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Small Claims Procedures For Library And Archives Opt-Outs And Class Actions, U.S. Copyright Office, Library Of Congress. Sep 2021

Small Claims Procedures For Library And Archives Opt-Outs And Class Actions, U.S. Copyright Office, Library Of Congress.

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The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing procedures for a library or archive to preemptively opt out of Copyright Claims Board (CCB) proceedings, as directed by the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2020. Additionally, the Office is proposing procedures to address a party’s decision to participate in or opt out of a class action arising out of the same transaction or occurrence as a claim before the CCB.

The CASE Act directs the Register to establish regulations allowing a library or archives that does not wish to participate in proceedings before the CCB to preemptively opt ...


Consortial Cdl: Implementing Controlled Digital Lending As A Mechanism For Interlibrary Loan, Blc Controlled Digital Lending Working Group Sep 2021

Consortial Cdl: Implementing Controlled Digital Lending As A Mechanism For Interlibrary Loan, Blc Controlled Digital Lending Working Group

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Introduction

The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) was founded upon a shared commitment to promote cooperation in making resources more readily available. Consortial controlled digital lending (CDL) powerfully expands and reimagines resource sharing across the consortium.

In September 2020, the BLC Board of Directors convened a CDL Working Group charged with investigating delivery mechanisms, technology, workflows, policies, copyright and legal issues, shared storage solutions, and other actions related to a potential consortial implementation of CDL among interested BLC member libraries.

The Working Group consisted of fourteen representatives from eleven member libraries and the BLC’s Executive Director. For almost twelve months ...


Academic Library As Scholarly Publisher Bibliography, Version 2, Charles W. Bailey Jr. Aug 2021

Academic Library As Scholarly Publisher Bibliography, Version 2, Charles W. Bailey Jr.

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Introduction

The Academic Library as Scholarly Publisher Bibliography includes over 175 selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the digital scholarly publishing activities of academic libraries since the late 1980's, especially their open access book and journal publishing activities. The bibliography covers the following subtopics: pioneering academic library publishing projects in the 1980's and 1990's, early digital journals and serials published by librarians (as distinct from libraries), library-based scholarly publishing since the Budapest Open Access Initiative, technical publishing infrastructure, and library and university press mergers/partnerships and other relevant works.

Here is ...


Copyright And State Sovereign Immunity: A Report Of The Register Of Copyrights, Shira Perlmutter Aug 2021

Copyright And State Sovereign Immunity: A Report Of The Register Of Copyrights, Shira Perlmutter

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In March 2020, the Supreme Court held in Allen v. Cooper that Congress had exceeded its constitutional authority when it enacted legislation authorizing copyright infringement suits for damages against states.1 The Court based its decision on the legal doctrine of sovereign immunity, which generally precludes a federal court from hearing a suit against a state without the state’s consent. The Court noted that Congress has the power to abrogate state immunity, including to prevent or remedy deprivations of property without due process in violation of the Constitution. To do so, however, Congress generally must develop a legislative record ...


From Principles To Practices: Open Science At Europe’S Universities. 2020-2021 Eua Open Science Survey Results, Rita Morais, Bregt Saenen, Federica Garbuglia, Stephane Berghmans, Vinciane Gaillard Jul 2021

From Principles To Practices: Open Science At Europe’S Universities. 2020-2021 Eua Open Science Survey Results, Rita Morais, Bregt Saenen, Federica Garbuglia, Stephane Berghmans, Vinciane Gaillard

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This report presents the outcomes of the 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey and provides evidencebased recommendations for institutions, researchers, research funders and policymakers on the transition towards Open Science. The 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey focused on the level of development of Open Science in Europe‘s universities, addressing the role of Open Science in institutions’ strategic priorities and its implementation in institutional practices. In addition, the survey transversally addressed both the established (Open Access, research data) and emerging (e.g. citizen science, open education) fields of Open Science. This survey was open to all interested European higher academic institutions ...


