University Libraries launches open-access Penn State Journal of Medicine | Penn State University

“Penn State University Libraries’ Open Publishing unit recently published the first issue of the Penn State Journal of Medicine. All of the content in the peer-reviewed journal is edited by medical students in the Penn State College of Medicine and published open access, meaning it is freely available under a Creative Commons license.

The journal’s mission is to provide “a means for publication of clinical and medical-based research completed by students enrolled at the Penn State College of Medicine,” as well as “an avenue for students to display their work on a peer-reviewed platform (and receive) the feedback they need to improve the quality of their work in a learning environment,” according to its mission statement….”

Alternate Publishing Model? – Your Say

“Did you know that the STM (Scientific, Technical and Medical) scholarly publishing industry was worth US$25 700 000 000 globally in 2017 [1]? Have you heard about an enormous profit of above 30% [2] made by most commercial publishers? Roughly calculating, it will give us around US$7 700 000 000 that could have been spent on research instead. Therefore, it should not be surprising that scientists around the world have been concerned about this matter for years. One quickly realizes that the system of scientific publishing is flawed, but is there a way to improve it?…

Scientist are generally aware of the crisis in academic publishing, but not everyone sees the simple solution: the abrupt discontinuation of feeding commercial publishers with both money and content. Plan X posits that scientific articles are published directly by universities. Such a move will force every university to establish their own publishing department. Even if it would cost them more than the sum they spend on the access to private publishers’ portfolio, it will finally provide the publishing system with unlimited access and evolution. The most important point is that the principles of the publishing system will not change, only the publishing bodies will. Therefore, the peer review[4] process will not change, but it will become as strict as the university would like it to be. One can quickly realize what would happen with the Impact factor (IF)[5]. IF will directly describe the university’s competitiveness. However, there is one requirement for this system to work. All the scientists have to publish only within their own affiliated university. It would additionally solve another issue – the pressure on publishing in high IF journals. Many granting agencies already require using papers citations as a measurement of one’s scientific success. However, this is just a tip of the iceberg of all improvements, which Plan X will bring….”

The state of the field: An excerpt from the 2021 Library Publishing Directory | Library Publishing Coalition

“The yearly Library Publishing Directory provides insights into library publishing activities, allowing us to consider how the field has evolved, prevalent current practice, and possible future directions. While we discuss trends below—often in comparison to prior years—please note that the number and composition of the dataset of Directory listings changes yearly; thus a strict comparison year to year is not possible. Further complicating any analysis of the data are changes to the survey itself. We do try to update the survey as changes in technology and publishing platforms emerge. The  Directory Committee routinely evaluates the data model to ensure that it best reflects the library publishing field. Many of the survey questions remain the same year to year and new questions are periodically added. This year’s collaboration with LibPub SIG and the resultant focus on the international community of library publishers prompted the addition of a question about languages used in publications and added additional types of library publisher (public library and consortium)….

Library publishers continue to strongly support open access publication. All libraries in the 2021 Directory indicated that open access publication was important to their publishing program. Almost one-half of the respondents indicated that their publications were completely open access. No respondent indicated that the open access focus of its publishing program was only somewhat or not at all important….”

Penn State Libraries Open Publishing

“Penn State Libraries Open Publishing is the Open Access imprint of The Pennsylvania State University Libraries. The Libraries publish full-featured electronic scholarly journals, searchable annotated bibliographies, and topical web portals using a variety of platforms (e.g., OJS, Drupal, Biblio). All of our publications are freely available to view online and download. Because we publish Open Access, all copyrights are retained by individual authors, journals, or sponsoring entity, and almost all publications are licensed for use under a Creative Commons license….”

Library Publishing Pain Points – Aging Infrastructure | Library Publishing Coalition

“We strongly support community-owned open source scholarly communication infrastructure (we have been building our own open platform, Fulcrum, to support digitally-enhanced book publishing), so it was an easy choice for us to select Janeway (from the Birkbeck Centre for Technology and Publishing) for our next-generation journals platform. We’re hoping to move all of our active journals off DLXS in 2021 or 2022, and transition them to a much more industry-standard JATS/HTML-based workflow that can play well with both existing content conversion tools and vendor offerings. We also plan to build an integration between the two platforms so that Fulcrum’s rich media capabilities can be embedded in Janeway journal articles….”

