Archive for the ‘Publishers’ Category

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on “First Sale” Doctrine

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion this morning in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., ruling that the doctrine of first sale applies to copies of works legally made abroad and imported into the U.S.  The first-sale doctrine allows the owner of a book to legally resell it; in the case of libraries, it allows books printed overseas to be circulated to users.

Google and Publishers’ Association Reach Settlement

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Google and the Association of American Publishers have reached an agreement in their dispute about the Google Library Project.  The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit and does not require the approval of the court. The settlement allows the publishers to make their books and journals available via the project or to remove them.

This settlement does not affect the litigation between Google and the Authors Guild.

Harvard Faculty Memo Criticizes High Journals Prices, Supports Alternatives

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The faculty advisory committee to the Harvard University Library has issued a memorandum to all faculty criticizing the high and ever-increasing prices of journal titles and packages.  The memo notes that “…major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable. Doing so would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas, already compromised.”

Among other actions, the memo recommends that faculty publish in Harvard’s open access repository and open access journals and consider resigning from editorial boards of journals that will not consider open access publishing models or publishers with more reasonable pricing models.

UCLA Faculty Sign Elsevier Pledge

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Several UCLA faculty have signed The Cost of Knowledge, a pledge not to support any journal published by Reed Elsevier unless the company changes its academic publishing practices.  As of this morning, more than 4,400 people have signed the pledge.

The pledge grew out of a blog post by Timothy Gowers, a Fields Medal-winning mathematician at the University of Cambridge. In that post, he stated that he would not submit or referee papers for any Elsevier journals or serve on any of its editorial boards until the company changed its practices of charging high prices, bundling titles, being difficult to negotiate price with, and supporting legislation like SOPA and the Research Works Act.

UCLA mathematician Terence Tao commented on the pledge on his blog.

Library Coalition Responds to Efforts to Limit Document Delivery

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The International Coalition of Library Consortia, of which UC’s California Digital Library is a member, has issued a statement in response to guidelines recently proposed by the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM) that would limit document delivery services.

Specifically, the proposed STM guidelines would restrict researchers’ access to information via interlibrary loan.  The library coalition believes that, although copyright laws vary by country, ILL practices comply with and are appropriately governed by current copyright laws and are also consistent with the three-step test of Berne.

Possible Boycott of Nature Publishing Group Journals

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Dear Members of the UCLA Faculty,
Please see the linked document regarding a possible boycott of Nature Publishing Group journals by UC faculty. We urge you to read this important update, which has been jointly prepared by the University Libraries and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. Please contact me directly with your comments and concerns.

Gary E. Strong
UCLA University Librarian

PhD Comics Tackles Scientific Journal Publishing

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

PhD Comics examines the process of publishing articles in scientific journals in an amusing but accurate series of strips.  Check out the one on the rivalry between the journals Nature and Science.

University Press Directors Support Open Access to Scholarly Articles

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Directors of ten university presses issued a statement supporting “the dissemination of scholarly research as broadly as possible.”  Represented were University Press of Florida, University of Akron Press, University Press of New England, Athabasca University Press, Wayne State University Press, University of Calgary Press, University of Michigan Press, Rockefeller University Press, Penn State University Press, and University of Massachusetts Press.

Further details are available in Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

AAUP Session Urges Faculty to Seek Non-Profit Publishing Options

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, professor of geography at the State University of New York at New Paltz, urged attendees at the recent annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors to seek out non-profit publishing options for their work, rather than those owned by corporations and run as for-profit businesses.

 His argument was that academics and universities shouldn’t provide a “product” for these corporations for free, which university libraries are then forced to buy back via subscriptions or licenses to often high-priced journals. Furthermore, open-access, non-profit options often broaden access to and use of their research. The full article appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

More than 9,000 National Academies Reports Available Online

Friday, April 17th, 2009

More than nine thousand reports issued between 1863 and 1997 by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council have been digitized and are now available online free of charge through Google Book Search.  This is the first phase of a two-part project; the full collection of some eleven thousand reports should be available online by 2011.

These reports join more than four thousand digitized books accessible through the National Academies Press.