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Bibliometric Study on Dutch Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on January 28th, 2015

The Government of the Netherlands has released Bibliometric Study on Dutch Open Access.

Here's an excerpt:

In this text we will primarily focus on the way Open Access (OA from now on) publications are represented in the Web of Science database. We have collected data for this analysis in two different ways, which leads to different perspectives on OA publishing in the Netherlands. We focus on the output of three smaller scientific nations in Europe, next to the Netherlands we focus on Denmark and Switzerland, as these countries do contest the scientific runner up positions globally after the USA, and are more or less of comparable volume in economic terms.

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    SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 28th, 2015

    SciELO has released SciELO: 15 Years of Open Access.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The creation of SciELO 15 years ago and its further development were driven by two innovative and pioneering approaches: first, the indexing of national quality journals to complement international indexes and the publication of the full texts with free access on the Web in the modality known today as the "Golden Road", which took place about four years before the launch of the Budapest Declaration that is internationally agreed to as the beginning of the Open Access movement; and, second, the cooperative convergence of independent publishers, editors and national research agencies around a common objective to increase the visibility and quality of journals (Packer 1998; Meneghini, 2003; Packer 2009). During this development, SciELO became a standard of quality for the journals it indexes. As of June 2013, the SciELO network covers 15 Ibero-American countries plus South Africa, with each country publishing a national collection of journals in the network. There are also two multinational thematic collections in the network. Together these countries index about one thousand journal titles that publish more than 40 thousand articles per year. To date, the network has published a total of more than 400 thousand open access articles that receive a daily average of over 1.5 million article downloads, 65% as PDF files and 35% as HTML files.

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      "The Open Access Citation Advantage"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 26th, 2015

      SPARC Europe has released "The Open Access Citation Advantage."

      Here's an excerpt:

      The OpCit project has for many years kept up to date a list of studies on whether or not there is a citation advantage for Open Access articles. That project has now completed and the list is no longer being managed. SPARC Europe is pleased to maintain the list henceforth and has brought it up to date.

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        "Why Principal Investigators Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Publish in the Public Library of Science Journals"

        Posted in Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 23rd, 2015

        Nancy Pontika has published "Why Principal Investigators Funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Publish in the Public Library of Science Journals" in Information Research.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The Institutes-funded investigators submitted to the Public Library of Science journals because they favour the high impact factor, fast publication speed, fair peer-review system and the articles/ immediate open access availability.

        Conclusions. The requirements of the National Institutes' public access policy do not influence the investigators' decision to submit to one of the Public Library of Science journals and do not increase their familiarity with open access publishing options.

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          Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE

          Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on January 23rd, 2015

          The HEFCE has released Monographs and Open Access: A Report to HEFCE.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          • Monographs are a vitally important and distinctive vehicle for research communication, and must be sustained in any moves to open access. The availability of printed books alongside the open-access versions will be essential.
          • Contrary to many perceptions, it would not be appropriate to talk of a crisis of the monograph; this does not mean that monographs are not facing challenges, but the arguments for open access would appear to be for broader and more positive reasons than solving some supposed crisis.
          • Open access offers both short- and long-term advantages for monograph publication and use; many of these are bound up with a transition to digital publishing that has not been at the same speed as that for journals.
          • There is no single dominant emerging business model for supporting open-access publishing of monographs; a range of approaches will coexist for some time and it is unlikely that any single model will emerge as dominant. Policies will therefore need to be flexible.

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            "Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch"

            Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on January 21st, 2015

            Kent Anderson has published "Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The competition this merger creates at the top of the market—turning a two-billionaire race into a three-billionaire race—is unlikely to trickle down in any helpful way. More Big Deals will leave fewer scraps for others. Some top-end titles may benefit from the increased competition on the acquisitions front, but I don't think a general bidding war will break out.

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              Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on January 19th, 2015

              The Copyright Clearance Center has released Making Open Access Work for Authors, Institutions and Publishers.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, recently brought together institutions from the UK and publishers from both the US and UK for an Open Access roundtable discussion to explore the implications of managing Open Access fees on a large scale. During this meeting, held at University College in London, the attendees examined a number of issues related to fragmentation, approach and processes, including ways vendors can play an expanded role in addressing the challenges. CCC published the group's findings in a report written by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director of Research Consulting.

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                Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on December 9th, 2014

                The Strategic Content Alliance has released Towards a UK Digital Public Space—A Blueprint Report.

                Here's an excerpt:

                "Imagine … that much of the UK's publicly held cultural and heritage media assets could be found in a unified online space … connected together, searchable, open, accessible, visible and usable … in a way that allows individuals, institutions and machines to add additional material, meaning and context to each other's media, indexed and tagged to the highest level of detail … This emerging vision of a free-to-everyone, open access environment for learning and creative endeavour has been referred to as a digital public space."

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