What’S The Big Deal? How Researchers Are Navigating Changes To Journal Access, Danielle Cooper, Oya Y. Rieger Jun 2021

What’S The Big Deal? How Researchers Are Navigating Changes To Journal Access, Danielle Cooper, Oya Y. Rieger

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The dominant mode by which research libraries have provided maximum journal access as cheaply as possible—subscription bundles or “Big Deals”—is giving way to new approaches. This transition is taking place through a combination of negotiations, activism, business modeling, user needs research, and decision support, among other factors. To support these processes, Ithaka S+R partnered with 11 academic libraries to understand researcher perceptions to help inform their ongoing strategic decision making about Big Deal journal subscriptions.

Recognizing that libraries must also undertake case-by-case assessments prior to making decisions about any particular journal package, in this report we share ...


Future Of Scholarly Communication: Forging An Inclusive And Innovative Research Infrastructure For Scholarly Communication In The Social Sciences And Humanities, Maciej Maryl, Marta Błaszczyńska, Operas Jun 2021

Future Of Scholarly Communication: Forging An Inclusive And Innovative Research Infrastructure For Scholarly Communication In The Social Sciences And Humanities, Maciej Maryl, Marta Błaszczyńska, Operas

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Authors: Karla Avanço • Ana Balula • Marta Błaszczyńska • Anna Buchner • Lorena Caliman • Claire Clivaz • Carlos Costa • Mateusz Franczak • Rupert Gatti • Elena Giglia • Arnaud Gingold • Susana Jarmelo • Maria João Padez • Delfim Leão • Maciej Maryl • Iva Melinščak Zlodi • Kajetan Mojsak • Agata Morka • Tom Mosterd • Elisa Nury • Cornelia Plag • Valérie Schafer • Mickael Silva • Jadranka Stojanovski • Bartłomiej Szleszyński • Agnieszka Szulińska • Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra • Piotr Wciślik • Lars Wieneke

This report discusses the scholarly communication issues in Social Sciences and Humanities that are relevant to the future development and functioning of OPERAS. The outcomes collected here can be divided into two groups of innovations regarding 1) the operation ...


Investing In The Open Access Book Infrastructure: A Call For Action, Pierre Mounier, Jeroen Sondervan, Graham Stone May 2021

Investing In The Open Access Book Infrastructure: A Call For Action, Pierre Mounier, Jeroen Sondervan, Graham Stone

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Books play an essential role in scholarly communication, notably but not only within the Social Sciences and Humanities. Open science benefits the quality and value of research and scholarship. If open access is to benefit society as widely as possible, it is logical to include academic books. In a 2019 briefing paper, Science Europe reported that: “Open access to academic books must be considered in the wider open access policies developed by research institutions, funders, and governments.”

In recent years, Knowledge Exchange, a joint network of six key national organisations in Europe, has been working on gaining a better understanding ...


Copyright Alternative In Small-Claims Enforcement (‘‘Case’’) Act Regulations, U.S. Copyright Office Mar 2021

Copyright Alternative In Small-Claims Enforcement (‘‘Case’’) Act Regulations, U.S. Copyright Office

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Copyright Office is issuing a notification of inquiry regarding its implementation of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (‘‘CASE’’) Act. The CASE Act establishes the Copyright Claims Board (‘‘CCB’’), an alternative forum in which parties may voluntarily seek to resolve certain copyright infringement and other claims. The Office must establish regulations to govern the CCB and its procedures, including rules addressing service of notice and other documents, waiver of personal service, notifications that parties are opting out of participating in the forum, discovery, a mechanism for certain claims to be resolved by a single CCB Officer ...


Library Of Congress [Docket No. 2021-1] Announcement Of Copyright Public Modernization Committee, Carla D. Hayden Jan 2021

Library Of Congress [Docket No. 2021-1] Announcement Of Copyright Public Modernization Committee, Carla D. Hayden

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Action: Notice of convening of IT modernization public stakeholder committee.

