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Gates Foundation joins shift towards open access platforms

By Jack Grove on March 23, 2017.

One of the world’s biggest funders of scientific research is to establish an open access platform that will allow its grant winners to publish their findings, in a move that could be swiftly followed by the European Commission.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which invests about $1.2 billion (£960 million) a year in global health initiatives, said on 23 March that the Gates Open Research initiative would allow researchers funded by the US charity to publish their work on a free-to-access site, beginning this autumn. Read more…

Open access fees hike universities’ journal bills

Today in THE – Times Higer Education – they published a graph indicating the cost of journal subscriptions. The graphic also shows the cost of open access article processing charges (APCs) that the universities paid to “hybrid” journals, which offer both open access and subscription-only content, plus administrative costs. The figures shed light on the scale of “double dipping”, where universities must pay both subscription fees and APCs to a publisher. Read more…

The presence of High-impact factor Open Access Journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) disciplines

The present study means to establish to what extent high-quality open access journals are available as an outlet for publication, by examining their distribution in different scientific disciplines, including the distribution of those journals without article processing charges. The study is based on a systematic comparison between the journals included in the DOAJ, and the journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Science edition 2013, released by Thomson Reuters.

The impact factor of Open Access (OA) journals was lower than those of other journals by a small but statistically significant amount. Open access journals are present in the upper quartile (by impact factor) of 85 out of 176 (48.8%) categories examined. There were no OA journals with an Impact Factor in only 16 categories (9%). Read more…

Who are you? Recognising researchers with ORCID identifiers

The Wellcome Trust are happy to announce that they are about to start mandating ORCID as part of their grant application process. Starting in August 2015, they will ask all applicants to provide an ORCID iD when they sign up with their grant application system.

The simplicity of a single profile, however, belies its true power: as plumbing. By allocating and centralising the identities of researchers, systems which previously could not exchange flows of data now can. By moving from full names to unique identifiers (referring to Dr Craig Roberts as 0000-0002-9641-6101, rather than “C. Roberts”) different interested parties can start reliably talking about the same people, which is a vital first step toward any deeper understanding of researchers, artists, and their activities.

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Pay-to-Play Publishing

OPINION PIECE: The Internet has enabled the dissemination of information at lightning speed. This information revolution has created tremendous business opportunities for online publishers, but not all of them maintain proper quality-control mechanisms to ensure that only good information is being shared. Instead, many publishers aim simply to make money by whatever means possible, with no regard for the ramifications for society at large.

When greedy publishers set up shop online, the primary goal is to publish as much as possible, often at the cost of quality. In this vein, many publishers start numerous online journals focused on overlapping disciplines—to increase their total number of published papers—and hire young business managers who do not have any experience in either science or publishing. In some cases, online publishers even forgo peer review, while still presenting themselves as scientific journals—a scam designed to take advantage of scientists who simply want to share their research. In the most egregious cases, counterfeit publications use the same name as legit journals that are not published online (for example, Archives des Sciences and Wulfenia). Read more…

How many Open Access policies mention APCs?

Article Processing Charges (APCs) are the fees scholarly publishers charge authors of academic papers to publish their paper. Some Open Access policies provided information on whether there is funding available for APCs when it is charged by journals. Read more…

How many Open Access policies are there worldwide?

Do you need to know who has Open Access policies across the World?  Then you can make use of the following two links to find out more.

PASTEUR30A – Live data

ROARMAP

This is a more comprehensive site.

The Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates and policies adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require or request their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.

Aligning publishing technology with the funder view of impact

There are few topics in digital publishing that cause so much debate as that of research impact. A lot of this debate – within the publishing world, at least – has tended to focus on ways of improving (or improving on) existing mechanisms. How can we make Impact Factor work better? Should we put less emphasis on the journal and more on the article – or on the author?

Funders, meanwhile, seem to be in a different galaxy.

In UK higher education, changes to the REF (the mechanism by which many research grants are allocated) manifest a desire on the part of funders to know about the practical impact of research work beyond the scholarly bubble – and beyond even the media reaction to published research: they want to know what impact it has had, what difference it has made, in the ‘real’ world.

This difference of perspective was highlighted during a ‘Research Impact Spotlight’ event hosted by Digital Science recently, as reported by Research Information. Reading about this gave a lot of food for thought – not just about the real meaning of impact, but also about how we structure our technology architecture. Read more…

DHET (South Africa) Communiqué 2 of 2015 – August 2015 – Research Output Policy (2015)

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) recently published Research Output Policy (2015) in the government gazette (Vol. 597 11 March 2015, No. 38552). This policy is a newly revised version of the Policy and Procedures for Measurement of Research Output of Public Higher Education Institutions of 2003.

The revised policy will be effective from 1 January 2016, and will therefore be applicable to the 2016 research outputs that will be evaluated in 2017 and onwards. The purpose of this communication is to explain the key amendments incorporated in the revised policy and their implications thereof.

This new report includes the Norwegain List as well as Conference proceedings. Get PDF

New OECD report on intellectual property

The OECD has released a new report entitled Enquiries Into Intellectual Property’s Economic Impact. The report is part of Phase 2 of their project on New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital. A summary of the finding of Phase 1 is contained as an annex in the new report and a synthesis report is available as a stand-alone document on-line. Read more…

For our interest see Chapter 7. Legal aspects of open access to publicly funded research. Get PDF

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