Archive for the ‘Scholarly Publishing’ Category

Conversation for Faculty with Intellectual Property Expert on Nov. 8

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Peter Jaszi, law professor and director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, will give a talk for faculty on Tuesday, November 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  An experienced copyright litigator, he is widely recognized as an advocate for the public interest in intellectual property law.

Admission is free. Send an email to receive confirmation of the location in the Research Library.

New Faculty Survey on Scholarly Communication

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

A recent survey of faculty at the University of Toronto assessed their awareness, attitudes, and practices when it comes to scholarly communication.  Results are compared with a 2007 survey of UC faculty.

Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Issues Report

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

A report has been issued by the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, which was created in June 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in coordination with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.   Charged with examining the current state of scholarly publishing and developing recommendations to expand public access to journal articles arising from research funded by federal agencies, the committee included academic administrators, librarians, publishers, and researchers.

The group’s recommendations were endorsed by twelve of its fourteen members. The two dissenters were publishers’ representatives from Elsevier and Public Library of Science.

Measuring the Impact of a Scholarly Article

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Article-level metrics” — figures documenting how many times an online article in a scholarly journal has been viewed, downloaded, cited in other articles, mentioned in blogs, or bookmarked — give a more accurate view of the impact and influence of an article than the journal impact factor, according to Richard Smith, a board member of Public Library of Science.

College Presidents Support Public Access to Taxpayer-funded Research

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

An open letter was released today, signed by presidents of fifty-seven liberal arts colleges, supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009.  Further details are available in an article in Inside Higher Ed.

New Open-Access Monographic Series Launched

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Open Humanities Press, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office, has announced the forthcoming open-access series in critical and cultural theory: New Metaphysics, Critical Climate Change, Global Conversations, Unidentified Theoretical Objects, and Liquid Books. Edited by senior members of the press’s editorial board, all will be available in full-text digital editions as well as reasonably priced paperbacks.

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.

First Humanities Department to Mandate Open Access

Friday, May 15th, 2009

The University of Oregon’s Department of Romance Languages voted unanimously Wednesday to institute an Open Access Mandate, making it the first humanities department to do this.  The announcement of the mandate states all tenure-track faculty submit postprints to the University of Oregon’s institutional repository Scholar’s Bank and that all URLS of self-archived postprints be included in review and promotion materials.  In addition, Romance Languages faculty are to grant to the university a Creative Commons “Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United State” license.

MIT passes university-wide open-access policy

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The faculty at MIT recently approved a university-wide open-access policy that grants the university “nonexclusive permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles for the purpose of open dissemination.”  The articles will be made available to the public in an open-access repository.

Study Shows Authors Have More Rights Than They Think

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

A recent study released by the Publishing Research Consortium shows that publishers allow authors to do more than authors think with their own articles. The paper examines the results of two major surveys to provide an analysis of what authors say they want, what they think their agreements allow, and what publishers’ agreements actually allow.