Thursday, June 23, 2011

B - The role of advertising in financing OA journals

Frantsvag JE. The role of advertising in financing open access journals. First Monday 15(3) - 1 March 2010

A survey was carried out to know how advertising actually works as a source of financing for OA journals, exploring both why journals do not employ it, and how it is employed. The results show that advertising is used to generate income only for some OA journals, and that there is a lack of knowledge about its possibilities. The use of advertising increases with the increased size of a publishers (in terms of the number of published journals) and with the increased size of a journals (in terms of published articles).

B - Author attitudes towards open access publishing

Kenneway M. Author attitudes towards open access publishing. Intech 27 April 2011

According to a survey, conducted amongst a group of InTech's authors, they are generally favourably inclined towards open access (OA) being aware of the benefits of free access to their work after publication. As might be expected, most of the authors have concerns about cost and quality control of OA publications. OA publishers should then satisfy the demand from authors for a in-depth pre-publication peer review system, have a clear policy on peer review, and ensure transparency.

Monday, June 20, 2011

B - Free journals grow amid ongoing debate

Kaiser J. Free journals grow amid ongoing debate. Science 2010;329(5994):896-898
(doi: 10.1126/science.329.5994.896)

The author writes on the many debates that rage about whether open access is speeding scientific progress. Some argue that academic researchers already have good access to the articles they need and critics suggest that the open access publishing model encourages mediocre work.
A reply to this article comes from Jacques Zimmer, a member of the editorial board of PLoS ONE (A positive review for PLoS ONE. Science 2010;330(6000):34). He says that most of the papers he handles are of high quality, and that its journal is serious and aims at rendering well-performed science accessible to everybody

B - The size distribution of open access publishers

Frantsvag JE. The size distribution of open access publishers. First Monday 15(12) - 6 December 2010

Based on an analysis of the Directory of Open Access Journals, the study highlights that a large number of small publishers publish the majority of OA journals, and that 90% of these publishers publish only a single journal. These data are compared to similar data about toll access publishing. All these elements suggest that small-scale operation of OA publishing is economically inefficient and that it should be best organized in larger publishing institutions.

B - Economic implications of alternative publishing models

Houghton JW, Oppenheim C. The economic implications of alternative publishing models. Prometheus 2010;28(1):41-54
(doi: 10.1080/08109021003676359)

The article focuses on the costs and potential benefits of three alternative models for scholarly publishing: subscription publishing, open access publishing and self-archiving. It summarizes the findings of a study undertaken for the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). It concludes that more open access to findings from publicly funded research would have substantial benefits for research communication.

Friday, June 17, 2011

B - Development of OA journal publishing (1993-2009)

Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H et al. The development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 2011;6(6):e20961
(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020961

Results of a study on the development of open access (OA) journals, registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), showed a very rapid growth in the period 1993-2009. Since 2000 the average annual growth rate has been 18% for the number of journals and 30% for the number of articles. The volume of OA published peer reviewed research articles has grown at a much faster rate than the increase in total volume of all peer reviewed research articles. Three major phases of OA development are suggested: the Pioneering years (1993-1999), the Innovation years (2000-2004), and the Consolidation years (2005-2009).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

B - No-fault peer review charges

Harnad S. No-fault peer review charges: the price of selectivity need not be access denied or delayed. D-Lib Magazine 2010;16(7/8)
(doi: 10.1045/july2010-harnad)

Funds to pay the costs of open access (OA) publishing are short and about 80% of journals are subscription-based. Paying to publish might inflate acceptance rates and lower quality standards. A solution could be that institutions, universities and funders mandate Green OA self-archiving of final peer-reviewed drafts by their authors. A "no-fault basis" peer review charge is also suggested: the author's institution or funder should pay for each round of referreing, regardless of outcome (acceptance, revision, or rejection). If the journal fee were not a publication fee but a referreing fee, the costs per accepted article would be much lower and it would discourage unrealistic submissions that take up the time of journals' referees.

