Archive for open access

Over 20% of the world’s scholarly journals now open access!

Posted in research with tags on 11 May 2010 by Steve

“The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has just announced a list of milestones, including exceeding 5,000 journals. This is more than 20% of the world’s scholarly peer reviewed journals, estimated at ~ 23,000 according to Ulrich’s. This is a conservative estimate …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 10 May]

Universities, Congress push Open Access Research law

Posted in research with tags , on 6 May 2010 by Steve

“For the last several years, the US’ National Institutes of Health has implemented a Congressionally mandated open access policy. Within a year of the publication of any work that’s derived from NIH funding, the papers have to be sent to the NIH in digital form so that they can be made available online for anyone to examine …” (more)

[John Timmer, Law and Disorder, 5 May]

Elsevier 2009 $2 billion profits could fund worldwide OA at $1,383 per article

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 April 2010 by Steve

“… If the total profit from Elsevier and Lexis-Nexis is added together and converted to U.S. dollars, the total is $2,075m. Divided by the estimated worldwide scholarly article output of 1.5 million articles per year (Björk et al, 2008), this comes out to $1,383 U.S. In other words, the profits of this one company alone could fund a global, fully open access scholarly publishing system, at a rate of $1,383 U.S. per article …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 27 April]

The Harvard Policy & the University License

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 25 April 2010 by Steve

“I’ve been doing a little reading on the Harvard open-access policy and its implications for higher education. The Harvard policy, adopted in 2008 by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is extraordinarily progressive …” (more)

[UBFree, 23 April]

Freedom for scholarship in the internet age: OCULA spotlight

Posted in research with tags on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“… Dealing with the sheer volume of information presently available (and still expanding exponentially) is one of the key challenges for scholars, librarians, and publishers alike. Three strategies for addressing this challenge are discussed. Reading less or filtering is seen as tempting, but not a good idea when examined against the purpose of scholarship …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 1 March]

European research funders throw weight behind UK open access repository

Posted in research with tags on 1 March 2010 by Steve

“Four European research funders have today added their support to the open access repository UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) by agreeing that the life sciences research outputs made possible with their funding are made freely available through this repository …” (more)

[Wellcome Trust, 1 March]

Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told

Posted in research with tags on 20 February 2010 by Steve

“Public access to research is ‘inevitable’, but it will be a slog to get to it. That was the takeaway message of a panel on the role libraries can play in supporting current and future public-access moves. The panel was part of the program at the membership meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, held here yesterday and today …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 February]

New Journals, Free Online, Let Scholars Speak Out

Posted in research with tags on 14 February 2010 by Steve

“He seems genial, but John Willinsky is a dangerous man. As a leader in the development and spread of ‘open access’ scholarly journals, which are published online and offered free, the Stanford University education professor is not just helping to transform academic publishing. He is also equipping scholars around the world with a tool to foment revolution …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 February]

The scholar’s copy

Posted in research with tags on 13 February 2010 by Steve

“There has been much useful discussion on this list about scholars as authors, and rightly so. Today, I would like to introduce a view of what we scholars need nowadays as readers. Increasingly, my reading is onscreen. The copy of an article or book that works best for me is the one that I can download to my desktop, and mark up as I please with highlighting and commentary …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 12 February]

PEER Baseline – why don’t authors deposit?

Posted in research with tags , , on 8 February 2010 by Steve

“… For advocates of open access, and in particular institutional repositories, one immediately interesting question is Q 22: What reservations do you have about placing your peer-reviewed journal articles in publicly available repositories. Responses to this are quite fascinating. As a (very) rough analysis, putting together the figures seems to show that the most significant concern is a reluctance to put research publications in a repository where other materials have not been peer-reviewed, with nearly 50% considering this either very important or important …” (more)

[Research Communications, 4 February]

Notes for dramatic growth of open access

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“Jim Till presents a method on how to track compliance with the CIHR policy on Be openly accessible or be obscure. The Public Knowledge Project has released a map and data indicating that over 5,000 journals, around the world, are using Open Journals Systems …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 3 February]

Slowing down to protect the incumbents – or speeding up to protect the earth?

Posted in research with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“In this February’s issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, Peter Suber discusses some analogies between open access and clean energy. One of Peter’s discussion points is the issue of whether to slow down to protect the incumbents; in the case of clean energy, this would mean continuing to support environmentally harmful energy industries when clean ones are available, just because the incumbents are there; in the case of open access, this means slowing down to protect the interests of the existing publishing industry – interests which are not synonymous with the interests of scholarship, or of the public at large …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 2 February]

arXiv business model development

Posted in research with tags on 22 January 2010 by Steve

“arXiv, the physics preprint server, is in the process of moving to a new form of business model, one based on voluntary contribution based on usage. Following is a suggestion for a slight tweak that I think will make the transition smoother; but don’t wait, please sign up right away as the financial aspects likely need no change …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Heather Morrison, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 21 January]

Panel Calls on US Agencies to Require Free Access to Research Papers

Posted in research with tags , on 14 January 2010 by Steve

“A diverse group of scientific publishers, librarians, and university officials has come together to endorse a once-controversial idea: that all federal research agencies should require that papers published by the investigators they support be made freely available to the public as soon as possible …” (more)

[Jocelyn Kaiser, Science Insider, 13 January]

Open access @ DIT

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 29 December 2009 by Steve

“Congratulations to Dublin Institute of Technology for Ireland’s first institutional Open Access mandate” (tweet)

[Garret McMahon, Twitter, 28 December]

Open access to knowledge?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 November 2009 by Steve

“One of the movements that is beginning to get a toe-hold in the academic world is the drive for open access to research. Currently the output of most research is published in academic journals which are then made available to subscribers, whether in print or online. The publishers of these have a captive market, their customers being mainly university libraries, and the subscription rates have in some instances been ludicrously high …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 November]

Open Access 101

Posted in research with tags on 28 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“To deposit your research in an Institutional Repository in an Irish university (or in DIT, WIT, RCSI or HSE) go to the IREL-Open website and scroll down to find your institution’s repository.” (video)

[Aoife Geraghty, Read Around Research, 28 October]

Open Access for the Humanities?

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“This is International Open Access week (19-23 October 2009) with many events taking place to raise awareness of this mode of scholarly communication. However, to date, Open Access has achieved most success in the science and technology fields where the dissemination of written knowledge has traditionally taken place via journal articles and conference proceedings …” (more)

[Gwen Ryan, Read Around Research, 21 October]

Publishing and Open Access

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“CELT hosted an informative seminar this week on Open Access publishing, facilitated by the research support staff from the library. The seminar focused on the development of ARAN, NUI Galway’s open access repository. More universities are developing these types of repositories in order to facilitate access to the publications of academic staff, and it seems as though many publishers and funding bodies are in favour of them …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 21 October]

Breakthrough on Open Access

Posted in research with tags , on 15 September 2009 by Steve

USA“… On Monday, five leading universities announced a new ‘Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity’ in which they have pledged to develop systems to pay open access journals for the articles they publish by the institutions’ scholars. In doing so, the institutions are attempting to put to rest the idea that only older publication models (paid and/or print) can support rigorous peer review and quality assurance. By embracing a new model, the institutions say, they hope to shift away from a system in which rising journal prices have frustrated librarians, and the lack of free access has frustrated those whose institutions can’t afford many journals …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 15 September]