Twitter Open Access Report – 11 June 2014

Martin Eve (@martin_eve) discusses the relative merits of switching subscription journals to open access, as well as gold OA journals, with and without APCs, here.

Mike Taylor sketches some possible futures of gold versus green open access scholarly publishing, concluding with a plea to avoid in-fighting in the OA movement. The important point is not whether access is green or gold, but whether it’s open or closed. Read it here.

Panthea Lee at Reboot observes that we risk getting too bogged down in the technical details of making Open Data a reality, without clarifying the big political questions, like what kind of change do we want to see, and how will opening up data bring about that change? Read it here.

FIFA’s been in the news lately for a corruption scandal that was decades in the making. Here’s a look at how Open Data might prevent future such incidents, courtesy of the Open Data Institute.

The Center for Open Data has launched an interactive impact map to map open data use cases around the world. It has a lot of great examples of exactly how open data can provide economic growth and social benefits.

The European Commission has a pilot project to finance gold OA publication for certain projects, working through OpenAIRE. The policy guidelines are here, and there will also be a workshop to provide further information for interested applicants, on 24 June at the LIBER conference in London.

The Scholarly Kitchen has a nice roundup of the SSP Annual Meeting from multiple viewpoints.
Source: @scholarlykitchn

University College London has launched the UK’s first fully open access university press. Publications will be freely available in digital format, and commercially available in print and e-book formats. Check out the press release here.

Johns Hopkins University has a Mellon Foundation grant to develop a means of distributing open access monographs, called Project Muse. Read the press release here.
Source: @KUnlatched

NYU also has a grant from the Mellon Foundation, this one to develop infrastructure to create a new kind of open access monograph. The Enhanced Networked Monograph will feature new workflows for the creation of monographs, and new ways for readers to interact with the texts. Details here.

Meanwhile, in public education, the State of New York put up a library of academic materials to help state educators meet Common Core standards, and the materials have been downloaded over 20 million times, by users across and even outside of the United States. The public demand for open education resources is clearly strong and growing. Read all about it here.

The eLearning Africa Report 2015 is available for download here, with loads of information on how technology is driving education and development all over the continent.
Source: @eLAconference

The Washington Post has another piece on the folly of treating a college education like a commodity. “Yet most public discussion of higher ed today pretends that students simply receive an education from colleges the way a person walks out of Best Buy with a television.” This is an important contribution to a debate that desperately needs to be reframed.
Source: @scholarlykitchn

The last post mentioned the EMOOCs Stakeholders Summit that took place last month. You can now listen to podcasts of some of the talks here.

PhD coach Olga Degtyareva has a 40-minute interview on how to beat procrastination and stick to a writing routine, here.

Recent Conferences

The 3rd International Open Data Conference took place in Ottawa at the end of last month, and had a lot of really interesting outcomes. Their homepage has some great links to recaps, and you can follow #IODC15 on the homepage, as well as on Twitter.

The Open Data Science Conference took place in Boston immediately after the Ottawa conference. The slides are available from their homepage, and you can find links to podcasts and recaps at #ODSC.

The 10th International Conference on Open Repositories will wrap up today in Indianapolis. Follow #OR2015 for the latest.

Upcoming Conferences

The CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication will take place in Zürich next week, 17-19 June. Follow developments at #OAI92015 and on the event homepage.

The European Commission will hold a conference on 22-23 June in Brussels on Opening Up to an Era of Innovation, which will address infrastructure for open science, among other things. The program is here.

London will host the LIBER Conference from 24-26 June. You can follow the excitement at @LIBEReurope and the conference homepage.

Early registration is now open for the 7th  Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, which will take place in Amsterdam, 15-17 September. The conference page is here, the registration page is here.

Twitter Open Access Report – 5 March 2015

Open Belgium held a 1-day conference on 23 February! Keep an eye on the #openbelgium15 hashtag for blog posts, presentations, and videos.

The CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI9) is open for registration! The program can be found here, the registration page is here. Those unable to attend can follow it on Twitter via #OAI9.
Source: @ahacker

The University of Tromsø has made four short videos promoting open access for their academic staff.
Source: @UiThelsefak

The Asian Development Bank keeps its development research in an open access repository, here.
Source: @ADB_HQ

The Publishing Research Consortium has put out a legal guide to open access licensing in science communication. Read it here.
Source: @ALPSP

Glyn Moody (@glynmoody) argues that academics who worry about making their work available for commercial re-use via a CC-BY license are looking at it the wrong way in What Open Access Can Learn from Open Source.
Source: @oatp

In looking for new financial models for open access publishing, it’s important to look at all of the costs involved, so as not to repeat the shortcomings of the current models. Kevin Smith, director of Duke University’s Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication, has some thoughts on this here.

Brian Martin offers a helpful overview of OA publishing models and the reasons behind some people’s resistance to adopting them, here. Like many others, though, his article ignores some aspects of publishing that are not generally done by volunteers, such as copy-editing, markup, formatting, and hosting.
Source: @oatp

The labor that traditional publishers don’t pay for, the writing, refereeing, and editing, also has value. Relying on volunteers may not be sustainable in the long term, as this Obituary for an Open Access Journal may demonstrate.
Source: @KUnlatched

Speaking of costs, @figshare has a chart on APCs in the UK in 2014, here
Source: @figshare

…and the Wellcome Trust has published data on how much it spent on APCs in 2013-2014. Lots of details and analysis here.
Source: @Protohedgehog

The Sociological Review has a £1.2m surplus. Martin Eve has some questions on the ethics of this, here.
Source: @martin_eve

Leuven University Press’s first open access book is a success! 669 downloads in 61 countries, more here.
Source: @eacorrao

The Scholarly Kitchen (@scholarlykitchn) has an article on the factors involved in converting a journal to Open Access, here.
Source: @dstokes01

Opensource.com will feature a monthly column on open source and the humanities in the digital age. The first installment is here.
Source: @KUnlatched

James DeVaney of the University of Michigan asks, “Why are we motivated to write the history of MOOCs so soon? This level of impatience seems at odds with the typical longevity of experimentation with teaching and learning.” See his answer here.
Source: @culturehacker

@SPARC_NA announces the theme of its 2015 International Open Access Week: “Open for Collaboration”. Details here.
Source: @Protohedgehog

The Dutch Parliament has declared open access to scientific articles an inalienable right for authors. More here (in Dutch).
Source: @KurtDeBelder

A study in PLOS One looks at why researchers hesitate to share data, and advocates for better incentives. Read here.
Source: @Protohedgehog

Not news, but certainly useful for those just getting into academic writing: a comprehensive template for writing a journal article, pdf here.
Source: @ANU_RSAT 

The shares tips to use in MOOCs, here.
Source: @ayeshaasifkhan

Twitter Open Access Report – 6 February 2015

Interviews with Martin Paul Eve and John Willinsky. The keynote speakers for this year’s Library Publishing Forum offer their thoughts on open access in the humanities and social sciences. Read here.
Source: @RickyPo

An interview with EdX CEO Anant Agarwal. “We are trying to really revolutionize the world of education. Large numbers of people around the world do not have access to a quality education, and at the same time, education itself has not dramatically improved in quality or in efficiency in a long time. Our aim is to increase access to learning to people all over the world.” More here.
Source: @College_Experts

New peer-reviewed open-access journal on citizen science published by Ubiquity Press. “The Citizen Science Association is delighted to announce the launch of its new flagship journal, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. The journal will provide a central space for cross-disciplinary scholarly exchanges that are aimed at advancing the field of citizen science.” More here.
Source: @BLugger

The PSP 2015 Conference runs from 4-6 February 2015. Program here, follow at #psp2015

Call for Papers, Open Access Tage 2015. Die 9. Open Access Tage finden am 7. Und 8. Spetember 2015 in Zürich statt. Mehr hier.
Quelle: @dbeucke

Open Education Week 2015’s call for participation deadline is next Tuesday, 10 February. More here.
Source: @oeconsortium

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories has issued a statement on embargo periods in open access publishing, asserting that, while they may be useful in facilitating the transition to open access publishing, they still stifle innovation and should be kept as brief as possible, and phased out as soon as is reasonable. More here.
Source: @OpenAccessMKD

Open access must be open at both ends. The value of making publicly funded research available to the public should be clear to anyone. But Jonathan Foster argues that the increasingly popular gold open access, requiring as it does a fee paid to publishers by the author, may have a negative impact on the quality of published research, where journals may feel compelled to publish papers by anyone who can pay, regardless of quality; conversely, they may have to reject good work by scholars who can’t afford the fees. If gold open access is the way of the future, then a fair funding process will need to be developed. More here.
Source: @oatp

Publisher consolidation: who benefits? “A long-term hope of many OA advocates is that competition will help to moderate prices for Article Processing Charges (APCs). While there is some evidence that this is happening, it is also clear that the APC market is deeply dysfunctional – with APCs for OA in hybrid journals being significantly higher that those for pure OA journals from born-digital publishers.” More here.
Source: @RLUK_David

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s open access policy, effective from 1 January 2015. Any publications funded by the Foundation, as well as the data on which they are based, will be made available to the public. The policy indicates a preference for green open access and sets a two-year transition period to phase out embargoes. More here, and a similar statement from the Ford Foundation here.
Sources: @SPARC_EU, @lessig

