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"What Motivates Authors of Scholarly Articles? The Importance of Journal Attributes and Potential Audience on Publication Choice"

Posted in Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on July 19th, 2016

Carol Tenopir et al. have published "What Motivates Authors of Scholarly Articles? The Importance of Journal Attributes and Potential Audience on Publication Choice" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

In this article we examine what motivations influence academic authors in selecting a journal in which to publish. A survey was sent to approximately 15,000 faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers at four large North American research universities with a response rate of 14.4% (n = 2021). Respondents were asked to rate how eight different journal attributes and five different audiences influence their choice of publication output. Within the sample, the most highly rated attributes are quality and reputation of journal and fit with the scope of the journal; open access is the least important attribute. Researchers at other research-intensive institutions are considered the most important audience, while the general public is the least important. There are significant differences across subject disciplines and position types. Our findings have implications for understanding the adoption of open access publishing models.

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"A Two-Sided Academic Landscape: Portrait of Highly-Cited Documents in Google Scholar (1950-2013)"

Posted in Google and Other Search Engines, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Metrics on July 13th, 2016

Alberto Martin-Martin et al. have self-archived "A Two-Sided Academic Landscape: Portrait of Highly-Cited Documents in Google Scholar (1950-2013)."

Here's an excerpt:

Since the existence of a full-text link does not guarantee the disposal of the full-text (some links actually refer to publisher's abstracts), the results (40% of the documents had a free full-text link) might be somewhat overestimated. In any case, these values are consistent with those published by Archambault et al. (2013), who found that over 40% of the articles from their sample were freely accessible; higher than those by Khabsa and Giles (2014) and Björk et al. (2010), who found only a 24% and 20.4% of open access documents respectively; and much lower than Jamali and Nabavi (2015) and Pitol and De Groote (2014), who found 61.1% and 70% respectively.

The different nature of the samples makes it difficult to draw comparisons among these studies. Nonetheless, the sample used in this study (64,000 documents) is the largest ever used to date.

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All PLoS Journals Added to Directory of Open Access Journals

Posted in Scholarly Communication on June 20th, 2016

The Directory of Open Access Journals now includes all PLoS Journals.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Finally, after saying: "It's coming" for almost a year, DOAJ has added the entire PLoS catalogue to DOAJ. A total of 182,500 articles were added and the harvester is set to go out and collect new articles at 5.30am every morning. The harvester collects the metadata from Europe PMC.

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UK Survey of Academics 2015

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, ERM/Discovery Systems, Scholarly Communication on June 16th, 2016

Ithaka S+R has released UK Survey of Academics 2015.

Here's an excerpt:

This report is the second Ithaka S+R / Jisc / RLUK survey of UK academics. It asks of the UK research community their views on resource discovery, their use of these resources (online and digital), attitudes to research data management, and much more. It provides a powerful insight into how researchers view their own behaviour and the research environment within the UK today.

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National Digital Stewardship Residents (Five)

Posted in Scholarly Communication on June 9th, 2016

The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are recruiting five National Digital Stewardship Residents.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is a collaborative field experience program developed by The Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This will be the third cohort of residents based in Washington, D.C. The program aims to develop a community of professionals in the dynamic field of digital stewardship.

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"Science and Technology Librarians: User Engagement and Outreach Activities in the Area of Scholarly Communication"

Posted in Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 8th, 2016

Lutishoor Salisbury and Julie Speer have published "Science and Technology Librarians: User Engagement and Outreach Activities in the Area of Scholarly Communication" in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper highlights the findings of a survey completed by ACRL/STS members on scholarly communication issues. In particular it identifies the percentage of their daily activities that are spent in support of scholarly communication activities; extent of change of job responsibilities in the last five years; roles engaged in relating to scholarly communication including those that are formal responsibilities, those they are informally engaged in, or those with which they have no engagement. It highlights areas in the area of scholarly communication that STS members need to know more about or want to know more about. It presents the status of open access policies at members' institutions and the needs expressed by members about activities that STS or ACRL could undertake to help advance their work in the areas of scholarly communication.

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Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015

Posted in ERM/Discovery Systems, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on April 5th, 2016

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015 .

Here's an excerpt:

Ithaka S+R's survey of US faculty members has been fielded regularly since 2000. This project provides a periodic snapshot of practices and perceptions related to scholarly communications and information usage. The scholar-centric nature of the questionnaire ensures that potential changes in research and teaching inform our thinking, not only about academic libraries and scholarly publishing, but about changes in the educational enterprise more broadly.

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Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011

Posted in Scholarly Communication on March 30th, 2016

The MIT Press has released Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011 by Peter Suber.

Here's an excerpt:

This book is a selection of my writings on OA, mostly from the newsletter [Free Online Scholarship Newsletter/SPARC Open Access Newsletter]. The hardest part of putting it together was deciding what to omit. Our first whack at a selection was much too large for a single volume and we had to cut more than 20 whole essays. Our second whack was more feasible, but by the time we agreed on it I'd written half a dozen new articles and wanted to include a few of them.

In the end, we selected these 44 pieces published between March 2002 and March 2011. I've abridged some to minimize repetition, but haven't otherwise modified the texts.

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Digital Curation News (3/9/2016) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #datamanagement #researchdata #rdm

Posted in Scholarly Communication on March 9th, 2016

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A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library

Posted in ARL Libraries, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on March 9th, 2016

Ithaka S+R has released A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher: Envisioning the Future of the Research Library .

Here's an excerpt:

Beyond this, the library is not even the best starting point for envisioning the library. A better starting point is to develop an understanding about the lives and information practices of the scholars and students who depend on the library in all its shapes and forms. Therefore, in this Cornell project, we looked at what academic researchers do day-to-day and how they acquire, use, and share information in the course of their daily activities. From our interpretations of these data we imagined new models.

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Roy Tennant: "Remembering PACS-L"

Posted in Libraries, Scholarly Communication on December 2nd, 2015

Roy Tennant has published "Remembering PACS-L" in The Digital Shift.

Here's an excerpt:

For quite a while this list was where everything new in librarianship was happening. Despite its name, topics well beyond public access computer systems were discussed and debated. It was, in a nutshell, an essential place to hear and be heard. Its like was never to be again, as since then online communication channels have burgeoned and diversified.

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DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 11/30/2015

Posted in Scholarly Communication on November 23rd, 2015

DigitalKoans posts will resume on 11/30/2015.

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