Archive for January, 2013

Personnel ‘can’t be chosen on citations alone’

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Universities should not depend solely on citation statistics when making personnel decisions, the new head of Thomson Reuters' Scientific and Scholarly Research unit has said. Gordon Macomber, who was appointed the unit's managing director earlier this month, described citations as a "wonderful methodology" to analyse research because they are generated entirely ...

How Librarians Can Help Widen Access To Research

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A live chat round-up involving Librarians :- from access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research Chat dialogue at: author: Claire Shaw source: Guardian Professional (29/1/13)

Positioning ACM for an Open Access Future

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The age of open access is upon us. Increasingly, the consensus of authors of research articles and their funding institutions is that the fruits of taxpayer-supported research should be freely available to the public. This is a compelling argument and a noble goal. But, achieving open access is not easy. Professional ...

Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The adoption of open access (OA) in the UK continues to meet with challenges, months after the RCUK adopted the Finch Report recommendations and placed an April 2013 stipulation on research results being published via either Green or Gold OA. As the policy and its implications have sunk in, responses have ...

What is open access and why should we care?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The issue of open access to research findings has been in the media for a number of reasons lately, some positive – the release of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) open access policy – and some tragic – the recent death of open internet advocate Aaron Swartz. But what is open ...

Suicide of IT activist and creator of RSS feeds

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The suicide of American online activist Aaron Swartz has ignited a debate about the cost of academic journals and access to information. Swartz, 26, known for his work on RSS and co-founding social news website Reddit, took his life over the weekend. He was facing charges for allegedly downloading millions of academic ...

Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the largest funder of basic science and humanities research in Australia. So when the ARC talks, academics listen. And now the ARC has announced that articles resulting from research they fund should be freely available for all to read, within 12 months of the articles' ...

Journal Archive Opens Up (Some)

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

More than 700 publishers, in addition to the 76 that signed on initially, have agreed to make their journal content available to individual users through JSTOR’s Register & Read program, which launches in earnest today after the conclusion of a pilot that started last year. The Register & Read program was ...

A simple definition for open access: a proposal to open the discussion

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

This post proposes a shift from the detailed BBB definition of open access to Peter Suber's brief definition, as follows: Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (from Suber's Open Access Overview). Rationale In my dissertation, I map and analyze ...

Academic Publishing: An Overview

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Academic publishing describes the subfield of publishing which distributes academic research and scholarship. Most academic work is published in journal article, book or thesis form. The part of academic written output that is not formally published but merely printed up or posted on the Internet is often called the “grey ...