The Norwegian Research Council is setting up a funding scheme for APCs in OA journals, sending a clear message in support of gold open access and against hybrid journals. An adequate peer review process is a prerequisite for inclusion in the scheme, and the journal must be listed in the DOAJ, which means hybrid journals are disqualified. More here.
Source: @digitalsci

Check out OAPEN’s repository of Open Access academic books here.
Source: @eacorrao

25,000 Early Modern English Books are now available as Open Access Texts. More here.
Source: @SPARC_EU

Harvard University provides writing guides for Psychology, Art History, East Asian Studies, and other disciplines, free to download here.
Source: @DalhousieESL

New MOOC for teachers and coaches focuses on learning differences in students. “The Spring 2015 Learning Differences MOOC begins February 9, and is intended primarily for teachers and teacher-coaches. Participants can learn about working memory, student motivation and executive function, and pick modules based on the grades or subject matter they teach.” More here.
Source: @educationweek

EdX offers an academic writing MOOC in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. ColWri.2.2x, Principles of Written English, was developed for English language learners and will focus on English grammar and essay writing. More here.
Source: @Nathan_Bee

The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is offering its first MOOCs later this month, with offerings in app development, Spanish history, organic chemistry, and medical ethics. More here.
Source: @OpenEduEU

NASA’s Physical Science Informatics Database is now open to the public. “Though population of all data in the repository is not yet complete, new physical science data is being added daily as we work to complete data sets for previously flown experiments in the areas of Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science.” More here.
Source: @oatp

U.S. President Obama’s new budget as it pertains to Open Access, here.
Source @hjoseph

Summaries of Pasteur40A’s country case studies on open access can be found here. Pasteur40A’s February newsletter is here.
Source: @KUnlatched, @SPARC_EU

Open access at Elsevier – 2014 in retrospect and a look at 2015. “Key themes for 2014 were again collaboration and steady progress on both gold and green open access. These trends, unsurprisingly, are set to continue in 2015 and are part of broader activities to accelerate open science, including open research data.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Universität Leipzig bricht Verhandlungen mit Wissenschaftsverlag Elsevier ab. “Wir sahen uns zum wiederholten Male damit konfrontiert, dass eine Reduzierung des Angebots mit einer deutlichen Preissteigerung einhergehen sollte.”, sagt Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking, Rektorin der Universität Leipzig. Mehr hier.
Source: @KUnlatched

The VSNU Newsletter is out, with updates on the universities’ negotiations with Springer and Elsevier. Read here (pdf).
Source: @RickyPo

Twitter Open Access Report – 23 January 2015

Doing Away with Traditional Publishing? “The primary role of traditional journals is to provide peer review and for that you don’t need a physical journal–you just need an editorial board and an editorial process,” says Gershman. More here.
Source: @HuffPostEdu

Four Pillars to Modernize Copyright in the EU. C4C has launched a manifesto to address the current model’s outdated framework, lack of consistency across the EU, excessive copyright durations, and insufficient implementation. More here.
Source: @ayeshaasifkhan

Academic Publishing in Europe held their 2015 Conference, Web25: The Road Ahead, in Berlin this week. Follow at #ape2015

The OpCit project is completed. SPARC Europe has taken over maintenance of the Open Access Citation Advantage list. More here.
Source: @MarkHahnel

Dutch universities consider boycotting Elsevier over Open Access. The Union of Dutch Universities (VSNU) is in negotiations with Elsevier to publish papers by researchers at Dutch universities without a paywall and without raising the author fees. More here.
Source: @RickyPo

HEFCE will develop a shared service to support open access compliance in the next Research Excellence Framework. Press release here@martin_eve’s thoughts here.
Source: @HEFCE

Project RECODE releases the findings on its studies on open access to research data with new policy recommendations to counter the “lack of a coherent open data ecosystem” and the “lack of attention to the specificity of research practice, processes and data collections.” More here.
Source: @OpenAccessEC

The Swedish Research Council proposes that artistic works and scientific publications, as well as the data on which they are based, should be publicly available if they result from publicly funded research. More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Full report on Knowledge Unlatched’s Proof-of-Concept Pilot is now available. “The experiment established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funding agencies can work together in powerful new ways to enable open access; that doing so is cost effective; and that a global library consortium model has the potential dramatically to widen access to the knowledge and ideas contained in book-length scholarly works.” More here.
Source: @oatp

University of California Press formally launches two new open access publishing programs. Collabra will be a journal focusing on life and biomedical sciences, ecology and environmental science, and social and behavioral sciences. Luminos will putlbish monographs. More here.
Source: @OA_Network

Are Swiss universities paying publishers too much? Former librarian Christian Gutknecht is suing the University of Geneva to force them to reveal how much they pay in subscription fees to the major academic publishers. More here.
Source: @tullney

Infographic on the current state of Creative Commons license use, here.
Source:  @creativecommons

Palgrave Macmillan launches an open access online journal. Palgrave Communications will publish peer-reviewed articles in the humanities, social sciences, and business. More here.
Source: @mjgbakker

 

Twitter Open Access Report – 31 July 2014

Times Higher Education: Open access papers ‘gain more traffic and citations’. “It found that, after 180 days, articles whose authors had paid for them to be made open access had been viewed more than twice as often as those articles accessible only to the journal’s subscribers. A further analysis of more than 2,000 papers published in Nature Communications between April 2010 and June 2013 revealed that open access articles were cited a median of 11 times, compared with a median of seven citations for subscription-only articles. The paper concludes that open access papers enjoy a “small” citation advantage in all disciplines except chemistry.” More here.

Highlights of #altmetrics: July 2014 by Keita Bando. View feed here.
Source: @KeitaBando

WISER: Open Access Oxford – what’s happening? “A briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position: Green vs. Gold; funder mandates and publisher policies; Oxford Research Archive (ORA) and Symplectic; OA website/ helpline; what’s new.” Takes place on Wednesday, 20 August, 11:00-12:00 at IT Training Room, Social Science Library, Manor Road Building, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ. More here.
Source: @KUnlatched

Scholarly Kitchen: Stick To Your Ribs: The Impact Factor’s Greatest Hits (and Misses), by David Crotty. ”

The release of new Impact Factors always results in a great deal of work for publishers, editors, analysts and consultants as we pore through the numbers and figure out exactly what they mean. Love it or hate it, the Impact Factor still holds major sway over the careers of academic researchers as well as the submission rates and overall health of journals. With that in mind, I dug back into our archives to offer up some of our articles examining the Impact Factor, from a variety of angles. We’ll return with a new post tomorrow, once the dust settles.” More here.
Source: @alpsp

Open access in the developing world: The meaning of ‘impact’: prestige or relevance for developing world research? “There is an interesting circularity about the impact story in the developing world. With the expansion of the number of developing country journals in the index, the inclusion of the Latin American open access journal platform, SciELO in the Wed of Science (the Thomson Reuters citation indexes), it would seem that there is a courtship going on in which the developing world is being drawn into the journal impact tables. This is a two-way process, as has recently been analyzed in the Latin American context by Vessuri, Guédon and Cetto where they express concern that the search for ‘international’ status for SicELO journals through a chase for impact factors tends to work against development agendas, giving rise to serious concerns about equity.” More here.
Source: @alpsp

Academic Matters: Open Access and the Public Purse. “Last year, we were introduced to a “Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy,” put forward by NSERC and SSHRC to harmonize their requirements with the CIHR. Under this policy, all peer-reviewed journal articles based on research funded by these councils must be made available through Open Access (OA), free and online. Researchers could either publish in a journal that is OA or has OA options, or deposit the article in an OA repository within twelve months of publication. There is much to applaud here, particularly for those of us who have long supported OA as a means of making our work more widely available to international research communities that cannot afford increasingly high journal subscription fees or Canadians who are not physically within reach of a university library. The view, however, gets a little different once we realize that this policy does not foster OA in general, just select research publications (grant-funded journal articles), and allows federally funded research grants to be used to pay the Article Processing Charges (APCs) sometimes required for OA publication. Because of this particular focus, one of the effects of the proposed policy would be to foster the transfer of considerable funds from federal research councils to the large multinational publishers who charge some very high APCs. Such implications are not addressed in the recently published overview of the feedback SSHRC and NSERC received on its proposal, “Opening Canadian Research to the World: Summary of Responses to Draft Tri‐Agency Open Access Policy Consultation” and arguably run counter to support for the “Draft” as a matter of taxpayer fairness (see, for example, Michael Geist’s column on this topic).” More here.
Source: @alpsp

Baden-Württemberg setzt auf E-Science: Strategiepapier und Förderprogramm. “Das Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg hat gestern ein 120-seitiges “Fachkonzept zur Weiterentwicklung der wissenschaftlichen Infrastruktur” (PDFvorgestellt. Zur Umsetzung des Konzeptes werden Mittel in Höhe von 3,7 Mio. Euro breitgestellt. Mit dem Förderprogramm soll der “Ausbaus einer leistungsfähigen, effizienten und innovativen Informationsinfrastruktur für die wissenschaftlichen Einrichtungen in Baden-Württemberg” vorangetrieben werden.

