Monthly Archives: March 2012

Webcast- Article Metrics

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) will be hosting a free webinar on article level metrics with Peter Binfield. “Building New Measures for Impact: Article Level Metrics” will be held Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. Registration is … Continue reading

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Open Access Publishing: What Authors Want

From College & Research Libraries, Rajiv Nariani and Leila Fernandex of York University interviewed authors of open access journals to study factors involved in the selection of OA journals, barriers to publishing OA and awareness of the university’s initiative to … Continue reading

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Opening up peer review

From University Affairs- “As journals test the waters of open peer review, authors and editors remain divided over the merits of tinkering with a tried-and-true system”. Read the full article.

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Predatory Open Access Journals

From The Chronicle of Higher Education, this article discusses the growing number of predatory open access journals that lure those who are eager to publish (ie. graduate students, newer faculty, etc). Abusing the author-fees model, these publishers’ goal is to … Continue reading

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SPARC Open Access Newsletter (March 2012 edition) is now available

The SPARC Open Access Newsletter for March 2012 is now available. Peter Suber takes a close look at the Research Works Act and the Federal Research Public Access Act. Read the full issue here.

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Directory of Open Access Books

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is set to launch in early spring 2012. It will “provide a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes under an Open Access business model, with links to the full texts of the … Continue reading

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Research Works Act is dead

Hours after Elsevier withdrew support of the bill, the co-sponsors of the bill in the US House of Representatives revealed that they would no longer move the bill forward. Read more about it in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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