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Gold Open Access in High Energy Physics: SCOAP3 Progress Report

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 15th, 2012

Kara Malenfant has posted an update on SCOAP3 in ACRL Insider.

Here's an excerpt from a quote in the post by Ann Okerson:

After an intense period of behind-the-scenes effort, CERN's open access, library, purchasing, and legal staff, along with the SCOAP3 global Steering Committee and Technical Working Group, secured with leading publishers the participation in principle of 12 HEP (full or partial) journals; developed a project governance structure; crafted a framework for performing calculations for subscription reduction and re-direction; and are putting into place a series of National Contact Persons (NCPs), who are responsible for securing participation from libraries, library consortia, research institutions, and funding agencies in their countries.

SCOAP3 is happening NOW. Participating libraries and institutions are being contacted to begin the process of commitment and planning for funds re-direction. The goal is that arrangements will be in place for SCOAP3 go-live with articles published beginning January 2014. For the United States, the LYRASIS consortium is the chosen National Contact Organization, with Ann Okerson as the NCP.

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    How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals: Summary Edition

    Posted in Electronic Resources, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Journals on November 15th, 2012

    Renew Training has released How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals: Summary Edition.

    Here's an excerpt:

    This summary report is the output of a large scale survey of journal readers (n=19064) about journal content discovery conducted during May, June and July of 2102.

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      Research Councils UK Announces Open Access Funding Plan

      Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 9th, 2012

      The Research Councils UK has announced its open access funding plan.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Research Councils UK has today, 8th November, announced the details of the block grant funding mechanism that it is introducing to aid implementation of its policy on Open Access that was announced in July and is due to come into effect in April 2013. . . .

      In the first year (2013/14), RCUK will provide funding to enable around 45% of Research Council funded research papers to be published using Gold Open Access growing to over 50% in the second year. By the fifth year (2017/18) funding is expected to be provided to enable approximately 75% of Research Council funded research papers to be published using Gold Open Access. The remaining 25% of Research Council funded papers, it is expected will be delivered via the Green Open Access model. The same compliance expectation applies to Research Council institutes, and separate funding arrangements are being put in place to facilitate this.

      Universities will receive APC publication funding in proportion to the amount of direct labour costs awarded on grants that they have received over the three years from April 2009 to March 2012. Direct labour costs have been used as a proxy of research effort leading to the generation of publications.

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        Royal Society Publishing Adopts Continuous Publication Model; Drops Page Numbers in Citations

        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 8th, 2012

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        Royal Society Publishing is converting all its journals, hosted on HighWire Press, to a continuous publication model. This initiative emphasizes the fact that the online version is the authoritative, most complete and up-to-date record, and ensures peer-reviewed papers can be cited immediately.

        The introduction of a continuous publication model is a logical step forward from the current 'publish ahead of print' feature (known as FirstCite) and will provide many benefits for the scientific community: researchers will have full citation details available upon publication; an author's published article will accumulate citations without delay; and journal impact factors won't be skewed by articles whose FirstCite and issue publications span two different years. Continuous publication also means that page numbers will no longer appear within a citation; instead, each article will have its own CrossRef-compliant, unique identifier, found near the top right-hand margin on every page of an article.

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          IOP Publishing to Use CC-BY Licence for OA articles and Bibliographic Metadata

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 24th, 2012

          IOP Publishing will use the CC-BY licence for open access articles and bibliographic metadata.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          As a result of this move, the company will adopt a more liberal Creative Commons licence (CC-BY 3.0) for future articles published on a 'gold' open access basis. This licence allows others to distribute, remix, amend, and build upon a piece of work as long as they credit the original creation. The licences grant rights to the users of the content but do not replace the copyright, which remains with the copyright holder. . . .

          In addition to the change in licence for open access articles, the basic metadata of the articles in IOP's own journals will also be available for use under a CC-BY licence. This is intended to increase the visibility of such data and to help clarify to third parties what they can and cannot do with metadata.

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            "Licensing Revisited: Open Access Clauses in Practice"

            Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 23rd, 2012

            Birgit Schmidt and Kathleen Shearer have published "Licensing Revisited: Open Access Clauses in Practice" in the Future Issue section of LIBER Quarterly.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Open access increases the visibility and use of research outputs and promises to maximize the return on our public investment in research. However, only a minority of researchers will "spontaneously" deposit their articles into an open access repository. Even with the growing number of institutional and funding agency mandates requiring the deposit of papers into the university repository, deposit rates have remained stubbornly low. As a result, the responsibility for populating repositories often falls onto the shoulders of library staff and/or repository managers. Populating repositories in this way—which involves obtaining the articles, checking the rights, and depositing articles into the repository—is time consuming and resource intensive work.

            The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), a global association of repository initiatives and networks, is promoting a new strategy for addressing some of the barriers to populating repositories, involving the use of open access archiving clauses in publisher licenses. These types of clauses are being considered by consortia and licensing agencies around the world as a way of ensuring that all the papers published by a given publisher are cleared for deposit into the institutional repository. This paper presents some use cases of open access archiving clauses, discusses the major barriers to implementing archiving language into licenses, and describes some strategies that organizations can adopt in order to include such clauses into publisher licenses.