Summary: The Library of Congress is convening a public committee to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office's modernization initiative. At this time, the Library is announcing that it will accept applications from qualified members of the public to serve on this committee. The scope of contributions made by the committee are limited to the specific topics set forth in this notice. Membership will be on a volunteer basis, with the expectation of in-person or virtual participation at two ...


Academic Libraries And Open Access Books In Europe: A Landscape Study, Agata Morka, Rupert Gatti Jan 2021

Academic Libraries And Open Access Books In Europe: A Landscape Study, Agata Morka, Rupert Gatti

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Executive Summary

The last fifteen years have witnessed the emergence of a new role for academic libraries. Besides fulfilling their fundamental task of providing access to knowledge, besides being called everything from temples of knowledge to disturbing heterotopias, libraries have become one of the crucial stakeholders in the open access book publishing space. They act as funders for OA book fees, they support collaborative funding schemes, and sometimes they assume the role of publishers themselves.

In an attempt to create a sustainable publishing environment, in which OA books could blossom, it is therefore necessary to gain a sound understanding of ...


Current Market Rates For Scholarly Publishing Services, Alexander Grossman, Björn Brembs Jan 2021

Current Market Rates For Scholarly Publishing Services, Alexander Grossman, Björn Brembs

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For decades, the supra-inflation increase of subscription prices for scholarly journals has concerned scholarly institutions. After years of fruitless efforts to solve this “serials crisis”, open access has been proposed as the latest potential solution. However, the prices for open access publishing are also high and are rising well beyond inflation. What has been missing from the public discussion so far is a quantitative approach to determine the actual costs of efficiently publishing a scholarly article using state-of-the-art technologies, such that informed decisions can be made as to appropriate price levels. Here we provide a granular, step-by-step calculation of the ...


Compendium Of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, United States Copyright Office Jan 2021

Compendium Of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, United States Copyright Office

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The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Compendium” or “Third Edition”) is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning Title 17 of the United States Code and Chapter 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It provides instruction to agency staff regarding their statutory duties and provides expert guidance to copyright applicants, practitioners, scholars, the courts, and members of the general public regarding institutional practices and related principles of law.

The Compendium documents and explains the many technical requirements, regulations, and legal interpretations of the U.S. Copyright Office with a primary focus on ...


Open Access: “Information Wants To Be Free”?, Richard Poynder Dec 2020

Open Access: “Information Wants To Be Free”?, Richard Poynder

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The main points made in this document:

- Internet mantras like information wants to be free misled OA advocates about what is possible in an online world. Amongst other things, these mantras led to the mistaken belief that publishing would be very much cheaper on the internet.

- BOAI was intended to achieve three things: to resolve the longstanding problems of affordability, accessibility, and equity that have long dogged scholarly communication.

- It now seems unlikely that the affordability and equity problems will be resolved, which will impact disproportionately negatively on those in the Global South. And if the geopolitical situation worsens,solving ...


Economic Analyses Of Federal Scientific Collections: Methods For Documenting Costs And Benefits, David E. Schindel, Economic Study Group Of The Interagency Working Group On Scientific Collections Nov 2020

Economic Analyses Of Federal Scientific Collections: Methods For Documenting Costs And Benefits, David E. Schindel, Economic Study Group Of The Interagency Working Group On Scientific Collections

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Federal object-based scientific collections have been created to serve agency missions and, in a few cases, to comply with legislative and regulatory mandates. “Project collections” (those managed by the researchers who obtained them for restricted use) and their costs and benefits were considered too varied for standard methodologies that assess costs and benefits. In a few cases, departments and agencies are required by legislation or regulations to retain objects in long-term “institutional collections.” In most cases, decisions to retain objects are based on long-term costs relative to the perceived potential for benefits to taxpayers. Federal collections vary in their philosophies ...


Copyright, Andrea Wallace Oct 2020

Copyright, Andrea Wallace

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Copyright is intended to incentivize the production of new creative works and protect authors’ connection to them. In return, the author receives exclusive rights over the creative work and can commercialize or release them for various uses. Once the copyright expires, these works pass into the public domain and can be used by anyone to produce new creative works and knowledge.

