UK Serials Group 2010 Summary

May 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing, Libraries, Open Access | Leave a comment

LiveSerials: Hannah Whaley’s UKSG summary: ”

A number of themes started to recur through the sessions and discussions, as summarised:

  • Big deal bubble must burst, as it is unsustainable for many institutions
  • We must move further towards open access, but it is not yet clear how
  • Journal impact factor isn’t good enough anymore, we need to
    review the commentary and produce new ranking factors
  • Linked information is nearly here, allowing informal and pre-publish conversations to be viewed and measured in a structured way on the web
  • The age of the article is here, meaning metrics, usage and discoverability will increasingly be at article level rather than the ‘journal container’
  • Just-in-time must replace just-in-case, as no one can maintain a full array of items that may only occasionally be required
  • Digital online access will become the norm

    April 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Posted in E-Books, Electronic Publishing, Open Access, Print on Demand (PoD) | Leave a comment

    Interesting post to the liblicense list by Colin Steele.

    The challenge for twenty-first century scholarship, which
    includes e- books, is to implement an infrastructure for the
    digital world untrammelled by the historical legacies in the
    frameworks and costings of print culture. In academic monograph
    and textbook production, digital online access will become the
    norm, more often than not supplemented by data and multimedia
    additions. Print ,however, will not die, given the likely
    explosion of cheap POD outlets. Readers will still be able to
    judge a book by its POD cover.

    E-book futures are still clearly evolving and cost and ease of
    access will be crucial issues. A discernible trend is, however,
    emerging with open access e-book environments. If e-outputs and
    their impacts become embedded in promotion and tenure and
    research assessment exercises, then more institutions will assume
    responsibility for harvesting and providing global access to
    their scholarship, scholarship that combines authority with
    public accessibility. A suitable vision for the twenty first
    century? ‘Let those who are not old, – who are still young,
    ponder this well’ (Trollope, 1866)”

    ‘Giving it away’ a textbook argument

    November 12, 2009 at 9:41 am | Posted in E-Books, Monographs, Open Access | Comments Off on ‘Giving it away’ a textbook argument

    ‘Giving it away’ Matthew Reisz’s artcle in the THES assesses what open access means for academic monograph publishing

    Compact for OA Publishing Equity

    September 15, 2009 at 8:39 am | Posted in Journals Publishing, Open Access | Comments Off on Compact for OA Publishing Equity

    Compact for OA Publishing Equity:

    Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT and UC Berkeley have all signed up to this compact:

    We the undersigned universities recognize the crucial value of the services provided by scholarly publishers, the desirability of open access to the scholarly literature, and the need for a stable source of funding for publishers who choose to provide open access to their journals’ contents. Those universities and funding agencies receiving the benefits of publisher services should recognize their collective and individual responsibility for that funding, and this recognition should be ongoing and public so that publishers can rely on it as a condition for their continuing operation.

    Therefore, each of the undersigned universities commits to the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds. We encourage other universities and research funding agencies to join us in this commitment, to provide a sufficient and sustainable funding basis for open-access publication of the scholarly literature.”

    UUK/RIN Recommendations on OA Publication Fees

    April 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Open Access | Comments Off on UUK/RIN Recommendations on OA Publication Fees

    A new report released on 27th March 2009 by Universities UK and the Research Information Network, recommends that

    HEIs establish dedicated budgets to which researchers can apply for funds to meet the costs of publication fees.

    (Via Open Access News.)

    Progress toward OA in the social sciences and humanities

    June 5, 2008 at 7:37 am | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing, Monographs, Open Access | Comments Off on Progress toward OA in the social sciences and humanities

    Progress toward OA in the social sciences and humanities: ”

    Tracey Caldwell, OA in the humanities badlands, Information World Review, June 4, 2008. Excerpt:

    The field of social sciences and humanities (SSH)…faces a…crisis in publishing [similar to that in the STM fields]. In STM, this crisis has been one of the drivers for open access, but this has not been the case in SSH so far.

    The dearth of funding in the SSH sector has been one the main reasons it has lagged behind in getting research online and embracing open access. There is not a lot of money around to finance author-pays models of open access (OA), although there has also been an absence of drive on the part of researchers towards open access, backed by a cultural resistance in some disciplines to any sharing of research at all.

