Archive for the 'Scholarly Books' Category

"Open Access and the Graduate Author: A Dissertation Anxiety Manual"

Posted in Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on February 10th, 2017

Jill Cirasella and Polly Thistlethwaite have self-archived "Open Access and the Graduate Author: A Dissertation Anxiety Manual."

Here's an excerpt:

Now that dissertations are deposited and distributed electronically, students must perform yet another anxiety-inducing task: deciding whether they want to make their dissertations immediately open access (OA) or, at universities that require OA, coming to terms with openness. For some students, mostly in the humanities and some of the social sciences, who hope to transform their dissertations into books, OA has become a bogeyman, a supposed saboteur of book contracts and destroyer of careers.

This chapter examines the various access-related anxieties that plague graduate students. It is a kind of diagnostic and statistical manual of dissertation anxieties—a "Dissertation Anxiety Manual," if you will—describing anxieties surrounding book contracts, book sales, plagiarism, juvenilia, the ambiguity of the term online, and changes in scholarly research and production.

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"Updating the Agenda for Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communications"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on February 9th, 2017

Clifford Lynch has published "Updating the Agenda for Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communications" in College & Research Libraries.

Here's an excerpt:

This issue of C&RL is focused on scholarly communication, and it seems appropriate, in this invited guest editorial, to step back and examine the broader agenda that academic and research libraries need to consider today in engaging with scholarly communications as a way of framing the issue. My view is that this agenda is ripe for re-thinking. The overall environment has changed significantly in the last few years, underscoring the growing irrelevance of some long-held ideas, and at the same time, clearly identifying new and urgent priorities. What I hope to do here is to summarize very succinctly my thoughts on the most pressing issues and the areas most needing reconsideration. Articles in this issue touch upon aspects of many of these topics; I hope that future authors may also find topical inspirations here.

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"E-Data Quality: How Publishers and Libraries are Working Together to Improve Data Quality"

Posted in Electronic Resources, Metadata, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on February 7th, 2017

Carlen Ruschoff et al. have published "Data Quality: How Publishers and Libraries are Working Together to Improve Data Quality " in Collaborative librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

High quality data is essential for discovery and access of e-resources, but in many cases low quality, inaccurate information leads to low usage and a poor return on library investment dollars. In this article, publishers, aggregators, librarians, and knowledge base providers talk about how they are working together to improve access to e-resources.

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"CDL Model License Revised"

Posted in Licenses, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on January 27th, 2017

The California Digital Library has released "CDL Model License Revised."

Here's an excerpt:

CDL is pleased to announce the major upgrade of its Standard License Agreement (“Model License”). The new version reflects current best practices in licensing and incorporates feedback from UC librarians, licensing staff, attorneys, peers, and CDL colleagues. We appreciate all of their contributions, and hope that the new Model License is helpful in negotiating effectively with licensors. . . .

The new Model License is available on the CDL Website. There are two versions: a UC staff version (password protected) and a public version.

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"Laying Tracks as the Train Approaches: Innovative Open Access Book Publishing at Heidelberg University from the Editors’ Point of View"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books on January 24th, 2017

Andrea Hacker and Elizabeth Corrao have published "Laying Tracks as the Train Approaches: Innovative Open Access Book Publishing at Heidelberg University from the Editors' Point of View" in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

In April 2016, Heidelberg University's newly founded open access publisher heiUP launched the first volume of the new book series Heidelberg Studies in Transculturality. This article reports on the challenges, accomplishments, and setbacks that informed the entire editorial production process, not only of the first volume but also of the series and the publishing enterprise overall.

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Draft Model Publishing Contracts for Digital Scholarship Released

Posted in Copyright, Publishing, Scholarly Books on December 15th, 2016

Emory University and the University of Michigan have released draft versions of two model publishing contracts for digital scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In order to ensure this contract meets the needs of both authors and publishers, we are soliciting feedback from authors, publishers, and other interested stakeholders, and will make draft versions of these documents publicly available for comment. Materials will be available for review until February 15, 2017, at which time we will incorporate feedback into a revised version of the documents, which will be shared publicly and available for adoption, reuse, and modification.

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"Ingenta Launches New Open Access Platform"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 21st, 2016

Ingenta has released "Ingenta Launches New Open Access Platform."

Here's an excerpt:

The platform hosts content from all scholarly disciplines and caters for multiple formats, including whole books, chapters, monographs, single articles and entire journals. It will eventually provide access to millions of Open Access articles, whether they are hosted on the platform itself, indexed via third party services such as DOAJ & OAPEN.

Ingenta Open provides users with access without any registration requirements, while offering a clean and responsive design, a simple interface and an easy-to-use search function.

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"Publisher Revenues Up 1.6% to $1.05 Billion in May"

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on October 20th, 2016

AAP has released "Publisher Revenues Up 1.6% to $1.05 Billion in May."

Here's an excerpt:

Professional Publishing was down 28.5% in May 2016 vs. May 2015. These categories include business, medical, law, scientific and technical books. University presses were up 4.4%. Year to date, professional books are down year-to-date, and university presses are flat.

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"New University Presses in the UK: Accessing a Mission"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 17th, 2016

Andrew Lockett and Lara Speicher have published "New University Presses in the UK: Accessing a Mission" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

In the space of just a year, five new university presses were launched in the UK. Although very different in size and stages of development, all but one were launched first and foremost as open access presses, based in or supported by their university's library. Why should there have been such a significant flurry of activity in such a short space of time, and what can the stated objectives and activities of these presses tell us about the current UK scholarly publishing environment? To answer some of those questions, this article looks back to the original mission of the founding university presses, examines the policy and funding environments in which the new presses are operating, looks at overseas developments in recent years for comparison, and concludes with a review of the challenges these young presses face as well as the benefits all university presses, but particularly open access ones, can confer to their institutions.

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"Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 17th, 2016

Charles Watkinson has published "Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships" in Learned Publishing.

Here's an excerpt:

Key points

  • Around 30% of campus-based members of the Association of American University Presses now report to libraries, more than double the number 5 years ago.
  • Beyond reporting relationships, physical collocation and joint strategic planning characterize the most integrated press/library partnerships.
  • The main mutual advantages of deep press/library collaboration are economic efficiency, greater relevance to parent institutions, and an increased capacity to engage with the changing needs of authors in the digital age.
  • There is emerging interest in collaboration at scale among libraries and presses that may extend the impact of press/library collaboration beyond single institutions.

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Investigating OA Monograph Services: Final Report

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on October 14th, 2016

Jisc has released Investigating OA Monograph Services: Final Report.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Overall, the project 'Investigating OA monographs services' has produced some extremely valuable guides in areas where no information (specifically for OA monographs) existed and identified some very strong areas where collaboration and experimentation could simultaneously bring real value to OA monograph publishers and the authors and readers of monographs.

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"Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries"

Posted in E-Books, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books on July 8th, 2016

College & Research Libraries has released an e-print of "Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries" by Tao Zhang, Xi Niu and Marlen Proman.

Here's an excerpt:

We report findings from an assessment of e-book user experience (search and information seeking) from usage data and user tests. The usage data showed that most reading sessions were brief and focused on certain pages, suggesting that users mainly use e-books to find specific information. The user tests found that participants tended to use default keyword search and browse the search results. Experience levels with e-books and features of e-book platforms influenced users' information seeking in e-books. The assessment results have significant implications for designing e-book features to support users' reading strategies and help libraries create a consistent user experience.

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