The Government’s policy on open access and scholarly publishing is severely lacking

 The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills committee’s latest report, Open Access: Achieving a Functional Market, issued this week looks into the Government’s current policy on Open Access (OA) and scholarly publishing in general. The Committee, of which Ann McKechin MP is a member, unanimously found this policy to be severely lacking in many areas. Here, she discusses her […]

September 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments|

Open Library of Humanities: a community-grounded approach to academic publishing

The Open Library of Humanities is a newly-launched project aiming to provide an ethically sound and sustainable open access model for humanities research. By coordinating the discussion and implementation of a community-grounded approach to academic publishing, OLH aims to create an outlet better able to serve academics, libraries, and the wider research community. Co-founder Martin Eve describes the current “ideas […]

From Monograph to Multigraph: the Distributed Book

Humanities and Social Science disciplines have traditionally relied heavily on the monograph as the prized scholarly output. But given the rapid changes in communication, as well as the mounting criticisms of its limited access and crippling expense, Tim McCormick asks whether the monograph might be reassembled.   I’ve been thinking a lot about nanopublications recently. This is a concept primarily discussed in scientific scholarly communication. Nanopub.org explains: A nanopublication is […]

A new paradigm of scholarly communications is emerging: A report from the Future of Impact conference

Policymakers and academics agree that the economic or public impact of research can’t be demonstrated through just citations and bibliometrics yet open access publishing, altmetrics and online methods must be further developed before we can rely on them to prove impact. Ernesto Priego reports from last week’s Future of Impact conference. How can alternative digital methods of scholarly assessment maximise […]

December 12th, 2012|Events, Impact|7 Comments|

Calling open access academic book publishers: How authors and publishers could make a modest profit

Reputation, professional copyediting and promotion; academics gain a lot from working with a professional publisher but there’s no need to go it alone to go open access. Martin Weller writes that there are lots of ways to go open access while also making a profit. Now is the time for you to seize the moment and make a small-to-modest profit […]

Use your author’s rights to make articles freely available

Debates on open access publishing may rumble on for some time to come. Until a perfect solution is found, Jørgen Carling writes that self-archiving, while not perfect, allows researchers to bring their work out from behind paywalls without jeopardizing academic integrity, and, at no cost. Most academic journals allow authors to post their articles online after a while, for instance 12 […]

The Finch Report and RCUK Open Access policy: How can libraries respond?

Open Access is now central to academic publishing, regardless of whether your team colours are green or gold. Ahead of Open Access Week, Natalia Madjarevic writes that she has witnessed increased media coverage as a result of green OA and that libraries must respond with a touch of creativity to open access policies. Libraries have always been advocates of Open […]

Cash alone will not cure the research market

Open access developments have necessarily elicited response from the entire scholarly community. Here, David Prosser of Research Libraries UK clarifies the valued role of libraries in informing the debate and raises specific concerns over how the newly pledged £10 million by the Government is to be spent. The open access (OA) debate has been ongoing in the UK and around […]

Open Access needs terminology to distinguish between Gold OA funding models

Shedding further light on the wider open access debate, Martin Eve calls for a more precise terminology for the variety of Gold OA business models that currently exist to help correct the false assumption in many academics’ minds that Gold OA necessarily requires an Article Processing Charge (APC). In the wake of the Finch report, one of the most frequent cries […]

Key Questions for Open Access Policy in the UK

While recent policy developments have made huge strides for open access publishing, there is still great uncertainty over how the transition will play out. Stephen Curry distills the key questions that have emerged over translating open access policy into practice. This article originally appeared on Stephen Curry’s personal blog, ‘Reciprocal Space’. It’s not even two months since the tectonic plates […]

Hybrid gold open access and the Chesire cat’s grin: How to repair the new open access policy of RCUK

Unintended consequences of RCUK policy mean that if academics want open access publishing, publishers are happy to sell it to them, writes Stevan Harnad. He argues that researchers should not have to choose gold publishing when green open access is available. Suppose you’re a subscription journal publisher. Offering a Hybrid (Subscription/Gold) Open Access (OA) option means you keep selling subscriptions just as […]

September 3rd, 2012|Impact, Open Access|2 Comments|

Can LinkedIn and Academia.edu enhance access to open repositories?

Now that research is developing an online presence, thoughts are turning to how to maximise this. Brian Kelly investigates linking strategies; from Google Scholar Citations, Academia.edu and Mendeley to a researcher’s online publications, as a way of increasing researcher visibility among their digitally-literate peers. I’m pleased to say that a paper by myself and Jenny Delasalle, Academic Services Manager (Research) […]

Peer review is vital but its closed nature belongs to a bygone age. It’s time to open up

Biases, deliberate delay, repeated rejection – peer review has its problems but it is a crucial part of research dissemination, writes Rebecca Lawrence, who explains that open publication of all good science followed by open peer review is the key to future publishing. Discontent with the traditional peer review system and the problems it brings has been building for many […]

Professional digital practice in academia: From online networking to building apps

An understanding of how to present knowledge and promote learning in digital formats will soon be integral to academic practice. Deborah Lupton gives a tour of the not-to-be-missed academic digital tools available online. In my previous post, I explained the concept of digital sociology and presented four aspects I considered integral to this sub-discipline: professional digital practice, sociological analyses of […]

How to move towards a system that looks to ‘publish, then filter’ academic research

Both the ‘green’ and the ‘gold’ models of open access tend to preserve the world of academic journals, where anonymous reviewers typically dictate what may appear. David Gauntlett looks forward to a system which gets rid of them altogether. Every week there’s something new in the open access debate. A couple of weeks ago the Finch report concluded that all […]

Do ‘prestigious’ journals make academics lazy? An unlikely parallel with the art world

In the art world, the dealer’s brand often becomes a substitute for aesthetic judgement. Mark Carrigan wonders if it the same could be said of academia; does inclusion in a prestigious journal become a substitute for, and act as a reinforcement of, intellectual judgement?   In a recent book economist Don Thompson explores the crucial role that branding has in the contemporary […]

Why the UK Should Not Heed the Finch Report

If we heed the advice of the Finch Report, the UK will lose its lead in open access publishing… and a great deal of public money. Stevan Harnad writes why he believes that the recommendations of the Finch Report could set worldwide open access back by at least a decade. The UK’s universities and research funders have been leading the rest […]

We expect to get information in two clicks, why can’t we get data as quickly?

Is the elusive nature of data just part of the normal challenges of research life? Or, should we look forward to a time when relevant data is easily accessible to the laziest internet browser? Peter John asks if data searching could be easier than finding that needle in the haystack. In part I of this blog, I reported some of the […]

The Finch Report illustrates the new strategy wars of open access

Commercial publishers appear to have conceded defeat but Bjoern Brembs wonders if their new strategy is to delay the inevitable transition to Open Access publishing for as long as possible, and to charge as much as possible when OA publishing does become the norm. The recent “Finch Report” on Open Access has generated a shower of online commentary both from […]

Digital visibility is king but what colour is our Open Access future?

Open access publishing is growing increasinly important so the Peer Project has built an observatory to investigate potential effects of a major switch to open access models. Julia Wallace finds that the scholarly web is a complex environment where author self-deposit rates are likely to be low and usage scenarios for green open access are more complex than generally acknowledged.   Supported […]

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