Open-access publisher sacks 31 editors amid fierce row over independence | Science/AAAS | News

“A booming open-access (OA) publishing company has dismissed virtually the entire leadership of two medical journals amid a heated conflict over editorial independence. Frontiers, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, removed 31 editors of Frontiers in Medicine and Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine on 7 May after the editors complained that company staff were interfering with editorial decisions and violating core principles of medical publishing….”

Breaking the science and research bottle neck |

“He [Kevin Cullen] founded “open access IP” whereby universities “give away” most of their intellectual property – with benefit derived from “impact” in society and associated kudos.

Cullen is also very focused on student IP. He has made UNSW the leader in this regard. The university was the “source” of Suntech – the world’s largest solar company which went “broke” in 2013.

Cullen pioneered the open access IP concept at the University of Glasgow and has now been adopted by the entire UK academic world….”

Intellectual Property and the Arts

“This section lists sources that provide images for a wide range of uses, including academic and scholarly use, with a focus on images suitable for publication. The current trend to make images in the public domain available without charge for use in academic publications is gaining momentum among cultural institutions and libraries. Certain conditions, such as a limited print run, may apply in some cases; these conditions are not copyright requirements, but rather part of a contractual agreement between the user and the institution offering access to the images. Many institutions discount fees for academic publications, and fee-based agencies frequently have similar policies. Many institutions that charge a fee for use in publications offer images for personal research or classroom use at no charge. Please carefully review the rights and permissions statements provided by each institution….”

University Faculty Awareness and Attitudes towards Open Access Publishing and the Institutional Repository: A Case Study

Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to understand TAMU faculty awareness of open access (OA)

publishing; assess their attitudes towards, and willingness to, contribute to an institutional repository (IR); and
investigate their perceptions of newer OA trends and resources, including Open Educational Resources (OER)
and DMPTool. The survey also served as an outreach tool to inform and educate TAMU faculty about OA
publishing, the IR, and the Libraries’ OA services. METHODS The 34-question survey was conducted between
Nov. 6–Dec 15, 2014 using Qualtrics, a web-based survey tool. Responses were anonymous, and participants
were prevented from answering the survey more than once. Two hundred ninety-five faculty responded to the
survey, resulting in a response rate of 11 percent. RESULTS Survey results suggest that tenured faculty are more
engaged and interested in OA publishing topics in general, and tenure-track faculty are more willing to adopt
new initiative such as Open Textbooks. Overall, the responding TAMU faculty are willing to consider publishing
in OA publications, and almost half of them believe OA journal publications are acceptable for consideration of
tenure and promotion in their departments. Despite their positive attitudes towards OA publishing, they are not
so positive towards OA mandates. The survey also revealed there is a low awareness level of the TAMU IR, as well
as of newer OA trends and resources. CONCLUSION The majority of responding TAMU faculty are aware of OA
journals in their fields, and indicated their willingness to publish in an OA publication. Being unaware of the
IR deposit process stood out as the greatest barrier that accounts for the low IR participation rate at TAMU. In
line with previous studies, copyright concerns, as well as the perception of IR contents as being of lower quality,
are the second most significant barriers. Workshops or seminars on copyright, data management, and the IR are
badly needed. Several participants appreciated this survey because it provided many web links to the resources
mentioned for them to explore further, and as a result they learned a lot from the survey. Despite our best efforts
to make faculty aware of the abundance of resources made available by the Libraries, it seems that our audience
continues to remain unaware of some of our services and resources. This only reinforces the need for continuous
communication—after all, there is no such thing as too many reminders.

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) | Harvard Catalyst

“REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application designed to support data capture for research studies. The system was developed by a multi-institutional consortium initiated at Vanderbilt University. Data collection is customized for each study or clinical trial by the research team with guidance from Harvard Catalyst EDC Support Staff. REDCap is designed to comply with HIPAA regulations. REDCap is not 21 CFR Part 11 compliant….”

Director of Advocacy, PLOS

“[T]he Director [of] Advocacy has overall responsibility for the advocacy direction, vision and execution to support the PLOS mission and goals and overall management responsibility for the experienced group of highly motivated and collaborative advocacy staff. The Director, Advocacy will be a key leader of PLOS’ continued innovation to enable transparent, collaborative and barrier-free scientific communication….”