Harvard Library Bulletin Relaunched | Harvard Library Communications

“The editorial team of Harvard Library Bulletin, Harvard Library’s online and open-access journal, is pleased to announce that the journal relaunched on Tuesday, November 24. Established in 1947, HLB has featured an eclectic mix of scholarly articles and news and events from across Harvard Library.

In its new online form, HLB will maintain the journal’s familiar features and now has the added ability to publish audio/visual and multimodal work and digital scholarship. As an open-access journal, HLB will not charge readers to access its content, nor assess article processing charges to authors. Content will be published on a rolling basis….”

NGLP Technical Development Directions and Request for Participation | Educopia Institute

“Following more than a year of research and engagement with library publishers, the Next Gen Library Publishing (NGLP) project is pleased to announce its technical development directions.

We are now commissioning the build of two components: a cross-content web delivery/discovery platform and a cross-platform administrative dashboard for journal publishing. These elements will be designed to help bridge journal publishing platforms (e.g., Open Journal Systems, Janeway) and repository platforms (e.g.,  DSpace). All of our work will be released with open source licenses, and we will be working directly with at least three service providers that plan to provide hosted publishing services based in part on this development work: California Digital Library, Longleaf Services, Inc., and LYRASIS. 

We hope to continue building strong partnerships with library publishers throughout this development phase, and we invite participation and feedback from all practitioners in library publishing and campus-based publishing efforts. Please sign up to participate. …”

Christine Fruin Named President-Elect of the Library Publishing Coalition | Atla

“Atla Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, Christine Fruin, has been named President-Elect for the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). Starting on July 1, Christine assumed her role as President-Elect and will begin her role as President beginning July 1, 2021. 

As an attorney and a librarian, Christine has worked for over a decade, promoting access to and use of diverse collections through the utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible licensing. She oversees the Atla Open Press publishing program, Atla LibGuides, and the Atla Digital Library, among her many projects with Atla….”

Christine Fruin Named President-Elect of the Library Publishing Coalition | Atla

“Atla Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, Christine Fruin, has been named President-Elect for the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). Starting on July 1, Christine assumed her role as President-Elect and will begin her role as President beginning July 1, 2021. 

As an attorney and a librarian, Christine has worked for over a decade, promoting access to and use of diverse collections through the utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible licensing. She oversees the Atla Open Press publishing program, Atla LibGuides, and the Atla Digital Library, among her many projects with Atla….”

Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field | Educopia Institute

“Through the Next Generation Library Publishing project (2019-2022), Educopia Institute, California Digital Library, and Stratos, in close collaboration with COAR, LYRASIS, and Longleaf Services, seek to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructures to support library publishers. In addition to building publishing tools and workflows, our team is exploring how to create community hosting models that align explicitly and demonstratively with academic values. 

Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field explores the relationship between today’s varied scholarly publishing service providers and the academic values that we believe should guide their work. We begin with a brief definition of the academic mission and then briefly probe how profit motivations have come to dominate the current scholarly publishing marketplace. We consider and analyze how academic players from a range of stakeholder backgrounds have produced a broad range of “values and principles” statements, documents, and manifestos in hopes of recalibrating the scholarly publishing landscape. We contextualize this work within the broader landscape of assessment against values and principles.

Based on our findings, we recommend that academic stakeholders more concretely define their values and principles in terms of measurable actions, so these statements can be readily assessed and audited. We propose a methodology for auditing publishing service providers to ensure adherence to agreed-upon academic values and principles, with the dual goals of helping to guide values-informed decision making by academic stakeholders and encouraging values alignment efforts by infrastructure providers. We also explore ways to structure this assessment framework both to avoid barriers to entry and to discourage the kinds of “gaming the system” activities that so often accompany audits and ranking mechanisms. We close by pointing to work we have recently undertaken: the development of the Values and Principles Framework and Assessment Checklist, which were issued for public comment in July-August, 2020 on CommonPlace (hosted by the Knowledge Futures Group).  …”