Unsub Gives Libraries Powerful Evidence to Walk Away from Big Deals – SPARC

“Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem are working non-stop to accelerate the pace of the open science revolution.

The pair co-founded the non-profit organization Our Research, which recently developed and debuted Unsub, a data dashboard and forecasting tool that helps academic libraries cut their subscriptions to expensive bundles of toll-access journals….

Unsub (formerly known as Unpaywall Journals) has widely been hailed as a game changer in the scholarly communications market, providing institutions with the leverage they need when negotiating with publishers over journal subscription packages.  The tool forecasts the value and costs of individual journals to specific institutions, leveling the playing field for the first time for libraries when conducting negotiations with publishers….”

Taking a Big Bite Out of the Big Deal – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Unsub is the game-changing data analysis service that is helping librarians forecast, explore, and optimize their alternatives to the Big Deal. Unsub (known as Unpaywall Journals until just this week) supports librarians in making independent assessments of the value of their journal subscriptions relative to price paid rather than relying upon publisher-provided data alone. Librarians breaking away from the Big Deal often credit Unsub as a critical component of their strategy. I am grateful to Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem, co-founders of Our Research, a small nonprofit organization with an innocuous sounding name that is the provider of Unsub, for taking time to answer some questions for the benefit of the readers of The Scholarly Kitchen. …”

Introducing new open access data in Journal Citation Reports – Web of Science Group

“The research?publishing?landscape is undergoing rapid change,?disrupting the longstanding dominance of the subscription model and replacing it with open access models.?Funders, librarians and publishers are looking to?improve?transparency?of?open access, with?publishers under increasing pressure to eliminate or shorten embargoes, improve open access options and to ‘flip’ traditional subscription or hybrid journals to?make?all research?articles?freely accessible and reusable upon publication via a Creative Commons license – usually referred to as gold OA.

To help the research community navigate through this complex transition, we have added open access data to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) profile pages?to?increase transparency around?how much of the scholarly literature is published using the gold OA model, and how much of this content is being cited. This will help the research community better understand the contribution of gold OA content to the literature and its influence on scholarly discourse….

The new descriptive feature uses Our Research (formerly ImpactStory) data to identify content published under a Creative Commons license (gold OA) and allows it to be easily differentiated from subscription or free to read content (which may not be free to re-use.) This?provides?funders,?publishers, librarians,?and?researchers?with transparent, publisher-neutral information about the relative contribution of gold OA articles to a journal’s overall volume of content and citations.?The feature is in beta until the release?of?the 2020 Journal Citation Reports?in June….”

Introducing new open access data in Journal Citation Reports – Web of Science Group

“The research?publishing?landscape is undergoing rapid change,?disrupting the longstanding dominance of the subscription model and replacing it with open access models.?Funders, librarians and publishers are looking to?improve?transparency?of?open access, with?publishers under increasing pressure to eliminate or shorten embargoes, improve open access options and to ‘flip’ traditional subscription or hybrid journals to?make?all research?articles?freely accessible and reusable upon publication via a Creative Commons license – usually referred to as gold OA.

To help the research community navigate through this complex transition, we have added open access data to Journal Citation Reports (JCR) profile pages?to?increase transparency around?how much of the scholarly literature is published using the gold OA model, and how much of this content is being cited. This will help the research community better understand the contribution of gold OA content to the literature and its influence on scholarly discourse….

The new descriptive feature uses Our Research (formerly ImpactStory) data to identify content published under a Creative Commons license (gold OA) and allows it to be easily differentiated from subscription or free to read content (which may not be free to re-use.) This?provides?funders,?publishers, librarians,?and?researchers?with transparent, publisher-neutral information about the relative contribution of gold OA articles to a journal’s overall volume of content and citations.?The feature is in beta until the release?of?the 2020 Journal Citation Reports?in June….”

Impactstory is now Our Research – Our Research blog

However, [our many projects] mean that Impactstory name is becoming increasingly confusing. We love helping folks tell Stories about Impact…but that’s not all we do, and hasn’t been for a while now. So it’s time to change our name to reflect that….

“Research” means what it says. “Our” means we want research to belong to 1) humankind and 2) the academic community….”