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Time for Elsexit? This post is principally addressed to academics in the UK, though some of it may apply to people in other countries too.

Time for Elsexit?

The current deal that the universities have with Elsevier expires at the end of this year, and a new one has been negotiated between Elsevier and Jisc Collections, the body tasked with representing the UK universities. If you want, you can read a thoroughly misleading statement about it on Elsevier’s website. On Jisc’s website is a brief news item with a link to further details that tells you almost nothing and then contains a further link entitled “Read the full description here”, which appears to be broken.

IEEE Xplore Document - Toward unique identifiers. Abstract: This paper discusses the creation and use of unique identifiers for intellectual property.

IEEE Xplore Document - Toward unique identifiers

General concepts applicable to unique identifiers are defined and discussed [identifier, digital object, dumb and intelligent identifiers, readability, affordance or computability, multiple identification, resolution, metadata, persistence, granularity, derivatives (e.g., versions, formats, manifestations, and copies), check digits, and intermediate objects]. Requirements for unique identifiers are reviewed. Capacity issues for an identifier scheme and business issues (cost, antitrust considerations, and intellectual property rights) are explored.

Technical and administrative issues of identifiers are discussed, with particular reference to the uses of identifiers, which necessitates intelligence within a system of unique identifiers (scope, protocol independence, multiple roles, fungibility, persistence, standards, and emerging structural metadata approaches). The E-Resources Management Handbook. Looks like: SESS636698fd811c0f0105518e7332ea5f41 A unique session ID.

The E-Resources Management Handbook

Finch report executive summary. Finch report final. What is open access? What is open access?

What is open access?

Open Access Good Practice. Find links to all OA Good Practice Pathfinder blogs here Rationale Given the wide scope and broad impact of research funders’ OA policies, as well as the differing workflows and approaches of HEIs across the sector, examples are needed of effective practice that are collaboratively developed but reflect institutional difference within a ‘real-world’ environment.

Open Access Good Practice

Aim. Article processing charges (APCs) and subscriptions. Executive summary The number of article processing charges (APCs) paid doubled between 2013 and 2014.

Article processing charges (APCs) and subscriptions

Growth remained strong in 2015, but slowed in part due to limited room for growth in institutions’ internal budgetsThe average APC has increased by 6% over the past two years, a rise well above the cost of inflationPublishers’ APC costs are converging to a more uniform price range, although they still vary widely. Journals with low APCs are raising their prices, perhaps to avoid being perceived as low quality following expectations set by the Finch reportAPC expenditure is unevenly distributed between publishers, with the lion’s share of income distributed among a handful of major publishersElsevier, the one major publisher with no offset deal in place, has seen high growth. Introduction APCs are paid to journals to publish an article as open access. The impact of article processing charges for libraries and what we’re doing to help. We’re part way down the road to open access.

The impact of article processing charges for libraries and what we’re doing to help

Gold open access is becoming an increasingly popular choice for articles, and article processing charges (APCs) are the dominant business model for funding them. The importance of tracking and reporting APCs grows as they become a larger part of the cost of research. Institutions are expected to record APCs to manage payments and plan their budget, and funders use that reporting in order to know how their money is spent and to assess compliance. Good in itself, but APC data becomes even more valuable to the sector as a whole when it is made openly available. Using aggregate data, institutions can assess the value of their APC spend and profile themselves against other institutions. Home. The benefits of Open Access: Researchers' perspectives.

Altmetrics - Introduction from University of Leeds. 2014/07. Executive summary Purpose 1.


This document sets out the details of a requirement that certain research outputs should be made open-access to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). This requirement will apply to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. This document was updated in July 2015 to include a number of amendments to the policy, following constructive feedback from the sector, as set out in a circular letter to HEIs in July 2015. Key points. RCUK Policy on Open Access - Research Councils UK. In June 2012 the report from the National Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings (the ‘Finch Group’) - Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications was published.

RCUK Policy on Open Access - Research Councils UK

The report sets out an encouraging and challenging road map to improve open access to scholarly literature and the Research Councils have used the findings of the group to further develop the policies that they have had in place since 2005. RCUK Policy on Open Access and Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 24 May 2013). Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders. Universities are digital machines these days.

Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Open access is not enough on its own – data must be free too. Open Access: An Introduction. By Keith G Jeffery Open Access (OA) means that electronic scholarly articles are available freely at the point of use. The subject has been discussed for over 10 years, but has reached a crescendo of discussion over the last few years with various declarations in favour of OA from groups of researchers or their representatives. The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee considered the issue in 2004, reporting in the summer in favour of OA. This indicates the importance of the issue, and led to statements from large research funding bodies such as the Welcome Trust and the Research Councils UK.

Motivations Ethics: There is an ethical argument that research funded by the public should be available to the public. Research Impact: The Internet provides an opportunity. Types of Open Access At this stage it is important to distinguish several dimensions of the issue: OA can be delivered in two ways: A third dimension is white/grey literature. Please contact: Keith G. Open access: six myths to put to rest. How Your Journal Editor Works. W hen I first began submitting work to scholarly journals, I had every sort of outlandish idea about the editor on the other side of the transaction. In hopeful moments, I imagined a kindly bespectacled someone with a jumbo coffee cup at a spotless wooden desk, or holding a glass of wine in an overstuffed chair near a fireplace.

This faceless editor would read my essay slowly, nodding approvingly and then more vigorously. "Brilliant! " the editor would say. "Eureka! Most of the time, however, fear prevailed over hope. Today I have fewer illusions, rosy or nightmarish. So I offer here a reality check for those who haven’t (yet) been on both sides: a look into the not-so-glamorous lives and habits of journal editors. Your scholarly editor is a real person living in real time. Scholarly editors are often happy to share our insights, especially before we have your work in hand.