Archive for September, 2012

Book Talk: Peter Suber on Open Access

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. In this talk, Peter Suber — ...

New tools will make sharing research data safer in cyberspace

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Harvard researchers will receive a four-year NSF grant totaling nearly $5 million to study and enhance the privacy of research data. No longer limited to narrow focus groups, painstaking in-person surveys, or artificially controlled studies, researchers today have a far easier time compiling and manipulating large data sets. At the same ...

New analysis on factors associated with academics publishing more than others

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load. That is the central conclusion of work by researchers from University College Dublin led by Jonathan Drennan, lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. Drennan's ...

Research Trends – Big Data

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Research Trends Issue 30 - September 2012 Editorial: Special Issue on Big Data Research Trends is proud to present this Special Issue on the topic of Big Data. Big Data refers to various forms of large information sets that require special computational platforms in order to be analyzed. This issue looks at the ...

Help put the open in Open Data and Open Bibliography

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Public consultation on open data in journals launched ..... From BioMed Central: We propose to change the copyright license in open access journals to make published data available for sharing, integration and reuse without legal restrictions, for the benefit of science. If implemented this would mean authors in the future would ...

Open access and gloom and doom in academic publishing

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

You may have read about the impending demise of commercial academic publishers. These rumors of their death, it seems, are greatly exaggerated. In July, the UK government announced that by 2014 “open access” publishing of results would be a condition of public funding of research; currently, of course, much of research ...

Historical Association Raises Concerns About Open-Access Movement

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The push for open access to academic research has been justifiably motivated by scholars’ concerns regarding the high subscription prices of many journals, but proposed solutions raise “serious questions” for scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences, says a statement released on Monday by the American Historical Association. The ...

Eight Questions and an Answer for RCUK/Finch at Imperial College 27 September

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

These questions are for the Imperial College Science Communication Forum "Open access: Going for Gold?" Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:30 to 21:00 (BST) London, United Kingdom QUESTION 1: For hybrid subscription journals that offer both Gold OA (CC-BY) for a fee and Green OA (6-12) for free, why does RCUK require authors to pick and ...

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing The American Historical Association voices concerns about recent developments in the debates over “open access” to research published in scholarly journals. The conversation has been framed by the particular characteristics and economics of science publishing, a landscape considerably different from the terrain of scholarship in ...

Will open access article processing fee publishers do the right thing and join OA advocates in calling for friendly amendment to the RCUK policy?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

This summer the Research Councils U.K. adopted a stronger open access policy, as explained by Peter Suber in the September 2012 SPARC Open Access Newsletter. While the strong support for open access, including funding for open access publishing, is welcome news, this policy includes some ill-thought-out provisions and open access ...