October 25, 2014

Just Released: “Article-Level Metrics — A SPARC Primer”

From a SPARC Announcement: SPARC [has] released a new community resource, Article-Level Metrics — A SPARC Primer, delving into Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) an emerging hot topic in the scholarly publishing arena. Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This new SPARC primer […]

U. of Kansas: “Open Access to Research, Long a Focus at KU, Now Grabbing National Headlines”

From the Lawrence Journal World: Lorraine Haricombe, KU’s dean of libraries, in February became the chairwoman of the steering committee for a group with representatives from academic libraries from around the world that pushes for better access to scholarly research, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Commission, or SPARC. [Clip] KU spends about $3.5 million, largely from state […]

Presenter Slides from SPARC's First-Ever Open Access Meeting Now Available

The first-ever Open Access Meeting took place earlier this week in Kansas City, Mo. 250 people attended. From a Meeting Summary: Keynote speaker, John Wilbanks, Fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, kicked off the meeting off with a high-energy presentation constructed in triads: he highlighted three stories, three “uncomfortable truths” and three eventual scenarios […]

NPR's "On the Media" Discusses Scholarly Publishing and Elsevier Boycott

Segment Title: Trouble for Elsevier, the Leading Academic Publisher Program: On the Media (WNYC) The segment runs about seven minutes. Late last month, a Cambridge Mathematician wrote a blog post that launched a massive boycott of the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. The boycott, now more than 6,000 academics strong, has ignited a […]

The Open Access Movement 2011 (Statistics, Charts, and Commentary)

OA advocate Heather Morrison has posted a roundup of year-end open access publishing statistics on her The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics weblog.  Here’s the Intro of Heather’s Report: There are over 7,000 peer-reviewed fully open access journals as listed in the DOAJ, still growing by 4 titles per day and over 6,000 of these […]

"Academic Libraries Expand Their Publishing Services, but With Limited Resources" by Jennifer Howard

From Jennifer Howard’s Article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Publishing services offered by academic libraries are “expanding and professionalizing,” says a new report based on a survey of library directors at research and liberal-arts institutions. But those publishing operations are often still hampered by a lack of full-time staffing and by the small scale […]

New from SPARC: Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index

From a News Release Posted on Thursday: SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today released a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as […]

Upcoming Webinar from SPARC: What is the Digital Public Library of America?

From a SPARC Announcement: In October 2010, leaders from research libraries, foundations, and cultural institutions gathered to discuss how to work together toward the creation of a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – defined as “an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that would draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, […]

Open Access: "3rd Anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy: Call for Stories"

From SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access: It’s hard to believe, but April 7, 2011 will mark the 3rd Anniversary of the implementation of the policy opening up access to articles reporting on the results of NIH-funded research. The policy has shown tremendous signs of success. PubMed Central now contains more than 2 million […]