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Research Library Issues, no. 287

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2015

ARL has released Research Library Issues, no. 287.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 287, an issue in which Rikk Mulligan offers an overview of the history of scholarly communication from its beginnings in the 17th century to recent innovations in digital and hybrid publishing.

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    "An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 1st, 2015

    Cheryl LaGuardia has published "An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access" in Library Journal.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Because hybrid is no-risk, it has spread like wildfire. I used to think that was good, since at least it gave publishers first-hand experience with the economics of fee-based OA journals. But I changed my mind about that years ago

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      Open Library of Humanities Launched

      Posted in Digital Humanities, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 29th, 2015

      The Open Library of Humanities has been launched.

      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

      North Beach, San Francisco It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the Open Library of Humanities. Over two years in the planning and execution, the platform starts with seven journals, supported by 99 institutions. Our estimated publication volume for year one is 150 articles across these venues. The economics of this work out at approximately £4 ($6) per institution per open-access article.

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        Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on September 21st, 2015

        The Universities UK's Open Access Co-ordination Group has released Monitoring the Transition to Open Access: A Report for the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This study was commissioned in response to a recommendation of the Finch Group in its second report in 2013 that reliable indicators should be gathered on key features of the transition to open access (OA) in the UK. The findings presented here are thus a first attempt at generating such indicators covering five sets of issues:

        • OA options available to authors . . . .
        • Accessibility. . . .
        • Usage. . . .
        • Financial sustainability for universities . . . .
        • Financial sustainability for learned societies

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          "Campus Open Access Funds: Experiences of the KU ‘One University’ Open Access Author Fund"

          Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on September 21st, 2015

          Rachel Gyore et al. have published "Campus Open Access Funds: Experiences of the KU 'One University' Open Access Author Fund" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This report documents the group's experience in developing eligibility criteria and administering the OA Fund. Here we provide insight into our efforts implementing the project, funding results, and plans for continuation. We share the results of the first two years of the OA Author Fund pilot and the lessons learned about open access fund administration.

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            "The Presence of High-impact Factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Disciplines"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 17th, 2015

            Annarita Barbara et al. have published "The Presence of High-impact Factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Disciplines" in the Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science.

            Here's an excerpt:

            The present study means to establish to what extent high-quality open access journals are available as an outlet for publication, by examining their distribution in different scientific disciplines, including the distribution of those journals without article processing charges. The study is based on a systematic comparison between the journals included in the DOAJ, and the journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science edition 2013, released by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor of Open Access (OA) journals was lower than those of other journals by a small but statistically significant amount. Open access journals are present in the upper quartile (by impact factor) of 85 out of 176 (48.8%) categories examined. There were no OA journals with an Impact Factor in only 16 categories (9%).

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              "The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 15th, 2015

              Walt Crawford has published "The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

              Here's an excerpt:

              This issue consists of an excerpted version of The Gold OA Landscape 2011- 2014, published September 10, 2015 as a PDF ebook for $55.00 and on September 11, 2015 as a paperback book for $60.00. . . .

              This book represents the first overview of essentially all of serious gold OA—that is, what's published by the journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. I believe it's important for all OA publishers and for many libraries and OA advocates. If it does well, or if there's some form of alternative funding, I'll continue tracking the field in the future.

              The issue—starting with the first numbered section below—includes a little more than one-third of what's in the book (a little more than half the text, but none of the 69 graphs, and probably less than half of the many, many tables), I believe these excerpts are useful on their own, and enough to provide a reasonably good picture of gold OA in 2011-2014- but they're not the whole story. For that, you'll have to buy the book.

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                "Optimizing Open Access Policy "

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Self-Archiving on September 14th, 2015

                Stevan Harnad has self-archived "Optimizing Open Access Policy."

                Here's an excerpt:

                This overview of the current status of Open Access (OA) to peer-reviewed research describes the steps that need to be taken to achieve universal OA. . . . To accelerate progress, more institutions and funders need to adopt more effective OA mandates: All universities and funders should require (1) institutional deposit (2) immediately upon acceptance for publication; urge (but not require) (3) immediate OA and (4) rights-retention; (5) minimize allowable embargo length, (6) implement the copy-request Button; (7) provide rich usage and citation metrics and (8) designate repository deposit of publications as the locus for institutional performance review as well as funding applications and renewals.

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                  "The Share of Open Access Journals (OAJ) and Open Access Articles (OAA) Charging Article Processing Charges (APC). Data from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 2013 to 2015"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 9th, 2015

                  Falk Reckling has published "The Share of Open Access Journals (OAJ) and Open Access Articles (OAA) Charging Article Processing Charges (APC). Data from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) 2013 to 2015" in The Journal of Brief Ideas.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  83.0% (186) of the OAJ charge APC, while 17.0% (38) of the OAJ don't. On the article level, 93.6% (683) of the articles were published with and 6.4% (47) without APC.

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                    "Barriers to Open Access Publishing: Views from the Library Literature"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 4th, 2015

                    Amy Forrester has published "Barriers to Open Access Publishing: Views from the Library Literature" in Publications.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    The library and information science (LIS) community has an active role in supporting access to information and, therefore, is an important stakeholder in the open access conversation. One major discussion involves the barriers that have hindered the complete transition to open access in scientific publications. Building upon a longitudinal study by Bo-Christer Björk that looked at barriers to the open access publishing of scholarly articles, this study evaluates the discussion of those barriers in the LIS literature over the ten year period 2004-2014, and compares this to Björk's conclusions about gold open access publishing.

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                      PubPeer Foundation Launches

                      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on September 3rd, 2015

                      The PubPeer Foundation has been established.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The overarching goal of the Foundation is to help improve the quality of scientific research by enabling innovative approaches for community interaction. Our initial focus will be on maintaining and developing the PubPeer online platform for post-publication peer review.

                      See also: "PubPeer's Secret Is Out: Founder of Controversial Website Reveals Himself."

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                        "Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?"

                        Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing on September 1st, 2015

                        James Heilman has published "Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?" in PLOS Medicine.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Summary Points

                        • Currently no open access point-of-care (POC) medical summary aimed at a professional audience exists.
                        • Some nonprofit and multiple professional, for-profit POC medical summaries are frequently accessed by clinicians and policymakers.
                        • Efforts to create open access POC summaries have been stymied by the difficulty of attracting high-quality contributors.
                        • The open access medical publishing community can create this resource with engaged donors, crowd-sourcing, and technology.

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