Fachkonzept zur Weiterentwicklung der wissenschaftlichen Infrastruktur

Das Strategiepapier setzt auf dem “Gesamtkonzept für die Informationsinfrastruktur in Deutschland” der Kommission Zukunft der Informationsinfrastruktur (KII) und anderen Aktivitäten – z. B. der Schwerpunktinitiative “Digitale Information”  der Wissenschaftsorganisationen –  auf und widmet sich fünf zentralen Handlungsfeldern:

  • Lizenzierung elektronischer Informationsmedien
  • Digitalisierung
  • Open Access
  • Forschungsdatenmanagement
  • Virtuelle Forschungsumgebungen”

More here.
Source: @alpsp

Rijksmuseum case study: Sharing free, high quality images without restrictions makes good things happen. “The Rijksmuseum has found a way to support broad access to its rich collection of cultural heritage resources. And it’s done so in such as way that promotes interest by new audiences, recuperates costs, and upholds the principles of supporting unrestricted access to the digital public domain.” More here.
Source: @openarchives

Article vs Journal Impact – Perspective from PLOS ONE Editorial Director Damian Pattinson. “I don’t think the Impact Factor is a very good measure of anything, but clearly it is particularly meaningless for a journal that deliberately eschews evaluation of impact in its publications decisions. Our founding principle was that impact should be evaluated post-publication. In terms of the average number of citations per article, my sense is that this is changing due to the expanding breadth of fields covered by PLOS ONE, not to mention its sheer size (we recently published our 100,000th article). When you grow as quickly as we have, your annual average citation rate will always be suppressed by the fact that you are publishing far more papers at the end of the year than at the beginning.” More here.
Source: @Science_Open

The Guardian: Open access: are effective measures to put UK research online under threat? “The universities of the UK should not squander the opportunity to put in place an effective mechanism for making their published research freely available […] A great deal of water has passed under the bridge in the two years since the UK government reinvigorated its push towards open access – making publicly funded research papers freely available online. Although there is broad agreement on the policy, vociferous debates have raged over the details of implementation. Should the UK policy favour goldopen access – making research papers freely available via the journal where they are published – or green open access, where the paper (usually the author’s final revision following peer review) is placed in a freely accessible university repository? Much of the debate has revolved around efficacy and costs. It is widely believed that gold open access may be cheaper in the long run – particularly if it encourages transparent market competition – but it may be an expensive policy during any transition away from established subscription models. The policy implemented by Research Councils UK favours gold open access but leaves the final choice to the authors. While pragmatic, this approach risks ongoing confusion in the minds of academics in what is a complex policy area. However, moves towards open access received a significant boost earlier this year when the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HECFE) – acting on behalf of equivalent bodies for the rest of the UK – announced that only papers that have been placed in institutional repositories will be considered eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), a periodic exercise that assesses the quality of the outputs of UK university departments. This is a powerful linkage because REF assessments determine how HEFCE disburses its research funds and universities take them very seriously.” More here.
Source: @OpenAccessOnline

Times Higher Education: Should you Mooc and match? ‘Another professor’s learning materials? In my course? It’s more likely than you think. The non-profit research organisation Ithaka S+R this month released its highly anticipated report on its work with the institutions in the University System of Maryland, which for the past 18 months have experimented with courseware from Carnegie Mellon University, Coursera and Pearson in face-to-face courses. Backed by a $1.4 million (£0.8 million) grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the study aimed to produce some sorely needed research about massive open online courses and their usefulness to brick-and-mortar institutions. Eighteen months later, the Mooc frenzy has calmed, and Ithaka’s findings are similarly muted. “Our findings add empirical weight to an emerging consensus that technology can be used to enhance productivity in higher education by reducing costs without compromising student outcomes,” researchers Rebecca Griffiths, Matthew Chingos, Christine Mulhern and Richard Spies write. In other words, hybrid courses that mix online content with face-to-face instruction can be just as good, though not necessarily better, than traditional courses. But a second research question – whether faculty members can use course content created by their counterparts at other institutions, potentially saving both time and resources – produced less clear results.”‘ More here.
Source: @timeshighered

Bjöen Brembs: Are We Paying US$3000 Per Article Just For Paywalls? “This is an easy calculation: for each subscription article, we pay on average US$5000. A publicly accessible article in one of SciELO’s 900 journals costs only US$90 on average. Subtracting about 35% in publisher profits, the remaining difference between legacy and SciELO costs amount to US$3160 per article. With paywalls being the only major difference between legacy and SciELO publishing (after all, writing and peer-review is done for free by researchers for both operations), it is straightforward to conclude that about US$3000 are going towards making each article more difficult to access, than if we published it on our personal webpage. Now that is what I’d call obscene.

Just to break the costs of legacy publishing down in detail:

Publisher profits 1750
Paywalls 3160
Actual costs of typesetting, hosting, archiving, etc. 90
Sum 5000

View here.
Source: @MikeTaylor

Is There a Difference Between xMOOCs and cMOOCs? Of course, classifications in education are not about black & white, either/or boxes. Classifications like “xMOOC/cMOOC” are really more of generalized categories that kind of coalesce around certain characteristics. But most people know that they are not hard, fast lines. One problem that is emerging in education is misunderstanding what educational classifications are and what they aren’t. MOOC designs that mix elements of xMOOCs and cMOOCs are not a sign that the classifications are wrong. They are a sign that we need to understand the underlying differences even more or we could continue to confuse and polarize the issue even further. More and more learners are discovering the difference between instructivism and connectivism (even if they don’t know those words), and are wanting to learn in their preferred paradigm.” More here.
Source: @eacorrao

Peter Suber: The harm caused by myths about open access. ‘For a vivid sense of the harm caused by common misunderstandings of OA, read the comments in this survey carried out at the University of Saskatchewan in November 2012 and released this month.
http://ecommons.usask.ca/bitstream/handle/10388/6290/Report%20-%20USask%20OA%20Faculty%20Survey%20Results.pdf?sequence=1
It’s depressing how many respondents who like the idea of OA in theory turn away from it in practice because they believe one of three particular falsehoods about it:
1. All OA is gold OA (through journals). 
The truth: Green OA (through repositories) is an alternative to gold OA, and even more plentiful than gold OA. There are several ways to arrange for permission to provide green OA even for work published at the very best peer-reviewed journals.
2. All or most peer-reviewed OA journals charge publication fees. 
The truth: Most (67%) charge no fees at all. In fact, the majority (75%) of non-OAjournals charge author-side fees and only a minority of OA journals do so.
3. All or most fees at fee-based OA journals are paid by authors out of pocket.
The truth: Most fees (88%) at fee-based OA journals are paid by the authors’ funder or employer. In fact 96% of authors who make their peer-reviewed articles OA pay no fee at all, because they make their work green OA rather than gold, because they publish in a no-fee OA journal, or because their fee at a fee-based journal was paid by their funder or employer.’ More here.
Source: @OpenAccessOnline

 Steps to Implementing Open Educational Resources | Academic Impressions. ‘Join us for an online training to learn the key steps in OER implementation for a course or program. Our expert instructors will prepare you to address the challenges that arise including:

  • Selection of open educational resource and provider
  • Managing course design and modifications
  • Improving faculty adoption
  • Providing a quality student experience’

More here.
Source: @oatp

Open Education Summer Reading List.

More here.
Source: @okfnedu

Brill Announces New Suite of Open Access Journals. ‘Brill, the international scholarly publisher, announces a new suite of open access journals covering four major disciplines. In the Brill Open program, Brill is now announcing the launch of four new full Open Access journals in the following disciplines: HumanitiesSocial SciencesLaw, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline. Each of the four new Brill Open journals will have a dedicated editorial board and undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. In addition, once accepted, papers will be published online in just one month. The Brill Open program makes research freely accessible online in exchange for an Article Publication Charge (APC). This can be by choice, or to comply with funding mandates or university requirements. As a rule, APCs are not charged until a paper is accepted for publication. In 2014 and 2015 the four new Open Access journals will offer reduced APCs and waive all submission fees.View the APC details here.’ More here.
Source: @oatp

OER Research Hub: July Round-Up. ‘July kicked off with the release of a range of our research on open textbooks during the aptly named Open Textbook Research week. With contributors from all of our fantastic open textbook collaborators, this was a great chance to see what work we’ve been doing together. Beck (OERRH researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula) co-authored a series of blog posts on the survey findings in South Africa, Clint Lalonde of BCcampus told us more about the Open Textbook Project Geography sprint in an exclusive post and we also released the revised OpenStax College educator survey findings, preliminary student survey findings and three educator interviews. Phew! With 11 blog posts in total there’s a wealth of research to explore. […] Later in the month, we also released the full audio of last year’s OpenEd13 interview with co-author of OpenStax College Introductory Statistics, Barbara Illowsky. This is an incredibly rich interview with Barbara telling us about the journey of Collaborative Statistics, which she co-authored with Susan Dean, the students at De Anza College in California, why their open textbook is licensed CC-BY, her work with Cable Green to “influence OER policy”, student savings and how open has improved quality. Catch up on Part One and Part Two … perfect summertime listening! […] Half way through July Beck, Rob and Martin headed to Berlin to participate in this year’s Open Knowledge Festival (#OKFest14). The festival took place in the amazing Kulturbrauerei which provided a great space to host a vast array of sessions on openness in all different kinds of contexts, including education. Did you manage to catch our session on Wednesday at unFestival?! For the bigger picture check out our Storify and the official OKFest day-by-day reviews!’ More here.
Source: @OER_Hub

The Conversation: Technology improves higher learning, it doesn’t kill it. ‘As MOOC mania approached its peak in 2012, Anant Agarwal, the president of the Massive Open Online Course platform edXclaimed:

Online education for students around the world will be the next big thing in education. This is the single biggest change in education since the printing press.

