Innovation in Scholarly Communication

Containing resources about scholarly communication, academic publishing, open access, and related topics, this collection promotes openness and innovation in research dissemination and is supported by the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group and APO.

Innovation in Scholarly Communication

Journal article

10 Jul 2018

This paper examines the development of open knowledge in China through two case studies: the development of Chinese open access (OA) journals, and national-level OA repositories.

Chapter

22 Jun 2018

This chapter explores ways in which libraries are responding to the transition from a collections-based model to a more diffuse services-based model. This is in parallel with the evolving influence of the network on student, teacher and researcher practices, and with the shift from print...

Working paper

30 May 2018

Bibliometric databases on publications and their citations offer the possibility to quantify the scale and impact of this key output of scientific research. But there are many decisions to be made about how to construct these bibliometric measures, and no global consensus on how best...

Commentary

17 May 2018

"Soft" infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control, writes Virginia Barbour.

Video

17 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) raises the standard required of researchers handling personal data. For researchers, it is still essential to be aware of and follow the best practices in their field or discipline. In addition, researchers now need to also identify the appropriate legal...

Journal article

16 May 2018

We asked students to find an article and answer the following questions: Is this a popular or scholarly article? How can you tell? We analyzed student answers to better understand the reasoning used to distinguish between scholarly and popular sources. Our results suggest that framing...

Journal article

16 May 2018

The UK open access (OA) policy landscape simultaneously preferences Gold publishing models (Finch Report, RCUK, COAF) and Green OA through repository usage (HEFCE), creating the possibility of confusion and duplication of effort for academics and support staff. Alongside these policy developments, there has been an...

Journal article

4 May 2018

This editorial outlines ten simple rules for academics that are considering using preprints as a scholarly communication mechanism.

Book

A BCcampus Open Education reference for writing and self-publishing an open textbook
3 May 2018

The BCcampus Open Education Self-publishing guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.

Journal article

28 Apr 2018

This study provides a detailed mapping of the bibliometric state of open access to journal publications among ethicists, taking into account not only open access publishing in journals directly, but also where and in what form ethicists make their journal articles available elsewhere on the...

Journal article

4 Apr 2018

By investigating the peer-review process as part of scholarly conversations, this article provides a brief literature review on peer review in information literacy instruction, and argues that by using open peer review (OPR) models for teaching, library workers can allow students to gain a deeper...

Journal article

3 Apr 2018

Competitive pressure to maximize the current bibliometric measures of productivity is jeopardizing the integrity of the scientific literature. Efforts are underway to address the ‘reproducibility crisis’ by encouraging the use of more rigorous, confirmatory methods. However, as long as productivity continues to be defined by...

Journal article

1 Apr 2018

In a resource-constrained and performance-based funding environment, this article argues that communicating value, advocating for library resources, and involving the library in university initiatives has become a critical role for library leaders.

Journal article

1 Apr 2018

In 2016, the Collections Directorate of the MIT Libraries convened a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DISJ) Task Force to explore ways to manifest DISJ values in our daily work.

Journal article

5 Mar 2018

This article presents a case study of the Radical Open Access Collective (ROAC) collective, highlighting how it harnesses the strengths and organizational structures of not-for-profit, independent and scholar-led publishing communities.

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

This study explored tendencies of the world’s countries—at individual and scientific development levels—toward publishing in APC-funded open access journals. Given the reliance of the APC (Article Processing Costs) model on authors’ affluence and motivation, its affordability and sustainability have been challenged.

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

In this study, the authors examine whether the number of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) article requests received in one academic year can predict the use of those same journal titles once they are added as library resources.

Journal article

19 Feb 2018

Using a database of recent articles published in the field of Global Health research, this article examines institutional sources of stratification in publishing access outcomes.

Journal article

15 Feb 2018

The 2.5% Commitment Initiative’s goal is to increase the collective investments from academic libraries towards open common infrastructure - that is, projects that provide software or services that support open scholarship.

Briefing paper

15 Feb 2018

This brief provides an overview for Canadian university administrators of the current problematic state of scholarly journal costs, and proposes some recommendations to address the situation.