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"Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Jere Odell, Kristi Palmer, and Emily Dill have published "Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

Access to scholarship in the health sciences has greatly increased in the last decade. The adoption of the 2008 U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy and the launch of successful open access journals in health sciences have done much to move the exchange of scholarship beyond the subscription-only model. One might assume, therefore, that scholars publishing in the health sciences would be more supportive of these changes. However, the results of this survey of attitudes on a campus with a large medical faculty show that health science respondents were uncertain of the value of recent changes in the scholarly communication system.

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"Cost Estimates of an Open Access Mandate for Monographs in the UK’s Third Research Excellence Framework"

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on November 14th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Martin Paul Eve et al. have published "Cost Estimates of an Open Access Mandate for Monographs in the UK's Third Research Excellence Framework" in Insights.

Here's an excerpt:

The recent ‘Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework' (REF) in the UK contains an annex that signals the extension of the open access mandate to monographs. In the service of promoting discussion, rather than prescribing a forward route, this article estimates the costs of implementing such a mandate based on REF 2014 volume, taking the criteria signalled in the annex, and identifies funding sources that could support it. We estimate that to publish 75% of anticipated monographic submission output for the next REF would require approximately £96m investment over the census period. This is equivalent to £19.2m per year. Academic library budgets as they are currently apportioned would not support this cost. However, these sums are but a fraction of the total quality-related funding, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council budgets. We close with a series of provocative suggestions for how the mandate could be implemented.

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"Journal Flipping or a Public Open Access Infrastructure? What Kind of Open Access Future Do We Want?"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 27th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Tony Ross-Hellauer and Benedikt Fecher have published "Journal Flipping or a Public Open Access Infrastructure? What Kind of Open Access Future Do We Want?" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

Open access (OA) is advocated by science funders, policymakers and researchers alike. It will most likely be the default way of publishing in the not-so-distant future. Nonetheless, the dominant approach to achieve OA at the moment—journal flipping—could have adverse long-term effects for science. To try to stir debate, we here present two dichotomic scenarios for open access in 20 years' time [journal flipping vs. a public open access infrastructure].

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"Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 27th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Martin Spann et al. have published "Pay What You Want as a Pricing Model for Open Access Publishing?" in Communications of the ACM.

Here's an excerpt:

The observed payments from our experiment together with the preliminary results from other experiments (that is, Cogent OA) indicate that PWYW may work in the context of open access publishing. The results suggest that a substantial fraction of authors do pay APCs voluntarily, in some cases even more than regularly asked.

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"Building a Culture of Data Sharing: Policy Design and Implementation for Research Data Management in Development Research"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on October 26th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Cameron Neylon has published "Building a Culture of Data Sharing: Policy Design and Implementation for Research Data Management in Development Research" in Research Ideas and Outcomes.

Here's an excerpt:

The project had two core findings. First that the shift from an aim of changing behaviour, to changing culture, has both subtle and profound implications for policy design and implementation. A particular finding is that the single point of contact that many data management and sharing policies create where a Data Management Plan is required at grant submission but then not further utilised is at best neutral and likely counter productive in supporting change in researcher culture.

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"Dissertation to Book? A Snapshot of Dissertations Published As Books in 2014 and 2105, Available in Open Access Institutional Repositories"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Self-Archiving on October 26th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Anna Marie Johnson et al. have published "Dissertation to Book? A Snapshot of Dissertations Published As Books in 2014 and 2105, Available in Open Access Institutional Repositories" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

Only a small percentage of books published as dissertations were found in ProQuest and then subsequently in IRs. The number of libraries holding book titles with corresponding dissertations in IRs dropped between 2014 and 2015.

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"’Let the Community Decide’? The Vision and Reality of Soundness-Only Peer Review in Open-Access Mega-Journals"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 25th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Valerie Spezi et al. have published "'Let the Community Decide'? The Vision and Reality of Soundness-Only Peer Review in Open-Access Mega-Journals" in the Journal of Documentation.

Here's an excerpt:

Findings suggest that in reality criteria beyond technical or scientific soundness can and do influence editorial decisions. Deviations from the original OAMJ model are both publisher supported (in the form of requirements for an article to be “worthy” of publication) and practice driven (in the form of some reviewers and editors applying traditional peer review criteria to OAMJ submissions). Also publishers believe post-publication evaluation of novelty, significance and relevance remains problematic.

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The State of Open Data Report 2017

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Repositories, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Self-Archiving on October 24th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Figshare has released The State of Open Data Report 2017.

Here's an excerpt:

Its key finding is that open data has become more embedded in the research community—82% of survey respondents are aware of open data sets and more researchers are curating their data for sharing.

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"Who Owns Digital Science?"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on October 24th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Roger C. Schonfeld has published "Who Owns Digital Science?" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

Here's an excerpt:

Other publishers—and libraries and universities—that are working in collaboration with, or customers of, various Digital Science businesses might wish to give greater attention to the implications. First, Digital Science itself may soon become an operating unit of Springer Nature. Second, this could well yield changes to the Digital Science strategy, if its current model as an investor were to give way to the operating integrations that have been a hallmark of Elsevier’s strategy.

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"Try Our New, Experimental PubMed Search and User Interface in PubMed Labs"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on October 20th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

NCBI has released "Try Our New, Experimental PubMed Search and User Interface in PubMed Labs."

Here's an excerpt:

NLM needs your input. We are experimenting with a new PubMed search algorithm, as well as a modern, mobile-first user interface, and want to know what you think. You can try out these experimental elements at PubMed Labs, a website we created for the very purpose of giving potential new PubMed features a test drive and gathering user opinions.

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"The Next Stage of SocArXiv’s Development: Bringing Greater Transparency and Efficiency to the Peer Review Process"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Disciplinary Archives, E-Prints, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Philip Cohen has published "The Next Stage of SocArXiv's Development: Bringing Greater Transparency and Efficiency to the Peer Review Proces" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Here's an excerpt:

Looking ahead to the next stage of its development, Philip Cohen considers how SocArXiv might challenge the peer review system to be more efficient and transparent, firstly by confronting the bias that leads many who benefit from the status quo to characterise mooted alternatives as extreme. The value and implications of openness at the various decision points in the system must be debated, as should potentially more disruptive innovations such as non-exclusive review and publication or crowdsourcing reviews.

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"Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Walt Crawford has published "Gray OA 2014-2017: A Partial Followup" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large. A "grey journal" is a gold OA journal not in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

It updates article-count and status-code information (but not APC/fee information) for gray OA journals not in DOAJ, adding full-year 2016 article counts and January-June 2017 counts, doubled for ease of comparisons. Journals in Gray OA 2012-2016 that have been added to DOAJ have been removed from the new report.

See also: "Gray OA 2012-2016: Open Access Journals Beyond DOAJ."

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