GLAMs (Galleries, Archives, Libraries, and Museums) protect, preserve, and extend access to these works (and many other materials) for the appreciation of current and future generations. This is often facilitated today by digitizing collections and making them available online ...


The State Of Altmetrics: A Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Kathy Christian, Euan Adie, Gemma Derrick, Fereshteh Didegah, Paul Groth, Cameron Neylon, Jason Priem, Shenmeng Xu, Zohreh Zahedi, Yin-Leng Theng, Saeed-Ul Hassan, Naif R. Aljohani, Timothy D. Bowen, Vanesh M. Patel, Robin Haunschild, Lutz Bornmann, Mike Taylor, Liesa Ross, Stacy Konkiel Oct 2020

The State Of Altmetrics: A Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Kathy Christian, Euan Adie, Gemma Derrick, Fereshteh Didegah, Paul Groth, Cameron Neylon, Jason Priem, Shenmeng Xu, Zohreh Zahedi, Yin-Leng Theng, Saeed-Ul Hassan, Naif R. Aljohani, Timothy D. Bowen, Vanesh M. Patel, Robin Haunschild, Lutz Bornmann, Mike Taylor, Liesa Ross, Stacy Konkiel

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Altmetric’s mission is to help others understand the influence of research online.We collate what people are saying about published research in sources such as the mainstream media, policy documents, social networks, blogs, and other scholarly and non-scholarly forums to provide a more robust picture of the influence and reach of scholarly work. Altmetric works with some of the biggest publishers, funders, businesses and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format.

Contents

Altmetrics, Ten Years Later, Euan Adie (Altmetric (founder) & Overton)

Reflections on Altmetrics, Gemma Derrick (University of Lancaster), Fereshteh Didegah (Karolinska ...


Open Is Not Forever: A Study Of Vanished Open Access Journals, Mikael Laakso, Lisa Matthias, Najko Jahn Sep 2020

Open Is Not Forever: A Study Of Vanished Open Access Journals, Mikael Laakso, Lisa Matthias, Najko Jahn

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The preservation of the scholarly record has been a point of concern since the beginning of knowledge production. With print publications, the responsibility rested primarily with librarians, but the shift towards digital publishing and, in particular, the introduction of open access (OA) have caused ambiguity and complexity. Consequently, the long-term accessibility of journals is not always guaranteed, and they can even disappear from the web completely. The purpose of this exploratory study is to systematically study the phenomenon of vanished journals, something that has not been done before. For the analysis, we consulted several major bibliographic indexes, such as Scopus ...


Research 4.0: Research In The Age Of Automation, Rob Procter, Ben Glover, Elliot Jones Sep 2020

Research 4.0: Research In The Age Of Automation, Rob Procter, Ben Glover, Elliot Jones

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Executive Summary

There is a growing consensus that we are at the start of a fourth industrial revolution, driven by developments in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, robotics, the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, 5G, new forms of energy storage and quantum computing. This wave of technical innovations is already having a significant impact on how research is conducted, with dramatic change across research methods in recent years within some disciplines, as this project’s interim report set out.

Whilst there are a wide range of technologies associated with the fourth industrial revolution, this report primarily seeks to understand ...


Open Access: An Analysis Of Publisher Copyright And Licensing Policies In Europe, 2020, Chris Morrison, Jane Secker, Brigitte Vézina,, Ignasi Labastida I Juan, Vanessa Proudman Sep 2020

Open Access: An Analysis Of Publisher Copyright And Licensing Policies In Europe, 2020, Chris Morrison, Jane Secker, Brigitte Vézina,, Ignasi Labastida I Juan, Vanessa Proudman

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This report investigates the copyright retention policy amongst publishers, self-archiving policies and records publisher policies on open licensing, also as relating to the Plan S requirements on rights and licensing. It should be understood as a snapshot in time informing on the current policy status. It also provides policy development guidance to funders, institutions, publishers and their authors for positive change towards immediate OA.

