COSIAC Newsletter April-May 2012 Tuesday, 22 May 2012

 A summary of resources, research, news and events in open scholarship for the preceding two months

Special focus - Paying for open access publishing


Here is a list of articles which look at setting up funds for payment of open access publication charges:

Pinfield, S. and Middelton, C. (April 2012), Open access central funds in UK universities, "Learned Publishing" Vol 25 (2)


Universities UK and Research Information Network, (March 2009)“Paying for open access publication charges: Guidance for higher education and research institutions, publishers and authors”


Pinfield, Stephen (January 2010) Paying for open access? Institutional funding streams and OA publication charges, “Learned Publishing” Vol 23, (1)


Friend, Frederick (August 2011) “Open Access business models for research funders and universities” – Knowledge Exchange briefing paper


Hubbard, Bill; Hodgson, Amanda; Fuchs, Willow (March 2011) “Current issues in Research Communications: Open Access – the View from the Academy” 4th report to JISC


Nariani, Rajiv; Fernandez, Leila (March 2012) Open Access Publishing: What Authors Want to be published in? “College and Research Libraries”


Schroter, Sara; Tite, Leanne; Kassem, Ahmed (October 2006) Financial; support at the time of paper acceptance; a survey of three medical journals, “Learned Publishing” Vol 19 (4)


Joint Information Systems Committee (2009) “JISC Open Access Publication Charge Surveys: Conducted in Collaboration with the UK Working Group on the Payment of Open Access Publishing Fees”,


Research Councils UK (2008) “Open Access to Research Outputs: Final Report to RCUK”, http://www.rcuk /oareport.pdf. Annexes:


Resource – ‘OA Journal funds’ - Description: external link:


Help for developing OA policies

A careful, thorough, well-informed, evidence-based and comprehensive review and analysis of guidelines for open access policy and promotion -- released by UNESCO and written by Alma Swan. "Policy Guidelines FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF OPEN ACCESS"


Excellent summary of the OA situation

You can use this as basis for any argument it is very comprehensive: "Statement of Stuart M. Shieber before the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight U.S. House of Representatives March 29, 2012"


Tools help with data curation

Digital Curation Centre is pleased to announce our refreshed and replenished catalogue of tools and services for managing and curating research data. The catalogue is at


Data ethics guide now released

Yet another ranking of journals - from Google this time

Announced 1 April 2012: Commentary: "Google Scholar Metrics service follows the same principle that has made Google's web search engine so successful - when you are unsure what a user is looking for, give them a list of options ranked by a metric of popularity. Scholar Metrics offers a database summarizing the sway of the distributors of scholarship "to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research".


Development of an international Registry of Research Data Repositories

Due to disciplinary requirements, the landscape of data repositories is very heterogeneous. The goal of is to create a global registry of research data repositories. The registry will cover research data repositories from different academic disciplines. will present repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions.

Uni California proposing OA policy

This discussion paper about an oA policy could be useful for people considering putting a paper together for their own institution


The big question for economists - Will An Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking

Possibly helpful for people struggling with reistance here. The article concludes - use both! AALL Spectrum 16, no. 6 (2012): "Will An Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking?


Scholarly Open Access - blog listing dodgy OA publishers

New open access blog that critically analyses journals and publishers promoting themselves as scholarly open access outlets. The blog is by Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian with 21 years’ experience, who is currently working at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver. In addition to the blog, the website helpfully lists dodgy journals and publishers that are probably best avoided.


Enabling readers independently to enrich scientific PDFs and make them web-linkable

The new version of the free Utopia Documents scientific PDF-viewer has been released. The Utopia Documents PDF-viewer bridges the 'linkability gap' between HTML and PDF, and makes the latter just as easily linked-in to the Web as the former (as long as you are online, of course). Utopia Documents allows you, if you so wish, to experience dynamically enriched scientific articles. It is freely downloadable from and currently available for Mac and Windows with a Linux version coming shortly.


Research Data Curation Bibliography

It includes over 100 selected English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions.Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011.


Open Data Handbook

The Open Knowledge Foundation has released it Open Data Handbook


Presentation - "Artcile level metrics"

Peter Binfield from PLoS (SPARC webcast), including the slide that says “Article level metrics are important, yes, but much more important for an Institutional Repository, is the ability to show Author level metrics, and Institution level metrics,”


Help with using Google Analytics

Google offers a number of screencast videos to walk you through various aspects, from basics to more advanced usage. They're nice, short videos (many under five minutes), which is great for when you only have a few spare minutes. The downside is that they can skip through things rather quickly, but it's easy enough to rewind back (they even have a table of contents which allows you to skip through the sections of each video easily).


Professional development advice for academic librarians

Summary of a chat panel held by The Guardian - comiled 22 March



Does making a thesis OA mean it won't be published?

