2014 year end Dramatic Growth of Open Access comment post

If you have news about the dramatic growth of open access in 2014 that you would like to share with others, please do so as a comment to this post. This year I’m skipping the usual early year-end edition due to lack of time, but the final year end (Dec. 31) will continue as usual. Please note that I may not be keeping up with of the usual social media for OA, again for lack of time, so reader alerts via comments would be most appreciated.

SOCRATES JOURNAL : MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

Socrates Journal invites Authors/Researchers and institutions to submit their research papers, manuscripts and proceedings for consideration of publication in the up-coming Issues of the Journal. SOCRATES is an international, multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary,refereed (peer-reviewed),Indexed Scholarly (Research) journal that accept paper submission from 22 Disciplines and 3 languages (English- Hindi- Persian). We accept paper submissions throughout the year 24 X 7 without any deadline for paper submission. Authors and contributors can now submit their paper for consideration of publication in our journal any time when they have accomplished their research work and are ready for paper submission. This will facilitate the authors as they would not have to keep an eye on our new announcement of Call for paper. There is no Article Submission fee, No Article Publication fee and No Article Processing fee. Papers would be selected on the grounds of authenticity, originality and depth of research. Authors are requested to provide complete Metadata for your paper submission whenever they make a paper submission.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PAPER ?

Authors can register and submit items to the journal directly through the journal’s web site. The Author is asked to upload the item, as well as provide metadata or indexing information associated with the item, to improve the search capacity for research online and for this journal. The Author is also able to accompany an item with Supplementary Files in the form of data sets, research instruments, or source texts that will enrich the item, as well as contribute to more open and robust forms of research and scholarship. The Author is able to track the submission through the editorial process – as well as participate in the copy-editing and proofreading of submissions accepted for publication – by logging in, and using the username and password provided. There is no Article Submission fee, No Article Publication fee and No Article Processing fee. Papers would be selected on the grounds of authenticity, originality and depth of research.

Getting Started

  1. Log in to your Socrates account.
  2. Visit the section User Home

Submitting Articles

Step 1: Start the submission process by selecting the “New Submission” link of the page.

1. Select which section you feel is most appropriate for your article from the drop-down menu.
2. Confirm each item in the Submission Checklist is correct and check each box.
3. Optionally, you may add any comments you wish to send to the editor.
4. Select “Save and continue”.

{Please Note : you will be required to agree to a copyright notice and/or a competing interests statement. You will also see fee descriptions at this stage as well, although you will not have to pay for anything until you finalize the submission. }

Step 2: Upload the submission.

1. Click Browse to open a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive of your computer.
2. Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
3. Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
4. Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal’s web site and renames it following the journal’s conventions.

5. Once the submission is uploaded, click “Save and continue”.

Step 3: Enter the submission’s metadata.

1. Complete the author details. All fields marked with an asterisk are required. If there are multiple authors, use the “Add Author” button to bring up additional fields.
2. Add the title and abstract.
3. Complete the indexing.
4. Enter the names of any supporting agencies
5. Select “Save and continue”.

Step 4: Upload supplementary files.

1. This step is optional. If you have any supplementary files, such as research instruments, data sets, etc., you may add them here. These files are also indexed by the author, identifying their relation to the submission, as well as their ownership. Supplementary Files can be uploaded in any file format and will be made available to readers in their original format.
2. Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
3. Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
4. Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal’s web site and renames it following the journal’s conventions.
5. Once the submission is uploaded, click “Save and continue”.

Step 5: Confirming the submission.

With the previous four steps of the submission process completed. You will receive an acknowledgement by email and will be able to view your submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the Socrates journal web site.

Each time you log in, you will be presented with a list of all of your outstanding submissions, including their status.

 

UK Dept for Business Innotation & Skills, Our plan for growth: science and innovation

“We will use our participation in the European Research Agency, the G7, G7+5, G20 and our Presidency of the EU in 2017 to demonstrate our leadership on topics such as open access and infrastructure where the UK is at the forefront….Technology allows openness and public scrutiny of research that was not possible until now – going far beyond the ability to share a published paper through open access; the data and the information behind the paper can be made available to all. The public fund research through their taxes and, without public support, many technologies and scientific ideas would not fulfil their potential. Researchers and innovators must be prepared to engage in discussion with all those who support their work. These changes open up science to democratic scrutiny in new and exacting ways. Science can benefit from coming under challenge….We are pushing through open access to publicly funded research in response to the 2010 Finch Review and as part of the wider government agenda on open data….We will continue to push forward on implementation of open access to research publications and the underlying data. HEFCE will be considering how to reward open data as part of future REF assessments subject to the evaluation of the REF 2014….The government remains fully committed to open access to research publications in line with the recommendations of the Finch Group Report, and whilst our ultimate objective remains gold open access, we will continue to work, nationally and internationally, with partner organisations and other research funders on the implementation of open access to achieve a sustainable and affordable model. HEFCE will be considering how to reward open data as part of future REF assessments subject to the evaluation of the REF 2014. Further, access to underlying research data and meta-data is recognised as a complementary need to access to research papers. We will take forward cross-sector discussions on implementation through the Research Sector Transparency Board.”

