Monday, June 24, 2013

Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of 'Altmetrics'

Columbia university scholarly communication program logo
"Measuring Scholarly Impact: The Influence of 'Altmetrics' on a Changing Conversation" is part of the Research Without Borders speaker series at Columbia University.

"Altmetrics" refers to methods of measuring scholarly impact using Web-based social media. Why does it matter? In many academic fields, attaining scholarly prestige means publishing research articles in important scholarly journals. However, many in the academic community consider a journal's prestige, which is determined by a metric calculated using the number of citations to the journal, to be a poor proxy for the quality of the individual author's work. At the same time, hiring and promotion committees are looking for ways to determine the impact of alternate formats now commonly used by researchers such as blogs, data sets, videos, and social media.

The panelists all work with innovative new tools for assessing scholarly impact:

Jason Priem, Co-Founder, ImpactStory
Kristi Holmes, Bioinformaticist, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Caitlin Aptowicz Trasande, Head of Science Metrics, Digital Science

Visit the Scholarly Communication Program website for information on past and upcoming Research Without Borders events:

Date: November 13, 2012

Sponsors: Scholarly Communication Program

Watch it here:

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K jane

Monday, June 17, 2013

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA),  logo
DORA logo
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated.

The signatories support the adoption of a number of practices in research assessment including the following General Recommendation:

1. Do not use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist's contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions.

The full document may be read at:

Posted by K. Jane

Friday, June 14, 2013

G8 Science Ministers Statement on Open Scientific Research Data

On June 13, 2013, the G8 Science Ministers released a statement outlining the need for open scientific research data, the need to promote the development of global research infrastructure and recognition of the need to expand access to scientific research results.

In part the statement says "We are committed to openness in scientific research data to speed up the progress of scientific discovery, create innovation, ensure that the results of scientific research are as widely available as practical, enable transparency in science and engage the public in the scientific process. We have decided to support the set of principles for open scientific research data ...."

See the full statement...


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Faculty: Need some time to write this summer?

Poster for the faculty Writing Retreat

Are you working on an article or book chapter this summer? And are you looking for some peace and quiet to make progress?

On July 23-26, 2013, the Library is hosting a free, four-day retreat on campus for University of Guelph faculty working on scholarly writing projects such as books, book chapters, and journal articles. You will be provided with a quiet, comfortable, fully wired space, as well as focused time in which to write.

The retreat will offer an opportunity to build a supportive writing group with colleagues from across the university and to join in group discussions on writing and publishing. For those interested, optional sessions and individual consultations with UofG writing consultants and librarians will be available on writing topics such as writer’s block, organization, and style, and on publishing topics such as copyright and author rights.
To participate, you must be working on a specific writing project and be at a stage at which focused writing time makes sense (i.e., finished your research). Participants must also be able to attend all four days of the retreat.

Date: Tuesday to Friday, July 23-26, 2013
Time: 8:45am-2pm*
Location: McLaughlin Library Room 360
*Optional writing time and sessions: 2-4pm daily
See registration form below or, for more information, please contact

Thank you!
From the Organizing Committee: 

K. Jane Burpee, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication
Jodie Salter, Writing Services
Kim Garwood, Writing Services
Lenore Latta, Writing Services
Margaret Hundleby, Writing Services
Pascal Lupien, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication

Please note: Registration will be limited to 15 faculty members on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in attending, please email with the following information by July 12, 2013:



Writing Project (brief description):

Open access publishing serves the public good

Image of the CAUT May 2013 President's Column
CAUT May 2013 President's Column
The May 2013 CAUT Bulletin includes an article from the president of CAUT, Wayne Peters. In it he writes a strong endorsement of open access: Open access publishing serves the public good.

From the first paragraph:
"Access to the results of academic scholarship and research is in a crisis today due in part to the proliferation of expensive, for-profit, scholarly journals. Most library budgets can no longer maintain extensive collections of periodicals, let alone acquire new ones. Consequently, the realm of accessible knowledge has declined as the work of the academy succumbs to commercial interests."

CAUT's policy on scholarly communications is here. This was first adopted in 2004 and recently re-approved (April 2013).

Read the article:

Posted by K. Jane

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Symbiosis, not parasitism

Times Higher Education logo
Times Higher Education logo
A UK open-access publishing platform would allow the academy to reclaim control of its knowledge and labour, says Steffen Böhm. Steffen Böhm is director of the Essex Sustainability Institute, University of Essex, and professor of management and sustainability at Essex Business School. He hopes that the UK will become  "a beacon of open-access publishing. By cutting out the parasitic publishing middle men, the academy could reclaim control of its knowledge, funding and labour."


posted by K. Jane

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

One week left to nominate a pioneer!

The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)  logo

Do you know anyone who deserves recognition for being an open access pioneer?

The Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) recognizes individuals who have used, applied, or remixed scientific research — published through Open Access — to make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole.

