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"Confronting the Crisis in Scientific Publishing: Latency, Licensing and Access"

Posted in Copyright, Licenses, Publishing on October 11th, 2012

Jorge L. Contreras has self-archived "Confronting the Crisis in Scientific Publishing: Latency, Licensing and Access" in the American University Washington College of Law Digital Commons.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article, I propose an alternative private ordering solution based on latency values observed in open access stakeholder negotiation settings. Under this proposal, research institutions would collectively develop and adopt publication agreements that do not transfer copyright ownership to publishers, but instead grant publishers a one-year exclusive period in which to publish a work. This limited period of exclusivity should enable the publisher to recoup its costs and a reasonable profit through subscription revenues, while restoring control of the article copyright to the author at the end of the exclusivity period. This balanced approach addresses the needs of both publishers and the scientific community, and would, I believe, avoid many of the challenges faced by existing open access models.

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    New Open Access Series from UC Berkeley: California Classical Studies

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing on October 10th, 2012

    The University of California, Berkeley's Department of Classics has established a new open access series, California Classical Studies.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The series is intended to provide a peer-reviewed open-access venue for disseminating basic research, data-heavy research, including archaeological research, and highly specialized research of the kind that is either hard to place with the leading publishers in Classics or extremely expensive for libraries and individuals when produced by a leading academic publisher. . . .

    Apart from aiming to publish 15 titles in the first three to four years, the startup phase will also test different workflows for production and assess the impact of various pricing models for Print on Demand and ebook versions. Some works will have images, plans, datasets, or other material offered only online. While every work will be available in full for page view from the date of first appearance, the series will experiment with the feasibility of shorter and longer embargo periods, or no embargo period, before free download of a full PDF is made available. Finally, the project is intended to find a path to sustainability, which will depend partly on how much revenue can be generated from sales and how far down production costs can be driven, but also on the willingness of institutions, administrators, and individual scholars with access to research grants to make an initial investment in open-access scholarly communication rather than bear the costs of library purchases and especially of ongoing licensing fees for digital material controlled by major publishers.

    | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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      Hathitrust Wins Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. Hathitrust et al. Case

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on October 10th, 2012

      James Grimmelmann reports in "HathiTrust Wins" that Hathitrust has won the Authors Guild, Inc. et al. v. Hathitrust et al. case .

      Here's an excerpt:

      On every substantive copyright issue, HathiTrust won:

      • Section 108 on library privileges doesn't limit the scope of fair use.
      • A search index and access for the print-disabled are both fair uses.
      • Search indexing is a transformative use.
      • The libraries aren't making commercial uses, even though they partnered with Google to get the scans.
      • The plaintiffs haven't proven that HahiTrust is creating any security risks.
      • There is no market for scanning and print-disabled access, nor is one likely to develop.
      • UM is required under the ADA to provide equal access to the print-disabled, and is allowed to under Section 121 of the Copyright Act.

      | Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications | Digital Scholarship |

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        Google and Publishers Settle Seven-Year-Old Copyright Lawsuit over Google Library Project

        Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on October 4th, 2012

        Google and the Association of American Publishers have settled the copyright lawsuit over Google Library Project. The related Authors Guild lawsuit has not been settled.

        Here's an excerpt from the Google press release:

        The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Google on October 19, 2005 by five AAP member publishers. As the settlement is between the parties to the litigation, the court is not required to approve its terms.

        The settlement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright-holders. US publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project. Those deciding not to remove their works will have the option to receive a digital copy for their use.

        Apart from the settlement, US publishers can continue to make individual agreements with Google for use of their other digitally-scanned works. . . .

        Google Books allows users to browse up to 20% of books and then purchase digital versions through Google Play. Under the agreement, books scanned by Google in the Library Project can now be included by publishers.

        See also the AAP press release.

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          Open Access: SCOAP3 Launched

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2012

          The SCOAP3 open access initiative has been launched at a meeting at CERN, and it will become operational in 2014.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          In the SCOAP3 model, libraries and funding agencies pool resources currently used to subscribe to journal content and use them to support the peer-review system directly instead. Journal publishers then make their articles Open Access, which means that anyone can read them. Authors retain the copyright, and generous licenses for re-use are used.

          Publishers of 12 journals, accounting for the vast majority of articles in the field, have been identified for participation in SCOAP3 through an open and competitive process, and the SCOAP3 initiative looks forward to establishing more partnerships with key institutions in Europe, America and Asia as it moves through the technical steps of organizing the re-direction of funds from the current subscription model to a common internationally coordinated fund.

          | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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            "Understanding and Making Use of Academic Authors’ Open Access Rights"

            Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 30th, 2012

            David R. Hansen has published "Understanding and Making Use of Academic Authors' Open Access Rights" in the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

            Here's an excerpt:

            METHODS To understand the scope of author-retained rights (including the right to purchase hybrid or other open access options) at some sample universities, author-rights data through the SHERPA/RoMEO API was combined with individual article citations (from Thomson Reuters' Web of Science) for works published over a one-year period (2011) and authored by individuals affiliated with five major U.S. research universities. RESULTS Authors retain significant rights in the articles that they create. Of the 29,322 unique articles authored over the one year period at the five universities, 28.83 percent could be archived in final PDF form and 87.95 percent could be archived as the post-print version. Nearly 43.47 percent also provided authors the choice of purchasing a hybrid paid open access option. DISCUSSION A significant percentage of current published output could be archived with little or no author intervention. With prior approval through an open access policy or otherwise, article manuscripts or final PDFs can be obtained and archived by library staff, and hybrid paid-OA options could be negotiated and exploited by library administrators.

            | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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              Important Changes for Users and Participants of the Open Access Tracking Project

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on September 16th, 2012

              The Open Access Tracking Project is migrating to TagTeam.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) is moving to TagTeam.

              If you previously subscribed to OATP feeds as a reader, or helped build OATP feeds as a tagger, this page explains how to continue with the TagTeam version of the project. If you haven't previously participated in OATP, this page explains how to get started.

              • As a reader, you should stop subscribing to the Connotea versions of the OATP feeds and start subscribing to the TagTeam versions. Starting September 17, 2012, only the TagTeam versions will be comprehensive.
              • As a tagger, you may continue to tag at Connotea if you wish. But you are now free to tag for OATP from other tagging platforms as well. Either way, you'll have to tell TagTeam to follow your OATP tagging activity.

              | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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                Budapest Open Access Initiative Issues Recommendations for Next Ten Years of Open Access Development

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 12th, 2012

                The Budapest Open Access Initiative has issued recommendations for the next ten years of open access development.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Ten years ago the Budapest Open Access Initiative launched a worldwide campaign for open access (OA) to all new peer-reviewed research. It didn't invent the idea of OA. On the contrary, it deliberately drew together existing projects to explore how they might "work together to achieve broader, deeper, and faster success." But the BOAI was the first initiative to use the term "open access" for this purpose, the first to articulate a public definition, the first to propose complementary strategies for realizing OA, the first to generalize the call for OA to all disciplines and countries, and the first to be accompanied by significant funding. . . .

                The problems that previously held up the adoption and implementation of OA are solved, and the solutions are spreading. But until OA spreads further, the problems for which OA is a solution will remain largely unsolved. In this statement, we reaffirm the ends and means of the original BOAI, and recommit ourselves to make progress. But in addition, we specifically set the new goal that within the next ten years, OA will become the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and country.

                | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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