Stirling University adopts an OA mandate

April 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Journals Publishing, Open Access | Comments Off on Stirling University adopts an OA mandate

The University of Stirling has become the first academic institution in the UK to oblige staff to make all their published research available online.

Clare Allan said:

The University now requires all published journal articles to be deposited by authors, as soon as possible after they are accepted for publication, and in compliance with the publishers’ copyright agreements. 

(Via Open Access News.)

Harvard University mandates Open Access to faculty members’ articles

February 15, 2008 at 11:17 am | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access | Leave a comment

The Harvard OA mandate Plenty of comment on Harvard’s “yes” vote for OA.(Via Open Access News.)
Information World Review (Issue 204, March 2008)  quotes Robert Darnton, Director of Harvard University Library, thus:

We academics provide the content for scholarly journals. We evaluate articles as referees, we serve on editorial boards, we work as editors ourselves, yet the journals force us to buy back our work, in published form, at outrageous prices.

Harvard’s new policy will be

a first step toward freeing scholarship from the stranglehold of commercial publishers by making it freely available through our own university repository.

LJ Periodical Price Survey 2007

April 18, 2007 at 10:54 am | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Journals Publishing, Open Access | Leave a comment

Library Journal‘s Periodical Price Survey 2007 is now available. Overall price rises for 2008 renewals are expected to be in the range of 7 to 9%. There is also an interesting analysis of the impact of Open Access and Institutional Repositories.

Subscription model faces threat from self-archiving

December 6, 2006 at 11:47 am | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Journals Publishing, Open Access | Leave a comment

Information World Review reports on a recent study conducted by the Publishing Research Consortium in which 400 librarians worldwide were surveyed:

Librarians are likely to cancel journal subscriptions in favour of free access to peer-reviewed research via open access repositories … The study found that librarians are sensitive to the embargo period: with a 24-month embargo, just over 50% prefer the paid-for version of a journal article.

Chris Beckett, director of Scholarly Information Strategies said: “The sooner publishers develop alternatives to enable OA, the better.”

RCUK revised position statement on access to research outputs

June 28, 2006 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access | Leave a comment

The RCUK has just released their revised statement at:

The fundamental principles remain the same:

• Ideas and knowledge derived from publicly-funded research must be made available and accessible for public use, interrogation and scrutiny, as widely, rapidly and effectively as practicable.

• Published research outputs must be subject to rigorous quality assurance, through effective peer review mechanisms.

• The models and mechanisms for publication and access to research results must be both efficient and cost-effective in the use of public funds.

• The outputs from current and future research must be preserved and remain accessible for future generations

but they tread cautiously around the question of limitations imposed by publishers’ copyright and licensing policies.

They also recognize that different approaches are appropriate to different disciplines and they devolve responsibility for providing specific guidance to the individual councils. AHRC aims to finalize amendments of its guidelines by the end of 2006:

AHRC guidelines

‘Report vindicates JISC’s Open Access funding’

June 13, 2006 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Journals Publishing, Open Access | Leave a comment

Information World Review notes that a report by Key Perspectives ‘vindicates JISC’s Open Access funding’:

Funding for publishers willing to trial open access (OA) publishing has allayed concerns about the OA business model, according to JISC …

Oxford University Research Repository Recommendations

February 21, 2006 at 9:35 am | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access | Leave a comment

Recommendations for an Oxford OA repository

Michael Fraser, Towards a Research Repository for Oxford University, version 1.1, January 23, 2006. Excerpt:

In 2005 the Digital Archiving Group, a working group of Oxford’s Information and Communication Technologies Committee (ICTC), suggested that a pilot project for the digital archiving of scholarly papers be developed. To support this suggestion, and to investigate the wider issues relating to eprints and institutional repositories, a workshop was organised on 10 June 2005 (see Programme in Appendix B). The purpose of the workshop was to investigate the opportunities and challenges of developing an open access institutional repository for research….

The following recommendations were either refined by or arose out of the workshop held on 10 June 2005. They relate to the establishment of an institutional research repository within an overall framework integrating scholarly communication and digital curation. These recommendations are intended to build upon, and bring into production, activities already being undertaken within the University (and further described below):

  1. To establish a scholarly communications forum or other appropriate cross-divisional body to investigate, evaluate, facilitate and raise awareness about new models and related issues for the production and dissemination of Oxford University scholarship.
  2. To develop supporting policies, guidelines and incentives to enable members of the research community to self-archive research publications within Oxford’s research repository, and in any case, to provide the infrastructure to enable grant-holders to comply with current or future open access policies of the Research Councils and other funding bodies.
  3. To establish an institutional research repository, led by OULS with support from OUCS and in consultation with and agreement of the academic divisions.
  4. To provide recurrent central funding from an appropriate source in order to support at least 2 FTE and the necessary hardware requirements.
  5. To make freely available the research output, across subject areas, of the University through provision of an open access repository.
  6. To investigate the appropriate and effective place of a research repository within the overall management of the institution’s research record, including bibliographic metadata and, where agreed, fulltext as part of RAE 2008.
  7. To provide support and guidance on intellectual property rights to ensure that researchers have the right to deposit research publications and, where appropriate, supporting data within an institutional research repository.
  8. To work in partnership with scholarly publishers to enable access to and the curation of Oxford’s research output.
  9. To ensure that the research repository conforms with any agreed institutional repository framework, including conformance with relevant open standards and active collaboration with other stakeholders involved in the development of institutional repository infrastructure or value-added services within the University.

(Via Open Access News.)

RAE software for Open Access repositories

January 30, 2006 at 9:11 am | Posted in Institutional Repositories, RAE | Leave a comment

The Institutional Repository and Research Assessment has released a test version of its EPrints and DSpace RAE Software.

“The software to allow EPrints and DSpace institutional repositories to be used for RAE 2008 is now available in Bronze release form … It is now being made available to the UK academic community for repository managers to gain the experience of fitting it into their Institutional RAE processes.”

More evidence of the formal role that repositories will play in providing showcases for institutions’ research.

(Via Open Access News.)

UC’s eScholarship Repository

January 18, 2006 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access | Leave a comment

Richard Poynder, Changing the paradigm, Open and Shut, January 18, 2006. An interview with Catherine Candee, director of publishing and strategic initiatives in the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of California in which she outlines her vision of the future of scholarly publishing — a world in which universities would retain ownership of their scholarly output, and make it freely available on the Web via a network of institutional repositories like the eScholarship Repository (UC). Some excerpts follow:

RP: Your job grew out of the so-called scholarly publishing crisis did it?

CC: Very much so. We faced a situation in which spiralling serials costs were literally killing the University of California. Today we spend about $27 million a year on licensed content … In 2000, for example, we launched the eScholarship program, which was created to exploit technologies that can help us reduce the cost of scholarly materials, especially journals….The journal pricing issue drove us in the library to seek new solutions; but it wasn’t journal pricing that drove faculty to try new things.

RP: What is the likely timing for a decision [on the recent white papers proposing various OA-related policies for the U of California]?

CC: As I understand it, the aim is to get things passed and through the system before next fall.

RP: If it does go ahead would you envisage a postprint mandate following behind it?

CC: Yes.

RP: Looking to the future, how important do you think institutional repositories will prove to be in the scholarly publishing process and will they be seen as an alternative to the traditional system or as an adjunct?

CC: In the short term I think they will be quite important. I don’t see them as a replacement but, as I mentioned, I really think we are heading towards a layering of services, where an awful lot of raw content will be managed more responsibly by universities, and publishers and aggregators will develop all kinds of services to add value to that content.

(Via Open Access News.)

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