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)

How to get ‘Open Access’ into your publishing contract

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Negotiating a publishing contract can be difficult at the best of times. However, now that grant funding bodies such as the NHMRC are making it a requirement that resulting research publications be made publically available on open access, the negotiations around the publishing contract becomes even more important. To make the ...

Progress and Policies Reach a Pivitol Point as We Observe OA Week

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

One of the many joys of OA Week is the opportunity to reflect on the movement’s progress. It has been a watershed year for Open Access advocates as evidenced by the surge of momentum since last year. Just this week a new study published in BMC Medicine shows that ...

Asia-Pacific perspectives on the impact of open access on librarians

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Commentary from librarians in the Asia-Pacific region on the impact of open access :- To complement the previous post on SwetsBlog about open access (OA) and its actual and potential impact on librarians, we also asked some librarians in the Asia-Pacific region for their thoughts. We had comments from three librarians ...

Reasons to go for open access: perspectives from a clinician and a librarian

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Pascal Meier - During the first few years of my academic career, I only used to submit my articles to “traditional” print journals. I would apply a “top-down” submission system for my papers: a list of traditional scholarly journals in my research field, ordered according to impact factors. I would submit ...

Open Access and its impact on the future of the university librarian

Friday, October 26th, 2012

With the publication of the Finch report earlier this year and the UK government's announcement to commit £10m to help make research findings freely available, there has been a gear shift towards a more rapid movement into an open access world for the publishing of scholarly information. While there has been ...

Only elite to survive slump in university funds

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Only elite, research-intensive universities with global brands will exist in their current form in 15 years, while the rest will be forced to rethink their business models as decreasing government funding, increased competition and online technologies reshape the higher education landscape. Second-tier public universities will be forced to close, recreate themselves ...

The Finch Report and RCUK Open Access policy: How can libraries respond?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Libraries have always been advocates of Open Access (OA), providing repository services to collect, share and preserve open access versions of research papers. The Finch Report and the new RCUK OA policy mark a transformation to the way in which research is published and made available in the UK. Making ...

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 ...

Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no

Friday, September 21st, 2012

One of the reasons science librarians prefer subscription-based databases (ie SciFinder or Web of Science) or those offered as a service of the government (ie PubMed) is the nonstandard behavior of Google Scholar when compared to those resources. Google Scholar is not a bibliographic index, it is a search engine. ...