Affordable prices and open access essential: UNIFI fully supports goals of FinELib consortium in Elsevier negotiations – Suomen yliopistot UNIFI ry : Suomen yliopistot UNIFI ry

“Universities Finland UNIFI is giving its full support to the FinELib consortium’s goals in the negotiations with the large academic publisher Elsevier. The main goals are to ensure that the academic community has access to Elsevier’s journals at affordable prices and that there is a clear transition towards immediate open access.

The cost of access to Elsevier’s journals (the SD Freedom collection) has grown significantly. UNIFI finds this unconscionable and accordingly demands that the increase in costs must stop.

All publicly funded research should be openly available to everybody. The fees paid by universities for subscriptions must enable open access publishing for Finnish researchers. The total costs of academic publishing must not be allowed to grow.

UNIFI requires that Elsevier reacts to the demands from Finnish universities and offers a solution combining affordable pricing and a transition towards immediate open access.

More on the negotiations: FinELib’s website

European Institutions Adopt Altmetric Explorer for Institutions – Digital Science

“Our portfolio company Altmetric announce that École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has become the latest institution to adopt the Explorer for Institutions platform to help analyse the online engagement surrounding its scholarly research outputs.

With an intuitive interface which enables users to browse, filter and report on the latest shares and mentions for over 10 million research outputs, the Explorer for Institutions platform makes it easy to identify where academic work has received mainstream or social media coverage, been referenced in public policy, or received attention from scholarly and broader audiences in places such as Wikipedia, Reddit and post-publication peer-review forums. Citation data from Scopus and Web of Science is also included where available.

EPFL joins leading institutions including Ghent University, ETH Zurich, The University of Helsinki and the International Institute of Social Studies and the Erasmus Research Institute of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam in utilising Altmetric data to better understand the reach and influence of published research.”

The challenge of open access compliance

“Researchers at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are now subject to HEFCE’s open access policy if they want to submit their work to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2021. The policy applies to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. These research outputs must be deposited in an institutional or subject repository as soon as possible after the point of acceptance. For the first two years of the policy there is flexibility to deposit up to three months after the date of early online publication. After April 2018, it is anticipated that the policy terms will become stricter and deposit must occur within three months of acceptance….The financial costs associated with supporting compliance with the policy are high. Many HEIs initially relied heavily on their Research Councils UK funding to meet staffing costs. Over time, institutions have taken on staff costs to ensure the longevity of their open access teams, and some have even been in a position to create institutional funds for gold open access. At a time when increasing subscription costs are regularly imposed by publishers it can be difficult for institutions to find the means to support open access, despite its obvious importance. The cultural challenges associated with the HEFCE policy can prove to be even more difficult to overcome….After three years of promotion and engagement with researchers through school board meetings, research support meetings, training sessions and online support materials, attitudes have gradually shifted towards support for open access. Following a review of 2016, we discovered that 93% of the papers in our repository that are subject to HEFCE’s policy are REF eligible. This positive trend has continued into 2017 with many more papers being deposited on a daily basis….”

Passing a Campus Open Access Policy – OpenCon

“On March 31, Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Faculty Senate passed an Open Access policy! The Open Access Archiving Policy ensures that future scholarly articles authored by FGCU faculty will be made freely available to the public by requiring faculty to deposit copies of their accepted manuscripts in the university’s repository, DigitalFGCU.”

Two open access repositories launched in Myanmar | EIFL

“University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, this week launched institutional open access repositories, opening up their research to the world.

The repositories, which were set up with support from EIFL through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project, include peer-reviewed journal articles, research papers, and papers from selected international conferences.”

Journal publishers’ Big Deals: Are they worth it?

Evaluating the cost/benefit of the ‘Big Deal’ at the Universite de Montreal.

“At each stage of the process of analysis and renegotiations, we created multiple opportunities for discussion among our personnel, the faculty union, departments, senior administrators, and students’ groups. Every effort was made to remind members of our community of their role in the scholarly publishing ecosystem and of the alternatives available to them, starting with Open Access publishing….”

OSF for Institutions

“OSF [Open Science Framework] Institutions is a free scholarly web tool that enhances transparency, fosters collaboration, and increases the visibility of research outputs at the institutional level. The Center for Open Science partners with research institutions to create central hubs for research projects on a branded, dedicated OSF page.

Single sign-on authentication creates a seamless and integrated framework that accommodates custom research workflows and streamlines data management. You can focus your efforts on generating and sharing research, not on building and maintaining research infrastructure….”

Albertsons Library Adopts Open Access Statement – UPDATE

“Albertsons Library faculty adopted a ‘Statement of Support For Open Access‘ on March 13, encouraging library faculty and staff to make their work openly accessible.

The statement shows Albertsons Library’s dedication to access to information, aligning it with the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) statement in support of open access. The statement also encourages ‘librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature and data, openly accessible.’ Albertsons Library advocates for the open dissemination of library and information sciences scholarship and fully supports open access for publishing as it allows for greater exposure, discovery and retention of author rights.

Albertsons Library encourages other departments across campus to consider a similar statement. Contact your library liaison if you would like assistance or have any questions.

In addition, library faculty members Memo Cordova and Amber Sherman have worked to raise awareness of the open access publishing model, including:

  • Presentations to library staff on ‘Library Journal Impact Measurements’ that compared and contrasted open access publications and paywall counterparts
  • Working with the library’s Promotion and Tenure committee to insert language that includes disseminating knowledge ‘through traditional and/or scholarly open access venues’
  • Writing an article on the cost of academic publishing and open access for Boise State’s own The Blue Review, published on March 12″

Albertsons Library Adopts Open Access Statement – UPDATE

“Albertsons Library faculty adopted a ‘Statement of Support For Open Access‘ on March 13, encouraging library faculty and staff to make their work openly accessible.

The statement shows Albertsons Library’s dedication to access to information, aligning it with the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) statement in support of open access. The statement also encourages ‘librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature and data, openly accessible.’ Albertsons Library advocates for the open dissemination of library and information sciences scholarship and fully supports open access for publishing as it allows for greater exposure, discovery and retention of author rights.

Albertsons Library encourages other departments across campus to consider a similar statement. Contact your library liaison if you would like assistance or have any questions.

In addition, library faculty members Memo Cordova and Amber Sherman have worked to raise awareness of the open access publishing model, including:

  • Presentations to library staff on ‘Library Journal Impact Measurements’ that compared and contrasted open access publications and paywall counterparts
  • Working with the library’s Promotion and Tenure committee to insert language that includes disseminating knowledge ‘through traditional and/or scholarly open access venues’
  • Writing an article on the cost of academic publishing and open access for Boise State’s own The Blue Review, published on March 12″