Open access week, October 24-30, 2016: Theme of 2016 International Open Access Week to be “Open in Action”. Activities at Washington University have varied over the years. If you have ideas or would like to work on a plan for Open Access Week 2016, please contact Ruth Lewis.
Open access journals:
— SPARC Open has a nice page on Transitioning Your Journal from Subscription to Open Access.
— I learned a little about The Self-Journal of Science this month when it was highlighted in Richard Poynder’s open access interview with the founder. This seems to be one of many ways to get comments on a preprint or an article published other places which allow this.
Fair use and e-reserves: Last month I blogged a bit about the GSU ereserves decision. What this means to WU Libraries’ practice still isn’t clear but this post from Chronicle of Higher Education was worth reading I think, Colleges Shouldn’t Have to Deal With Copyright Monitoring; it discusses a proposed injunction, that GSU faculty members would first have to determine whether digital licenses were available for excerpts they wanted to use making them available on ereserves. I’m told resolution of this proposal is not likely to happen for at least 6 months, so I guess it wasn’t as finished as I had thought.
New article evaluating quality of OA vs non-OA publications – Pastorino R, Milovanovic S, Stojanovic J, Efremov L, Amore R, Boccia S (2016) Quality Assessment of Studies Published in Open Access and Subscription Journals: Results of a Systematic Evaluation. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0154217. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0154217. – concludes “studies published in OA journals in the field of oncology approach the same methodological quality and quality of reporting as studies published in non-OA journals.”
Short statement on open access issued May 9th Joint COAR-UNESCO Statement on Open Access [COAR is Confederation of Open Access Repositories]: “It is imperative that governments and the research community encourage a variety of approaches to the implementation of OA. This will result in a healthier and more innovative ecosystem for scholarly publishing, and ultimately lead to greater use and impact of research.” The STM response includes concerns about this statement; STM is a global trade association for academic and professional publishers.
In the news, a 2020 target for open access in Europe was set by the EU Competitiveness Council—a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade, and industry- in Brussels this month; press release. Data from publicly funded research “must be made accessible, unless there are well-founded reasons for not doing so, for example intellectual property rights or security or privacy issues.” This seems like a very ambitious target to me; we’ll see. There have been many reports on this statement; I’ve listed two below:
— In dramatic statement, European leaders call for ‘immediate’ open access to all scientific papers by 2020, by Martin Enserink in Science
— Open access should be the norm for EU by 2020, say research ministers, by Glyn Moody in Ars Technica
Univ. of Florida systematically adding Elsevier links in their institutional repository There has been a lot of discuss about this announcement, University of Florida and Elsevier Collaborate to Maximize Visibility, Impact and Dissemination of Research Articles by UF Authors. Negotiating with publishers may be a better way to get university scholarly output into institutional repositories, however just adding links to toll-access content does not seem to add much. Beware the Trojan Horse: Elsevier’s repository pilot and our vision for IRs & Open Access, post in IO: In The Open, discusses this issue.
Sci-Hub still in the news I posted something about Sci-Hub in February, March and April so thought May needed something too! I found this analysis of Sci-Hub downloads interesting: Sci-Hub: The Academic Cat is Out of the Bag.