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              "Anatomy Of Open Access Publishing: A Study of Longitudinal Development and Internal Structure"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 22nd, 2012

              Mikael Laakso and Bo-Christer Björk have published "Anatomy Of Open Access Publishing: A Study of Longitudinal Development and Internal Structure" in BMC Medicine.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The primary aim of this study was to measure the volume of scientific articles published in full immediate OA journals from 2000 to 2011, while observing longitudinal internal shifts in the structure of OA publishing concerning revenue models, publisher types and relative distribution among scientific disciplines. The secondary aim was to measure the share of OA articles of all journal articles, including articles made OA by publishers with a delay and individual author-paid OA articles in subscription journals (hybrid OA), as these subsets of OA publishing have mostly been ignored in previous studies.

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                "Libraries, Scholars, and Publishers in Digital Journal and Monograph Publishing"

                Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 22nd, 2012

                Rowland Lorimer has published "Libraries, Scholars, and Publishers in Digital Journal and Monograph Publishing" in the latest issue of Scholarly and Research Communication.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In the 1970s, research libraries developed data systems and expertise that, in the 1990s, led to new services such as institutional repositories and journal hosting and, in the 2000s, led to forays into monograph publishing. In contrast, also beginning in the 1970s, university presses found themselves being cast out of their traditional role as providers of research publishing services that created the public record of knowledge and into the marketplace. Continued development of information and communication technology (ICT) in library operations and in research activity stimulated entrepreneurship and scholar/library partnerships with scholar-controlled digital journal publishing. Again in contrast, the market orientation of university presses, combined with a lack of appreciation in the library community for the value added by professional publishers, hampered the extension of collaboration into three-way partnerships among scholars, libraries, and publishing professionals. Recognition of the roles of all parties holds the greatest promise for the evolution of digital scholarly publishing.

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                  "Public Availability of Published Research Data in High-Impact Journals"

                  Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 15th, 2012

                  Alawi A. Alsheikh-Ali et al. have published "Public Availability of Published Research Data in High-Impact Journals" in PLOS ONE.

                  Here's an excerpt:

                  We reviewed the first 10 original research papers of 2009 published in the 50 original research journals with the highest impact factor. For each journal we documented the policies related to public availability and sharing of data. Of the 50 journals, 44 (88%) had a statement in their instructions to authors related to public availability and sharing of data. However, there was wide variation in journal requirements, ranging from requiring the sharing of all primary data related to the research to just including a statement in the published manuscript that data can be available on request. Of the 500 assessed papers, 149 (30%) were not subject to any data availability policy. Of the remaining 351 papers that were covered by some data availability policy, 208 papers (59%) did not fully adhere to the data availability instructions of the journals they were published in, most commonly (73%) by not publicly depositing microarray data. The other 143 papers that adhered to the data availability instructions did so by publicly depositing only the specific data type as required, making a statement of willingness to share, or actually sharing all the primary data. Overall, only 47 papers (9%) deposited full primary raw data online. None of the 149 papers not subject to data availability policies made their full primary data publicly available.

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                    Copyright Clearance Center Launches New Service for Publishers: Open Access Solutions

                    Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 14th, 2012

                    The Copyright Clearance Center has launched a new service for Publishers called Open Access Solutions.

                    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                    CCC helps publishers manage variable Open Access (OA) models through its RightsLink™ platform, which supports unique pricing rules, licenses and messaging for OA journals, encouraging compliance with funding agency requirements. . . .

                    CCC makes it easier for publishers to charge different Open Access fees pre-publication based on variables such as author affiliation/membership, funding source and journal type; communicates publisher-specified reuse rights post-publication to users seeking permissions for all content including Open Access articles; captures valuable data about user interest in and reuse of publishers' Open Access publications; and provides the ability for publishers to add RightsLink to its content wherever it resides online, even in third-party repositories such as HighWire or PubMed Central.

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                      Open Access: SCOAP3 Launched

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2012

                      The SCOAP3 open access initiative has been launched at a meeting at CERN, and it will become operational in 2014.

                      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

                      In the SCOAP3 model, libraries and funding agencies pool resources currently used to subscribe to journal content and use them to support the peer-review system directly instead. Journal publishers then make their articles Open Access, which means that anyone can read them. Authors retain the copyright, and generous licenses for re-use are used.

                      Publishers of 12 journals, accounting for the vast majority of articles in the field, have been identified for participation in SCOAP3 through an open and competitive process, and the SCOAP3 initiative looks forward to establishing more partnerships with key institutions in Europe, America and Asia as it moves through the technical steps of organizing the re-direction of funds from the current subscription model to a common internationally coordinated fund.

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                        "Understanding and Making Use of Academic Authors’ Open Access Rights"

                        Posted in Author Rights, Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on September 30th, 2012

                        David R. Hansen has published "Understanding and Making Use of Academic Authors' Open Access Rights" in the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        METHODS To understand the scope of author-retained rights (including the right to purchase hybrid or other open access options) at some sample universities, author-rights data through the SHERPA/RoMEO API was combined with individual article citations (from Thomson Reuters' Web of Science) for works published over a one-year period (2011) and authored by individuals affiliated with five major U.S. research universities. RESULTS Authors retain significant rights in the articles that they create. Of the 29,322 unique articles authored over the one year period at the five universities, 28.83 percent could be archived in final PDF form and 87.95 percent could be archived as the post-print version. Nearly 43.47 percent also provided authors the choice of purchasing a hybrid paid open access option. DISCUSSION A significant percentage of current published output could be archived with little or no author intervention. With prior approval through an open access policy or otherwise, article manuscripts or final PDFs can be obtained and archived by library staff, and hybrid paid-OA options could be negotiated and exploited by library administrators.

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