New Policy for Open Access and Publication Costs

“For new approved projects, the FWF introduces price caps (Gold Open Access = € 2,500 per article, Hybrid Open Access fees = € 1,500 per article) and ceases to make additional payments for any publication costs for subscription journals (e.g. colour figures, page charges and submission fees)….
“The Creative Commons Licence CC BY licence is compulsory for all publication formats whenever the FWF has covered the costs.
“Applicants for research grants are explicitly asked to budget funds for processing, archiving and re-using open research data….
“Applicants are advised to use ORCID persistent digital identifiers, which will be compulsory from January 1, 2016 onward.”

KAUST adopts Open Access policy

” … This summer KAUST became one of the first university’s in the region to adopt an Open Access policy.
In what is seen as an advancement in scholarly communication the Open Access policy is intended to give KAUST a means through which to make published, scholarly articles authored by the University’s researchers available publically and in a timely fashion. The purpose of the public archive is to disseminate the results of research conducted by the faculty and other university researchers as widely as possible and to improve the visibility of articles for researchers …

Stefano Ballerio and Paolo Borsa. Open Access e politiche istituzionali

[From Google’s English] “On November 4, 2004, representatives of 71 Italian universities expressed with the Declaration of Messina its support to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to the products of scientific research. On 4 November this year, the tenth anniversary of the Declaration, the representatives of our universities have launched a Road Map 2014-2018 which should translate the commitment made ??in an “Italian way” open access. The defining elements of this roadmap would be the “institutional dialogue” and a “common approach to Open Access” (OA), support for the so-called Green Road (the practice of archiving digital copies of the products of the research in institutional repositories open) and the creation of a national policy on the issues of storage, access and re-use of the products of research, especially the publicly funded.
 
So we have a roadmap to get to shared policy in favor of open access and, now, also a proposal for the establishment of a National Association for the promotion of open science, that one of its priorities would of course also the promotion of OA . But as is, to date, the Italian academic context? Detect it, heterogeneity would be too obvious and not even want to inflict readers the usual exercise of censorship of the situations of greater delay. So we will focus on two cases perhaps more dynamic: the University of Trento, who provided the policy model to other universities, and the University of Milan, that even under the pressure of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) has long adopted a policy to support the issues of open access (both work for UniMi: readers are cautioned) …”

Stefano Ballerio, Paolo Borsa. Open Access e politiche istituzionali | Doppiozero

[From Google’s English] “On November 4, 2004, representatives of 71 Italian universities expressed with the Declaration of Messina its support to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to the products of scientific research. On 4 November this year, the tenth anniversary of the Declaration, the representatives of our universities have launched a Road Map 2014-2018 which should translate the commitment made ??in an “Italian way” open access. The defining elements of this roadmap would be the “institutional dialogue” and a “common approach to Open Access” (OA), support for the so-called Green Road (the practice of archiving digital copies of the products of the research in institutional repositories open) and the creation of a national policy on the issues of storage, access and re-use of the products of research, especially the publicly funded.
 
So we have a roadmap to get to shared policy in favor of open access and, now, also a proposal for the establishment of a National Association for the promotion of open science, that one of its priorities would of course also the promotion of OA . But as is, to date, the Italian academic context? Detect it, heterogeneity would be too obvious and not even want to inflict readers the usual exercise of censorship of the situations of greater delay. So we will focus on two cases perhaps more dynamic: the University of Trento, who provided the policy model to other universities, and the University of Milan, that even under the pressure of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) has long adopted a policy to support the issues of open access (both work for UniMi: readers are cautioned) …”

Agreement with Springer about Open Access

Negotiations between VSNU and Springer have yielded an agreement in principle for 2015 and 2016. Instead of a paid subscription model, the publisher will now charge for the open access publication of articles in almost all hybrid Springer journals (1,500 titles). This concerns all articles by corresponding authors from institutions currently entering into the new agreement with Springer. Researchers will not have to pay article processing fees for these articles.

Source: Open Access newsletter VSNU

Elsevier: onderhandeling hervat

Nadat de gesprekken tussen VSNU en Elsevier over abonnementsgelden voor tijdschriften begin november vastliepen op het onderwerp Open Access, heeft Elsevier een nieuw voorstel naar het VSNU-onderhandelingsteam gestuurd. Het huidige contract met Elsevier is met één jaar verlengd, waardoor wetenschappers die nu toegang hebben tot Elsevier-tijdschriften deze toegang gedurende de onderhandeling  behouden.

