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Article-Level Metrics—A SPARC Primer

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on April 17th, 2013

SPARC has released Article-Level Metrics—A SPARC Primer.

Here's an excerpt:

Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. ALMs can be employed in conjunction with existing metrics, which have traditionally focused on the long-term impact of a collection of articles (i.e., a journal) based on the number of citations generated. This primer is designed to give campus leaders and other interested parties an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities, and how they can be used in the tenure and promotion process.

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    "Open Access—Are the Barriers to Change Receding?"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 16th, 2013

    Bo-Christer Björk has published "Open Access—Are the Barriers to Change Receding?" in Publications.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The move from subscription only publishing of scholarly articles to open access has been much slower than previously anticipated by many Open Access (OA) advocates. Despite the many advantages that OA offers, this particular branch of E-commerce imposes several formidable barriers to change. A framework conceptualizing these barriers that was developed over a decade ago was revisited to see if the significance of these barriers has changed. Nowadays, building the IT infrastructure, support from indexing services and finding a sustainable business model are no longer important barriers. For gold OA publishing the academic reward system is still a major obstacle, whereas more marketing and critical mass is needed for both gold OA and green OA. Green OA self-archiving is still also strongly affected by what subscription publishers allow. In the overall balance the situation has nevertheless improved significantly.

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      Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level

      Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on April 15th, 2013

      ACLS Humanities E-Book has released Perception Analysis of Scholarly E-Books in the Humanities at the Collegiate Level.

      Here's an excerpt:

      At present, there is significant market confusion regarding e-book selections in the academic marketplace, particularly in the humanities. University acquisition librarians, unsure of what the offerings actually are, have found themselves unsure of where to allocate funds, which has resulted in the postponement of e-book purchases. This paper provides a current assessment of the status of e-book offerings in the humanities.

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        ACRL Makes Entire College & Research Libraries Archive Freely Available

        Posted in ALA, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 15th, 2013

        ACRL has made the entire College & Research Libraries archive freely available.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        "Digitizing the archives of the premier research journal for academic librarianship provides a tremendous new asset for our profession," said ACRL President Steven J. Bell of Temple University. "Creating and sharing this rich resource demonstrates ACRL's ongoing commitment to promote and deliver on the promise of open access. It is a treasure trove of content where the academic librarians of today and tomorrow will delve into our history, understand how we evolved and make new discoveries that could stimulate groundbreaking research and innovation of real benefit to academic librarianship."

        C&RL archival contents from 1939 through 1996 were digitized through the generous volunteer efforts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The library's Digital Content Creation department performed scanning and metadata creation for the approximately 340 back file issues of the journal in 2011 and 2012. The digitized files were added to the journal's online presence with the financial assistance of the ACRL Friends Fund.

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          "Recent Developments in Open Access"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing on April 10th, 2013

          Arthur Sale has self-archived "Recent Developments in Open Access" in UTAS ePrints.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Open Access to the world's research literature has been an obvious development since the emergence of the Internet. To everyone, it appears clear that the costs of disseminating research could drop dramatically. Yet, progress in achieving it is strangely slow. This paper explores recent developments in open access, including:

          • The recent Australian NH&MRC and ARC mandates for open access deposit in university repositories, and how universities are responding to them
          • The UK&'s Finch Report, and Lord Krebs&' Committee Report
          • Recent USA and German developments
          • Gradual growth in open access journals, and the challenge for universities and their libraries of transferring reader-side fees (subscriptions) to author-side fees (publication charges)
          • The emergence of submission fees so that highly selective journals need not transfer all the costs of rejections onto successful articles
          • Fake conferences and journals which exist only to extract attendance or publication fees
          • Newer publishing models
          • The recent emergence of a third route to open access based on social networking.

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            Sustainability of Open Access Services—Report Phase 3: The Collective Provision of Open Access Resources

            Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on March 29th, 2013

            SPARC has released Sustainability of Open Access Services—Report Phase 3: The Collective Provision of Open Access Resources.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This report is the third in a series which examines issues relating to the economic sustainability of critical infrastructure services that support the operation and growth of open-access dissemination of scholarly and scientific research. This report is intended to guide funders and project planners in constructing and coordinating collective funding models capable of supporting open-access infrastructure resources. The report:

            • reviews the fundamentals of robust sustainability modeling (Section 2);
            • outlines the economic and institutional issues that confront those seeking to sustain free infrastructure services and discusses the implications of free models for an initiative's ability to provide an optimal level of service (Section 3); and
            • identifies strategies for overcoming institutional free ridership in the design of funding models and describes practical mechanisms for coordinating the collective provision of infrastructure services (Section 4).

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              "The Determinants of Open Access Publishing: Survey Evidence from Germany"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 28th, 2013

              Thomas Eger, Marc Scheufen, and Daniel Meierrieks have self-archived "The Determinants of Open Access Publishing: Survey Evidence from Germany" in SSRN.

              Here's an excerpt:

              We discuss the results of a survey conducted in fall 2012 and covering 2,151 researchers in Germany. We show that there are significant differences between the scientific disciplines with respect to researcher's awareness of and experience with both open access (OA) journals and self-archiving. Our results reveal that the relevance of OA within a discipline may explain why researchers from particular disciplines do (not) publish OA. Besides, several aspects like copyright law, age, profession or the inherent reward system of a discipline play a role. As a consequence, the paper emphasizes that a "one-size-fits-all" approach as promoted by most recent policy approaches is little promising for providing an effective framework for shaping the future of scholarly publishing.

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                Open Monograph Press, Release 1.0

                Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Books on March 28th, 2013

                The Public Knowledge Project has released the Open Monograph Press, Release 1.0.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                OMP is designed to assist university presses, learned societies, and scholar-publishers interested in publishing scholarly books in print-on-demand and multiple electronic formats, whether on an open access or purchase basis. OMP is intended to:

                • Handle edited volumes, with different authors for each chapter;
                • Involve editors, authors, reviewers, designers, indexers, and others in book production;
                • See submission through multiple rounds of both internal and external reviews;
                • Utilize industry standard ONIX for bookseller metadata requirements (e.g., Amazon);
                • Create document libraries for submissions, recording contracts, permissions, etc.;
                • Handle thumbnail covers in Catalog, as well as Spotlight features; and
                • Enable Series Editors to see books through review to publication.

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