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Elsevier: "Unleashing the Power of Academic Sharing"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 4th, 2015

Elsevier has released "Unleashing the Power of Academic Sharing."

Here's an excerpt:

Elsevier's updated sharing and hosting policies explain how articles published with Elsevier may be shared and made available. These provide a more clear and consistent framework that is aligned with the rest of the publishing industry, and which is based on feedback from our authors and institutional partners. While we know the policy changes will not go as far as some would like, we believe they strike an appropriate balance between the rights and responsibilities of sharing.

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    "Fast and Made to Last: Academic Blogs Look to Ensure Long-Term Accessibility and Stability of Content"

    Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Social Media/Web 2.0 on May 1st, 2015

    Christof Schöch has published "Fast and Made to Last: Academic Blogs Look to Ensure Long-Term Accessibility and Stability of Content" in Impact of Social Sciences.

    Here's an excerpt:

    The advantage of blogs compared with such talks is that here, discussions can happen across geographical and temporal borders, and that they stay visible online in comments or companion posts. But aren't blog posts, ultimately, almost as fleeting as a talk at a workshop? Who makes sure the content stays online not just today and tomorrow, but in the long term? Who guarantees that the link to the post remains the same? Who ensures that the text will not be modified later on? These are issues that need to be resolved if blogs are to be reliable, trusted, citeable resources and receive academic recognition even in the absence of traditional pre-publication peer-review. . . . The research blogging platform hypotheses.org has understood this early on. This fact is undoubtedly a factor in the success of the platform, which is run by the French initiative OpenEdition and currently hosts 1006 (and counting) research blogs in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and English coming from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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      "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals"

      Posted in Licenses, Privacy, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 30th, 2015

      Alan Rubel and Mei Zhang have published "Four Facets of Privacy and Intellectual Freedom in Licensing Contracts for Electronic Journals" in College & Research Libraries.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This is a study of the treatment of library patron privacy in licenses for electronic journals in academic libraries. We begin by distinguishing four facets of privacy and intellectual freedom based on the LIS and philosophical literature. Next, we perform a content analysis of 42 license agreements for electronic journals, focusing on terms for enforcing authorized use and collection and sharing of user data. We compare our findings to model licenses, to recommendations proposed in a recent treatise on licenses, and to our account of the four facets of intellectual freedom. We find important conflicts with each.

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        Disrupting the Subscription Journals’ Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on April 29th, 2015

        The Max Planck Digital Library has released Disrupting the Subscription Journals' Business Model for the Necessary Large-Scale Transformation to Open Access .

        Here's an excerpt:

        This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring. There is sufficient momentum for this decisive push towards open access publishing. The diverse existing initiatives must be coordinated so as to converge on this clear goal. The international nature of research implies that this transformation will be achieved on a truly global scale only through a consensus of the world's most eminent research organizations. All the indications are that the money already invested in the research publishing system is sufficient to enable a transformation that will be sustainable for the future. There needs to be a shared understanding that the money currently locked in the journal subscription system must be withdrawn and re-purposed for open access publishing services. The current library acquisition budgets are the ultimate reservoir for enabling the transformation without financial or other risks. The goal is to preserve the established service levels provided by publishers that are still requested b y researchers, while redefining and reorganizing the necessary payment streams. By disrupting the underlying business model, the viability of journal publishing can be preserved and put on a solid footing for the scholarly developments of the future.

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          "Steps toward a New GSU Ruling"

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, E-Reserves, Publishing, Research Libraries on April 28th, 2015

          Kevin Smith has published "Steps toward a New GSU Ruling" in Scholarly Communication @ Duke University.

          Here's an excerpt:

          It appears that once again the publishers have failed in an effort to broaden the scope of the case beyond the item-by-item fair use analysis that has already been done and to possibly reintroduce some of the broad principles that they really want, which have so far been rejected at every stage. Now Judge Evans has explicitly told them, in her scheduling order, that what is required is "consideration and reevaluation of each of the individual claims" in order to redetermine "in each instance… whether defendants' use was a fair use under 17 U.S.C. section 107." Her schedule for the briefs is tight, with an end of the briefing now scheduled just two and a half months from now. Presumably we would still have a long wait while Judge Evans applies revised reasoning about fair use to each of the individual excerpts, but it looks a bit more like that is what is going to happen.

