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"Small Scholar-Led Scholarly Journals: Can They Survive and Thrive in an Open Access Future?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 6th, 2016

Heather Morrison has published "Small Scholar-Led Scholarly Journals: Can They Survive and Thrive in an Open Access Future?" in Learned Publishing (open access article).

Here's an excerpt:

This article presents early results of a research project designed to further our understanding of how to ensure that small scholar-led journals can survive and thrive in a global open access knowledge commons. This phase of the research focuses on generation of ideas through interviews and focus groups with 15 participants involved in producing small scholar-led journals that either are or would like to become open access. Although a couple of journals reported that they could survive in an open access future based on existing resources, most were concerned about survival and none expressed confidence that they could thrive in an open-access future.

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    Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University: "Here We Go Again: Latest GSU Ruling an Odd Victory for Libraries"

    Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on April 6th, 2016

    Kevin Smith has published "Here We Go Again: Latest GSU Ruling an Odd Victory for Libraries" in Scholarly Communications @ Duke.

    Here's an excerpt:

    So this ruling, like each ruling in the case, is clearly a disaster for the plaintiff publishers. Once again it establishes that there is significant space for fair use in higher education, even when that use is not transformative. Nevertheless, it is a difficult victory for libraries, in the sense that the analysis it uses is not one we can replicate; we simply do not have access to the extensive data about revenue, of which Judge Evans makes such complex use.

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      Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015

      Posted in ERM/Discovery Systems, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 5th, 2016

      Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015 .

      Here's an excerpt:

      Ithaka S+R's survey of US faculty members has been fielded regularly since 2000. This project provides a periodic snapshot of practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage. The scholar-centric nature of the questionnaire ensures that potential changes in research and teaching inform our thinking, not only about academic libraries and scholarly publishing, but about changes in the educational enterprise more broadly.

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        How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications

        Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Research Tools, Scholarly Journals on March 30th, 2016

        Simon Inger Consulting Ltd has released How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This report is the output of a large-scale survey of readers of scholarly publications (n=40439) and their behaviour in the discovery of journal articles and online books. The survey was conducted during October, November, and December of 2015. While usage statistics and analytics gathered by publishers, libraries and intermediaries can give us a partial view of discovery behaviour, there are many gaps in the knowledge that these can provide which we have endeavoured to fill by aski ng readers what tools they use in discovery.

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          "Open Access, Open Science, Open Society"

          Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 25th, 2016

          Thomas Margoni et al. have self-archived "Open Access, Open Science, Open Society."

          Here's an excerpt:

          The goal of this paper is to demonstrate that Open Access is a key enabler of Open Science, which in turn will lead to a more Open Society. Furthermore, the paper argues that while legislative interventions play an important role in the top-down regulation of Open Access, legislators currently lack an informed and systematic vision on the role of Open Access in science and society. In this historical phase, other complementary forms of intervention (bottom-up) appear much more "informed" and effective. This paper, which intends to set the stage for future research, identifies a few pieces of the puzzle: the relationship between formal and informal norms in the field of Open Science and how these impact on intellectual property rights, the protection of personal data, the assessment of science and the technology employed for the communication of science.

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            Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics Publishes 10,000th Article

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 23rd, 2016

            The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) has published its 10,000th article.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            SCOAP3 celebrates the publication of its 10,000th Open Access article. Since the start of its operation in 2014, the initiative has supported Open Access publication of High-Energy-Physics articles in 10 high-quality peer-reviewed journals. More than 18,000 scientists from over 90 countries have benefited from this initiative without any financial or administrative burden, retain copyright of their work and automatically comply with their institutional or funders Open Access mandates.

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              OA2020 Initiative Launched

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 22nd, 2016

              The OA2020 Initiative has launched with an "Expression of Interest in the Large-scale Implementation of Open Access to Scholarly Journals."

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              A growing number of research organizations want to establish an international initiative which aims to convert the majority of today's scholarly journals from subscription to Open Access (OA) publishing. This is the result of the 12th Berlin Open Access Conference hosted by the Max Planck Society in December 2015. An Expression of Interest, published today and already adopted by thirty signatories, invites all parties involved in scholarly publishing to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large.

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                "Open Access Publishing in Higher Education: Charting the Challenging Course to Academic and Financial Sustainability"

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on March 21st, 2016

                Mark I. Greenberg has published "Open Access Publishing in Higher Education: Charting the Challenging Course to Academic and Financial Sustainability" in the Journal of Educational Controversy.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The benefits, pitfalls, and sustainability of open access publishing are hotly debated. Commercial publishers dominate the marketplace and oppose alternative publishing models that threaten their bottom line. Scholars' use of open access remains relatively limited due to awareness and perceived benefits to their professional goals. Readership of open access publications is generally strong, but some people disagree that more readers leads to increased citations and research impact. Libraries have grown their influence by supporting and promoting open access, but these efforts come with significant financial costs. Today, open access has flourished most significantly as a philosophy: the belief that the world's scholarship should be freely available to readers and that publicly funded research, in particular, should be accessible to the taxpayers who paid for it.

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                  "Researchers’ Adoption of an Institutional Central Fund for Open-Access Article-Processing Charges: A Case Study Using Innovation Diffusion Theory"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 18th, 2016

                  Stephen Pinfield and Christine Middleton have published "Researchers' Adoption of an Institutional Central Fund for Open-Access Article-Processing Charges: A Case Study Using Innovation Diffusion Theory" in SAGE Open.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  This article analyzes researchers' adoption of an institutional central fund (or faculty publication fund) for open-access (OA) article-processing charges (APCs) to contribute to a wider understanding of take-up of OA journal publishing ("Gold" OA). Quantitative data, recording central fund usage at the University of Nottingham from 2006 to 2014, are analyzed alongside qualitative data from institutional documentation. The importance of the settings of U.K. national policy developments and international OA adoption trends are considered. Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) is used as an explanatory framework.

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                    Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on March 17th, 2016

                    The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication has released a draft of Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences for comment.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    This report identifies ways through which subscription-based scholarly journals have converted their publishing models to open access (OA). The major goal was to identify specific scenarios that have been used or proposed for transitioning subscription journals to OA so that these scenarios can provide options for others seeking to "flip" their journals to OA.

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                      "The FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship"

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Publishing on March 17th, 2016

                      Mark D. Wilkinson et al. have published "The FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship" in Scientific Data.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      A diverse set of stakeholders-representing academia, industry, funding agencies, and scholarly publishers-have come together to design and jointly endorse a concise and measurable set of principles that we refer to as the FAIR Data Principles. The intent is that these may act as a guideline for those wishing to enhance the reusability of their data holdings.

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                        "Creative Commons Licenses: Empowering Open Access"

                        Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing on March 14th, 2016

                        Thomas Margoni and Diane M. Peters have self-archived "Creative Commons Licenses: Empowering Open Access."

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Open access (OA) is a concept that in recent years has acquired popularity and widespread recognition. International statements and scholarly analysis converge on the following main characteristics of open access: free availability on the public Internet, permission for any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, and link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, and use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the Internet itself. The only legal constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

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