Archive for the 'Scholarly Journals' Category

Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide

Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals on November 14th, 2013

The Publishing Research Consortium has released Peer Review: An Introduction and Guide.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The reader of this short Guide will be left with a coherent and forward-looking overview of the processes, the shortcomings, and the innovations around peer review, and a deeper understanding of why peer review is such a vital element of effective scholarship.

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    "Open Access Publishing from the Legal Point of View. Why Freedom of Information Rules and Other Legal Principles Matter. Towards A New Fair Open Access Model."

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 8th, 2013

    Jiří Kolman and Petr Kolman have published "Open Access Publishing from the Legal Point of View. Why Freedom of Information Rules and Other Legal Principles Matter. Towards A New Fair Open Access Model." in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This article focuses on aspects that, as far as we know, have never been discussed in previous debates dealing with open access. The EU and national competition legal rules ensuring fair competition are a rather neglected aspect of open access. Another crucial topic is the unfairness of the current publication system. Why should commercial publishers be paid by publicly supported research such as EU or national research programmes? In the article a new publication model is suggested. The proposed model is trying to keep high research standards, to be fair to researchers and the public and to take into account the actual costs of the new open access model.

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      "Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on November 7th, 2013

      Mark J. McCabe and Christopher M. Snyder have self-archived "Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals." in SSRN

      Here's an excerpt:

      An open-access journal allows free online access to its articles, obtaining revenue from fees charged to submitting authors or from institutional support. Using panel data on science journals, we are able to circumvent problems plaguing previous studies of the impact of open access on citations. In contrast to the huge effects found in these previous studies, we find a more modest effect: moving from paid to open access increases cites by 8% on average in our sample. The benefit is concentrated among top-ranked journals. In fact, open access causes a statistically significant reduction in cites to the bottom-ranked journals in our sample, leading us to conjecture that open access may intensify competition among articles for readers' attention, generating losers as well as winners.

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        "Going for Gold: An Investigation into Financial Models of Open Access Publishing in Biology"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 6th, 2013

        Lucy van Dorp has self-archived her master's thesis "Going for Gold: An Investigation into Financial Models of Open Access Publishing in Biology"

        Here's an excerpt:

        Using the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as an entry point, this study considers the numbers of OA journals in the life and biological sciences along with the proportion using an author-pays model. It considers how impact factor is related to business model, in particular author fees2, using data from the 2011 Journal Citation Reports (JCR, 2011) and SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SCImago); data for year 2011; retrieved in 2012. The most prominent publishing organisations are considered in depth looking explicitly at the income sources making up revenue. The study concludes with comments from three industry specialists on their views on the future of academic publishing, the place of subscription-based journals and what their own organisation is doing to allow sustainable, barrier-free literature dissemination.

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          SciELO—15 Years of Open Access: An Analytic Study On Open Access And Scholarly Communication (Preliminary version)

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 5th, 2013

          SciELO has relaeased SciELO—15 Years of Open Access: An Analytic Study On Open Access And Scholarly Communication (Preliminary version).

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          The 15 year path taken by the SciELO Program in bringing about the improvement of the academic journals which it indexes and publishes in Open Access—a path which it continues to follow to this day—is examined from various perspectives such as the rationale and objectives of the program, its origin in Brazil and expansion to 15 other countries, the results it has achieved, its quality control and production system, the technological platform and the impact that has been made by the Program.

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            Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, E-Journals, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 31st, 2013

            The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Preservation, Trust and Continuing Access for e-Journals.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This report discusses current developments and issues which libraries, publishers, intermediaries and service providers are facing in the area of digital preservation, trust and continuing access for e-journals. It also includes generic lessons and recommendations on outsourcing and trust learnt in this field of interest to the wider digital preservation community. It is not solely focused on technology, and covers relevant legal, economic and service issues.

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              "The Open Access Movement Grows Up: Taking Stock of a Revolution"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 30th, 2013

              Heather Joseph has published "The Open Access Movement Grows Up: Taking Stock of a Revolution" in a special issue on open access of PLOS Biology.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Overall, the story of the OA movement over the past ten years has been one of demonstrable progress. To be sure, the road has not been a smooth one. There have been stumbles, wrong turns, false starts, and bruising battles, particularly in the policy arena. But if we weigh the indicators of progress made by the OA movement against the intensity and complexity of the obstacles it has faced in the first decade, there's reason for great optimism as we head into the next ten years.