Bron: OA-nieuwsbrief VSNU

Nieuwsbrief rond Big Deal onderhandelingen gestart

Open Access vormt een belangrijk, zo niet cruciaal onderdeel van de huidige onderhandelingen tussen de VSNU en enkele grote uitgevers over abonnementsgelden voor tijdschriften: de zogenaamde Big Deal besprekingen met Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Oxford University Press en Sage. Om wetenschappers en bestuurders te informeren over het verloop van deze onderhandelingen is VSNU met een OA-Nieuwsbrief gestart. Abonneren kan via e-mail. Uiteraard zal het belangrijkste nieuws ook op deze pagina verschijnen.

 

Open Access Metrics: Use REF2014 to Validate Metrics for REF2020

Steven Hill of HEFCE has posted ?an overview of the work HEFCE are currently commissioning which they are hoping will build a robust evidence base for research assessment? in LSE Impact Blog 12(17) 2014 entitled Time for REFlection: HEFCE look ahead to provide rounded evaluation of the REF

Let me add a suggestion, updated for REF2014, that I have made before (unheeded):

Scientometric predictors of research performance need to be validated by showing that they have a high correlation with the external criterion they are trying to predict. The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) — together with the growing movement toward making the full-texts of research articles freely available on the web — offer a unique opportunity to test and validate a wealth of old and new scientometric predictors, through multiple regression analysis: Publications, journal impact factors, citations, co-citations, citation chronometrics (age, growth, latency to peak, decay rate), hub/authority scores, h-index, prior funding, student counts, co-authorship scores, endogamy/exogamy, textual proximity, download/co-downloads and their chronometrics, tweets, tags, etc.) can all be tested and validated jointly, discipline by discipline, against their REF panel rankings in REF2014. The weights of each predictor can be calibrated to maximize the joint correlation with the rankings. Open Access Scientometrics will provide powerful new means of navigating, evaluating, predicting and analyzing the growing Open Access database, as well as powerful incentives for making it grow faster.

Harnad, S. (2009) Open Access Scientometrics and the UK Research Assessment Exercise. Scientometrics 79 (1)
(Also in Proceedings of 11th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics 11(1), pp. 27-33, Madrid, Spain. Torres-Salinas, D. and Moed, H. F., Eds. 2007)

See also:
The Only Substitute for Metrics is Better Metrics (2014)
and
On Metrics and Metaphysics (2008)

REF2014 gives the 2014 institutional and departmental rankings based on the 4 outputs submitted.

That is then the criterion against which the many other metrics I list below can be jointly validated, through multiple regression, to initialize their weights for REF2020, as well as for other assessments. In fact, open access metrics can be ? and will be ? continuously assessed, as open access grows. And as the initialized weights of the metric equation (per discipline) are optimized for predictive power, the metric equation can replace the peer rankings (except for periodic cross-checks and updates) — or at least supplement it.

Single metrics can be abused, but not only can abuses be named and shamed when detected, but it becomes harder to abuse metrics when they are part of a multiple, inter-correlated vector, with disciplinary profiles of their normal interactions: someone dispatching a robot to download his papers would quickly be caught out when the usual correlation between downloads and later citations fails to appear. Add more variables and it gets even harder.

In a weighted vector of multiple metrics like the sample I had listed, it?s no use to a researcher if told in advance that for REF2020 the metric equation will be the following, with the following weights for their particular discipline:

REF2020Rank =

w1(pubcount) + w2(JIF) + w3(cites) +w4(art-age) + w5(art-growth) + w6(hits) + w7(cite-peak-latency) + w8(hit-peak-latency) + w9(citedecay) + w10(hitdecay) + w11(hub-score) + w12(authority+score) + w13(h-index) + w14(prior-funding) +w15(bookcites) + w16(student-counts) + w17(co-cites + w18(co-hits) + w19(co-authors) + w20(endogamy) + w21(exogamy) + w22(co-text) + w23(tweets) + w24(tags), + w25(comments) + w26(acad-likes) etc. etc.

The potential list could be much longer, and the weights can be positive or negative, and varying by discipline.

“The man who is ready to prove that metric knowledge is wholly impossible? is a brother metrician with rival metrics??

Akkoord met Springer 2015-2016 over Open Access

VSNU heeft met uitgever Springer een principe-akkoord bereikt voor 2015 en 2016. Universiteiten betalen voortaan niet meer voor abonnementen, maar voor Open Access publicatie van artikelen in nagenoeg alle hybride Springer tijdschriften (1.500 titels). Het betreft alle artikelen van auteurs van alle instellingen die nu de overeenkomst aangaan. Een vergoeding per artikel is niet meer nodig.

Bron: OA-nieuwsbrief VSNU, Q&A