E-Only Scholarly Journals: Overcoming the Barriers

Posted in E-Journals, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on November 29th, 2010

The Research Information Network has released E-Only Scholarly Journals: Overcoming the Barriers.

Here's an excerpt:

This study is prompted by a concern from publishers and librarians that the retention of both printed and e-journal formats adds unnecessary costs throughout the supply chain from publisher to library to user. In view of the many advantages of electronic journals, this report sets out to understand the barriers to a move to e-only provision of scholarly journals in the UK, and to investigate what various players within the scholarly communications system could do in order to encourage such a move.

This study involved a thorough literature review, gathering and analysing information provided by publishers and librarians, and interviews with a range of publishers, librarians and academics. The results are presented in this report, along with some recommendations for action.

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    Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography, Version 5

    Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on November 29th, 2010

    Version five of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Bibliography is now available from Digital Scholarship as an XHTML website with live links to many included works. This selective bibliography includes articles, books, conference papers, technical reports, unpublished e-prints and other scholarly textual sources that are useful in understanding electronic theses and dissertations. The bibliography does not cover digital media works (such as MP3 files), editorials, e-mail messages, interviews, letters to the editor, news articles, presentation slides or transcripts, or weblog postings. All included works are in English. It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

    The following recent Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:

    See also: Reviews of Digital Scholarship Publications.

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      Daily Tweets 2010-11-29

      Posted in Current News: DigitalKoans Twitter Updates on November 29th, 2010
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        Guide for Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 28th, 2010

        ARL has released the Guide for Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The Association for Research Libraries has developed this guide primarily for librarians, to help them make sense of the new NSF requirement. It provides the context for, and an explanation of, the policy change and its ramifications for the grant-writing process. It investigates the role of libraries in data management planning, offering guidance in helping researchers meet the NSF requirement. In addition, the guide provides a resources page, where examples of responses from ARL libraries may be found, as well as guides for data management planning created by various NSF directorates and approaches to the topic created by international data archive and curation centers.

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          Search Engine Added to Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography

          Posted in Bibliographies, Digital Scholarship Publications, Scholarly Communication on November 28th, 2010

          A Google Custom Search Engine has been added to the XHTML version of Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography.

          In related news, Amazon is now offering the paperback version of Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography at the discount price of $11.48.

          Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography

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            Recap of Digital Library, Electronic Resource, and Library IT Jobs 10/28/10-11/28/10

            Posted in Digital Library Jobs, Electronic Resources Jobs, Library IT Jobs on November 28th, 2010

            In case you missed the tweets, here are jobs from 10/28/10-11/28/10 during the DigitalKoans blog hiatus.

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              Gary Ward Named Chairman of the Public Library of Science

              Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals on November 28th, 2010

              Gary Ward has been named Chairman of the Public Library of Science.

              Here's an excerpt from the press release:

              We're delighted to announce that the PLoS board of directors has appointed Gary Ward as board chairman, effective January 1, 2011. Gary has a longstanding association with PLoS as a charter member of the PLoS Biology Editorial Board, has a deep understanding of Open Access and a strong devotion to its widespread adoption.

              Gary received his PhD from UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and did post doc work at UC San Francisco with Marc Kirschner. He was a Senior Staff Fellow at the NIH’s Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, and Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. He is currently Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont.

              Gary’s Open Access credentials are as impressive as his scholarly credentials: he is Chair (through year-end) of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, a past member of the NLM Public Access Working Group, and member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Access working group.

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                Harvard Divinity School Adopts Open Access Policy

                Posted in Open Access on November 28th, 2010

                On November 15, 2010, the Harvard Divinity School adopted an open access policy. Five other Harvard units have an open access policy: the Business School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Law School.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The Faculty of the Harvard Divinity School is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy: Each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows of Harvard College permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles. More specifically, each Faculty member grants to the President and Fellows a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. The policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Faculty except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. The Dean or Dean's designate will waive application of the license for a particular article or delay access for a specified period of time upon express direction by a Faculty member.

                Each Faculty member will provide an electronic copy of the author's final version of each article no later than the date of its publication at no charge to the appropriate representative of the Provost's Office in an appropriate format (such as PDF) specified by the Provost's Office. The Provost's Office may make the article available to the public in an open-access repository.

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