Securing community-controlled infrastructure: SPARC’s plan of action

Authors: Heather Joseph

Abstract: Late last year, the news of Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress, the provider of the popular Digital Commons repository platform, sent a shockwave throughout the library community. Hundreds of institutions that use Digital Commons to support their open access repositories quite literally woke up to the news that their repository services are now owned and managed by a company that is well known for its obstruction of open access in the repository space.

Citation: Joseph, H. (2018). Securing community-controlled infrastructure: SPARC’s plan of action. College & Research Libraries News, 79(8), 426. doi: https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.79.8.426

View

Source: College & Research Libraries News

Scholarly Publishing is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It.

Authors: Jon Tennant

Abstract: TThe world of scholarly communication is broken. Giant, corporate publishers with racketeering business practices and profit margins that exceed Apple’s treat life-saving research as a private commodity to be sold at exorbitant profits. Only around 25 per cent of the global corpus of research knowledge is ‘open access’, or accessible to the public for free and without subscription, which is a real impediment to resolving major problems, such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Citation: Tennant, J. (2018).Scholarly Publishing is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It. Aeon.co. https://aeon.co/ideas/scholarly-publishing-is-broken-heres-how-to-fix-it.

View

Source: Aeon

The World’s Approach toward Publishing in Springer and Elsevier’s APC-Funded Open Access Journals

Authors: Hajar Sotudeh, Zahra Ghasempour

Abstract: The present study explored tendencies of the world’s countries—at individual and scientific development levels—toward publishing in APC-funded open access journals. Given the reliance of the APC model on authors’ affluence and motivation, its affordability and sustainability have been challenged. This communication helps understand how countries at different scientific development and thus wealth levels contribute to the model. This is the first study conducted at macro level clarifying countries’ contribution to the APC model—at individual and scientific-development levels—as the ultimate result of the interaction between authors’ willingness, the model affordability, and publishers and funding agencies’ support.

View

Citation: Sotudeh, H., & Ghasempour, Z. (2018). The World’s Approach toward Publishing in Springer and Elsevier’s APC-Funded Open Access Journals. College & Research Libraries, 79(2), 257. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.2.257

Source: College & Research Libraries

Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case

Authors: Juan Pablo Alperin, Stephen Eglen, Domenico Fiormonte, Laurent Gatto, Alex Gil, Ricardo Hartley, Stuart Lawson, Corina Logan, Erin McKiernan, Ernesto Miranda-Trigueros, Ross Mounce, Alejandro Posada, Ernesto Priego, Natalia Pérez, Adela Ramos, Nuria Rodríguez-Ortega

 

Abstract: On February 1, 2015, the global information and analytics corporation Elsevier and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) established the agreement UNAM-Elsevier contract DGAJ-DPI-39-081114- 241, which saw the transfer from UNAM to Elsevier for the “production and hosting, advertising and support” of 44 Mexican open access academic journals published by UNAM. This article documents said contract and describes a Freedom of Information Request enquiring the total cost of the contract and its corresponding response. It also shares a series of considerations that, based on this case, can be helpful to other institutions that may face similar circumstances in the future. We conclude scholarly publishing and academic self-determination are interdependent and a crucial point of future debate for the future of University presses and Open Access worldwide.

 

Citation: Juan Pablo Alperin, Stephen Eglen, Domenico Fiormonte, Laurent Gatto, Alex Gil, Ricardo Hartley, Stuart Lawson, Corina Logan, Erin McKiernan, Ernesto Miranda-Trigueros, Ross Mounce, Alejandro Posada, Ernesto Priego, Natalia Pérez, Adela Ramos, Nuria Rodríguez-Ortega. “Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case.” Humanities Commons. http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZN6N

 

View

 

Source: Scholarly Publishing, Freedom of Information and Academic Self-Determination: The UNAM-Elsevier Case

Scholarly communications shouldn’t just be open, but non-profit too

Author: Jefferson Pooley

Abstract: Much of the rhetoric around the future of scholarly communication hinges on the “open” label. In light of Elsevier’s recent acquisition of bepress and the announcement that, owing to high fees, an established mathematics journal’s editorial team will split from its publisher to start an open access alternative, Jefferson Pooley argues that the scholarly communication ecosystem should aim not only to be open but non-profit too. The profit motive is fundamentally misaligned with core values of academic life, potentially corroding ideals like unfettered inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and cooperative progress. There are obstacles to forging a non-profit alternative, from sustainable funding to entrenched cynicism, but such a goal is worthy and within reach.

Citation: Pooley, Jefferson. “Scholarly communications shouldn’t just be open, but non-profit too.” LSE Impact Blog. August 15, 2017.

VIEW

Source: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/08/15/scholarly-communications-shouldnt-just-be-open-but-non-profit-too/

Beware the Trojan Horse: Elsevier’s repository pilot and our vision for IRs & Open Access

Authors: Ellen Finnie and Greg Eow

Abstract: In this post, the authors address the recent pilot linking the University of Florida’s institutional repository with Elsevier’s platform and offer an alternative vision for a healthy, global scholarly communication environment.

Citation: Finnie E and Eow G. (2017) Beware the Trojan Horse: Elsevier’s repository pilot and our vision for IRs & Open Access. In the Open. Retrieved from http://intheopen.net/2016/05/beware-the-trojan-horse-elseviers-repository-pilot-and-our-vision-for-irs-open-access/.

View

From the Field: Elsevier as an Open Access Publisher

Author: Heather Morrison

Abstract: Highlights of this broad-brush case study of Elsevier’s Open Access (OA) journals as of 2016: Elsevier offers 511 fully OA journals and 2,149 hybrids. Most fully OA journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). APCs of fully OA journals average $660 US ($1,731 excluding no-fee journals); hybrid OA averages $2,500. A practice termed author nominal copyright is observed, where copyright is in the name of the author although the author contract is essentially a copyright transfer. The prospects for a full Elsevier flip to OA via APC payments for articles going forward are considered and found to be problematic.

Citation: Morrison, H. “From the Field: Elsevier as an Open Access Publisher”. The Charleston Advisor, Volume 18, Number 3, 1 January 2017, pp. 53-59(7). DOI:10.5260/chara.18.3.53

View

Source: From the Field: Elsevier as an Open Access Publisher: Ingenta Connect