This is a big question for many students. Abstract: An increasing number of higher education institutions worldwide are requiring submission of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) by graduate students and are subsequently providing open access to these works in online repositories. Faculty advisors and graduate students are concerned that such unfiltered access to their work could diminish future publishing opportunities. This study investigated social sciences, arts and humanities journal editors' and university press directors' attitudes toward ETDs. The findings indicate that manuscripts which are revisions of openly accessible ETDs are always welcome for submission or considered on a case by case basis by 82.8% of journal editors and 53.7% of university press directors polled. The preprint: "Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities?" to appear in College & Research Libraries is available here:


PhD students support OA theses - if they knew about it

Stanton, K. Liew, C. (2011) "Open Access Theses in Institutional Repositories: An Exploratory Study of the Perceptions of Doctoral Students" Information Research vOL 16 (4) Abstract: Qualitative and quantitative data were collected through interviews with eight doctoral students enrolled in a range of disciplines in a New Zealand university and a self-completion Web survey of 251 students.... While awareness of open access and repository archiving is still low, the majority of interview and survey respondents were found to be supportive of the concept of open access. The perceived benefits of enhanced exposure and potential for sharing outweigh the perceived risks. The majority of respondents were supportive of an existing mandatory thesis submission policy.


Chatting to your academics about data

Reference Services Review 40, no. 1 (20012): Includes "Demystifying the Data Interview: Developing a Foundation for Reference Librarians to Talk with Researchers about Their Data" and other articles


More evidence we need repository training

“In Italy academic curricula do not meet the repository managers’ educational needs. Academic programmes should be developed to include communication, project management and team work skills and pay more attention to copyright issues. Until that time repository managers will have to spend a considerable part of their working lives on professional training and self-directed learning.” Liber Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries 21, no. 3/4 (2012): "Fostering New Roles for Librarians: Skills Set for Repository Managers—Results of a Survey in Italy”


Social media predicts citation counts

Gunther Eysenbach, "Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact" Journal of Medical Internet Research 2011;13(4):e123) Conclusions: Tweets can predict highly cited articles within the first 3 days of article publication. Social media activity either increases citations or reflects the underlying qualities of the article that also predict citations, but the true use of these metrics is to measure the distinct concept of social impact. Social impact measures based on tweets are proposed to complement traditional citation metrics. The proposed twimpact factor may be a useful and timely metric to measure uptake of research findings and to filter research findings resonating with the public in real time.


Public sector saves £28 million through open access, but much greater rewards to come, says report

JISC news release: The report: Look, H and Marsh, K (2012) Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research to the Public Sector. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED. Available -


Why Google Scholar Has Trouble Indexing Institutional Repositories

"Google Scholar (GS) has difficulty indexing the contents of institutional repositories (IRs) because most IRs use Dublin Core metadata, which cannot express bibliographic citation information adequately for academic papers. GS’s Webmaster Inclusion Guidelines site cautions to “use Dublin Core only as a last resort,” and recommends other metadata schemas instead. It also recommends specific guidelines to facilitate crawlers, including writing metadata from the repository database to HTML headers...." Presentation for a paper that will be published shortly:


How UK is coping with their new repository regime (and how it fits with IRs)

Adoption of CERIF in Higher Education Institutions in the UK: A Landscape Study: includes some discussion of CRIS and institutional repository interaction.



 Journals too expensive, go open access: Harvard decree - The Australian

April 27 - "The world's richest university - and second richest not-for-profit organisation in the world after the Catholic Church - has told staff it can no longer afford to pay for journal subscriptions and they should publish in open access alternatives."


ARC claims open access advocates are naive

Open access not as simple as it sounds: outgoing ARC boss - The Conversation, 23 April 2012


'The great publishing swindle: the high price of academic knowledge'


Peter Suber responds - Why ARC hasn't adopted an OA mandate for publicly-funded research

23 April 2012 - "Margaret Sheil explains why she opposed an OA mandate at the Australian Research Council, and still opposes one. In doing so, she reveals two deep misunderstandings.."


Argument for open peer review

Impact of Social Sciences Blog: We should aim for open refereeing of academic articles in the information age James Hartley argues that new technology used for submitting papers to academic journals increases the possibilities for gathering data, analysing it and improving the refereeing process.

Open Sesame - The Economist

When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge… Apr 14th 2012


Open access on a roll - The Australian

Open access on a roll by: BERNARD LANE From: The Australian April 19, 2012 Increase THE Economist magazine has joined the open access movement. In an editorial this month, the magazine argues that research funded by taxpayers or charities ought to be available free to the public…


Editor of The Conversation talks on The Science Show

Andrew Jaspan talked about how science stories are the most read ones, but he also talks about open access at the end of the interview Teranscript available:


Who'd have thought - telling people about research gets hits

In her April 19 blog "The verdict: is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it?" Melissa Terras says 'Yes!'


