Hindawi’s Open Access Journals’ Impact Factor Up over 27%

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Metrics on June 23rd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Hindawi's open access journals' average impact factor is up over 27% in the last year.

Here's an excerpt from the press release on liblicense-l:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation is pleased to announce that it has seen very strong growth in the Impact Factors of its journals in the recently released 2008 Journal Citation Report published by Thomson Scientific. This most recent Journal Citation Report shows the average Impact Factor of Hindawi's journals increasing by more than 27% over the past year, with two of Hindawi's largest journals, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing and Mathematical Problems in Engineering, rising by 70% and 45% respectively. . . .

In addition to the 14 journals that were included in the 2007 Journal Citation Report, three of Hindawi's journals received Impact Factors for the first time this year: Clinical and Developmental Immunology, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, and Journal of Nanomaterials.

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Elsevier Fails to Block Release of Its Licensing Contract with Washington State University

Posted in Licenses, Publishing on June 23rd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Elsevier's injunction to block the release of its licensing contract with Washington State University to researchers has been denied by Whitman County Superior Court.

Here's an excerpt from the ARL press release :

Whitman County Superior Court, State of Washington, ruled Friday, June 19, 2009, in favor of full disclosure for a public-records request submitted to Washington State University by Ted Bergstrom, Paul Courant, and Preston McAfee for license information regarding the WSU-Elsevier contract. On June 9, Elsevier had filed a Motion for Injunction against release of the data. According to court papers, the plaintiff argued that disclosure of the Elsevier-WSU contracts would "disclose aspects of Elsevier's pricing methods and formula so as to produce private gain and public loss. Such disclosure would violate Elsevier's rights under Washington statutes. . .to preserve the confidentiality of its proprietary pricing methods and formulae."

"We could see no reason why the open-records request should not be fulfilled in this case,” said Jay Starratt, Dean of Libraries, Washington State University. "As a member of ARL's Scholarly Communication Committee, I am interested in the results of the data analysis being conducted by the researchers."

Researchers Ted Bergstrom, Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Paul Courant, University Librarian, Dean of Libraries, and Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Information, University of Michigan, said, "We believe that state open-access laws serve the public interest by requiring full transparency of contracts that involve millions of taxpayer dollars. We will continue to collect and analyze the terms of 'Big Deal' contracts signed by a large number of universities and to share this information with the library community. We appreciate the efforts of university librarians who have helped us to collect contract information and we are grateful for ARL's support and encouragement."

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“Scholarly Presses Discuss What It Takes to Survive”

Posted in Publishing, University Presses on June 22nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In "Scholarly Presses Discuss What It Takes to Survive," Jennifer Howard of The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Association of American University Presses 2009 Annual Meeting (restricted access URL).

Here's an excerpt:

"As we know, the crisis in scholarly communication is now in its fifth decade," joked Mr. Armato of the University of Minnesota Press. . . .

The comment got a laugh, but it also set up an assault on what Mr. Armato called the "polarizing and self-serving rhetoric" that fills the debate over open access and scholarly publishing. Yes, we have to learn to live with and through "the transformation that lies not ahead of us but all around us," he advised. Nobody wants to be the ancien régime, Mr. Armato said—look what happened when the tumbrels rolled—but he pointed out that "revolutions often begin without much consideration" of what's lost on the road to utopia. Revolutionary rhetoric has done more to harm scholarly communication than to advance it, as revolutions tend to ignore "the human, social, and cultural consequences of those steps and what is destroyed along the way," he warned.

Read more about it at "Academic Publishing in the Humanities" and “Change or Die?

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Presentations about Digital Repositories from Gregynog Colloquium 2009

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories on June 22nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Welsh Repository Network has announced that presentations about digital repositories from the Gregynog Colloquium 2009 are now available.

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Springer Launches MyCopy: E-Book Users Can Order Fixed-Price Paperback Copies

Posted in E-Books, Publishing on June 22nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Following a pilot project, Springer Science+Business Media has launched its MyCopy service, which allows Canadian and U.S. academic users of Springer eBook Collections to order fixed-price paperback copies of e-books.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

All registered library patrons will be able to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for their personal use by clicking on a button on the Springer platform www.springerlink.com.

