Archive for June, 2012

The potential effect of making journals free after a six month embargo

Friday, June 29th, 2012

This report commissioned by the UK Publishers' Association finds that providing open access to research publications after 6 months rather than 12 might have a material effect on libraries’ subscriptions; and that the impact on publishers’ revenues would be considerable. Higher Education Institutions’ libraries may be ...

Wellcome Trust will penalise scientists who don’t embrace open access

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Wealthy medical charity says it will withhold researchers' final grant payments if they fail to make their results open access. The Wellcome Trust plans to withhold a portion of grant money from scientists who do not make the results of their work freely available to the public, in a move that ...

Digital repositories ten years on

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

ABSTRACT. Digital repositories have been with us for more than a decade, and despite the considerable media and conference attention they engender, we know very little about their use by academics. This paper sets out to address this by reporting on how well they are used, what they are used ...

How serious is the task of rebuilding the Australian research and academic career?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

There are a number of projects and reports in the last three years that demonstrate the growing dissatisfaction of new academics and researchers and their tenuous career paths in Australia. I will mention some of them at the end of this post. But to really set the scene, I want ...

Not what the researcher ordered: medical charities reduce the dose

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Research spending in the UK by medical charities fell in 2011-12 after several years of growth - a sign that the UK's economic crisis could be having an effect on the area. The amount that members of the Association of Medical Research Charities allocated to UK research grants and fellowships fell ...

Royal Society wants datasets to be on a par with papers in REF

Monday, June 25th, 2012

High-quality and publicly accessible datasets should be given as much credit as standard publications in the research excellence framework, the Royal Society has argued. In a major report on open data, released on 21 June, the learned society says that the potential of the internet to facilitate collaboration among both professional ...

Open access may require funds to be rationed

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The cost of making the transition to full open access could require universities to discourage or bar researchers from publishing minor papers in order to maintain funds for publication in top journals. That is the conclusion of one of the members of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research ...

New Report: “EPUB for Archival Preservation”

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

EPUB for Archival Preservation is a new a new publication from the KB/National Library of the Netherlands Departments of Collection and Collection Care, written by Johan van der Knijff. He begins his report :- Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number ...

Embracing open access to research

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

HEFCE welcomes the report of a working group on expanding access to published research findings. We have previously made clear our commitment to ensuring that the findings and other outputs from publicly funded research are made promptly and freely available to the widest possible audience. We endorse the group’s conclusions that: we ...

UK Report: Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

"This report, Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications, is the product of a year’s work by a committed and knowledgeable group of individuals drawn from academia, research funders and publishing. The task which we were set was by no means straightforward. We ...