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"Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 7th, 2015

Danny Kingsley has published "Dutch Boycott of Elsevier—A Game Changer?" in Unlocking Research.

Here's an excerpt:

A long running dispute between Dutch universities and Elsevier has taken an interesting turn. Yesterday Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University who has been negotiating with scientific publishers about an open access policy on behalf of Dutch universities with his colleague Gerard Meijer, announced a plan to start boycotting Elsevier.

As a first step in boycotting the publisher, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has asked all scientists that are editor in chief of a journal published by Elsevier to give up their post. If this way of putting pressure on the publishers does not work, the next step would be to ask reviewers to stop working for Elsevier. After that, scientists could be asked to stop publishing in Elsevier journals. . . .

The 2015 Dutch boycott is significant. Typically negotiations with publishers occur at an institutional level and with representatives from the university libraries. This makes sense as libraries have long standing relationships with publishers and understand the minutiae of the licencing processes . However the Dutch negotiations have been led by the Vice Chancellors of the universities. It is a country-wide negotiation at the highest level. And Vice Chancellors have the ability to request behaviour change of their research communities.

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    Public Knowledge Project Announces Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 6th, 2015

    Public Knowledge Project has announced its Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study. This two-year initiative, in collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and other important stakeholders, will explore the feasibility of establishing publishing cooperatives that bring together libraries, journals, scholarly societies, presses, and others as a financially sustainable open access model for peer-reviewed scholarly publishing. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is providing a grant of $460,000 to support the project.

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      "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era"

      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on July 3rd, 2015

      Vincent Larivière et al. have published "The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era" in PLOS ONE.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers' high profit margins. However, the share of scientific output published in the journals of these major publishers, as well as its evolution over time and across various disciplines, has not yet been analyzed. This paper provides such analysis, based on 45 million documents indexed in the Web of Science over the period 1973-2013. It shows that in both natural and medical sciences (NMS) and social sciences and humanities (SSH), Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis increased their share of the published output, especially since the advent of the digital era (mid-1990s). Combined, the top five most prolific publishers account for more than 50% of all papers published in 2013. Disciplines of the social sciences have the highest level of concentration (70% of papers from the top five publishers), while the humanities have remained relatively independent (20% from top five publishers). NMS disciplines are in between, mainly because of the strength of their scientific societies, such as the ACS in chemistry or APS in physics. The paper also examines the migration of journals between small and big publishing houses and explores the effect of publisher change on citation impact. It concludes with a discussion on the economics of scholarly publishing.

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        "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management"

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2015

        Adelia Grabowsky has published "The Impact of Open Access on Collection Management" in Virginia Libraries.

        Here's an excerpt:

        This article examines if and how the integration of OA materials has changed collection and/or access management activities within academic libraries.

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          Digital Video Recordings from the 2015 Conference: Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs

          Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on May 28th, 2015

          The Library Publishing Coalition has released digital video recordings from the 2015 Conference: Creating and Supporting Sustainable Publishing Programs.

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            DSpace@MIT Tops 3 Million Downloads

            Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on May 26th, 2015

            MIT's DSpace@MIT repository has had over 3 million downloads as of the end of April.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The Open Access Articles Collection in DSpace@MIT now contains over 16,600 articles, which collectively were downloaded over 90,000 times in April.

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              "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!"

              Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 22nd, 2015

              Walt Crawford has published "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!" in Walt at Random.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The full set of 29 subject discussions that extend this summer's Library Technology Report issue "The State of Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism" has been posted, and will appear on Fridays from now through September 11, 2015. (Oops: The actual title is Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism.)

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                23 Groups Oppose Elsevier’s New Sharing and Hosting Policy

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 21st, 2015

                SPARC has released "New Policy from Elsevier Impedes Open Access and Sharing."

                Here's an excerpt:

                [Statement]

                On April 30, 2015, Elsevier announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with funders' open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers' subscriptions.

                Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a "non-commercial and no derivative works" license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

                Furthermore, the policy applies to "all articles previously published and those published in the future" making it even more punitive for both authors and institutions. This may also lead to articles that are currently available being suddenly embargoed and inaccessible to readers.

                As organizations committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education, we support the adoption of policies and practices that enable the immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. This policy is in direct conflict with the global trend towards open access and serves only to dilute the benefits of openly sharing research results.

                We strongly urge Elsevier to reconsider this policy and we encourage other organizations and individuals to express their opinions.

                The statement is available here and we welcome others to show their support by also endorsing it.

                The statement has been signed by the following groups:

                COAR: Confederation of Open Access Repositories
                SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
                ACRL: Association of College and Research Libraries
                ALA: American Library Association
                ARL: Association of Research Libraries
                Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
                Australian Open Access Support Group
                IBICT: Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology
                CARL: Canadian Association of Research Libraries
                CLACSO: Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
                COAPI: Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions
                Creative Commons
                Creative Commons (USA)
                EIFL
                Electronic Frontier Foundation
                Greater Western Library Alliance
                LIBER: European Research Library Association
                National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences
                OpenAIRE
                Open Data Hong Kong
                Research Libraries UK
                SANLiC: South African National Licensing Consortium
                University of St Andrews Library

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                  University of Windsor Senate Adopts Open Access Policy

                  Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on May 19th, 2015

                  The University of Windsor Senate has adopted an open access policy.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  In recognition of the importance of providing open access to Windsor research, and building on the momentum of the Tri-Council Open Access Policy (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), University Senate passed the University of Windsor's own open access policy (OA), Friday May 8. . . .

                  In Canada, the recent release of the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires grant recipients, as of May 2015, to take steps to ensure that peer-reviewed journal publications arising from supported research are made freely accessible within 12 months of publication.

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                    University of Colorado Boulder Adopts Open Access Policy

                    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 18th, 2015

                    The University of Colorado Boulder has adopted an open access policy.

                    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                    "We are delighted that the Chancellor's Executive Committee has approved an Open Access policy for the campus that was endorsed by the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Council of Deans, and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor," said University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "CU-Boulder proudly joins the ranks of other campuses in higher education that have created such policies in the interest of openly sharing their published intellectual assets."

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                      "Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review"

                      Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 15th, 2015

                      Hilda Bastian has published "Weighing Up Anonymity and Openness in Publication Peer Review" in Absolutely Maybe.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      There are some consequences that flow inevitably from the choice of anonymity or naming, like workload for journals, or the ability for peer reviewer conflicts of interests unknown to editors to be revealed. I'll come back to that later. But first, what evidence do we have that masking the identities of authors and peer reviewers achieves what it is meant to? . . .

                      So I've taken a deep dive into this literature. I found 17 relevant comparative studies, 12 of which are controlled trials. The quality of these studies varies greatly, especially the ability to control for variables. Some are in hypothetical situations. But there are some very good, decent-sized trials.

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                        "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky"

                        Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on May 11th, 2015

                        Richard Poynder has published "The Open Access Interviews: John Willinsky" in Open and Shut?.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        I was fortunate enough to draw together a wonderful team, led by the Associate University Librarian Brian Owen and technical wonder Alec Smecher at Simon Fraser University Library, who, through the research and development funds we were able to raise, created open source systems for scholarly workflow management and publishing. Together, we created Open Journal Systems (OJS) beginning in 2002, to answer the question of what will it cost to put a journal online. . . .

                        Over the course of the next decade, the use of OJS has spread across the globe to the point where—with 8,000 journals actively using it in 2013—we now feel a considerable responsibility at PKP for ensuring that this system provides a high-quality editorial workflow and publishing environment, and all the more so with roughly half of those journals in the Global South.

                        So in terms of your question on what PKP has developed into, I would say that it has become primarily but not entirely an open source software development and community support project in a global scale.

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