The MyCopy offer is currently valid for more than 11,000 electronic Springer books published since 2005. The new softcover format is branded as a MyCopy book with a color cover and black and white book content. MyCopy books can only be ordered by registered patrons of those academic libraries that have purchased the corresponding eBook Collection. The entire ordering and shipping process will be handled by Springer in cooperation with a print-on-demand (POD) provider. All books will be sold at the same price, US$ 24.95. This price includes shipping and handling within the USA and Canada.

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“Publisher ‘Threat’ to Open Access”

Posted in Open Access, Publishing on June 22nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

In "Publisher 'Threat' to Open Access," Zoë Corbyn of Times Higher Education reports that in the UK:

Elsevier is thought to be mooting a new idea that could undermine universities' own open-access repositories. It would see Elsevier take over the job of archiving papers and making them available more widely as PDF files. . . .

Shira Tabachnikoff, director of corporate communications at Elsevier, confirmed that preliminary discussions had taken place with some institutions but would not go into detail on their nature.

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Google Book Search Settlement: Interview with Michael Healy, Expected Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry

Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on June 22nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Copyright Clearance Center has released an interview with Michael Healy, expected Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry (digital audio of the interview is also available). The Book Rights Registry will be established as part of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement.

Here's an excerpt:

And let’s be clear, what we’ll be building here is a remarkable and unique resource, the like of which has not been seen in the industry before, which is a very comprehensive data set, which links publications back to works around which those publications are clustered. And then, you’ll have those works and publications linked for the very first time to comprehensive metadata records about rights holders, who owns what. Then, layer on top of that again, the opportunity that the settlement gives authors and publishers to express what Google and others do with these digitized books, the display rights, the pricing, etc. Then, you have a very complex mix of data sets, which need to interoperate successfully for the Registry to succeed. And I think that highlights an important point of this settlement, which we may come on and talk about later when we discuss the benefits, but it is important to emphasize that the Registry will be a vehicle through which—and the settlement document underpins this—the Registry will be a vehicle through which rights holders can exercise control on the use made by Google and others of these digitized works.

Read more about it at "Authors Guild/AAP/Google Settlement Gives Authors, Publishers 'Unprecedented. . . Control' Over Their Copyrights."

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Enabling Open Scholarship Organization Launched

Posted in Open Access on June 22nd, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Professor Bernard Rentier, Rector of the University of Lige, and Dr. Alma Swan of Key Perspectives have launched Enabling Open Scholarship.

Here's an excerpt from the 6/11/09 American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum announcement:

Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) is a membership organisation for universities and research institutions. The organisation is a forum for raising and discussing issues around the mission of modern universities, particularly with regard to the creation, dissemination and preservation of research findings.

Anyone who is interested in enrolling their institution as a member, or in attending an EOS meeting or briefing session, is invited to email the convenor of the group, Dr Alma Swan . . .

Contact information for Dr. Swan can be found on the Key Perspectives Contact Us page.

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Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 Presentations

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Repositories, DSpace, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), Institutional Repositories on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Presentations from the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 are now available.

Here's those by Texas Digital Library staff:

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“File-Sharing and Copyright”

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf of the Harvard Business School have released "File-Sharing and Copyright" as a working paper.

Here's an excerpt:

As our survey indicates, the empirical evidence on sales displacement is mixed. While some studies find evidence of a substitution effect, other findings, in particular the papers using actual file-sharing data, suggest that piracy and music sales are largely unrelated. In contrast, there is clear evidence that income from complements has risen in recent years. For example, concert sales have increased more than music sales have fallen. Similarly, a fraction of consumer electronics purchases and internet-related expenditures are due to file sharing. Unfortunately, we know little about the distribution of these impacts. How markets for complimentary goods have responded to file sharing remains an area of inquiry that is largely unexplored in academic research.

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Library IT Jobs: Systems & Electronic Services Librarian at Genesee Community College

Posted in Library IT Jobs on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Alfred C. O’Connell Library at Genesee Community College is recruiting a Systems & Electronic Services Librarian.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Manages, configures and maintains the library's electronic resources, on and off campus, including electronic databases, internet resources, the library web site, remote patron authentication software and system (proxy), Open URL link resolving software, and other applications.