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                "Publishing Priorities of Biomedical Research Funders"

                Posted in Grants, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 29th, 2013

                Ellen Collins has published "Publishing Priorities of Biomedical Research Funders" in BMJ Open.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Publicly funded and large biomedical research funders are committed to open access publishing and are pleased with recent developments which have stimulated growth in this area. Smaller charitable funders are supportive of the aims of open access, but are concerned about the practical implications for their budgets and their funded researchers. Across the board, biomedical research funders are turning their attention to other priorities for sharing research outputs, including data, protocols and negative results. Further work is required to understand how smaller funders, including charitable funders, can support open access.

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                  Open Access Clauses in Publishers’ Licenses: Current State and Lessons Learned

                  Posted in Copyright, Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 28th, 2013

                  COAR has released Open Access Clauses in Publishers' Licenses: Current State and Lessons Learned.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  As Open Access (OA) policies and laws are being adopted world-wide, the scholarly community is shifting its efforts from advocacy towards practical implementation and support. One of the major routes for making articles open access is through OA repositories. However the variety and lack of clarity of publishers' policies regarding article deposit can be a significant barrier to author compliance of OA policies.

                  In order to overcome this barrier, some organizations have successfully negotiated authors' or deposit rights with publishers in the context of purchasing content licenses. This report documents the existing OA licensing language that has been implemented by organizations around the world and presents some suggestions for their successful adoption. The report concludes that OA clauses offer a feasible option for institutions to address some of the obstacles to article deposit into repositories.

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                    Library Publishing Directory

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 25th, 2013

                    The Library Publishing Coalition has released the Library Publishing Directory.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    Published in October 2013, the Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing field. . . .

                    Specifically it is hoped that this Directory will:

                    • Introduce all readers to the emerging field of library publishing and help articulate its unique characteristics as a distinctive "publishing field."
                    • Facilitate collaboration among library publishers and other publishing entities, especially the university presses and learned societies that share their values.
                    • Alert authors of scholarly content to a range of potential publishing partners dedicated to supporting their experimentation with new forms of scholarly communication and open access business models.

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                      "Mandates and the Contributions of Open Genomic Data"

                      Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 18th, 2013

                      Jingfeng Xia has published "Mandates and the Contributions of Open Genomic Data" in Publications.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      This research attempts to seek changing patterns of raw data availability and their correlations with implementations of open mandate policies. With a list of 13,785 journal articles whose authors archived datasets in a popular biomedical data repository after these articles were published in journals, this research uses regression analysis to test the correlations between data contributions and mandate implementations. It finds that both funder-based and publisher-based mandates have a strong impact on scholars' likelihood to contribute to open data repositories. Evidence also suggests that like policies have changed the habit of authors in selecting publishing venues: open access journals have been apparently preferred by those authors whose projects are sponsored by the federal government agencies, and these journals are also highly ranked in the biomedical fields. Various stakeholders, particularly institutional administrators and open access professionals, may find the findings of this research helpful for adjusting data management policies to increase the number of quality free datasets and enhance data usability.

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                        "A Cross Disciplinary Study of Link Decay and the Effectiveness of Mitigation Techniques"

                        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 17th, 2013

                        Jason Hennessey and Steven Xijin Ge have published "A Cross Disciplinary Study of Link Decay and the Effectiveness of Mitigation Techniques" in BMC Bioinformatics.

                        Here's an excerp:

                        We accessed 14,489 unique web pages found in the abstracts within Thomson Reuters' Web of Science citation index that were published between 1996 and 2010 and found that the median lifespan of these web pages was 9.3 years with 62% of them being archived. Survival analysis and logistic regression were used to find significant predictors of URL lifespan. The availability of a web page is most dependent on the time it is published and the top-level domain names. Similar statistical analysis revealed biases in current solutions: the Internet Archive favors web pages with fewer layers in the Universal Resource Locator (URL) while WebCite is significantly influenced by the source of publication. We also created a prototype for a process to submit web pages to the archives and increased coverage of our list of scientific webpages in the Internet Archive and WebCite by 22% and 255%, respectively.

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