10 journals from 11 publishers and learned societies. These articles are released under a CC-BY license, and openly accessible on publishers websites. In addition, articles are also immediately available on the SCOAP3 repository at repo.scoap3.org in several formats, including PDF/A and XML for text-mining and other purposes. Scientists from over 80 countries have freely published in SCOAP journals so far.

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                        Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey June 2014

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 1st, 2014

                        Taylor & Francis has released the Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey June 2014.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        In the first few months of 2014 Taylor & Francis carried out a worldwide survey, with the aim of exploring journal authors' views on open access.

                        Having previously conducted a survey on open access in 2013, we have been able to see how authors' opinions have developed, and whether the discussion and debate on open access has helped to inform and shape views.

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