The claim was repeated many times. Indeed, 15 years earlier, management guru Peter Drucker had anticipated this:

Thirty years from now the big university campuses will be relics. Universities won’t survive. It’s as large a change as when we first got the printed book.

That seemed improbable since university lectures have been as important in the five-and-a-half centuries since Gutenberg invented the printing press as they presumably were for the three-and-a-half centuries before. Yet printing had profound and pervasive effects on society, as has been established by many, notably Elizabeth Eisenstein in her study on The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. In a paper published recently in History of Education, I considered how printing changed universities, such as their lectures and libraries.’ More here.
Source: @MOOCsNews

Reports of MOOCs’ demise have been greatly exaggerated, by Craig Weidermann. ‘Last year’s exuberance about the impact of massive open online courses has fizzled. MOOCs have been widely eulogized as “overpromised,” “off course,” and just plain “enough already!” This much ballyhooed and belittled phenomenon is clearly neither the cure for all that ails higher education, nor the end of colleges and universities as we know them. But in our urge to find the next big thing, we shouldn’t ignore what MOOCs can offer to learners around the world and to institutions of higher education. Our true return on investment for MOOCs may be difficult to quantify — and it may not be monetary. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. “MOOCs have advanced the conversation and sharpened our focus on helping students learn. And that’s the ultimate return on investment. MOOCs are showing potential to attract applicants and engage alumni. Penn State’s GIS Mapping MOOC, for example, increased traffic to our GIS graduate program website by 400 percent. In addition, MOOCs are creating communities of online learners around the world and in some cases providing critical employment skills.’ More here.
Source: @MOOCsNews

 

Twitter Open Access Report – 22 July 2014

The Guardian: Retractions are coming thick and fast: it’s time for publishers to act. “No journal, either in print or online, has any excuse not to be using plagiarism detection tools on every manuscript it receives. The same should go for fledgling image detection systems when they become mature. Another encouraging development is the rise of post-publication peer review, which has been made possible in recent years by the availability of papers online. Contributors to PubPeer, for example, have found signs of flawed or falsified results, leading to papers being retracted. Some critics of PubPeer – which allows anonymous posting – and related sites have argued that they are little better than nests of libel. But PubPeer is in fact carefully moderated, and the results are hard to argue with. In one case from 2013, an article in the prestigious Journal of Biological Chemistry was pulled after a commenter on PubPeer raised questions about the images in the paper. And last month, the authors of a paper in Current Biology retracted their article in the wake of a flood of comments on PubPeer, and a university committee ruling that there had been image manipulation.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Slides: Open Data and the Panton Principles in the Humanities, by Peter Kraker. View here.
Source: @openscience

The Open Education Challenge announces nine winning edtech startups. “After a final pitch competition, the Open Education Challenge has announced nine winning edtech startups. The award consists of an invitation to join the inaugural European Incubator for Innovation in Education.” The winning teams:

More here.
Source: @OpenEdEU

AOASG’s Open Access journal options flowchart (updated)AOASG Flowchart Publishing OA Journal
Source: @RickyPo

Cost effectiveness of open access publications: Jevin D. West, Ted C. Bergstrom, and Carl T. Bergstrom. “Open access publishing has been proposed as one possible solution to the serials crisis—the rapidly growing subscription prices in scholarly journal publishing. However, open access publishing can present economic pitfalls as well, such as excessive article processing charges. We discuss the decision that an author faces when choosing to submit to an open access journal. We develop an interactive tool to help authors compare among alternative open access venues and thereby get the most for their article processing charges.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

IPG: Open access and the Wellcome Trust | Independent Publishing Guild in the UK. “If you publish monographs in the areas we fund, I encourage you to contact me to see how your publishing and our policy could come together to increase access to research.” Cecy Marden is open access project manager at the Wellcome Library. More here.
Source: @alpsp

RCUK gathers evidence in OA review. “Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched a call for evidence for the 2014 review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on open access. The independent review focuses on implementation of the RCUK Open Access policy. The aim is to try and understand the effectiveness of the policy and its impact on universities, research organisations, researchers and publishers, amongst others. Robert Burgess, chair of the Independent Review Panel, explained: ‘This is an open call and the review panel will be interested to hear from individuals, institutions and organisations alike where there is evidence of how the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access is having an impact. Although we recognise that this review is taking place early in the policy’s implementation period, it is a good opportunity to take stock and we hope that as much evidence as possible is put forward to the review.'” More here.
Source: @alpsp

The SCOAP3 repository: OAI-PMH feed now available. “The SCOAP3 repository hosts Open Access articles published under the SCOAP3 initiative. It is built on Open Source software and is now open for the community to harvest content through OAI-PMH feeds. It has been recently featured at the Open Repository 2014 conference. The SCOAP3 initiative has converted to Open Access the majority of the literature in High-Energy Physics through a partnership of libraries, publishers, funding agencies and the research community in 35 countries. About 400 new articles appear monthly on the publishers platform and on the SCOAP3 repository under a CC-BY license. PDF, PDF/A and XML formats are available on the SCOAP3 repository, together with full metadata under a CC0 waiver. All “gold” Open Access articles published under the SCOAP3 initiative and their metadata are now exposed leveraging theOpen Archive Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). As the de-facto standard technically underpinning the Open Access movements, OAI-PMH feeds allow the worldwide repository and library community to exchange information and enrich their services. The SCOAP3 repository handler is available at http://repo.scoap3.org/oai2d. Additional information, help and examples are available on the SCOAP3 website.” More here.
Source: @alpsp

OpenEd Raises $2M to Build More Free Education Apps. “In its first attempt at raising venture capital funds, OpenEd, a free online catalog of common-core aligned materials, had one firm open its pocket book – for $2 million. The funds were raised during a seed round, with PivotNorth Capital as the sole investor. The $2 million investment comes after a $10 million valuation and serves as the first outside financing for the company. OpenEd’s previous investors were none other than the firm’s co-founders, Adam and Lisa Blum, who invested $500,000 to help launch the company in 2012. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based OpenEd has seen its catalog of web-based educational videos, games, and exercises increase from 250,000 at its inception to more than 1 million today. That growth, in addition to the site’s ability to make algorithm-based recommendations for students, parents, and teachers, seemed to appeal to PivotNorth. OpenEd plans to use the new funds to continue building out more apps and capabilities, especially as they look to cover national education standards for Mexico, Scotland, and Singapore in the coming months.” More here.
Source: @educationweek

Open access and “A Subversive Proposal”. ‘In 2012, The Ohio State University Libraries adopted the Faculty Open Access Resolution, which requires Ohio State Libraries’ faculty to grant the University a license to make their scholarly articles openly accessible.  The goal of this initiative, and open access in general, is to increase the accessibility of research so that others can easily make use of it. According to Peter Suber, open access works are “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” While free of many restrictions, open access works are still protected by copyright law; publicly available does not mean copyright free. An important contributor to the open access movement is Stevan Harnad.  In 1994, Harnad posted a message to a discussion list on electronic journals hosted by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Harnad’s message, titled “A Subversive Proposal”, suggested that researchers should make their papers freely available.  The message sparked significant discussion and Harnad is now creditedwith initiating the concept of self-archiving.  In 1995, Harnad’s original message and the email discussion it provoked were collected into a book: Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads: A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing.  The full copy of that book is available through HathiTrust, under an open-access, Google digitized license. In honor of the proposal’s twentieth anniversary, Richard Poynder posted an interview with Harnad titled “The Subversive Proposal at 20”, which looks back at the proposal’s impact and discusses the development of the open access movement.’ More here.
Source: @AmSciForum

examiner.com: What e-learning that works looks like. “Making it possible to work while attending college and to study when and where one chooses, online learning appeals to nearly all prospective 21st century students. But not everyone is ready to succeed in e-learning courses or degree programs: attrition rates for digital distance learners, which can reach a staggering 90% for students of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), far outpace those for students enrolled in traditional brick-and-mortar courses. Also, effective online courses and degree programs have salient features. Those thinking about taking online courses or enrolling in online university degree programs should know what successful e-learning demands going in.” More here.
Source: @openlrning

Unexpected Ways Millennials Are Impacting Higher Education. “Colleges are massively reluctant to jump aboard the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) bandwagon. Only 2.6 percent of colleges had MOOCs in 2013, with only 9.4 percent in the planning stages. Over 55 percent of institutions said they were generally undecided about utilizing this particular tool. Yet Millennials are comfortable learning on the Internet, and many enjoy the ease and convenience of being able to learn on their own schedule. In fact, the number of students taking at least one online course has grown to encompass 6.7 million students and faculty are finally taking notice. According to research, over 69 percent of academic leaders say online learning is critical to their education strategy. Millennials have been instrumental in this shift toward online learning, and Generation Z will demand digital tools in the learning process, as well.” More here.
Source: @MOOCsNews

