Archive for November, 2012

Updated Scholar Metrics: Now Grouped by Research Area

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

... from Google Earlier this year, we launched Scholar Metrics which provides an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are updating Scholar Metrics to make it easier for you to explore publications in research areas that you are ...

50 Shades of Grey in Scientific Publication: How Digital Publishing Is Harming Science

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Newsweek is dead. But we have Twitter. Harper-Collins just closed its last warehouse of books in the United States. Cambridge University Press, the oldest publisher of scholarly books and journals in the world, printing continuously since 1584, ceased printing operations this year and will outsource printing to another company. The ...

CORE: Three Access Levels to Underpin Open Access

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The last 10 years have seen a massive increase in the amount of Open Access publications in journals and institutional repositories. The open availability of large volumes of state-of-the-art knowledge online has the potential to provide huge savings and benefits in many fields. However, in order to fully leverage this ...

Is RCUK’s open-access cash a ‘reckless’ road to ruin?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Research Councils UK's announcement of how it will allocate more than £100 million in block grants for open-access publishing has met with a lukewarm reception. The grants, which will be available from next April, are intended to help universities to meet the cost of making articles freely available under the "gold" ...

Directory of Open Access Books Releases Findings From User Needs, Perceptions Survey

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The final report of the DOAB User Needs Analysis has been released. This report is based on the experiences, needs, and expectations of users as they emerged from a survey, an online discussion, and a panel at the recent OASPA conference. ...

More publishers move towards CC-BY licence for OA articles

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Each year, Open Access Week signals a wealth of access-related announcements from companies and organisations involved in scholarly publishing. This year many of the announcements focused on licensing conditions. At first glance, open access (OA) can seem like a single, unifying concept. However, the reality is different. Even within the gold ...

Reputation Factor in Economic Publishing

Monday, November 12th, 2012

“The big problem in economics is that it really matters in which journals you publish, so the reputation factor is a big hindrance in getting open access journals up and going”. Can the accepted norms of scholarly publishing be successfully challenged? This quotation is a line from the correspondence about writing ...

Is the Web just a faster horse?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

"On Monday the Duke Libraries celebrated Open Access week with a talk by Jason Priem that was ostensibly about alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact – so-called AltMetrics. Jason is a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina School of Library and Information Science, a co-author of the ...