Archive for September, 2011

Open Access model for scholarly books proposed

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

An open access model whereby scholarly books are available free of charge on the internet has been proposed by prominent UK publisher Dr Frances Pinter.  She was speaking on the topic Modelling for the future and consortium models for funding academic publishing at the Queensland University of Technology campus in Brisbane ...

Princeton bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

'Prestigious US academic institution Princeton University has banned researchers from giving the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain cases where a waiver may be granted. The new rule is part of an Open Access policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly ...

Google Scholar Citations: a way for academics to compute citation metrics and track them over time

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

'Citation metrics are used by many academics and researchers to gauge the influence of their work, and to gain a better understanding of the impact of their research. The Impact Blog has already given a lot of coverage to Anne- Wil Harzing’s Publish or Perish software, and now it looks ...

Procurement of research grants a costly, time-consuming lottery

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ONE in three research applications is just as likely to be successfully chosen for funding by a random lottery as it is by peer review, new research has found. Read more at Higher Education News. Read the research paper at BMJ. The study looked at quantifying the randomness and cost ...

Research coincides with ERA

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

'BALANCING the need to work towards excellence in all universities while selectively funding a handful to be world class is the challenge the federal government must address after its first sector-wide research audit. Analysis by Frank Larkins for the LH Martin Institute, released today, notes that the diversity ...

Copyright and Open Access for academic works

Monday, September 26th, 2011

"In a recent paper, Prof. Steven Shavell (see Shavell, 2009) has argued strongly in favor of eliminating copyright from academic works. Based upon solid economic arguments, Shavell analyses the pros and cons of removal of copyright and in its place to have a pure open access system, ...

Copyright confusion dogs European digitisation push

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

'The cultural life of Europe will suffer unless more effort is made to clarify what libraries can do with so-called orphan works, says a study. The British Library looked into ways to speed up the digitisation of books, journals and other printed materials held by Europe's libraries. It ...

Cite or Site? The current view of what constitutes ‘academic publishing’ is too limited. Our published work must become truly public

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

'Producing papers for a growing number of journals with an ever shrinking audience risks diminishing the potential of the impact of academic work. Pat Lockley and Mark Carrigan consider the incentives of the current system of academic publishing and call for a new definition. Cite or site? Citation, or ...

UK Higher Education Funding Bodies select Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus as Data Provider for 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

'STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that four UK Higher Education Funding Bodies (representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) will use Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus database as the sole bibliometric provider for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The Framework was developed to assess the quality of research in UK ...

No Authors Have Been Harmed in the Making of This Library

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

'We’ve been puzzling over the Author’s Guild’s decision to sue several university libraries for participating in the digitization and storage of millions of works (largely in connection with the Google Books project) and making scans of some of those works available to the academic community. Simply ...