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            "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on April 28th, 2015

            Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg have published "A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure" in EDUCAUSE Review.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The open-access movement, fueled by the digital revolution, is transforming the business of scholarly communication, affecting the entire value chain. Rapidly emerging technologies have been crucial enablers of this transformation, blurring traditional roles and attracting new participants. The infrastructure and the economic framework established to support a centuries-old model of scholarly publishing are no longer adequate to the task. We believe that a radically different approach is required-one that is open, flexible, collaborative, and networked.

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              "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on April 24th, 2015

              Stephen Bosch and Kittie Henderson have published "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On | Periodicals Price Survey 2015" in Library Journal.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Open access (OA) continues to develop, but some financial analysts, such as Sami Kassab, executive director at investment firm Exane BNP Paribas, now believe that OA may no longer be a pressure point on commercial publishing. OA has not been the disruptive force on commercial publishing for which many had hoped.

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                University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab Get $732,000 Mellon Grant for Manifold Scholarship

                Posted in Digital Humanities, E-Books, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 22nd, 2015

                The University of Minnesota Press and GC Digital Scholarship Lab of Graduate Center of the City University of New York have received a $732,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for Manifold Scholarship.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                Moving beyond the digitization of scholarly books, based primarily in siloed, read-only analogues to print such as Adobe Acrobat PDF and Epub, Manifold will define and create the next phase of scholarly publishing: monographs that open the boundaries of separate formats like "print" and "e-book." Foreseeing an emerging hybrid environment for scholarship, Manifold will develop, alongside the print edition of a book, an alternate form of publication that is networked and iterative, served on an interactive, open-source platform. . . .

                In Manifold, a digital scholarly work would not be a static replication of the print book. From the beginning it is dynamic, revised, and expanded to reflect the evolution of academic thought and research, incorporating access to primary research documents and data, links to related archives, rich media, social media, and reading tools. Manifold seeks to encompass the growth and refinement of academic work as it is discussed, reviewed, and analyzed.

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                  50 Universities or University Units Have Now Adopted Open Access Policies by Unanimous Faculty Votes

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 20th, 2015

                  With recent votes by Boston University and University of Delaware faculty, 50 universities or university units, such as schools, have now adopted open access policies by unanimous faculty votes.

                  Here's a list from Unanimous Faculty Votes. See the original document for omitted details, and see the recently revised (and praised) Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) for a complete list of over 670 open access policies.

                  1. February 12, 2008. Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
                  2. April 27, 2008. Macquarie University
                  3. May 7, 2008, Harvard University, School of Law
                  4. June 10, 2008, Stanford University, School of Education
                  5. October 2008, University College London (UCL)
                  6. February 11, 2009. Boston University
                  7. March 6, 2009, Oregon State University, Library Faculty
                  8. March 18, 2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
                  9. May 2009. University of Calgary, division of Library and Cultural Resources
                  10. May 2009. University of Pretoria
                  11. May 7, 2009, University of Oregon, Library Faculty
                  12. May 14, 2009, University of Oregon, Department of Romance Languages
                  13. May 14, 2009, Gustavus Adolphus College, Library Faculty
                  14. October 1, 2009, York University, librarians and archivists
                  15. October, 2009. Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela)
                  16. November 18, 2009, Oberlin College
                  17. December 2, 2009, University of Northern Colorado, Library Faculty
                  18. February 1, 2010, Wake Forest University, Library faculty
                  19. February 9, 2010, California Polytechnic State University
                  20. February 12, 2010, Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS)
                  21. February 24, 2010, University of Virginia
                  22. February 25, 2010, Rollins College Faculty of Arts and Sciences
                  23. March 18, 2010, Duke University
                  24. March 24, 2010, University of Puerto Rico School of Law
                  25. April 19, 2010, San Jose State University
                  26. September 27, 2010, University of Northern Colorado
                  27. October 2010, Trinity College Dublin
                  28. December 22, 2010, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
                  29. March 15, 2011, Emory University
                  30. May 11, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
                  31. September 2011, Princeton University
                  32. October 19, 2011, Florida State University
                  33. December 8, 2011, Pacific University
                  34. January 27, 2012, Bifröst University
                  35. February 15, 2012, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
                  36. April 2012, Utah State University
                  37. May 21, 2012, University of California, San Francisco
                  38. February 6, 2013, Wellesley College
                  39. March 4, 2013, College of Wooster
                  40. March 5, 2013, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library faculty
                  41. March 21, 2013, University of Rhode Island
                  42. April 2013, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
                  43. June 13, 2013, Oregon State University
                  44. December 2013, Télé-université (TELUQ), Université du Québec
                  45. December 2, 2013, Columbia University, School of Social Work
                  46. June 18, 2014, Harvard Medical School
                  47. October 7, 2014, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
                  48. October 9, 2014, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
                  49. February 11, 2015, Boston University
                  50. April 6, 2015, University of Delaware

