Archive for the 'Scholarly Journals' Category

"Considering Non-Open Access Publication Charges in the ‘Total Cost of Publication’"

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 19th, 2015

Andrew Gray has published "Considering Non-Open Access Publication Charges in the 'Total Cost of Publication'" in Publications.

Here's an excerpt:

Recent research has tried to calculate the "total cost of publication" in the British academic sector, bringing together the costs of journal subscriptions, the article processing charges (APCs) paid to publish open-access content, and the indirect costs of handling open-access mandates. This study adds an estimate for the other publication charges (predominantly page and colour charges) currently paid by research institutions, a significant element which has been neglected by recent studies. When these charges are included in the calculation, the total cost to institutions as of 2013/14 is around 18.5% over and above the cost of journal subscriptions—11% from APCs, 5.5% from indirect costs, and 2% from other publication charges.

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    "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles"

    Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on November 16th, 2015

    Sandra L. De Groote et al. have published "Examining the Impact of the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy on the Citation Rates of Journal Articles" in PLoS One.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Purpose

    To examine whether National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded articles that were archived in PubMed Central (PMC) after the release of the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy show greater scholarly impact than comparable articles not archived in PMC. . . .

    Results

    A total of 45,716 articles were examined, including 7,960 with NIH-funding. An analysis of the number of times these articles were cited found that NIH-funded 2006 articles in PMC were not cited significantly more than NIH-funded non-PMC articles. However, 2009 NIH funded articles in PMC were cited 26% more than 2009 NIH funded articles not in PMC, 5 years after publication. This result is highly significant even after controlling for journal (as a proxy of article quality and topic).

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      "ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access"

      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 13th, 2015

      ARL has released ""ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access."

      Here's an excerpt:

      Following in the footsteps of other editors and authors, the six editors and thirty-one editorial board members of the Elsevier journal Lingua resigned on October 27, 2015, in protest of Elsevier's practices. The Lingua editors argued that the journal's price has steadily increased year after year, far outpacing the cost of production. The editors also cited Elsevier's refusal to transition the journal to a "fair open access" model that would charge low and transparent article processing fees for authors, while allowing authors to retain copyright to their articles.

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        BioMed Central Implements Author Contributorship Badges

        Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 6th, 2015

        BioMed Central has implemented Author Contributorship Badges.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        To receive credit for their work, researchers must publish. However, the traditional author list on scientific research articles provides little clarification as to who actually did what on the project. Conventions around author order often mean that key contributors to research are either left off the author list entirely, or given a position that provides no real "credit" in the grant-awarding/career ladder ecosystem.

        The introduction of Author Contributorship Badges is an effort to solve this problem by crediting authors for the specific ways in which they contributed to a study. For example, it might distinguish whether the author drafted the copy, verified the results or curated the data for the project. A visual badge which illustrates their full contribution will be made available on the article page and on the ORCID site.

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          "’Predatory’ Open Access: A Longitudinal Study of Article Volumes and Market Characteristics"

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 5th, 2015

          Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Björk have published "'Predatory' Open Access: A Longitudinal Study of Article Volumes and Market Characteristics" in BMC Medicine.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Despite a total number of journals and publishing volumes comparable to respectable (indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals) open access journals, the problem of predatory open access seems highly contained to just a few countries, where the academic evaluation practices strongly favor international publication, but without further quality checks.

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            Serials Price Projections for 2016

            Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on October 2nd, 2015

            EBSCO has released Serials Price Projections for 2016.

            Here's an excerpt:

            At the time of writing, we expect the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries for 2016 (before currency impact) to be in the range of 4 to 6 percent.

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              Research Library Issues, no. 287

              Posted in Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on October 1st, 2015

              ARL has released Research Library Issues, no. 287.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 287, an issue in which Rikk Mulligan offers an overview of the history of scholarly communication from its beginnings in the 17th century to recent innovations in digital and hybrid publishing.

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                "An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access"

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Self-Archiving on October 1st, 2015

                Cheryl LaGuardia has published "An Interview with Peter Suber on Open Access" in Library Journal.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Because hybrid is no-risk, it has spread like wildfire. I used to think that was good, since at least it gave publishers first-hand experience with the economics of fee-based OA journals. But I changed my mind about that years ago

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                  Open Library of Humanities Launched

                  Posted in Digital Humanities, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 29th, 2015

                  The Open Library of Humanities has been launched.

                  Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                  North Beach, San Francisco It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the Open Library of Humanities. Over two years in the planning and execution, the platform starts with seven journals, supported by 99 institutions. Our estimated publication volume for year one is 150 articles across these venues. The economics of this work out at approximately £4 ($6) per institution per open-access article.

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                    "Campus Open Access Funds: Experiences of the KU ‘One University’ Open Access Author Fund"

                    Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on September 21st, 2015

                    Rachel Gyore et al. have published "Campus Open Access Funds: Experiences of the KU 'One University' Open Access Author Fund" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

                    Here's an excerpt:

                    This report documents the group's experience in developing eligibility criteria and administering the OA Fund. Here we provide insight into our efforts implementing the project, funding results, and plans for continuation. We share the results of the first two years of the OA Author Fund pilot and the lessons learned about open access fund administration.

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                      "The Presence of High-impact Factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Disciplines"

                      Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 17th, 2015

                      Annarita Barbara et al. have published "The Presence of High-impact Factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) Disciplines" in the Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science.

                      Here's an excerpt:

                      The present study means to establish to what extent high-quality open access journals are available as an outlet for publication, by examining their distribution in different scientific disciplines, including the distribution of those journals without article processing charges. The study is based on a systematic comparison between the journals included in the DOAJ, and the journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science edition 2013, released by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor of Open Access (OA) journals was lower than those of other journals by a small but statistically significant amount. Open access journals are present in the upper quartile (by impact factor) of 85 out of 176 (48.8%) categories examined. There were no OA journals with an Impact Factor in only 16 categories (9%).

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                        "The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014"

                        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 15th, 2015

                        Walt Crawford has published "The Gold OA Landscape 2011-2014" in Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large.

                        Here's an excerpt:

                        This issue consists of an excerpted version of The Gold OA Landscape 2011- 2014, published September 10, 2015 as a PDF ebook for $55.00 and on September 11, 2015 as a paperback book for $60.00. . . .

                        This book represents the first overview of essentially all of serious gold OA—that is, what's published by the journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. I believe it's important for all OA publishers and for many libraries and OA advocates. If it does well, or if there's some form of alternative funding, I'll continue tracking the field in the future.

                        The issue—starting with the first numbered section below—includes a little more than one-third of what's in the book (a little more than half the text, but none of the 69 graphs, and probably less than half of the many, many tables), I believe these excerpts are useful on their own, and enough to provide a reasonably good picture of gold OA in 2011-2014- but they're not the whole story. For that, you'll have to buy the book.

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