Monthly Archives: June 2015

Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access

 This Max Planck Digital Library Open Access Policy White Paper argues for an immediate and major transformation of scientific journals to be open access business model. Full of facts, it concludes “The time is ripe for the global research community to accelerate the transition to open access. We have the crucial opportunity to transform the underlying business model of journal publishing while protecting the financial viability and core functionalities of the publishing system at large. Ultimately, all subscription spending must be stopped: this is the simple culmination of the incremental steps of the past decade. The significant savings can then be reinvested for the co-creation of a range of publishing services that will truly serve the scholarly endeavors of the 21st century”.

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A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication Infrastructure

This article by Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg in EDUCAUSE review calls for an open access future: they argue a “radically different approach is required—one that is open, flexible, collaborative, and networked”.

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Citation Boost or Bad Data? Academia.edu Research Under Scrutiny

“A critical review at the promises and achievements of academia.edu – does it make as big a different to impact? Read this and reach your own conclusions.

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University of California launches new publications management system

A new publication management system that searches scholarly databases for faculty article records, emails authors when new articles are found, and supports easy deposit of those articles into eScholarship will be available by the third quarter of 2015, UC’s open access repository and publishing platform. The “harvesting” system is being implemented to provide an efficient mechanism for facilitating faculty participation in the UC Open Access policy.  Very impressive!

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The Trouble With Scientists

. You may think that this is not a very exciting topic, but the article is really interesting. Fascinating reflections on scientists, data, reliable conclusions, integrity, publishing and more. I really enjoyed reading this.

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Library Publishing Coalition to Expand Membership Internationally

A very welcome development –

The Library Publishing Coalition, a community-led membership association for library publishers, will expand membership to libraries outside North America, effective July 1, 2015.

The LPC supports an evolving, distributed range of publishing practices and furthers the interests of library publishers. It promotes collaboration, knowledge ­sharing, and networking among libraries and between libraries and other publishers, especially university presses.

Academic and research libraries and library consortia anywhere in the world are invited to complete a membership application at http://www.librarypublishing.org/join/membership-application.

Roxanne Missingham

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