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 ...

Copyright Clearance Center Launches Open Access Solutions

Friday, October 26th, 2012

On Oct. 11, 2012, the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) debuted its Open Access Solutions, a set of services aimed at supporting publishers in managing their journal content through the CCC’s RightsLink platform. While the services are labeled as open access (OA), content in journals using Open Access Solutions is not ...

Scholarly Publishing’s Gender Gap

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

When Jennifer Jacquet first visited Carl T. Bergstrom's evolutionary-biology lab at the University of Washington last year, she was surrounded by men. Men staring at data on the 27-inch Mac Pro computer screen that takes center stage in the lab. Men talking about mathematical proofs, about a South Park episode ...

An Update on Top 10 Publishing Trends for 2012

Friday, October 5th, 2012

At the beginning of this year we looked at the 10 key trends which we believed would define publishing in 2012 and beyond. In this post, we take another look at these predictions as 2012 enters its late stages, and evaluate just how much difference nine months make to an ...

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 ...

Are Open Access Initiatives “Catastrophic” for Commercial Publishers?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Elsevier has had a target on its back for years when it comes to OA, so it’s not surprising in this environment that a financial analyst is now warning that OA trends could prove “catastrophic” for Reed-Elsevier, lowering their profits by 60%: Elsevier journal revenues would be under significant threat because ...

Predatory publishers are corrupting open access

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

When e-mail first became available, it was a great innovation that made communication fast and cheap. Then came spam — and suddenly, the innovation wasn’t so great. It meant having to filter out irrelevant, deceptive and sometimes offensive messages. It still does. The same corruption of a great idea is now ...

New Report: “Moving Towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

In April, leading independent academic and professional publisher SAGE convened a roundtable in association with the British Library into the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. Chaired by publishing consultant Simon Inger and attended by an international panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry ...

Rewriting the Journal

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

With faculty balking at the high price of traditional academic journals, can other digital publishing options get traction? This spring, more than 12,000 science, math, and humanities researchers signed an online petition against the academic publisher Elsevier, pledging not to publish in, referee for, or edit Elsevier journals. The protest, sometimes ...