How many peer-reviewed OA journals charge publication fees?

“Here’s the latest answer from the +Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): 67.9% of listed journals charge no publication fees (or article processing charges, APCs). Only 32% charge such fees. This confirms every study ever done on this question. Yet we still see people who ought to know better repeat the untruth that all or most OA journals charge author-side fees. Please spread the word.

For more on the significance of these numbers, and some of the earlier studies unearthing them, see my 2006 article on no-fee OA journals. 

A Reputation Economy: Results from an Empirical Survey on Academic Data Sharing

“Academic data sharing is a way for researchers to collaborate and thereby meet the needs of an
increasingly complex research landscape. It enables researchers to verify results and to pursuit
new research questions with “old” data. It is therefore not surprising that data sharing is
advocated by funding agencies, journals, and researchers alike. We surveyed 2661 individual
academic researchers across all disciplines on their dealings with data, their publication practices,
and motives for sharing or withholding research data. The results for 1564 valid responses show
that researchers across disciplines recognise the benefit of secondary research data for their own
work and for scientific progress as a whole—still they only practice it in moderation. An
explanation for this evidence could be an academic system that is not driven by monetary
incentives, nor the desire for scientific progress, but by individual reputation—expressed in (high
ranked journal) publications. We label this system a Reputation Economy. This special economy
explains our findings that show that researchers have a nuanced idea how to provide adequate
formal recognition for making data available to others—namely data citations. We conclude that
data sharing will only be widely adopted among research professionals if sharing pays in form of
reputation. Thus, policy measures that intend to foster research collaboration need to understand
academia as a reputation economy. Successful measures must value intermediate products, such
as research data, more highly than it is the case now.” 

Texas Tech University System – Job details

“The Texas Tech University Libraries seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative individual for the position of Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian.  The successful candidate will work with faculty, staff, and students to convey an understanding of the changing modes of scholarly communication, open access and copyright issues, and scholarly publishing….”

Trials | Full text | A living document: reincarnating the research article

“The limitations of the traditional research paper are well known and widely discussed; however, rather than seeking solutions to the problems created by this model of publication, it is time to do away with a print era anachronism and design a new model of publication, with modern technology embedded at its heart. Instead of the current system with multiple publications, across multiple journals, publication could move towards a single, evolving document that begins with trial registration and then extends to include the full protocol and results as they become available, underpinned by the raw clinical data and all code used to obtain the result. This model would lead to research being evaluated prospectively, based on its hypothesis and methodology as stated in the study protocol, and move away from considering serendipitous results to be synonymous with quality, while also presenting readers with the opportunity to reliably evaluate bias or selective reporting in the published literature.”

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Memorial University Libraries, St. John’s, NL

“Memorial University is seeking an energetic and resourceful Scholarly Communications Librarian to provide leadership in developing, managing and promoting the Libraries’ scholarly communications and copyright initiatives. The individual should enjoy interacting with people and be committed to a reflective professional practice that identifies needs, creates new solutions, and involves both team and individual working styles. We encourage applications from librarians who are attracted to an evolving workplace that strives to meet changing user needs and the long term requirements of research and scholarship.

Responsibilities include: [1] Creating awareness and promoting scholarly communication issues as they relate to Memorial University Libraries; [2] Developing and supporting Open Access publication initiatives at Memorial University;

Continuing to build and advance the Memorial University Libraries research….”

Digital Scholarship Librarian | K-State Libraries

“K-State Libraries invite applications and nominations for two Digital Scholarship Librarians. To support the university’s goal of becoming a top-50 public research university by 2025, these positions will work collaboratively to grow the center’s publishing, copyright, and data services;  support   the institutional repository, K-State Research Exchange (K-REx), and online publishing imprint, New Prairie Press (NPP); engage campus content providers; and provide education and guidance on digital scholarship. These are forward-thinking, innovative roles for individuals with a desire to excel in a range of cutting-edge digital scholarship initiatives, including building and managing born-digital or digitized content; advocating for open access (OA); and identifying opportunities to support the research and publication lifecycle. We are seeking individuals with knowledge of contemporary digital library standards for all formats. These are full-time tenure track positions, and the candidates must have a commitment to scholarly/creative activities and professional service necessary for pursuing tenure at K-State Libraries. These positions report to the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship….”