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                    DigitalKoans Marks Its Tenth Year of Publication

                    Posted in Digital Scholarship Publications, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on April 20th, 2015

                    DigitalKoans, which was established by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. on April 20, 2005, has now been published for ten years. During that time, it has had over 11.1 million visitors, over 50.8 million file requests, and over 36.8 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 6.8 million visitors, over 49.7 million file requests, and over 17 million page views. There have been over 7,100 DigitalKoans posts.

                    DigitalKoans was the first publication of Digital Scholarship, a digital press that was founded by Bailey on the same date. In its ten years of operation, Digital Scholarship has had over 14.9 million visitors from 231 counties, over 72 million file requests, and over 52 million page views. Excluding spiders, there have been over 9 million visitors from 231 counties, 43.4 million file requests, and over 24.1 million page views.

                    Digital Scholarship has primarily published e-books, low-cost paperbacks, digital bibliographies/webliograpies, and blogs. The publications have been under Creative Commons licenses, usually versions of the Attribution-NonCommercial license. The digital publications have been open access. Digital Scholarship has operated without advertising revenue or other external funding.

                    One of the most popular e-books published by Digital Scholarship has been Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography. Excluding spiders, the PDF version has been requested over 475,000 times; with the addition of page views from the HTML version, total use is over 539,000 requests.

                    Prior to establishing Digital Scholarship, Bailey worked at the University of Houston Libraries, where he led the digital publishing program from 1989-2007 as Assistant Dean/Director for Systems and subsequently Assistant Dean for Digital Library Planning and Development. He established and acted as the first Editor-in-Chief of The Public-Access Computer Systems Review (1989-1996), the first open access journal in the field of library and information science. In 1996, he established the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, an open access e-book that had 79 subsequent versions (16 of which were published by Digital Scholarship). These two publications had over 9 million file requests while under Bailey's direction at the UH Libraries.

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                      "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness"

                      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on April 13th, 2015

                      A. Swan et al. have self-archived "Open Access Policy: Numbers, Analysis, Effectiveness".

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The PASTEUR4OA project analyses what makes an Open Access (OA) policy effective. The total number of institutional or funder OA policies worldwide is now 663 (March 2015), over half of them mandatory. ROARMAP, the policy registry, has been rebuilt to record more policy detail and provide more extensive search functionality. Deposit rates were measured for articles in institutions' repositories and compared to the total number of WoS-indexed articles published from those institutions. Average deposit rate was over four times as high for institutions with a mandatory policy. Six positive correlations were found between deposit rates and (1) Must-Deposit; (2) Cannot-Waive-Deposit; (3) Deposit-Linked-to-Research-Evaluation; (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention; (5) Must-Make-Deposit-OA (after allowable embargo) and (6) Can-Waive-OA. For deposit latency, there is a positive correlation between earlier deposit and (7) Must-Deposit-Immediately as well as with (4) Cannot-Waive-Rights-Retention and with mandate age. There are not yet enough OA policies to test whether still further policy conditions would contribute to mandate effectiveness but the present findings already suggest that it would be useful for current and future OA policies to adopt the seven positive conditions so as to accelerate and maximise the growth of OA.

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                        Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available

                        Posted in Copyright, Publishing, Scholarly Books on April 13th, 2015

                        The Authors Alliance has released Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available.

                        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                        This guide is the product of extensive outreach to the publishing industry. In the process, we interviewed authors, publishers, and literary agents, ranging from a CEO of a major publishing house to contracts and rights managers of trade and academic presses, editorial assistants, novelists, and academic authors.

                        We were happily surprised by the consistency of publishers' responses: across the board, publishers told us that they want to work together with their authors and that they are often willing to give authors their rights back if its in the books' best interests.

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