Friday, May 24, 2013

IEEE Now Provides Open-Access Option for All Peer-Reviewed Journals

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IEEE Now Provides Open-Access Option for All Peer-Reviewed Journals

May 22 - IEEE
Decision to offer "hybrid" option for all IEEE-owned, topical journals driven by member and author feedback.
 Read more about it in the PR  newswire.

Survey reveals researcher reliance on OA

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Survey reveals researcher reliance on OA

May 18 - Research Information

A new survey of UK academics, carried out by Ithaka S+R, Jisc and RLUK, has revealed an increasing reliance on the internet and open resources for their research and publishing activities. For example, 40 per cent of researchers surveyed said that when beginning a project they start by searching the internet for relevant materials, with only 2 per cent starting with a visit to the physical library.

The study also found access limitations to be a concern. While 86 per cent of respondents rely on their college or university library collections and subscriptions, 49 per cent said that they would often like to use journal articles that are not in those collections.

Use of open resources was a related theme. The study found that, if researchers can’t find the resources or information they need through their university library, 90 per cent of respondents often or occasionally look online for a freely available version.

The survey received 3,498 responses (a response rate of 7.9 per cent) and covered a range of areas, including how academics discover and stay abreast of research, their teaching of undergraduates, how they choose research topics and publication channels, and their views on learned societies and university libraries, and their collections.

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~ Posted by K Jane

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research

This is not a new publication but it is definitely worth a re-read:

RESEARCH ARTICLE |  FEATURED IN PLOS COLLECTIONSSelf-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research
  • Yassine Gargouri,
  • Chawki Hajjem,
  • Vincent Larivière,
  • Yves Gingras,
  • Les Carr,
  • Tim Brody,
  • Stevan Harnad 
Articles whose authors have supplemented subscription-based access to the publisher's version by self-archiving their own final draft to make it accessible free for all on the web (“Open Access”, OA) are cited significantly more than articles in the same journal and year that have not been made OA. Some have suggested that this “OA Advantage” may not be causal but just a self-selection bias, because authors preferentially make higher-quality articles OA. To test this we compared self-selective self-archiving with mandatory self-archiving for a sample of 27,197 articles published 2002–2006 in 1,984 journals. 
Methdology/Principal Findings 
The OA Advantage proved just as high for both. Logistic regression analysis showed that the advantage is independent of other correlates of citations (article age; journal impact factor; number of co-authors, references or pages; field; article type; or country) and highest for the most highly cited articles. The OA Advantage is real, independent and causal, but skewed. Its size is indeed correlated with quality, just as citations themselves are (the top 20% of articles receive about 80% of all citations). 
The OA advantage is greater for the more citable articles, not because of a quality bias from authors self-selecting what to make OA, but because of a quality advantage, from users self-selecting what to use and cite, freed by OA from the constraints of selective accessibility to subscribers only. It is hoped that these findings will help motivate the adoption of OA self-archiving mandates by universities, research institutions and research funders. 
Citation: Gargouri Y, Hajjem C, Larivière V, Gingras Y, Carr L, et al. (2010) Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13636. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013636
Editor: Robert P. Futrelle, Northeastern University, United States of America
Received: January 3, 2010; Accepted: September 29, 2010; Published: October 18, 2010

posted by K Jane

Friday, May 17, 2013 Annotating the World’s Knowledge Annotating the World’s Knowledge, a project briefing from CNI's spring 2013 member meeting by Peter Brantley, is now available on CNI's video channels:, a not-for-profit start-up, is building a reference implementation for open annotation that will be a distributed, open-source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information based on a new draft standard for annotating digital documents. It is currently being developed by the Open Annotation Collaboration, a consortium that includes the Internet Archive, NISO (National Information Standards Organization), O’Reilly Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a number of academic institutions. This presentation includes discussion of the system under development, as well as a demonstration of some of its new tools, presented by scholarly communications director Peter Brantley.

Look for more announcements soon on videos of other sessions from the spring 2013 CNI meeting. To see all videos available from CNI, visit CNI on YouTube ( and on Vimeo (
About CNI:
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members; CNI is entirely funded through membership dues. Semi-annual membership meetings bring together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects, and to plan for future initiatives.

CNI is based in Washington, DC and led by Executive Director Clifford A. Lynch and Associate Executive Director Joan K. Lippincott.