Monthly Archives: April 2012

“You’ve Signed on to the Boycott, Now What? A SPARC Guide for Campus Action”

This new guide from SPARC [pdf] includes the following steps for researchers to consider “to help create a more equitable publishing system”. They include the following: Consider the benefits of open access Examine the subscription prices charged by journals Know … Continue reading

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Editorial Review & Rejection

The Scholarly Kitchen discusses the initial step of journal editors who sift through papers for “quality, relevance, and scientific interest” before sending to peer reviewer to evaluate. Kent Anderson provides interesting figures on rejection rates without external peer review, and … Continue reading

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Directory of Open Access Books launched

OEPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) announced the launch of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), which “provides a searchable index to the information about [peer reviewed open access] books, with links to the full texts of the … Continue reading

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Research Data Curation Bibliography

Digital Scholarship has released Research Data Curation Bibliography. It includes “selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions”. Click here for more information.

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UK funding agencies & government moving forward to make research data freely available

The Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s biggest research charities, is adopting a stronger approach to ensure the works of funded scientists make results freely available within six months of first publication. The organization is also in the final stages … Continue reading

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World Bank- New Open Access Policy

The World Bank announced that it is introducing a new Open Access policy, effective July 1, 2012. World Bank research outputs and knowledge products will be deposited into a new Open Knowledge Repository. Click here for the full news release.

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The Endangered Book Review

Book reviews are a great way to enter the world of scholarly publishing. Although perhaps not endangered in all disciplines, this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education provides useful advice to those who are interested in writing book reviews … Continue reading

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