    But recently, there has been a dawning of understanding among researchers that OA can bring benefits much broader than simple speed and ease of access to research.

    At the same time, publishers facing demands for open access have started to make their concerns known, citing the long tail of access to research in this sector that would threaten their business model. Compared with the STM sector, there is a much higher proportion of journal articles accessed for the first time over a year after publication in SSH….

    The launch of the Open Humanities Press (OHP), an international OA publishing collective in critical and cultural theory, at the end of April is one sign of the growing realisation of the need for OA in humanities….

    The EU has put its weight behind moves to hasten OA in SSH through the so-called Action 32 of the STM-based COST (Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) European programme. Action 32 aims to create a digital infrastructure for collaborative humanities research on the web….

    [Jonathan Gray of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF)] believes the first step to OA in the SSH sector is to provide better access to research that is already in the public domain….

    Many researchers in this sector simply do not know how to go about making their research open access. A survey by RIN showed that only 14% of arts and humanities researchers (compared with 30% in the physical sciences and 36% in the life sciences) think they are familiar with the options for making their research outputs open access.

    [David Green, global journals publishing director for Taylor & Francis] believes it is too early to tell what the true impact of OA would be on the SSH sector.

    ‘One of the big American medical journals found a one-time drop of around 5-10% of subscriptions when it made its back archive free to access after a couple of years. We saw something similar, if less marked, with two of our journals when they introduced their 12- and 24-month embargo postprint policies. Renewals since have been good. This seems a common experience: a small loss in the first year after introducing some form of OA, followed by a large increase in usage.’

    So would it hold more widely in SSH? ‘Hard to say, but we would remain concerned that SSH material has a much longer half-life and much longer usage tail than STM….

    [Michael Jubb, director of the Research Information Network (RIN)] is part of a concerted effort to guide institutions towards centralised arrangements to pay publishing fees. He says: ‘I see no sign at all that research councils have much enthusiasm for meeting the costs of publishing. I am chairing a meeting on payment of publication fees and the practicalities of how institutions might take a more strategic approach to payment for publication….

    The idea of providing a quality assurance layer to open access articles deposited in institutional repositories [sometimes called ‘overlay journals’] may be of especial interest to the fragmented and cash-strapped social sciences and humanities communities….

    (Via Open Access News.)

    Open Humanities Press

    May 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing, Open Access, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open Humanities Press

    The Open Humanities Press will launch next Monday. From today’s announcement:

    On May 12, 2008, the Open Humanities Press (OHP) will launch with 7 of the leading Open Access journals in critical and cultural theory. A non-profit, international grass-roots initiative, OHP marks a watershed in the growing embrace of Open Access in the humanities.

    ‘OHP is a bold and timely venture’ said J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, a long-time supporter of the Open Access movement and OHP board member. ‘It is designed to make peer-reviewed scholarly and critical works in a number of humanistic disciplines and cross-disciplines available free online. Initially primarily concerned with journals, OHP may ultimately also include book-length writings. This project is an admirable response to the current crisis in scholarly publishing and to the rapid shift from print media to electronic media. This shift, and OHP’s response to it, are facets of what has been called ‘critical climate change.’’

    ‘The future of scholarly publishing lies in Open Access’ agreed Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and fellow member of OHP’s editorial advisory board. ‘Scholars in the future should give careful consideration to the where they publish, since their goal should be to make the products of their research as widely available as possible, to people throughout the world. Open Humanities Press is a most welcome initiative that will help us move in this direction.’ …

    (Via Open Access News.)

    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.

    OA monographs in the humanities from new European consortium

    December 10, 2007 at 11:36 am | Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Print on Demand (PoD) | Comments Off on OA monographs in the humanities from new European consortium

    Open Access Publishing in European Networks

    OAPEN is a project in Open Access publishing for humanities monographs. The Open Access movement has developed rapidly in the sciences and in journal publishing. The consortium of University-based academic publishers who make up OAPEN believe that the time is ripe to fully explore the possibilities of Open Access in the humanities and social sciences.The OAPEN partners all currently have some involvement in the Open Access movement, and you are encouraged to view their pages on this site and on their own sites….

    The partners (to date) are:

    (Via Open Access News.)

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