Springer celebrates open access milestone. “Springer is celebrating the milestone of 200,000 open access articles published to date. The articles, published acrossBioMed Central andSpringerOpen are freely available and published under a Creative Commons (CC) license. Springer now has 417 open access journals publishing across all areas of science – 265 at BioMed Central and 152 at SpringerOpen. In addition, SpringerOpen recently published its 35th open access book. BioMed Central was formed in 1999 as the first open access publisher and was acquired by Springer in 2008.  All articles published by BioMed Central and SpringerOpen are made freely available online immediately upon publication.  An article-publishing charge is levied to cover the cost of the publication process. Authors retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited.” More here.
Source: @McDawg

Why Students Enroll in Online Courses. Infographic via @CollegeAtlas.
Why students enrole online
Source: @OpenEduEU

LSE Blogs: Will David Willetts be remembered for progressive push for Open Access or pernicious effects of neoliberal academy? “Now that the cabinet reshuffle news has settled and Greg Clark MP, the new Minister for Universities, Science, and Cities has begun his tenure, we asked for further reflections on the positions taken by previous minister David Willetts. David Prosser covers the dramatic influence Willetts had on open access legislation and momentum in the UK. Lee Jones instead emphasises the escalation of marketisation in higher education and the damaging consequences of market-driven intensification for teaching and research activities. David Prosser is Executive Director of Research Libraries UK, supporting research libraries across the UK and Ireland.” More here.
Source: @McDawg

LSE Blogs: MOOCs must move beyond open enrolment and demonstrate a true commitment to reuse and long-term redistribution. “In contrast with the type of openness encouraged by Open Education Resources and Open Courseware labels, the openness of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is severely limited. Consequently, Leo Havemannand Javiera Atenas find the recent growth of high quality online learning content is not able to be used to its full advantage. The process of opening up MOOC resources would add value to the resources by reaching a wider community. But most importantly, HE institutions currently investing in MOOCs could demonstrate, beyond reasonable doubt, their real commitment to openness and improved access to education for all.” More here.
Source: @openscience

Twitter Open Access Report – 25 June 2014

Scholarly Kitchen: What Societies Really Think About Open Access, by Alice Meadows. “Over half the respondents (55%) had either a Strongly Positive or Positive attitude towards OA, with only 15% responding that their attitude was Negative; the remaining 30% were Neutral. Interestingly, the society officers surveyed believe that their members are, if anything slightly less supportive of OA than they are – 45.5% believe members are Neutral, 42% that they are Strongly Positive or Positive, and 12.1%, Negative.” More here.
Source: @scholarlykitchn

Open Repositories 2014: Recorded sessions available. Many of the OR2014 main conference sessions were broadcast via Adobe Connect. These sessions were also recorded, and you can find links to each of them on this page.”
Source: @OpenExpl

Slides: Implementing Open Access: Effective Management of Your Research Data, by Martin Hamilton. ‘The slides from my session with the DCC’s Martin Donnelly at the Understanding ModernGov “Implementing Open Access” event in June 2014. Our talk is all about the support available from Jisc and the DCC to help you manage your research data, and potential future initiatives that might help institutions to handle the move to “open science”.’ View here.
Source: @RickyPo

The dark side of Open Access in Google and Google Scholar: the case of Latin-American repositories, by Enrique Orduña-Malea and Emilio Delgado Lopez-Cozar. “Since repositories are a key tool in making scholarly knowledge open access, determining their presence and impact on the Web is essential, particularly in Google (search engine par excellence) and Google Scholar (a tool increasingly used by researchers to search for academic information). The few studies conducted so far have been limited to very specific geographic areas (USA), which makes it necessary to find out what is happening in other regions that are not part of mainstream academia, and where repositories play a decisive role in the visibility of scholarly production. The main objective of this study is to ascertain the presence and visibility of Latin American repositories in Google and Google Scholar through the application of page count and visibility indicators. For a sample of 137 repositories, the results indicate that the indexing ratio is low in Google, and virtually nonexistent in Google Scholar; they also indicate a complete lack of correspondence between the repository records and the data produced by these two search tools. These results are mainly attributable to limitations arising from the use of description schemas that are incompatible with Google Scholar (repository design) and the reliability of web indicators (search engines). We conclude that neither Google nor Google Scholar accurately represent the actual size of open access content published by Latin American repositories; this may indicate a non-indexed, hidden side to open access, which could be limiting the dissemination and consumption of open access scholarly literature.” View here.
Source: @DOAJplus

Downloadable graphics for Open Access. “The AOASG has developed a series of downloadable graphics for the community to use in their advocacy of open access. All graphics are available under a CC-BY license. Please contact us for the source files if required through the contact form. Graphics available include:

More here.
Source: @ORBi_ULg

PLOS ONE Publishes its 100,000th Article. “The impact of PLOS ONE on scientific publishing has been tremendous and revolutionary. The world of scientific communication is a different place because of it, and that is something PLOS and its entire community of collaborators should be proud of.” More here.
Source: @alpsp

Editors of sociological Open Access journals seem hesitant to adopt Open Knowledge principles. “And again a by-product of my dissertation thesis: I compared the numbers and shares of journals from all disciplines using Creative Commons (CC) licenses with the numbers and shares of Open Access journals from Sociology using CC licenses. The date of data collection was June 8, 2014, the data source was the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ, it listed 9.834 journals at the date mentioned. The results indicate that editors of sociological Open Access journals are more hesitant than editors of non-sociological Open Access journals to adopt Open Knowledge principles.’ More here.
Source: @oatp

Over 120 countries download KU Pilot Collection titles. “On 11 March 2014, Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection books became available for anyone in the world to read or download for free on a Creative Commons licence. This was the culmination of a behind-the-scenes process of loading the books onto our partner host platforms: OAPEN andHathiTrust. The books became live on the OAPEN platform first – followed soon after by HathiTrust. A few books in the collection are yet to be published but as they are, they are also being made available via these platforms. An overview of the availability status for all of the KU Pilot Collection titles can be seen here. Helping authors to connect more effectively with readers that value the knowledge and ideas contained in scholarly books is central to the KU mission. Usage data has an important role to play in helping us to understand the extent to which the KU Pilot has succeeded in accomplishing this goal.” More here.
Source: @KUnlatched

Björn Brembs: Your University Is Definitely Paying Too Much For Journals. “There is an interesting study out in the journal PNAS: “Evaluating big deal journal bundles“. The study details the disparity in negotiation skills between different US institutions when haggling with publishers about subscription pricing. For Science Magazine, John Bohannon of “journal sting” fame, wrote a news article about the study, which did not really help him gain any respect back from all that he lost with his ill-fated sting-piece. While the study itself focused on journal pricing among US-based institutions, Bohannon’s news article, where one would expect a little broader perspective than in the commonly more myopic original papers, fails to mention that even the ‘best’ big deals are grossly overcharging the taxpayer” More here.
Source: @openscience

Scholarly Kitchen: Hit the Road — How a Forgettable Paper and a Misguided Publisher Created an Unnecessary Controversy, by Kent Anderson. “It was difficult to generate any interest in blogging about this as events were unfolding, because the story was so tendentious and obvious. Now that it’s apparently concluded, this is what we’re left with — a paper that is best ignored, a publisher who committed an egregious set of misguided intrusions into editorial matters, and a lesson about how doing nothing is sometimes the wisest course of action.” More here.
Source: @scholarlykitchn

Open access to research data: the Open Research Data Pilot. “A novelty in Horizon 2020 is the Open Research Data Pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects. It will be monitored with a view to developing the European Commission policy on open research data in future Framework Programmes.” More here.
Source: @OpenAccessOnline

Data on article-processing charges released by the University of Sussex library. “This data was collected by Information Power Ltd on behalf of Jisc Collections in March and April 2014, along with the APC expenditure of 23 other UK higher education institutions. As of April 2014, it lists all known APCs paid by the University of Sussex during 2013 and the first two months of 2014. It is likely that many more articles published by University of Sussex authors were open access, but the full extent is not known. It has been publicly released with the permission of University of Sussex library.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Twitter Open Access Report – 27 May 2014

Privacy and the Open Access Button.

  • The Open Access Button will not display your exact location if you share your browser location with us. The location shown is an approximate location where the coordinates given from your browser are rounded off.
  • You are free not to enter your full name, or even an accurate name into the tool.
  • Our data is available for download, however we do not share email addresses or names as part of this.
  • Data can be deleted upon request.

