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"The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 18th, 2014

Clifford Lynch has published "The Need for Research Data Inventories and the Vision for SHARE" in Information Standards Quarterly.

Here's an excerpt:

There is a major movement calling for public access to the results of funded research, both in the US and globally. In parallel with these developments has been a growing focus on the importance of research data management across all fields of scholarship- essentially the idea that appropriate stewardship of data used in or arising from research is essential to preserving, communicating, and replicating scholarship. SHARE (Shared Access Research Ecosystem) is a joint project of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the two key higher education presidential associations, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU); ARL, with generous grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and the US Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is leading the implementation effort. This article briefly summarize the potential role of SHARE in the overall scheme of managing research data, with some emphasis on the importance of standards (both existing and to be developed) for making this vision a reality.

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    "A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on September 16th, 2014

    Alexis Seeley et al. have published "A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access" in D-Lib Magazine.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output.

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      "How Many Citations Are There in the Data Citation Index?"

      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing on September 11th, 2014

      Daniel Torres-Salinas et al. have self-archived "How Many Citations Are There in the Data Citation Index?."

      Here's an excerpt:

      Descriptive analysis on the citation distribution of the Thomson Reuters' Data Citation Index by publication type and four broad areas: Science, Engineering & Technology, Humanities & Arts and Social Sciences.

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        Barnes & Noble and John Wiley & Sons Issue Quarterly Reports

        Posted in Publishing on September 10th, 2014

        Barnes & Noble and John Wiley & Sons have released their quarterly reports.

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          Google Settles American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. et al. v. Google Inc.

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on September 8th, 2014

          Google has settled the American Society of Media Photographers, Inc. et al. v. Google Inc. lawsuit. The agreement is confidential.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          The agreement resolves a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google in April, 2010, bringing to an end more than four years of litigation. It does not involve any admission of liability by Google. As the settlement is between the parties to the litigation, the court is not required to approve its terms.

          This settlement does not affect Google's current litigation with the Authors Guild or otherwise address the underlying questions in that suit.

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            "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure"

            Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on August 29th, 2014

            Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith and Megan Reed have published "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure" in College & Research Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This study analyzes the status and background of authors publishing in high-impact library science journals. Twenty-three high-impact journals were selected in this study by both quantitative and qualitative measures, while the analysis of author background focuses on whether the author holds a faculty status position with a tenure track. This study finds that 76 percent of academic librarians have faculty status.

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              Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review?

              Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books on August 28th, 2014

              Ithaka S+R has released Faster and Cheaper: Can a Digital-Centric Workflow Transform the Book Review?.

              Here's an excerpt:

              In July 2014, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Digital Information Technology Program to help underwrite the development of a new digital prototype for book reviews. This prototype will be a website that supports a digital workflow from the publisher's electronic files all the way through to online publication of the review.

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                "A Review of the Characteristics of 108 Author-Level Bibliometric Indicators"

                Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Metrics on August 27th, 2014

                Lorna Wildgaard, Jesper W. Schneider, and Birger Larsen have self-archived "A Review of the Characteristics of 108 Author-Level Bibliometric Indicators."

                Here's an excerpt:

                An increasing demand for bibliometric assessment of individuals has led to a growth of new bibliometric indicators as well as new variants or combinations of established ones. The aim of this review is to contribute with objective facts about the usefulness of bibliometric indicators of the effects of publication activity at the individual level. This paper reviews 108 indicators that can potentially be used to measure performance on the individual author level, and examines the complexity of their calculations in relation to what they are supposed to reflect and ease of end-user application.

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                  "The Big Picture: Scholarly Publishing Trends 2014"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on August 26th, 2014

                  Pippa Smart has published "The Big Picture: Scholarly Publishing Trends 2014" in Science Editing.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Technical solutions have attempted to address the growth in research but have sometimes added to the tsunami of information and increased the need to manage quality. To this end experiments with the traditional quality control and dissemination systems have been attempted, but news of improvements are frequently overshadowed by alarms about ethical problems. There is particular concern about some of the new publishers who are not adhering to established quality control and ethical practices. Within a potentially fragmenting system, however, there are also emerging collaborative projects helping to knit together the different elements of the publishing landscape to improve quality, linkages and access.

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                    "STM’s New Publishing Licenses Raise Antitrust Concerns Amid Wider Efforts to Pollute Open Access Standards"

                    Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing on August 25th, 2014

                    Ariel Katz has published "STM's New Publishing Licenses Raise Antitrust Concerns Amid Wider Efforts to Pollute Open Access Standards" in LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    For antitrust purposes, when a group of publishers adopts a set of uniform licenses, or when it recommends that its members adopt them, they tread in the area of antitrust law's core concern: "price fixing". In antitrust lingo the term price fixing is not limited to coordinating on price, but applies to any coordination that affects the quantity, quality, or any other feature of the product. Indeed, "[t]erms of use are no less a part of 'the product,'"[1] and competition between publishers is supposed to ensure optimal license terms just as it is expected to guarantee competitive prices. Therefore, when a group of publishers coordinates license terms, their concerted action is not conceptually different for antitrust purposes from a decision to coordinate subscription fees (downstream) or submission fees (upstream), and when the group represents the leading publishers and affects the majority of publications, antitrust concerns are further heightened.

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                      Digital Legal Deposit, An IPA Special Report

                      Posted in Copyright, Legislation and Government Regulation, Publishing on August 21st, 2014

                      The International Publishers Association has released Digital Legal Deposit, An IPA Special Report.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      A new IPA report reveals how policies and processes are being developed and implemented which allow digital content, whether in the form of e-books, journals, blogs or website content, to be collected and archived. It contains in-depth analysis of schemes in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Italy, as well as details from Japan, China, Brazil, the United States, Australia and Canada.

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                        U.S. Department of Energy Public Access Plan

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on August 21st, 2014

                        U.S. Department of Energy has released its Public Access Plan.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        The Department proposes to host, a portal and a search interface tool, the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), to enhance the discoverability of unclassified and otherwise unrestricted scholarly publications resulting from DOE funding. PAGES will provide metadata and abstracts for such publications in a way that is open, readable, and available for bulk download. The PAGES metadata catalog will be included in the Department's Enterprise Data Inventory and Public Data Listing. PAGES will also link to the full text VoR hosted by the publisher when the article is available on the publisher's site openly and without charge. In instances where this is not the case, PAGES will link to a full-text version of the accepted manuscript twelve months from the article publication date and then link to the VoR when and if it becomes available. Metadata accompanying the accepted manuscript, e.g., author name, journal title, and digital object identifier (DOI) for the VoR, ensures that attribution to authors, journals, and original publishers will be maintained.

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