Archive for March, 2013

All Green-OA embargoes are iniquitous

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of arguments recently about the RCUK open-access policy and the length of embargoes that it allows on Green OA articles under various circumstances. When is it reasonable to insist on six months? When might publishers have cause to want to stretch it out to 24 months? ...

Open Confusion

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Catching up yesterday evening with the Times Higher, I found yet another article about the confusion generated by RCUK‘s plans for Open Access publishing. Apparently pressured by the powerful Publishers Association, RCUK has adopted the following “decision tree” to explain how its proposal will work. More at: http://telescoper.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/open-confusion/ author: source: In The Dark ...

Open Access increases citation? A brief overview of two reports

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Last week I have published a post about visibility and citations in Open Access. The post was referring to the results of two separate reports related to the subject. As the question of visibility and citations in OA journals and books remains valid, being a subject of intense debate in ...

Research excellence is about more than the number of bodies in a building

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

As we enter the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission year our minds will become ever more focused on research, with words like "impact" and "value" dominating discussions. However, underlying it all will be concerns about the outcomes, and the implications this will have on research funding. The 1994 Group has highlighted ...

The new metrics cannot be ignored – we need to implement centralised impact management systems to understand what these numbers mean

Monday, March 11th, 2013

By using the social web to convey both scholarly and public attention of research outputs, altmetrics offer a much richer picture than traditional metrics based on exclusive citation database information. Pat Loria compares the new metrics services and argues that as more systems incorporate altmetrics into their platforms, institutions will ...

Come get the data, Carr tells researchers

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Human Services Minister Kim Carr is doing the rounds of Australian universities to encourage researchers to dip into the honeypot of data which his department is making available. The material provides huge potential for those working in health, the social sciences and many other areas, and has been welcomed by those ...

Big Profits Limiting Access to Publicly Funded Academic Research

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Here’s how the academic publishing industry works: Academics do research (frequently supported by public funds) and submit that research to journals, often paying “$600-$2,000 to either the publisher or the academic society that owns the journal” for the privilege of publication. Then journals send the research back out to other ...

Wiley Launches New Open Access Journal: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today the launch of a new open access, interdisciplinary journal providing rapid publication of cutting-edge research across the broad field of immunology. Immunity, Inflammation and Disease, the latest journal to be launched from the Wiley Open Access program, is supported by a number of major ...