Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Editorial board resigns from T&F journal to protest restrictive licensing

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Wow! So proud of this editorial board!

"The entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration <http://goo.gl/fVdOR> just resigned to protest the restrictive licensing policy imposed by its publisher, Taylor & Francis. In negotiations, T&F offered a less restrictive license in exchange for a $2995 publication fee. The board found this unacceptable and resigned.

Here's the board's resignation statement, as quoted by Brian Matthews <http://goo.gl/UonnB>:

The Board believes that the licensing terms in the Taylor & Francis author agreement are too restrictive and out-of-step with the expectations of authors in the LIS community. A large and growing number of current and potential authors to JLA have pushed back on the licensing terms included in the Taylor & Francis author agreement. Several authors have refused to publish with the journal under the current licensing terms. Authors find the author agreement unclear and too restrictive and have repeatedly requested some form of Creative Commons license in its place. After much discussion, the only alternative presented by Taylor & Francis tied a less restrictive license to a $2995 per article fee to be paid by the author. As you know, this is not a viable licensing option for authors from the LIS community who are generally not conducting research under large grants. Thus, the Board came to the conclusion that it is not possible to produce a quality journal under the current licensing terms offered by Taylor & Francis and chose to collectively resign."

Please read the full post on Peter Suber's Google +: https://plus.google.com/109377556796183035206/posts/jCp3NaZGLy2:

Posted by K. Jane

Monday, March 25, 2013

Open access and the humanities: reimagining our future

blue skies ahead.
An interesting article was posted in the Guardian by Martin Eve on Monday 25 March 2013

Titled, "Open access and the humanities: reimagining our future," Martin Eve challenges us to stop worrying about the 'potential destruction' open access might have on the humanities. Instead, he says, "we should work towards a solution".

Definitely worth a read: Open access and the humanities: reimagining our future: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/mar/25/open-access-humanities-future

Posted by K. Jane

Monday, March 11, 2013

Genetics anyone?

The Wellcome Library website
 Last week was the official launch of Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics, (http://wellcomelibrary.org/), the Wellcome Library's new digital resource which contains over a million pages of books and archives relating to the history of genetics.

A further half million pages will be added over the coming weeks from the holdings of the Wellcome Library and other partner insitutions.

Codebreakers contains twenty archives including the papers of Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, as well as archives of the Eugenics Society, made available by kind permission of the Council of the Galton Institute, the papers of J B S Haldane, and the collections of Guido Pontecorvo and his students Malcolm Ferguson-Smith and James Renwick at Glasgow University.

Codebreakers also contains over a thousand digitised books covering the science, history and social and cultural aspects of genetics and related disciplines, mostly from the 20th century.

You can find out more about Codebreakers and the collections that are digitised on their website

Posted by K. Jane

CC - By... ?

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Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.
There is no registration to use the Creative Commons licenses. Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license.
Here are a few things you should know:
  1. There are 6 main CC licenses. The most accomodating of the licenses is CC-BY. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.  See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/
  2. There are 100.000+ authors world wide who have written the 250,000 articles under CC-BY which have been published by the large OA publishers.  See: http://oaspa.org/growth-in-use-of-the-cc-by-license-2/?goback=.gde_2367178_member_220875524
  3. CC-BY has nothing to do with plagiarism. See: http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/64979561/

More about Creative Commons:
http://creativecommons.org/videos/a-shared-culture  Link for “A Shared Culture” video.

Posted by K. Jane

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bring the Open Access Road Show to your departmental faculty and graduate researchers..

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The Library’s Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication team wants to bring Open Access to you! We are reaching out to you as chair to bring the Open Access Road Show to your departmental faculty and graduate researchers:

This is your chance to organize a session and discuss the issues with your colleagues. We will tailor a session to your discipline and specific interests. A librarian will discuss the issues, dispel myths and answer your faculty questions.

Questions such as:

•        What is Open Access?
•        Why are many funders requiring and encouraging researchers to publish in Open Access environments?
•        How is Open Access affecting my discipline?
•        What simple ways can I make my research more visible and globally accessible?
•        How can I maintain my rights as an author if I publish my work as Open Access?
•        ... And more

Contact me to arrange a presentation in your department sometime this spring or summer.

When:          Anytime from April onward...
Where:         In your department
Session length: You decide (let's talk)

Contact:          Jane Burpee -  x54255 - jburpee@uoguelph.ca

Posted by K. Jane

Friday, March 1, 2013

A downside to Open Access Publishing?

New England Journal of Medicine logo
Unfortunately there are...

Read this perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine about predatory, open-access publishers

The Downside of Open-Access Publishing
Charlotte Haug, M.D., Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2013; 368:791-793February 28, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1214750

Go to link: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1214750

and Listen to an interview with Dr. Martin Frank and Prof. Michael Carroll on traditional and open-access scientific publishing.

Posted by K. Jane

Nature Publishing Group and Frontiers form alliance to further open science

Frontiers, an open access scholarly publisher and social networking platform for researchers, is joining forces with Nature Publishing Group (NPG) in a strategic alliance to support and develop open access publishing, and more generally, Open Science communication.

With this alliance, scientists and researchers alike can look forward to seeing numerous innovations in peer-review, profiles of scientists with a full range of associated multimedia content (images, videos, blogs, news, etc.), and developments in Article Level Metrics together in one platform.

Here is a link to the news release: http://www.frontiersin.org/news/Nature_Publishing_Group_and_Frontiers_form_alliance_to_further_open_science/266

Posted by K. Jane