Life after the Big Deal - it is possible

Analysis of the numbers to work out if a library can survive without the Big Deal The upshot was that RLUK libraries could manage without Elsevier’s big deal, but timely access would suffer. "Plan B: Life After the Big Deal", April 10, 2012


Publishers work against academic needs

"Visibility is currency in academia but it is scarcity in publishing. The push for open access shows that academic publishers can’t serve two masters " Blog from Mike taylor -



UK making all publicly funded research OA

David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science made a speech at the Publishers Association annual general meeting 2 May, including the statement "The debate on open access will inform HEFCE's planning for the research excellence process that succeeds the current one which concludes in 2014. Open access could be among the excellence criteria for qualifying articles in the future." "Britain Announces Plan to Make Publicly Financed Research Freely Available" The Chronicle Higher Ed - 2 May: "The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) welcomes David Willetts', the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, support for publishing and sustainable open access" Note they are pushing for gold OA?


UK elisitng Wikipedia founder to sell OA to research

This has raised a few eyebrows! A selection of commentary "Wiki founder to build open access site for UK research " - 2 May: The Conversation. "Time for publishers to panic." 3 May: The Common Room blog "Wikipedia founder to help in government's research schemeAcademic spring campaign aims to make all taxpayer-funded academic research available for free online" The Guardian - 1 May:


Harvard: journal subscription fees are prohibitive - The Conversation

Justin Norrie 24 April 2012. Harvard Library says it can no longer afford the vast cost of academic journal subscriptions, and has advised staff at the university to support open access publishing instead…


The Harvard memorandum
Making datasets available

BioMed Central. BMC has partnered with LabArchives<> to work together for the shared goal of making datasets supporting peer-reviewed publications available and permanently linked to online publications – and available under terms which permit reuse freely, as Open Data.


World Bank now has an OA policy

Discussed in an interview with Richard Pynder on 23 April :Interview with Carlos Rossel, Publisher at the World Bank " In April 10th this year — the Bank announced its plans to introduce an Open Access Policy. To come into effect the day the new president takes office, the OA policy will mandate that the Bank’s research outputs and knowledge products are deposited in a newly-created institutional repository called the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), to be made freely accessible on the Internet. The OKR is already live, and contains a great deal of data.


Plan for OA in Europe for publicly funded research

April 16, 2012 - Pressure is growing in Europe for open, free access to research results, particularly if they are publicly funded. The European Commission (EC) said this week it will propose a plan for open access soon, while the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK are cracking down on researchers who don't comply with their policies.


Elsevier Experiments With Allowing 'Text Mining' of Its Journals

Interesting story in Chronicle of Higher Education, Jennifer Howard, 6 May 2012


Copyright review in Oz

30 March 2012 - The Australian Law Reform Commission announced an enquiry into the operation of copyright exceptions in the digital environment. The draft terms of reference include considering whether further exceptions should be provided to: • facilitate legitimate use of copyright works to create and deliver new products and services of public benefit; and • allow legitimate non-commercial use of copyright works for uses on the internet such as social networking. The Commission is to report no later than 30 November 2013. Draft terms of reference at:


Different publishing model

"Newcomer promises to shake up the model" 2 April 2012 A new online publishing company aims to shake-up traditional methods of publishing academic research. Social Sciences Directory is being launched by Dan Scott, and will provide an online database of academic research and other content, such as presentations, interviews and news reports, as well as providing discussion forums through social media including blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Social Sciences Directory will charge the academic £100 to cover editorial and production management costs.


Elsevier will publish review reports

Elsevier has launched a pilot project aimed at improving the quality of peer review. Review reports for articles in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology will be published alongside the article on SciVerse ScienceDirect. The pilot will last until the end of 2012. If successful, the initiative will also be applied to other Elsevier journals.....


Not good news - Open access to Dutch research stagnating

Open Access to higher education research results is not increasing. This is shown by the *Dutch Research Repositories Monitor 2011…


Wellcome Trust gets tough on open access

They are going to start preventing people who don't comply with OA policy frfom getting another grant. Times Higher Education 29 March 2012


Wellcome Trust starting up own high profile life sciences OA journal

Called eLife, the open access journal will launch in late 2012:



Lets get digital author identifiers organised

Digital Author Identifier Summit Held 13-14 March 2012 The report is here:


JISC Managing Research Data Programme

Presentations from the workshop on data management planning - held on Friday 23 March - are now available at


Clarifying the roles of libraries in research data management

Held by RLUK, of particular interest is Sheila Corrall - Skills which librarians need: Are libraries and ischools ready to meet these new demands?


SPARC Open Access Meeting a Success

11-13 March in Kansas. Covered topics like Digital repositories, National and Institutional policy adoption, autjor rights, OA publishing