March 25, 2017

SocArXiv, COS Partner on New OA Social Science Archive

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As part of the growing efforts to openly share the results of social science research, the steering committee of SocArXiv—an open source, open access archive for the social sciences—on July 9 announced plans to partner with the Center for Open Science on the development of a preprint server that enables the sharing of data and code, with the potential for post-publication review.

Fracking the Ecosystem | Periodicals Price Survey 2016

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What does fracking have to do with scholarly publishing and journal pricing? While the library financial landscape has improved since the depth of the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009, it still cannot be considered robust. As articles such as this one chronicle annual serials price increases, libraries, publishers, and vendors search for innovative ways to fulfill information needs within the finite, predefined budget environment. New business and access models ranging from the initial e-journal big deal packages, article pay per view, open access, mega-journals, and publisher e-journal database pricing have evolved in response to the environment; libraries, publishers, and vendors have merged, consolidated, or disappeared along the way. Just as fracking keeps the oil and gas flowing, these strategies enable the current scholarly publishing ecosystem to extract the necessary resources—intellectual and financial—to survive.

Flipping Journals, Changing Ways of Publishing

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As a reference librarian, I’m keenly following developments in the Open Access (OA) movement, because I (along with all of you folks also working with researchers) am aware of how journal and serial costs have gotten so large and burdensome to libraries that titles must be cut, and thus, access to important research is becoming ever more difficult for students, faculty, and other scholars around the world. So I was intrigued when I saw last June that Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) had awarded a contract to three individuals—David Solomon, Bo-Christer Björk, and Mikael Laakso—to “write a comprehensive literature review on methods for converting subscription-based scholarly journals to open access.” The OSC calls this the “journal flipping project.” When I heard that the preliminary version of their report, Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences, was available for public comment, I took a look at what it says.

UK Government Receives Independent Advice on Open Access to Research Publications and Data in New Report

Open Access to Research Publications: Independent Advice was published today by the UK Government. The report was written by: Professor Adam Tickell Provost and Vice Principal, University of Birmingham Chair of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group The research/report/advice was requested by the Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson in July 2015. The […]

CHORUS Inks Agreement with NSF, USGS, NIST

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CHORUS (the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) has partnered with a number of federal agencies over the past six months to help them comply with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives requiring open access to federally funded research. The United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have all reached agreements with CHORUS.

Public/Open Access: CHORUS and National Science Foundation (NSF) Announce Research Dissemination Agreement

From CHORUS: The new agreement is in accordance with the NSF public access plan, which was released on March 18, 2015. NSF’s public access plan is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity. [Clip] NSF will employ the CHORUS […]

Retraction Watch and Center for Open Science Announce Partnership to Build Database of Article Retractions

From a Joint Announcement: The Center for Open Science (COS) and The Center For Scientific Integrity (CSI), the parent organization of Retraction Watch, announce a technology partnership to collaborate on creating a database of retractions on the Open Science Framework. The partnership supports each group’s mission to increase transparency and integrity in science and scientific […]

Open Data: European Commission Launches European Data Portal (240,000+ Datasets From 34 Nations)

From an EC Blog Post: The European Data Portal project main work streams is the development of a new pan-European open data infrastructure. Its goal is to be a gateway offering access to data published by administrations in countries across Europe, from the EU and beyond. The portal is launched during the European Data Forum […]

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Releases “Strategy and Workplan 2016-2018″ Document

From the COAR Strategic Directions 2016-2018 Plan: To realize our mission and achieve this vision, COAR will focus on community, leadership and engagement at the international level. Four strategic directions will guide COAR’s activities: Promote the development of a sustainable, global network of open access repositories as key elements of international research infrastructures in support […]

New Research Article: “Library Support For Open Access Journal Publishing: A Needs Analysis”

The following article is found in the latest issue of UKSG Insights. Title Library support for open access journal publishing: a needs analysis Author Alice Keller Zentralbibliothek, Switzerland Source UKSG Insights Vol 28 No 3 (November 2015) Abstract The aim of this study was to establish the role of academic libraries in the context of […]