  • Three top awards of $30,000 each*
  • A trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at Open Access Week in October, 2013
  • Inclusion in a portfolio book distributed online and in print around the world

*See the program rules for details on the awards and program requirements, or download the eFlyer.

posted by K. Jane

Friday, June 7, 2013

Professor Simon Chapman - Social Media and Open Access to increase exposure


Posted by K. Jane

 To celebrate Open Access Week 2011 the University of Sydney Library hosted a series of presentations by academic colleagues Simon Chapman and others who are harnessing the power of OA to extend their research influence and grow their citation rates.

This video is excellent and worth watching:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Springer Open! BiomedCentral! Chemistry Central! Great choices for UG Authors

SpringerOpen publishes 103 peer-reviewed open access journals. University of Guelph is a Member which means you can publish in any BioMed Central journal without paying a fee. The article-processing charge is paid centrally by your institution.

BioMed Central publishes 254 peer-reviewed open access journals. University of Guelph is a Member which means you can publish in any BioMed Central journal without paying a fee. The article-processing charge is paid centrally by your institution.
Your institution also has access to additional products.

Chemistry Central publishes 6 peer-reviewed open access journals. University of Guelph is a Member which means you can publish in any BioMed Central journal without paying a fee. The article-processing charge is paid centrally by your institution.

As a Postpay Member researchers at University of Guelph can publish in any one of BioMed Central, Chemistry Central,  or SpringerOpen journals without incurring any cost or charges. The article processing charge is paid in its entirety by University of Guelph.

What do you know about Gold Open Access?

There are some interesting reads at the Gold Open Access Dialogue blog:

The dialogue group includes representatives from all key stakeholder groups, plus relevant domain experts and service providers.  While the work must be international in outlook, it may inevitably have a certain UK bias, especially as the UK is pioneering Gold OA following the Finch Report. 

Current members are:
  • Neil Jacobs (Jisc)
  • Ian Carter (Association of Research Managers and Administrators)
  • Robert Kiley (Wellcome Trust)
  • Mark Thorley (RCUK)
  • Mark Bide (Editeur)
  • Eefke Smit (STM)
  • Audrey McCulloch (ALPSP)
  • Caroline Sutton (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)
  • Mike Mertens (Research Libraries UK)
  • Paul Walk (UKOLN)
  • Todd Carpenter (NISO)
  • Anna Clements (EuroCRIS, University of St Andrews)
  • Lars Björnshauge (DOAJ)
  • Ed Pentz (CrossRef)
  • Peter Shepherd (COUNTER)
  • Peter Burnhill (Edina)
  • Rachel Bruce (Jisc)
  • Paul Harwood (Jisc)
  • Nicola Swann (Publishers Association)
  • Graham Taylor (for Publishers Association)
  • Tim Devenport (Editeur)
  • Cameron Neylon (PLoS)

Have you heard of delayed Open Access ?

Delayed Open Access – an overlooked high-impact category of openly available scientific literature

Mikael Laakso, Bo-Christer Björk

Abstract: Delayed open access (OA) refers to scholarly articles in subscription journals made available openly on the web directly through the publisher at the expiry of a set embargo period. Though a substantial number of journals have practiced delayed OA since they started publishing e-versions, empirical studies concerning open access have often overlooked this body of literature. This study provides comprehensive quantitative measurements by identifying delayed OA journals, collecting data concerning their
publication volumes, embargo lengths, and citation rates. Altogether 492 journals were identified, publishing a combined total of 111 312 articles in 2011. 77,8 % of these articles were made open access within 12 months from publication, with 85,4 %
becoming available within 24 months. A journal impact factor analysis revealed that delayed OA journals have on average twice as high average citation rates compared to closed subscription journals, and three times as high as immediate OA journals. Overall the results demonstrate that delayed OA journals constitute an important segment of the openly available scholarly journal literature, both by their sheer article.

This is a preprint of an article accepted for publication in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Copyright © 2012 (American Society for Information Science and Technology)

You can download the article from the open access publishing portal :

Posted by K. Jane

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Easy steps towards open scholarship

Easy steps towards open scholarship

by Ross Mounce

Recently I tried to explain on twitter in a few tweets how everyone can take easy steps towards open scholarship with their own work. It’s really not that hard and potentially very beneficial for your own career progress – open practices enable...

Read the full article at

~ Posted by K Jane

EFF says: Don't Believe the Publishers' Hype: Support Open Access

Once again, we are seeing entrenched interests try to fight the future with scare tactics and misinformation. This time, it's major journal publishers, and their target is open access to taxpayer-funded research.

First things first: The reason the publishers are on the warpath is that...

Full article at: Electronic Frontier Foundation

~Posted by K Jane

Scientists Right to Know

‘Scientists’ for the Right to Know’ Campaign

     Researchers at the University of Toronto have formed a new group in response to continuing government action on the freedom of information in Canada. The group called Scientists’ for the Right to Know states their mandate is “  to advocate for the free conduct, communication, publication and archiving of research and to resist the muzzling of science and of scientists.”  you can show  support for the efforts of this group. Of particular interest is their timeline which shows the extent to which suppression of freedom of speech and information has been happening in different areas.

~posted by K jane