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"Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on November 16th, 2015

Sandra L. De Groote et al. have published "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles" in PLoS One.

Here's an excerpt:

Purpose

To examine whether National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded articles that were archived in PubMed Central (PMC) after the release of the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy show greater scholarly impact than comparable articles not archived in PMC. . . .

Results

A total of 45,716 articles were examined, including 7,960 with NIH-funding. An analysis of the number of times these articles were cited found that NIH-funded 2006 articles in PMC were not cited significantly more than NIH-funded non-PMC articles. However, 2009 NIH funded articles in PMC were cited 26% more than 2009 NIH funded articles not in PMC, 5 years after publication. This result is highly significant even after controlling for journal (as a proxy of article quality and topic).

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The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on November 13th, 2015

Michael Elliott has self-archived The Future of the Monograph in the Digital Era: A Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Here's an excerpt:

Over the course of six months, our working group endeavored to consider whether a model of university-funded monograph publication could improve the publishing landscape for scholars in the humanities and facilitate the "digital transition" that Berkery foresees. Under such a model, a university would bear a high percentage of the publication costs through an initial contract. The university press would produce a high quality, open-access digital publication, as well as make the book available in print form—possibly through print-on-demand.

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"ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 13th, 2015

ARL has released ""ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access."

Here's an excerpt:

Following in the footsteps of other editors and authors, the six editors and thirty-one editorial board members of the Elsevier journal Lingua resigned on October 27, 2015, in protest of Elsevier's practices. The Lingua editors argued that the journal's price has steadily increased year after year, far outpacing the cost of production. The editors also cited Elsevier's refusal to transition the journal to a "fair open access" model that would charge low and transparent article processing fees for authors, while allowing authors to retain copyright to their articles.

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"The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on November 12th, 2015

Andrew Barker has published "The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher" in Insights: the UKSG Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Providing students with sufficient copies of core textbooks is an increasing challenge in an age of ever higher fees, economic realities and heightened student expectations regarding provision of library resources. This article outlines the partnership between the University of Liverpool Library and Liverpool University Press (LUP), which has progressed from the creation of a library advisory board to the co-creation of two bespoke and open access (OA) e-textbooks as part of a Jisc-funded project. It tells the story of why we have gone down this route at Liverpool and what we hope to gain from the creation of these e-textbooks.

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"Maximizing the Benefits of Open Access: Strategies for Enhancing the Discovery of Open Access Content"

Posted in OPACs/Discovery Systems, Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 8th, 2015

Maria Bonn has published "Maximizing the Benefits of Open Access: Strategies for Enhancing the Discovery 0f Open Access Content" in College & Research Libraries News.

Here's an excerpt:

To achieve some economies of scale in library acquisition of OA publications, we should leverage the library crown and work the library network. There's no point in libraries all over the world laboriously replicating the same work of evaluation, selection, and acquisition when they have the tools, methods, and community to work in collaboration. Subject specialists might organize themselves in clusters to share the initial work of discovery and establish criteria for evaluation that can be collectively trusted

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BioMed Central Implements Author Contributorship Badges

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 6th, 2015

BioMed Central has implemented Author Contributorship Badges.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

To receive credit for their work, researchers must publish. However, the traditional author list on scientific research articles provides little clarification as to who actually did what on the project. Conventions around author order often mean that key contributors to research are either left off the author list entirely, or given a position that provides no real "credit" in the grant-awarding/career ladder ecosystem.

The introduction of Author Contributorship Badges is an effort to solve this problem by crediting authors for the specific ways in which they contributed to a study. For example, it might distinguish whether the author drafted the copy, verified the results or curated the data for the project. A visual badge which illustrates their full contribution will be made available on the article page and on the ORCID site.

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"’Predatory’ Open Access: A Longitudinal Study of Article Volumes and Market Characteristics"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 5th, 2015

Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Björk have published "'Predatory' Open Access: A Longitudinal Study of Article Volumes and Market Characteristics" in BMC Medicine.

Here's an excerpt:

Despite a total number of journals and publishing volumes comparable to respectable (indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals) open access journals, the problem of predatory open access seems highly contained to just a few countries, where the academic evaluation practices strongly favor international publication, but without further quality checks.

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Serials Price Projections for 2016

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on October 2nd, 2015

EBSCO has released Serials Price Projections for 2016.

Here's an excerpt:

At the time of writing, we expect the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries for 2016 (before currency impact) to be in the range of 4 to 6 percent.

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Research Library Issues, no. 287

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2015

ARL has released Research Library Issues, no. 287.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 287, an issue in which Rikk Mulligan offers an overview of the history of scholarly communication from its beginnings in the 17th century to recent innovations in digital and hybrid publishing.

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"An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 1st, 2015

Cheryl LaGuardia has published "An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access" in Library Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Because hybrid is no-risk, it has spread like wildfire. I used to think that was good, since at least it gave publishers first-hand experience with the economics of fee-based OA journals. But I changed my mind about that years ago

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Open Library of Humanities Launched

Posted in Digital Humanities, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 29th, 2015

The Open Library of Humanities has been launched.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

North Beach, San Francisco It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the Open Library of Humanities. Over two years in the planning and execution, the platform starts with seven journals, supported by 99 institutions. Our estimated publication volume for year one is 150 articles across these venues. The economics of this work out at approximately £4 ($6) per institution per open-access article.

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Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on September 21st, 2015

The Universities UK's Open Access Co-ordination Group has released Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group.

Here's an excerpt:

This study was commissioned in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented here are thus a first attempt at generating such indicators covering five sets of issues:

  • OA options available to authors . . . .
  • Accessibility. . . .
  • Usage. . . .
  • Financial sustainability for universities . . . .
  • Financial sustainability for learned societies

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