Category: Open Access

On the Effectiveness of APCs | ESAC

From the Efficiencies and Standards for Article Charges (ESAC) Workshop 2018:

“Institutions and consortia who manage publication charges on behalf of their authors need to gain a clearer understanding of pricing mechanisms as well as develop their own goals in this respect, in order to progress towards a sustainable and transparent APC market. To this end, the 3rd ESAC workshop in Munich was especially dedicated to this topic. Presentations on bibliometric and publication data analyses stimulated the dialogue among institutions and consortia negotiating open access based agreements.”

Read more about the workshop and download the outcome report here:

Source: 3rd ESAC Workshop 2018 – ESAC

Recommendations and guidelines for best practice | UUK Open Access Coordination Group

From the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group (OACG):

“This series of reports follows the second Monitoring the transition to open access report in December 2017, and provides recommendations to solve issues around efficiency and operation for librarians, researchers and publishers, promote understanding of the benefits of open access publishing, and assist the long-term curation of articles.

Guidelines for good practice in achieving open access outputs have been produced by the Open Access Service Standards working group, which was established by the OACG to identify and articulate service-level expectations of all major stakeholders.”

OASPA members demonstrate another year of steady growth in CC BY article numbers for fully-OA journals – OASPA

From Claire Redhead via OASPA:

“A total of 1,128,721 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only (fully-OA) journals by members of OASPA during the period 2000-2017, with 219,627 of those being published in 2017 alone.”

Read more here:
Source: OASPA members demonstrate another year of steady growth in CC BY article numbers for fully-OA journals – OASPA

What’s new in OA? | Unlocking Research

From the Unlocking Research blog at Cambridge:

“The world of Open Access moves fast and it can be difficult to keep up. We run regular updates for our community here at Cambridge and following a recent webinar, figured a blog about it might be a good idea too. Strap yourselves in, this is a bumpy ride.”


Sweden draws the line
Europe no-deals
Springer sinks
ResearchGate shenanigans
All together now – UKRI
Wellcome Trust consultation
Responsible metrics?
Data monetisation
Ecosystem takeover

Read more here:

Source: What’s new in OA? | Unlocking Research

Recording and Slides Available from the Hot Topics Series: The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open –

From Carol Minton Morris at Duraspace:

“Members of Duraspace are among leaders of institutions from all over the world who share a belief that our digital scientific and cultural heritage should be preserved and made accessible for future generations. Members of DuraSpace have been invited to become part of a conversation that aims to begin an investigation into what it will take to sustain the emerging set of open technologies that underpin the open scholarly ecosystem we all depend on.The recording and slides from “The Future Will Be Open?” series kick-off webinar on May 17: “The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open” are now available. This webinar focused on David Lewis’ proposal for a 2.5% investment in open infrastructure and how it aims to make visible the investments academic libraries make in open infrastructure and content.”

Read more here:

Source: Recording and Slides Available from the Hot Topics Series: The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open –

Libraries Face a Future of Open Access – The Scholarly Kitchen

From Joseph Esposito via the Scholarly Kitchen:

“When librarians prepare for a negotiation, they now routinely reach for the muscle.

At least that’s how I read the news about the Swedish library consortium and its dealings with Elsevier. If you have been too preoccupied with the Royal Wedding to pay attention to news coming out of the world of STM publishing, you can get a good backgrounder here. Briefly, the Swedish consortium attempted to dictate terms to Elsevier, terms that Elsevier would not accept. The result is that Elsevier’s contract will be cancelled, meaning that there will be no authorized access to Elsevier content for the consortium users.”

Read more here:

Source: Libraries Face a Future of Open Access – The Scholarly Kitchen

OA2020 Transformation Workshop | ICOLC

This year at the International Coalition of Library Consortia conference in Detroit, there will be a post-conference workshop focused on Open Access on 4/18/2018. It’s open to all in the academic library community:

“This workshop provides participants with a clear understanding of the strategic and practical aspects of transitioning to open access, enabling them to create and implement their own OA2020 roadmap to drive open access within their local community and have impact on a global scale.”

Learn more and register here:
Source: OA2020 Transformation Workshop

Presented to PALNI | Disciplinary Differences in Scholarly Communication: Awareness, Attitudes, and Practices

We had an engaging and productive meeting of the PALNI Scholarly Communications Advisory Group last week . It kicked off with a very interesting talk presented by Jere Odell and Emily Dill, drawing on their research recently published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. Abstract here:

“Access to scholarship in the health sciences has greatly increased in the last decade. The adoption of the 2008 U.S. National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy and the launch of successful open access journals in health sciences have done much to move the exchange of scholarship beyond the subscription-only model. One might assume, therefore, that scholars publishing in the health sciences would be more supportive of these changes. However, the results of this survey of attitudes on a campus with a large medical faculty show that health science respondents were uncertain of the value of recent changes in the scholarly communication system.”

Read more:

Slides from PALNI talk:Disciplinary Differences in Scholarly Communication: Awareness, Attitudes, and Practices

Source: Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus

It’s Gonna Get a Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls | WIRED

From Adam Rogers at WIRED, an interesting piece about Google Scholar and paywalls:

“Anurag Acharya’s problem was that the Google search bar is very smart, but also kind of dumb. As a Googler working on search 13 years ago, Acharya wanted to make search results encompass scholarly journal articles. A laudable goal, because unlike the open web, most of the raw output of scientific research was invisible—hidden behind paywalls. People might not even know it existed.”

Read more here:

Source: It’s Gonna Get a Lot Easier To Break Science Journal Paywalls | WIRED