More here.
Source: @RickyPo

LSE Blogs: Publishers respond to growing need for collaboration by offering an open access home for interdisciplinary research. “The new journal Palgrave Communications aims to support interdisciplinary development by offering a high-quality outlet for research in the humanities, the social sciences and business, hoping to foster interaction, creativity and reflection within and between disciplines. Sam Burridge provides an initial overview of the new outlet. But developing truly collaborative research takes time, a feature with little appreciation in funding and policy demands, and dialogue. Editorial board member Michele Acuto finds that as we strive for truly interdisciplinary research, between social and natural sciences, and for truly global research, as a balanced dialogue between north and south, the issue of how and where we publish is an important facet of interdisciplinary development.” More here.
Source: @LSEImpactBlog

Academic citation practices need to be modernized so that all references are digital and lead to full texts. “Researchers and academics spend a lot of time documenting the sources of the ideas, methods and evidence they have drawn on in their own writings. But Patrick Dunleavywrites that our existing citation and referencing practices are now woefully out of date and no longer fit for purpose. The whole scholarly purpose of citing sources has changed around us, but our conventions have not recognized the change nor adapted yet. Below he sets out what’s wrong with what we do now, and then sketches a radical agenda for starting afresh.” More here.
Source: @LSEImpactBlog

The tech behind digitizing the Vatican Library : Open access for all | #EMCWorld. “In its 500-year history, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (the Vatican Library) has only allowed 20 percent of its 80,000 plus manuscript collection to be studied. On top of that, it’s extremely difficult to get access to the library. Now, the Vatican is working to digitize its collection so everyone can have open access to this historic archive.” More here.
Source: @OA_Button

Justice Everywhere: Should Teaching be Open Access? “Do online educational resources actually help people learn?  Much here might depend on ideas about learning theory.  Those who think we learn through stimulus and repetition (‘behaviouralists’ and, to some extent, ‘cognitivists’) are likely to place greater value on the idea than those who think we learn through communication and collaboration (‘collectivists’ or ‘constructivists’). But formats might be tinkered to respond to what would be most beneficial here, and, in any case, does not the potential of the benefits outlined above suggest that it is worth a try?” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Four Berkeley professors launch new nonprofit to advance the publishing rights of authors in the digital age. “Four UC Berkeley professors united in a desire to support writers and other creators in spreading the reach of their work in the digital age – while better understanding their publishing rights – launched a new nonprofit Wednesday (May 21) at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. Founders of the organization, called the Authors Alliance, aim to realize the promise of digital technology, such as online journals and e-books, for the wide dissemination of knowledge and culture for the public good. Members also want to help authors and creators of work from photos to music overcome new challenges that they said “threaten to condemn works to obscurity, orphanhood and oblivion.” The Authors Alliance will provide educational tools, events and public interest advocacy to help authors understand their rights and “to better be read, seen and heard,” organizers said.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Authors Alliance launches on 21 May. “The Authors Alliance embraces the unprecedented potential digital networks have for the creation and distribution of knowledge and culture. We represent the interests of authors who want to harness this potential to share their creations more broadly in order to serve the public good. Unfortunately, authors face many barriers that prevent the full realization of this potential to enhance public access to knowledge and creativity. Authors who are eager to share their existing works may discover that those works are out of print, un-digitized, and subject to copyrights signed away long before the digital age. Authors who are eager to share new works may feel torn between publication outlets that maximize public access and others that restrict access but provide important value in terms of peer review, prestige, or monetary reward. Authors may also struggle to understand how to navigate fair use and the rights clearance process in order to lawfully build on existing works. The mission of Authors Alliance is to further the public interest in facilitating widespread access to works of authorship by assisting and representing authors who want to disseminate knowledge and products of the imagination broadly. We provide information and tools designed to help authors better understand and manage key legal, technological, and institutional aspects of authorship in the digital age. We are also a voice for authors in discussions about public and institutional policies that might promote or inhibit the broad dissemination they seek.” More here.
Source: @SPARC_EU

Bournemouth University Research Blog: Want to know how to publish a journal article and retain your rights? “The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons, established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors.” More here.
Source: @SPARC_EU

Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images. ‘Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis. In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said: “Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.” ‘ More here.
Source: @SPARC_EU

Graduate Center at the City University of New York debuts new institutional repository, Academic Works. “Academic Works is a digital repository of the scholarly and creative works of Graduate Center faculty, students, and research centers. The Graduate Center Library administers this open access repository to preserve, showcase, and facilitate access to these works, which include articles, dissertations, and much more.” More here.
Source: @OA_Button

Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Summary Report. “A preliminary report summarising results of the first KU pilot is now available for download. The report provides information about: the pilot’s objectives, how the collection was created and marketed, as well as key pilot outcomes, including how books were licenced, who signed up, and challenges for next rounds. A more detailed report is also being prepared and will be released in the next few months.” View the report here.
Source: @RickyPo

DOAJ publishes lists of journals removed and added. View list here.
Source: @RickyPo

OASPA: Growth of Articles Published in Fully OA Journals Using a CC-BY License. “A total of 399,854 articles were published with the CC-BY license by members of OASPA during the period shown above, with 120,972 of those being published in 2013 alone. These numbers only include articles that were published in journals whose entire content is Open Access, so articles that were published in hybrid OA journals are not included.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

The Scholarly Kitchen: Open Access: Fundamentals to Fundamentalists, by Robert Harington. “Libraries have an advocacy role to play. Libraries could look at subscriptions to content outside of the big deal first and foremost. Let it be advantageous to the market to break up the big deals and receive competitive pricing from society publishers, whether they are independent or tied to a commercial publisher. We know there is money in the pool, but rather than having sales be driven by scale, let’s reach a more market led approach of real need, nuanced by the variance in academic communities from anthropologists, to mathematicians to cardiology. Publishers need to fully embrace the notion that while their content is in demand, both in terms of an author base and reader base, we need an effective business model that does not over tax the system. On the one hand this is not about open access; on the other we should accept open access as a part of the fabric of publishing. Let’s move on to developing sustainable business models that promote the communication of science more effectively across all stakeholders.” More here.
Source: @oatp

Times Higher Education: IOP launches ‘offsetting’ scheme to cut cost of open access. “A publisher has launched a pilot with 21 UK universities to reduce their subscription costs in proportion to the amount of open access fees they pay. The “offsetting” arrangement devised by the Institute of Physics’ publishing arm will allow universities that subscribe to its “hybrid” journals to publish more open access papers in them without incurring greater costs. The additional cost associated with the transition to open access publishing has been a major bone of contention among research-intensive universities since the UK government endorsed the Finch Group’s recommendation for the UK to set a “clear policy direction” towards journal-provided gold open access, which often requires payment of an article fee.” More here.
Source: @oatp

The world’s first open textbooks released in the same month but on different continents. “In 2012, British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education (Canada) announced plans to create open textbook for the 40 most popular (highest enrolment) courses in first and second year of the post-secondary education system. The first textbooks are now available online. They can be downloaded for free in epub and mobi formats. Learners can also purchase a print copy for a low cost. The textbooks are published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, meaning that they can be modified and republished non-commercially, as long as they are properly attributed and licensed under identical terms. […] Nine time zones away, Poland has been tracing a similar path.  In April 2012 the Polish Council of Ministers committed 43 million PLN to develop open textbooks for grades 4 to 6 in primary schools.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

MIT Libraries: Two million downloads — a new open access milestone. “This month the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy hit a new milestone: papers made openly available through the Open Access Articles Collection have been downloaded over 2 million times. Total downloads from the collection of just under 12,000 papers reached 2,012,312 by the end of April, 2014. This new watershed was reached just one year after celebrating the 1 millionth download — a new peak of one million downloads in one year. Those are not the only new high water marks: In March, at the fifth anniversary of the faculty’s establishment of the Policy,montly downloads reached over 100,000 for the first time” More here.
Source: @petersuber

Times Higher Education: Technology’s value to humanities must be made clearer. ‘Evidence of the value of technology in the humanities is “thin on the ground”, and more must be done to make clear the benefits of computerised methods within the discipline, a conference is set to hear. Melissa Terras, director of  the University College London Centre for Digital Humanities, will tell the UCL Festival of the Arts that although digital techniques are widely used by humanities scholars, the vital role of technology within the discipline is frequently overlooked. “Evidence for the value of digital humanities, or the use of digital tools and techniques of any sort in the humanities, seems to be hidden,” Professor Terras told Times Higher Education, ahead of her “Decade in Digital Humanities” lecture, which will place at UCL on Tuesday. “For example, when people consult digitised items of historical documents, they tend to cite the original document itself, rather than the digital file available on the website: it can be incredibly hard to see evidence of people using newer digital methods in the reporting mechanisms which exist for humanities work, which always requires returning to the primary historical evidence as source, not its digital intermediary.”’ More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Twitter Open Access Report – 14 May 2014

Case studies of OA implementation & Jisc APC Pilot from range of (UK) universities. “The case studies will seek to highlight issues and challenges inherent in an OA environment and to make the Gold OA workflows more efficient, and therefore more effective.  In turn, we envision that they will assist those who are managing OA within an academic environment, as well as those developing infrastructures for Gold OA with their own methodologies, as well as underscore what Jisc APC potentially has to offer the OA marketplace.” Case studies from University College London, University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh,  University of Liverpool, Oxford University and Royal Holloway. More here.
Source: @CameronNeylon

Imperial College Open Access Blog: Open Access News, March-April 2014. ‘HEFCE have released their Open Access policy. […] The Research Information Network have released a report on Monitoring Progress in the Transition to Open Access, including proposals for a framework of indicators to monitor progress towards open access. […] From April 2014 onwards, the National Institute for Health Research will expect peer-reviewed articles to be made available as Gold OA, expecting full compliance within four years. […] Wellcome and NIH are withholding grant payments when OA obligations are not met (Imperial scholars have not been affected by this). […] The University of Konstanz has broken off license negotiations with Elsevier and will no longer subscribe to any Elsevier content. […] The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has suspended Springer’s membership because of systematic problems with the editorial process at Springer revealed by the so-called “Open Access sting”.’ Read here.
Source: @RickyPo

Slides: Improving the Transparency and Credibility of Open Access Publishing by Lars Bjørnshauge, DOAJ. “Presentation on how DOAJ is striving to increase the transparency and credibility of open access publishing throughout research communities.” View here.
Source: @RickyPo

