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"Big Publishers, Bigger Profits: How the Scholarly Community Lost the Control of Its Journals"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on March 3rd, 2016

Vincent Larivière, Stefanie Haustein, and Philippe Mongeon have published "Big Publishers, Bigger Profits: How the Scholarly Community Lost the Control of Its Journals" in MediaTropes.

Here's an excerpt:

Despite holding the potential to liberate scholarly information, the digital era has, to the contrary, increased the control of a few for-profit publishers. While most journals in the print era were owned by academic institutions and scientific societies, the majority of scientific papers are currently published by five for-profit publishers, which often exhibit profit margins between 30%-40%. This paper documents the evolution of this consolidation over the last 40 years, discusses the peculiar economics of scholarly publishing, and reflects upon the role of publishers in today's academe.

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    "Beams of Particles and Papers. The Role of Preprint Archives in High Energy Physics"

    Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on March 3rd, 2016

    Alessandro Delfanti has self-archived "Beams of Particles and Papers. The Role of Preprint Archives in High Energy Physics."

    Here's an excerpt:

    The role of preprint archives is also highlighted by the existence of viXra.org, arXiv's evil twin. This dissenting and independent archive, that mimics the appearance and functioning of the original one, is aimed at overcoming the forms of policing that keep undesired papers outside of arXiv. ViXra claims to be " truly open" and to serve "the whole scientific community." In fact, the review processes enforced by arXiv are seen as failing to meet the standards of openness preprint archives are supposed to live up to.

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      "Persistent URIs Must Be Used to Be Persistent"

      Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on March 2nd, 2016

      Herbert Van de Sompel, Martin Klein, and Shawn M. Jones have self-archived "Persistent URIs Must Be Used to Be Persistent."

      Here's an excerpt:

      We quantify the extent to which references to papers in scholarly literature use persistent HTTP URIs that leverage the Digital Object Identifier infrastructure. We find a significant number of references that do not, speculate why authors would use brittle URIs when persistent ones are available, and propose an approach to alleviate the problem.

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        Webinar Recording: "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity"

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Science, Publishing, Research Libraries on March 1st, 2016

        DuraSpace has released "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity."

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        On February 24, 2016, Rick Johnson (Program Co-Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Head, Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; Visiting Program Officer for SHARE at the Association of Research Libraries) and Mike Conlon (VIVO Project Director, DuraSpace; Professor Emeritus, University of Florida) presented, "VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Tracking Scholarly Activity."

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          "A Library-Publisher Partnership for Open Access: Building an Innovative Relationship between Scholarly Publishers and Academic Libraries"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on March 1st, 2016

          Monica Ward and Joanie Lavoie have published "A Library-Publisher Partnership for Open Access: Building an Innovative Relationship between Scholarly Publishers and Academic Libraries" in LIBER Quarterly.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This article presents an overview of a strategic partnership undertaken by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Érudit Consortium (Érudit) to support the move towards open access for Canadian francophone scholarly journals.

          CRKN and Érudithave had a relationship through a traditional commercial subscription model since 2008. In 2014, the two organizations recognized the need for a new relationship that would address two major challenges: the fragility of the Canadian not-for-profit scholarly publishing environment and the increasing pressure from libraries and funding agencies for scholarly journals to move towards open access. Érudit and CRKN have worked collaboratively to create an innovative partnership, which provides a framework for a new relationship between publishers and libraries, and helps to provide financial support to Canadian publishers during the transition to a fully open access model.

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            "Coupling Pre-Prints and Post-Publication Peer Review for Fast, Cheap, Fair, and Effective Science Publishing"

            Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on February 12th, 2016

            Michael Eisen and Leslie B. Vosshall have self-archived "Coupling Pre-Prints and Post-Publication Peer Review for Fast, Cheap, Fair, and Effective Science Publishing."

            Here's an excerpt:

            Pre-prints will be not be embraced by biomedical scientists until we stop treating them as "pre" anything, which suggests that a better "real" version is yet to come. Instead, pre-prints need to be accepted as formally published works. This can only happen if we first create and embrace systems to evaluate the quality and impact of, and appropriate audience for, these already published works.

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              "OA in the Library Collection: The Challenges of Identifying and Maintaining Open Access Resources"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on February 11th, 2016

              Nathan Hosburgh and Chris Bulock have self-archived "OA in the Library Collection: The Challenges of Identifying and Maintaining Open Access Resources."

              Here's an excerpt:

              At this session, they [the authors] shared survey results, reflected on OA workflows at their own libraries, and updated audience members on relevant standards and initiatives. Survey respondents reported challenges related to hybrid OA, inaccurate metadata, and inconsistent communication along the serials supply chain. Recommended solutions included the creation of consistent, centralized article-level metadata and the development of OA collection development principles for libraries.

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                The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology

                Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on February 10th, 2016

                Ithaka S+R has released The Costs of Publishing Monographs: Toward a Transparent Methodology .

                Here's an excerpt:

                While there have been numerous efforts to understand the costs of publishing a scholarly monograph, this study is unique in that we worked with an advisory group of university press publishers to identify all of the cost components in scholarly monographic publishing and to work with a wide variety of university presses to calculate their costs of each of those components in a bottom-up fashion.

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                  "Evaluating an Open Access Publishing Fund at a Comprehensive University"

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on February 8th, 2016

                  Sarah Beaubien, Julie Garrison, and Doug Way have published "Evaluating an Open Access Publishing Fund at a Comprehensive University" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  Wanting to learn how faculty have benefitted from an open access publishing fund, Grand Valley State University Libraries surveyed recipients of the fund. The survey asked authors why they chose an open access publishing option and whether the fund influenced this decision. Authors were also asked whether they perceived that selecting an open access option broadened exposure to their work and about their likelihood of choosing open access in the future.

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                    "An Interview with Jeffrey Beall"

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 8th, 2016

                    Joseph Esposito has published "An Interview with Jeffrey Beall" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    [Beall] In the scholarly open access segment of the scholarly publishing industry, we are seeing that the most prosperous publishers are the larger ones, those able to offshore their production work. Hindawi (in Egypt) and MDPI (with most of its work done in China) are two examples. I think the industry will continue to select for publishers like these, meaning many production-related jobs in North America and Europe will move to South Asia and East Asia.

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                      Association of Universities in the Netherlands and John Wiley Announce Open Access Agreement

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 5th, 2016

                      The Association of Universities in the Netherlands and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. have announced an open access agreement.

                      Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                      The negotiations between VSNU and Wiley resulted in an unprecedented agreement covering 2016 – 2019. It provides students and researchers at Dutch universities affiliated to the VSNU with access to all Wiley subscription journal content and enables authors at Dutch universities affiliated to the VSNU to enjoy unlimited open access publication in Wiley's hybrid journals (c.1400), with no publishing charge levied at the article level.

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                        "Are ‘Predatory’ Journals Completely Negative, or Also a Sign of Something Positive?"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on February 4th, 2016

                        Jan Velterop has published "Are 'Predatory' Journals Completely Negative, or Also a Sign of Something Positive?" in SciELO in Perspective.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        Yet, even with the drawback of being polluted by predatory journals, a functioning market is preferable to a quasi-market, completely dominated by monopolies or monopoly-like players. A system of subscriptions, in which the party who pays—the institutional library—has practically no meaningful choice of what to buy, differs from one of article processing charges (APCs, which make open access possible), in that the party who pays—the author—is the party who does have a meaningful choice of where to submit and publish. So 'flipping' the system from subscriptions to APCs does deliver something much more akin to a functioning market, and 'caveat emptor', 'buyer beware', applies to all markets.

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