Over the past decade, Europe has seen a significant growth in activity to establish and advance Open Access (OA) policies, this includes the relatively recent formation of the funder coalition, cOAlition S, and its Plan S ...


The State Of Journal Production And Access 2020: Report On Survey Of Society And University Publishers Aug 2020

The State Of Journal Production And Access 2020: Report On Survey Of Society And University Publishers

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“The State of Journal Production and Access” survey ran between March and June 2020 and received 63 responses from individuals working with academic organizations that publish one or more peer-reviewed journals independently (i.e., not outsourced to a separate publisher). The survey encompassed questions in two areas: 1. journal production, including article formatting, layout, and metadata tagging practices and priorities; and 2. journal access, including publishers’ current access and funding models as well as respondents’ perceptions of the viability of alternate options. Among the main findings on the topic of journal production were: • Less than half of publishers surveyed reported ...


A List Of Zea Books, Published By University Of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Zea Books Aug 2020

A List Of Zea Books, Published By University Of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Zea Books

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94 published titles (2005-2020), plus 1 forthcoming this fall.

Zea Books are produced by the Office of Scholarly Communications, and published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries.

With links to online pdf editions and Lulu.com print-on-demand online storefront.

Zea Books are online at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/zeabook/

Print-on-demand editions are available @ http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unllib


Antiracism Toolkit For Allies Aug 2020

Antiracism Toolkit For Allies

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While a growing awareness of racial disparities has resulted in a groundswell of support for inclusivity in scholarly publishing, we believe that the resulting initiatives would be more effective if our professional associations were able to provide training materials to help transform our workplaces and organizational cultures. As evidence of the interest and need, the project leaders of this guide have been contacted by individuals across scholarly publishing asking for resources about how to replicate workplace equity groups, what to do in cases of discrimination or microaggressions, and how to begin conversations about race. In support of necessary change, the ...


Accessibility In Institutional Repositories, Laura Waugh, Colleen Lyon, Abigail Shelton, Kristi Park, William Hicks, Nerissa Lindsey Aug 2020

Accessibility In Institutional Repositories, Laura Waugh, Colleen Lyon, Abigail Shelton, Kristi Park, William Hicks, Nerissa Lindsey

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Purpose

Institutional repositories (IRs) are widely used for archiving, preserving, and disseminating scholarly works and making them available on the web. Much of the research and development in IRs has focused on platforms, workflows, and policies for adding content. In this study, the focus is to gauge practices to ensure accessibility of the digital content made available in IRs.

The purpose of this study is to:

1. Understand the current landscape of accessibility practices in institutional repositories in academic libraries.

2. Identify the average level of content accessibility implemented in institutional repositories in academic libraries.

For the purpose of this ...


Labour Of Love: An Open Access Manifesto For Freedom, Integrity, And Creativity In The Humanities And Interpretive Social Sciences, Andrea E. Pia, Simon Batterbury, Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Marcel Laflamme, Gerda Wielander, Filippo M. Zerilli, Melissa Nolas, Jon Schubert, Nicholas Loubere, Ivan Franceschini, Casey Walsh, Agathe Mora, Christos Varvantakis Jul 2020

Labour Of Love: An Open Access Manifesto For Freedom, Integrity, And Creativity In The Humanities And Interpretive Social Sciences, Andrea E. Pia, Simon Batterbury, Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Marcel Laflamme, Gerda Wielander, Filippo M. Zerilli, Melissa Nolas, Jon Schubert, Nicholas Loubere, Ivan Franceschini, Casey Walsh, Agathe Mora, Christos Varvantakis

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Over the next decade, Open Access (OA) is likely to become the default in scholarly publishing. Yet, as commercial publishers develop new models for capturing revenue (and as policy initiatives like Plan S remain reluctant to challenge their centrality), researchers, librarians, and other concerned observers are beginning to articulate a set of values that critically engages the industry-driven project of broadening access to specialist scholarship. While alternative genealogies exist, conversations about OA in the Global North have largely been concerned with the model of the STEM disciplines, lately shifting to focus on the development of infrastructural fixes that transcend traditional ...


