BMC Medicine | Full text | Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact Emergence and growth of open access Over the last 20 years the publishing of scientific peer-reviewed journal articles has gone through a revolution triggered by the technical possibilities offered by the internet. Firstly, electronic publishing has become the dominant distribution channel for scholarly journals. In the latter half of the 1990s when journals created by individual scientists were dominating OA publishing, these journals were not considered by most academics a serious alternative to subscription publishing. A second wave of OA journals consisted of established subscription journals, mainly owned by societies. The third wave of OA journals was started by two new publishers, BioMedCentral and Public Library of Science (PLoS). Subscription publishers have also tried an OA option called hybrid journals where authors can pay fees (typically in the range of US$3,000) to have the electronic versions of their articles OA as part of what is otherwise a subscription journal.
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New journal “Nature ONE” launched today It’s very unusual for me to post two blog posts in a single day, and even more so when both posts are based on press releases by the same organization. But this is important news for everybody interested in scholarly publishing. In a press release earlier today, the Nature Publishing Group announced a new journal that is covering biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics,is an open access journal, giving the authors the choice of two Creative Commons non-commercial licenses,will publish all papers that are judged to be technically valid and original, anduses article-level metrics to put the emphasis on the individual article rather than the journal as a whole. The new journal is called Scientific Reports, and obviously resembles PLoS ONE in many ways, down to the article-processing charges which are $1350 for both journals (but will go up to $1700 for Scientific Reports in 2012). The launch of Scientific Reports is a good sign that PLoS ONE is doing something right.
Statistics 2010-11 A series of annual surveys that describe collections, expenditures, service activities, staffing, and salaries in ARL member libraries (used to produce publications and an annual ranking known as the ARL Investment Index) www.arlstatistics.org The ARL Statistics is a series of surveys that incorporate both annual and less-frequent updates. ARL Statistics® Survey ARL collects annual statistics that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities of member libraries. The pre-1962 data is compiled in the Gerould Statistics. The ARL Statistics Analytics site is available to ARL member library staff to collect the data and have ready-access to them as they are submitted, even before they are finalized. Highlights from the most recent ARL Statistics publication are available on the Statistical Trends page. ARL Salary Survey Since 1980, the ARL Annual Salary Survey has gathered data on salaries for more than 12,000 professional positions in ARL member libraries.
Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling PLOS PLoS Biology : Publishing science, accelerating research A Peer-Reviewed, Open Access Journal Current Issue PLOS Biology is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal featuring research articles of exceptional significance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems. OpenEdition : three platforms for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences: Revues.org, Hypotheses.org, Calenda Oxford Journals | Life Sciences | Systematic Biology STM | International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers Généraliser l'accès ouvert aux résultats de la recherche - Paris 24-25 janv. 2013 - SciencesConf.org I love open access | Arguments pour l’accès ouvert aux résultats de la recherche Une brève histoire de l'Open Data La donnée connaît aujourd’hui un regain d’intérêt, qu’il s’agisse de l’open data ou des big data. Il convient de distinguer les deux sujets, même s’ils partagent un objet commun, la donnée. Les big data s’intéressent plus particulièrement aux potentialités offertes par l’exploitation d’un volume de données en croissance exponentielle. Dans l’open data, la création de valeur passe davantage par le partage de ces données, leur mise à disposition de tiers que par un effet volume. Une donnée ouverte répond à un ensemble de critères techniques, économiques et juridiques : elle doit être accessible gratuitement et librement en ligne, dans un format qui en permet la réutilisation. Le terme d’open data est apparu pour la première fois en 1995, dans un document d’une agence scientifique américaine. L’idée de bien commun appliqué aux connaissances a déjà été théorisé, et ceci bien avant l’invention de l’Internet. On compte parmi eux Tim O’Reilly et Lawrence Lessig.