The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: The variability of the open access article processing charge, by Heather Morrison. “The purpose of this post is to share an early observation from the open access article processing charges research I’m working on with colleagues. In brief, the purpose of this post is to suggest whether it might be counter-productive to look for a specific open access article processing fee for each journal using this approach, as for example the proposed new DOAJ form for publishers does.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Workshop Social Sciences and Humanities meet ORCID: Towards a fruitful collaboration. “Within the IMPACT-EV project, the workshop on Social Sciences and Humanities meet ORCID: Towards a fruitful collaborationwill be a space not only for sharing information and advice in order to achieve successful individual participation with this ID, but also to discuss and reflect collectively about what the involvement of SSH should be. For example, given the flexibility and openness of ORCID towards the demands of researchers, we will have the opportunity to propose how we want our different areas to be recognized.” More here.
Source: @KeitaBando

Theme for 2014 International Open Access Week to be “Generation Open”. “The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) announced today that the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is “Generation Open”.  The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.  The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.” More here.
Source: @SPARC_NA

Times Higher Education: Academia.edu founder on Open Access dreams. “Discoveries by laypeople are rare but free access to research results would increase the likelihood, says Richard Price” More here.
Source: @OA_Button

WHO commits to open access by joining Europe PubMed Central. “The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today [1 May] that it will become a member of the open access repository Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), joining 25 other life sciences and biomedical research funders. The announcement is in preparation for the launch of the WHO open access policy on 1 July 2014.” More here.
Source: @OA_Button

New paper estimates: At least 114m English-language ‘scholarly documents’ on internet, of which 24% freely available. More here.
Source: @Richvn

Seminar: Open Access and Society: Impact and Engagement. A Taylor & Francis Seminar, in association with ALPSP and the Academy of Social Sciences 19th May 2014 | Thomas Lord Suite, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Details here.
Source: @TandFOpen

PeerJ Partners with Publons – Reviewers Get More Credit. “[W]e are very pleased to announce that PeerJ is the first publisher to enter into a formal partnership with Publons to facilitate this process. Although all of our public peer-reviews are reproduced under a CC-BY license (and hence are open for anyone to reuse) we are happy to have a more formal arrangement with Publons to make this happen in an ‘official’ manner.” More here.
Source: @thePeerJ

Stevens Institute of Technology Professor Releases Book on Open Standards and the Digital Age. “Andrew Russell, a Stevens Institute of Technology professor of History and Director of the Program in Science and Technology Studies in the College of Arts and Letters, recently published a book explaining how “openness” was a deliberate result that predates the origins of the Internet. His book, Open Standards and the Digital Age, highlights the historical and political history of how the internet evolved into an open platform. From open source software to open access publishing, it’s clear that “openness” is a defining principle of the twenty-first century. In fact, to a considerable degree, anyone of power obstructing openness is perceived as questionable, and whistleblowers as largely heroes—as seen in the recent example of Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency. Yet the standard of openness is not simply the inevitable outcome of the globalization of technology; it was a strategy that engineers used to promote the Internet’s global adoption.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Deutsche Welle: Open access is revolutionizing science, and it’s a growing research market online. “More and more scientists are publishing their results online. And as a result, it’s becoming easier to link to new knowledge. A Berlin-based platform called ScienceOpen wants to tap into that.” More here.
Source: @OpenAccessMKD

The Scholarly Kitchen: A Modest Proposal for Scaled-up Open Access, by Rick Anderson. “In April, K|N Consultants (Rebecca Kennison of Columbia University Libraries and Lisa Norberg of the Barnard College Library) released a much-anticipated white paper titled “A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access Publishing and Archiving for Humanities and Social Sciences.” […] The basic structure of Kennison and Norberg’s proposal is a three-way partnership between higher-education (HE) institutions (as funding bodies), libraries (as archives and distribution nodes) and scholarly societies (as gatherers, editors, and presenters of content). The basic idea is that HE institutions themselves—drawing on centrally-administered campus funds rather than library budgets—will make an annual contribution to a central fund, which will be administered by a not-for-profit entity to be determined in the future (though K|N Consultants suggests itself as a candidate). This fund would be used to underwrite the editorial operations of partner societies, freeing them from the need to charge subscription fees for their journals. Participant libraries would reallocate staff time from tasks previously associated with traditional subscription management to tasks associated with journal hosting and archiving. In the early stages of the project, private granting agencies will be solicited for matching funds to make the resource pool deeper and to mitigate the risk of early failure, making participation more attractive to HE institutions.” More here.
Source: @scholarlykitchn

 

Twitter Open Access Report – 29 Apr 2014

JURN’s big expansion and ‘spring cleaning’ is complete. “The open access search tool Jurn.org has just completed a significant expansion, undertaken throughout March/April 2014. Jurn.org had previously only indexed its core collection of over 4,000 arts and humanities ejournals, all open access or otherwise free. The new Jurn.org expansion has now added a large intake of business, science, biomedical and ecology related open access ejournals. Also new to Jurn.org are full-text theses at selected academic repositories, with an initial focus on including the bulk of the larger UK repositories. Jurn.org has been built by hand, and highly curated, over a period of five years. Jurn is non profit and ad-free.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals. “This article presents an analysis of 111 Library and Information Science journals based on measurements of “openness” including copyright policies, open access self-archiving policies and open access publishing options. We propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index), based on measures of openness rather than perceived rank or citation impact. Finally, the article calls for librarians and researchers in LIS to examine our scholarly literature and hold it to the principles and standards that we are asking of other disciplines. [Also available as an EPUB for reading on mobile devices, or as a PDF.]” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Open Access, Institutionalised?: Or, Another Reason Why International Relations Is Failing As An Intellectual Project. “It has been many times been suggested that Editors and Editorial Boards should abandon journals that maintain closed policies, especially where that work is voluntary and the publishers are particularly mercenary. But we cannot even manage a moratorium on starting new journals on the same tired models (and there are plenty of those new journals that celebrate their own supposed ‘criticality’). At this rate, that will come with a choice between high APCs or the old bargain of subscription-funded invisibility. When that choice begins to bite, some will no doubt express surprise that our learned societies had not acted sooner to guarantee our relevance, or impact, or value. This is all the more depressing if we want to insist, as we should, that IR is not just about politics, but also has a politics in the world. Right now that politics is to burn up cash whilst drifting away, disinterested, from new possibilities and new publics. Institutionalisation is no great rupture in the Western knowledge tradition, and no automatic boon to the general intellect, but it’s something. Maybe we should consider it.” More here.
Source: @RickyPo

Open Access Button project starts work on Version 2.0. “The Open Access Button, which enables people to log when they hit paywalls to scholarly content and to find alternative routes to that content, is seeking £20,000 of funding for Version 2.0 of the tool, which is planned for launch in this October’s Open Access Week. The Open Access Button was founded by Joseph McArthur and David Carroll and an early version, built by a team of volunteer developers, was launched in October 2013. The founders say on their fundraising page, ‘So far we’ve mapped over 6500 moments of this injustice, but we know that this is just the beginning. There are stories of patients looking for information on their condition and treatment, students trying to do their homework, and researchers trying to advance our knowledge of the world we live in.” More here.
Source: @OA_Button

MIT seeks better compliance with open-access policy. “Since the implementation of the Institute’s open-access policy in 2009, more than 11,000 articles have been posted on DSpace, MIT’s online archive of research. These represent 37 percent of the total number of papers published by the MIT faculty in that period. “That number is less than the majority of papers — it may not sound impressive, but its actually among the highest of MIT’s peers,” said Faculty Chair Steven Hall, who reported on a five-year review of the policy at a faculty meeting on April 16. The policy mandates that faculty members let MIT openly publish the “fruits of their research.” Hall hopes to form a committee in the fall that will consider what incentives MIT can offer to encourage authors to comply with the policy more often. The committee will also consider whether to extend the policy to the thousands of postdoctoral researchers, and perhaps even MIT students.” More here.
Source: @RDBinns

Friend of Open Access, by Stevan Harnad. “Fred Friend died two days ago. He had been a dedicated, tireless and inspired advocate for OA ever since the idea was first baptized with a name (Budapest 2001, where he was one of the original co-drafters and signatories of the BOAI). Fred’s commitment to OA did not, I believe, originate only ex officio, as Director of Scholarly Communication at UCL, in the serials crisis with which he and all other library directors have had to struggle for decades. Fred also had a profound sense of justice (one that extended beyond local happenings sub specie aeternitatis). He simply felt that OA was right. And what he did on its behalf he did out of character and conviction. (He was also extremely forgiving, as I can humbly attest.) Fred was, in his own words, a Friend of Open Access. It is undeniable that OA has now lost a precious ally. But I think it is equally undeniable (and I am sure Fred knew it too) that OA is unstoppable now. That is in no small part true thanks to the efforts of this modest and faithful Friend. Heartfelt sympathy to Fred’s family; I hope that in their pain they will also find room for some pride.” View here.
Source: @openarchives

Slideshow: Open Access Initiatives on a Regional and Global Scale: EIFL, OASPA, COAR and NDLTD, by Iryna Kuchma. “The presentation covers EIFL’s open access programme, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) and Open Access Publishers Association (OASPA).” View here.
Source: @oatp