Develops, implements, enhances and assesses integrated library system and web OPAC, including upgrades and updates, in collaboration with the LMS Administrator. . . .

Responsible for technical support of library electronic equipment: PC workstations, printers, scanners, fax machines, electronic classroom management system equipment, etc. Troubleshoots and performs maintenance as necessary.

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“Not Served on a Silver Platter! Access to Online Mathematics Information in Africa”

Posted in Open Access, Scholarly Journals, Serials Crisis on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Anders Wandahl has self-archived "Not Served on a Silver Platter! Access to Online Mathematics Information in Africa" in arXiv.org.

Here's an excerpt:

The "truly free" resources listed in the table [e.g., open access journals] above are free to anyone and anywhere. Resources provided by other programmes and initiatives, which are described below [e.g., HINARI], are also free to end-users in all or most African countries. However, there is an importance difference between these two groups of resources. The second group requires some sort of authentication before the user is allowed access. . . .

In order for the IP number control system to work smoothly, the public IP number(s) should be fairly stable. In Africa, this is not always the case, since a change of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) also usually means a change of the IP number. African institutions sometimes see an advantage in negotiating terms and prices with a new Internet Service Provider now and then, in order to find a more favorable deal, but this means that the new IP numbers must be supplied to all journals and publishers before access is reestablished.

To complicate this picture a little further, there is a distinction between static and dynamic IP numbers. In general, there is a world-wide shortage of IP numbers. In order to cope with this situation, the numbers are sometimes assigned to universities and institutions in a dynamic as opposed to static way. A dynamically assigned IP number may change any time (even though they usually are pretty stable over time). A static number is assigned once and is not supposed to change as long as you have a running contract with an Internet Service Provider, which makes them better for authentication purposes. The flip-side of the coin is that static numbers are more expensive.

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Digital Library Jobs: Library Applications Developer at the University of Maryland

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The University of Maryland Libraries are recruiting a Library Applications Developer (Web Programmer).

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Responsibilities include providing general development and support for applications run by the Digital Technology & Interface Services department, such as content management systems (Drupal, etc), authentication, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, and library-specific applications such as DSpace and discovery tools. The Web Programmer will support back-end operations and enterprise integration, develop web interfaces for information discovery, customize and integrate commercial and open-source applications, and provide original programming. Knowledge/skills/abilities include: thorough knowledge of and experience with web technologies (HTML, the HTML DOM, CSS, XML, XSLT, RSS and AJAX); experience working collaboratively in a team environment; experience building an application which programmatically interacts with a database; and good oral/written communication skills.

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Open Journal Systems 2.1.2 Released

Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Publishing on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Journal Systems 2.1.2.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement listing new features:

  • Complete CAPTCHA support in OCS 2.x
  • Review forms ported from OJS
  • Add a la carte items to registration
  • Merge users at site level
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Presentations from 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting

Posted in OCLC, Scholarly Communication on June 21st, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Presentations (PDF, MP4, and WMV formats) from the 2009 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting are now available.

Here's a brief selection of PDF files:

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A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement

Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing on June 18th, 2009 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries have released A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The University of Michigan, one of the original participating libraries in the Google Book project, recently entered into an amended agreement that will govern the relationship between Google and Michigan if the proposed Google Book Search settlement is approved by the judge.

Jonathan Band, author of "A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement," has provided a concise description of the Google-Michigan amended terms. The document highlights some rights and responsibilities of participating libraries, including the following:

  • Michigan and any partner library can initiate a review of the pricing of the institutional subscription to determine whether the price properly meets the objectives set forth in the settlement agreement.

  • Google must provide to partner libraries information on books, such as whether Google is treating the book as in the public domain and whether a book is being excluded from any display uses for editorial or non-editorial reasons.

  • Google will provide Michigan with a free institutional subscription for at least 25 years.

  • Michigan is permitted to provide digital copies of the public domain books to academic institutions and research or public libraries for non-commercial research, scholarly, or academic purposes, as long as the library uses reasonable efforts to prevent bulk downloads of the copies.

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