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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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          Emerald Announces Zero Embargo Trial for Library and Information Science Journals

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 15th, 2015

          Emerald has announced a zero embargo trial for library and information science journals.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice, today announces the launch of its Green Open Access, Zero Embargo trial, applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company's Library and Information Science (LIS) and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals.

          This change allows authors to deposit the post-print version of the article into their respective institutional repository immediately upon official publication, rather than after Emerald's 24 month embargo period for mandated articles. . . .

          The evaluation of this trial will help to inform future Emerald Open Access initiatives. Emerald will work with its Librarian Advisory Group to assess the impact of the trial, by monitoring the quality and volume of submissions, feedback from authors, and readership figures from both the Emerald platform and institutional repositories.

          See also: "Emerald and Open Access."

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            "Dutch Universities Start Elsevier Boycott—Will This Be a Game Changer or Will Publisher Profits Remain Unaffected?"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on July 9th, 2015

            LSE Impact of Social Sciences has released "Dutch Universities Start Elsevier Boycott—Will This Be a Game Changer or Will Publisher Profits Remain Unaffected?."

            Here's an excerpt:

            Led by vice chancellors, Dutch universities have recently announced plans for a country-wide boycott of the academic publisher Elsevier. This boycott has the potential to be a significant game changer in the relationship between the research community and the world's largest academic publisher. But how will it affect open access momentum in the UK and around the world? Here we have brought together two expert views on the subject. Danny Kingsley, the Head of Scholarly Communication at University of Cambridge and Steven Harnad, longtime advocate for open access, share their views on what the Dutch boycott can hope to achieve.

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              "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 7th, 2015

              Danny Kingsley has published "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?" in Unlocking Research.

              Here's an excerpt:

              A long running dispute between Dutch universities and Elsevier has taken an interesting turn. Yesterday Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University who has been negotiating with scientific publishers about an open access policy on behalf of Dutch universities with his colleague Gerard Meijer, announced a plan to start boycotting Elsevier.

              As a first step in boycotting the publisher, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has asked all scientists that are editor in chief of a journal published by Elsevier to give up their post. If this way of putting pressure on the publishers does not work, the next step would be to ask reviewers to stop working for Elsevier. After that, scientists could be asked to stop publishing in Elsevier journals. . . .

              The 2015 Dutch boycott is significant. Typically negotiations with publishers occur at an institutional level and with representatives from the university libraries. This makes sense as libraries have long standing relationships with publishers and understand the minutiae of the licencing processes . However the Dutch negotiations have been led by the Vice Chancellors of the universities. It is a country-wide negotiation at the highest level. And Vice Chancellors have the ability to request behaviour change of their research communities.

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                Public Knowledge Project Announces Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 6th, 2015

                Public Knowledge Project has announced its Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study. This two-year initiative, in collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and other important stakeholders, will explore the feasibility of establishing publishing cooperatives that bring together libraries, journals, scholarly societies, presses, and others as a financially sustainable open access model for peer-reviewed scholarly publishing. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is providing a grant of $460,000 to support the project.

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                  Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination

                  Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Communication on July 6th, 2015

                  OCLC Research has released Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  Key highlights include:

                  • As the scholarly record continues to evolve, conscious coordination will become an important organizing principle for stewardship models.
                  • Past stewardship models were built on an "invisible hand" approach that relied on the uncoordinated, institution-scale efforts of individual academic libraries acting autonomously to maintain local collections.
                  • Future stewardship of the evolving scholarly record requires conscious coordination of context, commitments, specialization, and reciprocity.
                  • With conscious coordination, local stewardship efforts leverage scale by collecting more of less.
                  • Keys to conscious coordination include right-scaling consolidation, cooperation, and community mix.
                  • Reducing transaction costs and building trust facilitate conscious coordination.
                  • Incentives to participate in cooperative stewardship activities should be linked to broader institutional priorities.

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                    "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era"

                    Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 3rd, 2015

                    Vincent Larivière et al. have published "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era" in PLOS ONE.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers' high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over time and across various disciplines, has not yet been analyzed. This paper provides such analysis, based on 45 million documents indexed in the Web of Science over the period 1973-2013. It shows that in both natural and medical sciences (NMS) and social sciences and humanities (SSH), Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis increased their share of the published output, especially since the advent of the digital era (mid-1990s). Combined, the top five most prolific publishers account for more than 50% of all papers published in 2013. Disciplines of the social sciences have the highest level of concentration (70% of papers from the top five publishers), while the humanities have remained relatively independent (20% from top five publishers). NMS disciplines are in between, mainly because of the strength of their scientific societies, such as the ACS in chemistry or APS in physics. The paper also examines the migration of journals between small and big publishing houses and explores the effect of publisher change on citation impact. It concludes with a discussion on the economics of scholarly publishing.

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                      "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management"

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

                      Adelia Grabowsky has published "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management" in Virginia Libraries.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      This article examines if and how the integration of OA materials has changed collection and/or access management activities within academic libraries.

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                        Digital Video Recordings from the 2015 Conference: Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs

                        Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2015

                        The Library Publishing Coalition has released digital video recordings from the 2015 Conference: Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs.

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