Open Access Uptake By Universities Worldwide, Nicolas Robinson-Garcia, Rodrigo Costas, Thed N. Van Leeuwen Jul 2020

Open Access Uptake By Universities Worldwide, Nicolas Robinson-Garcia, Rodrigo Costas, Thed N. Van Leeuwen

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The implementation of policies promoting the adoption of an open science (OS) culture must be accompanied by indicators that allow monitoring the uptake of such policies and their potential effects on research publishing and sharing practices. This study presents indicators of open access (OA) at the institutional level for universities worldwide. By combining data from Web of Science, Unpaywall and the Leiden Ranking disambiguation of institutions, we track OA coverage of universities' output for 963 institutions. This paper presents the methodological challenges, conceptual discrepancies and limitations and discusses further steps needed to move forward the discussion on fostering OA and ...


Biomedcentral (Bmc) 2019 – 2020, Anqi Shi, Heather Morrison Jun 2020

Biomedcentral (Bmc) 2019 – 2020, Anqi Shi, Heather Morrison

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Key points

  • Open access commercial publishing pioneer BMC is now wholly owned by a private company with a portfolio including lines of business that derive revenue from journal subscriptions, book sales, and textbook sales and rentals
  • Two former BMC fully OA journals, listed in DOAJ from 2014 – 2018 as having CC-BY licenses, are now hybrid and listed on the Springer website and have disappeared from the BMC website
  • 67% of BMC journals with APCs in 2019 and 2020 increased in price and 11% decreased in price.
  • Journals with price increases had a higher average APC in 2019, i.e. more ...


Response To White House Office Of Scientific And Technical Policy Request For Information: Public Access To Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data And Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research, Paul Royster, Sue A. Gardner May 2020

Response To White House Office Of Scientific And Technical Policy Request For Information: Public Access To Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data And Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research, Paul Royster, Sue A. Gardner

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The current 12-month embargo period is widely disregarded. It is observed by PubMed Central (PMC), but the existence of preprint servers and academic social network sites (ResearchGate or Academia.edu) makes it possible for most authors to distribute peer-reviewed manuscripts at will. While enforcement of the embargo is lax or non-existent, its elimination would have a negative impact on publishers’ cooperation—pushing them to replace so-called “green” open access with author-pays models. The 12-month embargo allows PubMed Central time to prepare accurate and standardized versions of accepted author manuscripts. Requiring immediate access would not eliminate the PMC production time; there ...


Ithaka S+R Us Library Survey 2019, Jennifer K. Frederick, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R Apr 2020

Ithaka S+R Us Library Survey 2019, Jennifer K. Frederick, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R

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Executive Summary

The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2019 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians’ visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in leading their organizations. In fall 2019, we invited library deans and directors at not-for-profit four-year academic institutions across the United States to complete the survey, and we received 662 responses for a response rate of 46 percent. In this survey cycle, we added new coverage of three key topics: equity, diversity, and ...


Fostering Bibliodiversity In Scholarly Communications: A Call For Action!, Kathleen Shearer, Leslie Chan, Iryna Kuchma, Pierre Mounier Apr 2020

Fostering Bibliodiversity In Scholarly Communications: A Call For Action!, Kathleen Shearer, Leslie Chan, Iryna Kuchma, Pierre Mounier

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Diversity is an important characteristic of any healthy ecosystem, including scholarly communications. Diversity in services and platforms, funding mechanisms, and evaluation measures will allow the scholarly communication system to accommodate the different workflows, languages, publication outputs, and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of different research communities. In addition, diversity reduces the risk of vendor lock-in, which inevitably leads to monopoly, monoculture, and high prices. Bibliodiversity has been in steady decline for decades.1 Far from promoting diversity, the dominant “ecosystem” of scholarly publishing today increasingly resembles what Vandana Shiva (1993) has called the “monocultures of the ...