B - New trends of institutional repositories

Priti J. New trends and future applications/directions of institutional repositories in academic institutions. Library Review 2011;60(2):125-141
(doi: 10.1108/0024531111113078)

A review of the recently published literature about current trends and future applications of institutional repositories (IRs) including the benefits and obstacles of setting up an IR. They have been increasingly recognised as a vital tool for scholarly communication, institutional visibility and knowledge management. The report can be used to persuade different stakeholders at institutions, including management, about the value of open access (OA) and the importance of establishing OA institutional policies.

B - OA report in 2010

André F, Creppy R, Barthet E et al. OA report in 2010. Madrid: FECYT; 2010

This report arises from the activities of the Southern European Libraries Link (SELL), which represents library consortia of six countries (France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey). One of its main goals is "to draw common policies towards information acquirement and provision". Experts in each country provided reports on the situation of open access to move towards common policies for open access to science. European countries have unique characteristics as regards participation in the scientific communication process: they use languages that are not the usual channel for scientific communication, they do not have a powerful publishing industry, they spend a smaller percentage of GDP on research and scientific data acquisition.

B - Open access publishing: what authors want

Nariani R, Fernandez L. Open access publishing: what authors want. College & Research Libraries (accepted: June 5, 2011; anticipated publication date: March 2012)

The study wanted to ascertain whether authors were aware of library support for article processing fees and whether they are satisfied with open access (OA) publishing. Results indicate that authors are increasingly publishing in OA journals, appreciate library funding initiatives and believe that impact factor and readership are strong motivators for OA publishing. Sustainability of OA funds is then a major concern for many libraries. Specific recommendations for publishers are given, i.e. timely indexing in PubMed and other databases, promotion of OA articles through press releases and access to statistics on a regular basis.

Friday, June 10, 2011

B - Open peer review: sharing reviewers' signed reviews on the web

van Rooyen S, Delamothe T and Evans SJW. Effect on peer review of telling reviewers that their signed reviews might be posted on the web: randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal 2010;341:c5729
(doi: 10.1136/bmj.c5729)

The results of the study suggests that telling peer reviewers that their signed reviews might be available on the BMJ's website had no important effect on review quality. However, it may reduce the number of willing reviewers and increase the amount of time taken to write a review. BMJ believes that the ethical arguments in favour of open peer review outweigh any disadvantage.

B - 10 lessons to get your paper published

Hall PA. Getting your paper published: an editor's perspective (review). Annals of Saudi Medicine 2011;31(1):72-76
(doi: 10.4103/0256-4947.75782)

A short review based on a personal perspective on the issue of writing scientific papers in the biomedical field. It is based on the author's own experiences as a reviewer and an editor. By means of 10 simple lessons the problems and the pitfalls of getting a manuscript published are considered.

B - Open access to research

Harnad S. Open access to research: changing researcher behavior through university and funder mandates. JEDEM Journal of Democracy and Open Government 2011;3(1):33-41

A somewhat conservative perspective on "edemocracy" as public access to scholarly and scientific research is presented. The author suggests to maximise the usage and impact of research carried out in research institutions by depositing final drafts in open access institutional repositories immediately upon acceptance for publication in order to have them freely accessible to all potential users webwide.

B - Access to knowledge in the age of intellectual property

Krikorian G, Kapczynski A (Ed.). Access to knowledge in the age of intellectual property. New York: Zone Books;2010

In this volume, the editors have created the first anthology of the "access to knowledge" or "A2K" movement, mapping this emerging field of activism as a series of historical moments, strategies, and concepts. Intellectual property law has given rise to new debates and struggles over politics, economics, and freedom.

B - Mandates and open access

Kennan MA. Learning to share: mandates and open access. Library Management 2011;32(4/5):302-318
doi: 10.1108/01435121111132301)

The paper's aim is to examine why open access (OA) is not practiced by all researchers, all the time, or more encouraged by library managers. It is suggested that sometimes a new actor such as a mandate or deposit policy is required, to assist library and repository managers and to encourage authors to look beyond their existing frames and embrace OA.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Up-dated version of EASE Guidelines

The updated version of EASE Guidelines, containing major editorial recommendations for authors and translators of scientific articles, is now available on-line in 14 languages: English and Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Estonian, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. The last 2 updates (Japanese and Persian) will be displayed soon.