April 23, 2014

Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2014

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Codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies were listed among the leading current trends during the annual LITA Top Tech Trends panel, along with digital forensics, open content, next steps in social media, and more.

Swets Launches Open Access Payment Management Service

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Global information services company Swets this month launched a new service to help academic libraries pay and manage article processing charges (APC) on an institutional scale. The move comes in response to a sharp increase in fee-based open access publishing in the United Kingdom.

Reveal Digital Seeks Sweet-Spot Funding Model for Digitizing Special Collections

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Digital information industry veteran Jeff Moyer last month launched Reveal Digital, a company that aims to use a lean, efficient funding model to digitize special collections and then make those collections open access. Reveal will treat digitization “as a service to libraries rather than a more traditional publishing or product approach,” he said.

Open Access Journal PeerJ Publishes First Articles

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Multidisciplinary Open Access journal publisher PeerJ announced the publication of its first 30 peer-reviewed articles today. Co-founders Jason Hoyt, formerly chief scientist and VP for research and development for Mendeley, and Peter Binfield, formerly publisher of the Public Library Of Science (PLOS), launched PeerJ in June 2012. They quickly garnered support for the project, ultimately assembling an Editorial Board of 800 academics and an advisory board of 20—five of whom are Nobel Laureates. PeerJ is now hoping that its business model can help make academic publishing more efficient and less expensive both for both researchers and libraries.

Scientists Seek New Credibility Outside of Established Journals

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Open Access is only one part of a larger shift taking place in the academic world—particularly the sciences—says Richard Price, founder and CEO of academia.edu. Price argues that academia is moving toward a system where the credibility of research, publications, and ultimately researchers themselves, is gauged not by the prestige of the journal in which works are published, but by the usage, citations, and professional feedback that the works generate online.

Software and Editorial Board Ready, PeerJ Announces Call for Papers

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PeerJ, a new multidisciplinary Open Access journal focused on the Biological and Medical Sciences, today announced its first formal Call for Papers. Submissions will be accepted beginning December 3, 2012. When the Journal’s launch was announced in June, company co-founders Jason Hoyt, formerly the chief scientist and vice president for research and development at research software provider Mendeley, and Peter Binfield, formerly the publisher of the Public Library of Science (PLoS), told LJ that they were anticipating a “wholesale move” to open access in academic publishing,

Ebooks Examined from All Angles at Digital Shift Virtual Conference

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LJ’s third annual Ebook third annual ebook summit “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond” featured insightful presentations and lively discussions on topics ranging from ebook discovery, how ebooks have affected collection development strategies, the growth of etextbooks, and a post-mortem on the industry’s response to the Research Works Act early this year.

Wiley Extends Open Access Option to 81% of Journals

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John Wiley & Sons has announced that OnlineOpen, Wiley’s hybrid open access model for subscription journals that allows authors to publish an open access paper in their journal of choice, is now available in over 1,200 of the journals that Wiley publishes.

New OA Journal, Backed by O’Reilly, May Disrupt Academic Publishing

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An open access academic publishing company called Peer J Inc. launched today, and its notable co-founders are promising that the company’s business model will revolutionize the field.

Open Access Movement Finds New Ally in University of California, San Francisco

The open access movement received another major boost on May 21 when the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), one of the leading public, scientific institutions in the country, adopted an open access policy.