Opening Access to Research, by Mark Armstrong. Munich Personal RePEc Archive. “Traditionally, the scholarly journal market operates so that research institutions are charged high prices and the wider public is often excluded altogether, while authors can usually publish for free and commercial publishers enjoy high profits. Two forms of open access regulation can mitigate these problems: (i) direct price regulation of the form whereby a journal must charge a price of zero to all readers, or (ii) mandating authors or publishers to make freely available an inferior substitute to the published paper. The former policy is likely to result in authors paying to publish, which may lead to a reduction in the quantity of published papers and may make authors less willing to publish in selective journals. Recent UK policy towards open access is discussed.” Read here.
Source: @oatp

OKFN: Green on the possibilities of open education.”I was recently invited to join the Advisory Board of Open Knowledge’s Open Education Working Group and I quickly accepted. The aim of the group, “to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education,” is perfectly inline with the open education, policy, access, data, science, legal and government work we do at Creative Commons. I firmly believe that the world is shifting from closed to open and that we need all hands on deck and all open organizations and advocates fully connected and coordinated if we are to leverage this historic opportunity. The opportunity? For the first time in human history, most of the world’s knowledge, research, data, and educational resources are digital. Digital things cost almost nothing to store, distribute and copy…and we can share these digital things, at the marginal cost of $0, under Creative Commons licenses with the world. Further, governments and other funders are starting to require that publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources.” More here.
Source: @creativecommons

Chronicle: A Public Library of the Humanities? An Interview with Martin Paul Eve. “This is the tenth interview in a series, Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing, byAdeline Koh. Each article in this series features an interview with an academic publisher, press or journal editor on how their organization is changing in response to the digital world. The series has featured interviews with Duke University Press, Anvil Academic,NYU Press, MIT Press and the Penn State University Press. In this interview I speak with Martin Paul Eve (@martin_eve, Lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln, UK and co-founder of the Open Library of Humanities.” View here.
Source: @openlibhums

Research Information: The impact of impact, by Ernesto Priego. “Cultural change in scholarly communication is often imposed rather than encouraged and this has led to a series of negative sentiments associated with the word ‘impact’. There is an increasing polarisation, in both discourse and practice, between visions of the future  and the pragmatic limitations still experienced by many. So far the voices of funders have been heard (or mis-heard), as have the voices of some key players of the academic publishing industry. However, not all researchers, and particularly surprisingly to me, not all PhD students and early career researchers, are fully invested in the debates. The old dictum of ‘publish or perish’ has turned academic publishing into an empty signifier, a landmark to reach in order to get a stamp on the passport. You could say that publishing has become the process where content goes to die. Researchers move on after publishing an output as there’s pressure to publish more and more, and many publishers consider the job done once the content (or often rather just the URL, or the abstract) is online.” More here.
Source: @openlibhums

The Comics Grid: The Cost of Academic Publishing, by Michelle Brook. “What could the UK academic community do with £14.5 million? That is the same as the yearly tuition fees for over 1600 undergraduates paying £9,000 fees. And that is what just 19 Universities in the UK are spending in total during a single year on journal subscriptions to a single publisher. The act of publishing research has an intrinsic cost, and I don’t know anyone who claims otherwise. However, the key questions we as an academic community should be asking is how much this publishing process costs, and if we are receiving value for money. But we can’t answer these questions. Because we don’t know how much academic publishing costs. Historically, the costs of scientific research publication have been covered through subscriptions to academic journals in which the research has been published. Alternative business models are beginning to develop, but the majority of research around the world is still published in journals to which subscriptions are required. Individual academics are largely protected from the costs of access to these journals. Libraries at universities are largely responsible for managing institution wide access to journals, and through JISC negotiate these subscription costs.” More here.
Source: @oatp

Slideshow: Disciplinary Differences in Twitter Scholarly Communication, by Kim Holmberg and Mike Thelwall. “This paper investigates disciplinary differences in how researchers use the microblogging site Twitter. Tweets from researchers in five disciplines (astrophysics, biochemistry, digital humanities, economics, and history of science) were collected and analyzed both statistically and qualitatively. The results suggest that researchers tend to share more links and retweet more than the average Twitter users in earlier research. The results also suggest that there are clear disciplinary differences in how researchers use Twitter. Biochemists retweet substantially more than researchers in the other disciplines. Researchers in digital humanities use Twitter more for conversations, while researchers in economics share more links than other researchers. The results also suggest that researchers in biochemistry, astrophysics and digital humanities are using Twitter for scholarly communication, while scientific use of Twitter in economics and history of science is marginal.” View here.
Source: @KUnlatched

Imperial College London’s total spend on Elsevier journals in 2014 is £1,340,213 (excluding VAT). Details.
Source: @RickyPo

The Guardian: Is UK humanities research reaching the widest possible audience? by Martin Paul Eve. “Today marks the launch of another report on open access, a topic area that is rapidly becoming saturated. The latest document, funded by theHigher Education Funding Council of England (Hefce) and overseen by the British Academy, specifically focuses on the humanities and social sciences in an international environment. The conclusions are fairly clear:

• Hefce’s “green” open access recommendations (research accessed via digital repositories) – with up to 24 month embargoes and allowances for exemptions – meet with approval.

• Research Councils UK (RCUK) is unrealistic and its policies, we are told, “pose serious dangers for the international standing of UK research in the humanities”.

While such work is welcome, it must be stressed that there are also some problems with the research here. The most notable problem is the fact that the researchers destroyed datasets in order to preserve commercial confidentiality. Nobody can, therefore, check these findings and they must be treated with caution.” More here.
Source: @SPARC_EU

Times Higher Education: British Academy fears for humanities in open access world. “Research Councils UK’s open access policy poses “serious dangers for the international standing of UK research in the humanities”, a report by the British Academy has warned. Open Access Journals in Humanities and Social Science, published on 17 April, examines the practical issues raised for these disciplines by the UK’s move to open access. Critics have said these fields will find the transition particularly difficult. The report, whose lead author is Chris Wickham, British Academy vice-president of publications and Chichele professor of medieval history at the University of Oxford, says the level of compliance with UK open access policy by non-UK journals in English and modern languages may be as low as 20 per cent. It suspects the same may be true for art history and music, where open access is hampered by copyright issues for images and scores. Only about half of non-UK journals in history, archaeology, philosophy, politics and drama are compliant.” More here.
Source: @SPARC_EU

Do you know the institutions around you that can help you to fund your Open Access articles? PLoS created a list detailed by country and even by university. View here.
Source: @OA_Button

Springer finally retracts (instead of removing) 18 fake conference proceeding papers discovered last month.
Source: @OA_Button

Research Information: New resource aims to provide quality insight into OA resources. “The ISSN team, with funding from UNESCO, saw an opportunity to help join up the dots. The result, which launched in beta in December 2013 as a subset of the ISSN Register, is ROAD – the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources. ROAD includes a range of OA resources, including journals, conferences proceedings, monographs, and institutional repositories. Content is chosen for inclusion in the directory based on the criteria that there is open access to the whole content of the resource (free registration is accepted); no moving wall; the resource comprises mainly research papers; and the audience is mostly researchers and scholars. Currently hybrid journals are not part of the project. Pelegrin said that this decision was made to limit the scope during the pilot phase of the project. However, he said that this is something that might be considered in the future if it is valuable to users. Similarly, he said that identifying predatory journals is not part of scope of the project, although sometimes ISSNs are not assigned for such titles. ‘Beall’s list is very good at this role but based on negative criteria. ROAD is based on positive criteria,’ he explained. The way that ROAD works is that ISSN records that describe OA resources are marked with a devoted code so that they can be published in ROAD. These ROAD codes are added by the ISSN National Centres when creating the records, or retrospectively by the ISSN International Centre. The ISSN records are then enriched with data taken from external sources such as journal indicators, indexing-abstracting services and registries.” More here.
Source: @oatp

Steven Harnad: The Only Way to Make Inflated Subscriptions Unsustainable: Mandate Green OA. “The only effective way to make inflated subscriptions unsustainable is for funders and institutions to mandate Green OA self-archiving. Tim Gowers is quite right that “the pace of change is slow, and the alternative system that is most strongly promoted — open access articles paid for by article processing charges [“Gold OA”] — is one that mathematicians tend to find unpalatable. (And not only mathematicians: they are extremely unpopular in the humanities.)… there is no sign that they will help to bring down costs any time soon and no convincing market mechanism by which one might expect them to.” This is all true as long as the other form of OA (“Green OA” self-archiving by authors of published articles in OA repsositories, mandated by funders and institutions) has not prevailed. Pre-Green Gold is “Fool’s-Gold.” Only Post-Green Gold is Fair-Gold.” More here.
Source: @AmSciForum

Scholarly Kitchen: Strategic Thinking Exercise — Who Is Positioned to Keep Gold Open Access Growing? by Kent Anderson. “Strategic thinking can force you to face uncomfortable realities. It often shakes up your assumptions — but it’s necessary in order to anticipate and plan, to play where the puck is going rather than where it’s been. Part of the role of publishers and business leaders is to look ahead, sense where how the business environment is developing, and make judgments accordingly — often on incomplete information. In this light, a question has been dogging the strategic thinking part of my brain recently — basically, who is going to keep Gold open access (OA) growing?” More here.
Source: @RickyPo