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Report

Ithaka S+R US faculty survey 2021

The Ithaka S+R 'US Faculty Survey 2021' has been designed to track critical trends in higher education over time, while also including new questions and thematic areas to address newly emerging trends in the field. This report outlines the survey findings.
Report

Combatting predatory academic journals and conferences

Led by an independent working group of international experts nominated by academies around the world, this IAP study set out to improve the understanding of what constitutes predatory practices, gauge their prevalence and impact, identify their root causes and review efforts to address them.
Report

Report on enhancing services to preserve new forms of scholarship

This report describes preservation activities, methods and context for the 'Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship' project. Digital preservation institutions, libraries and university presses examined a variety of enhanced digital publications and identified which features can be preserved at scale using tools currently...
Report

Scholarly communication in times of crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest global public health crisis in a century. Scientific research and its effective communication have been at the centre of the worldwide response to the emergency. This report analyses how the scholarly communication system – involving the production, evaluation...
Report

Understanding and communicating research impact: the needs of STEM and health sciences faculty and postdoctoral researchers

This 2019–2020 project explored University of Washington faculty and postdoctoral researcher needs for understanding and communicating the impact of their work. The project was designed to understand the challenges researchers face in this area, identify how participants in these fields define and measure impact, and...
Journal article

Publishing at any cost: a cross-sectional study of the amount that medical researchers spend on open access publishing each year

This study aimed to estimate the financial costs paid by individual medical researchers from meeting the article processing charges (APCs) levied by open access journals in 2019.
Strategy

Plan S: Rights retention strategy

cOAlition S has developed this strategy to give researchers supported by a cOAlition S Organisation the freedom to publish in their journal of choice, including subscription journals, whilst remaining fully compliant with Plan S.
Report

Open content activities in libraries: same direction, different trajectories

This report synthesises findings from the 2018-19 Global Council survey on current and future planned open content activities for a global cohort of research and university libraries.
Journal article

Reinventing ourselves: new and emerging roles of academic librarians in Canadian research-intensive universities

This study provides a snapshot in time and establishes a baseline on multiple aspects of librarians’ roles in the Canadian academic environment including confidence levels, job satisfaction, and impact on the academic enterprise.
Strategy

A roadmap for action: academic community control of data infrastructure

The purpose of this document is to build on the 2019 SPARC Landscape Analysis by offering a roadmap of potential actions that stakeholders can use to chart both individual and collective responses. Recognising that solutions to these complex issues are not 'one size fits all,'...
Report

Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access and Plan S (SPA OPS): final project report

This report presents the results of work to identify and assess a range of potential models through which learned societies could successfully transition to the requirements of Plan S. Based on the research undertaken, the report sets out recommendations for learned society publishers and other...
Audio interview

Plan S and open access scholarship

Martin Borchert, UNSW Librarian, explains the ideas behind Plan S and the shift towards open access scholarship in this interview aired on ABC Radio National's 'Late Night Live' program.
Report

Research 'stars' in New Zealand: concentration, persistence and mobility

This report identifies a set of star researchers in New Zealand, based on the publication of very highly-cited papers. It then investigates the concentration of such papers across authors; the persistence of 'stardom' across time, and the extent to which stars come from abroad or...
Briefing paper

Data communities: a new model for supporting STEM data sharing

Drawing on Ithaka S+R findings and the scholarly literature, this paper identifies what constitutes a data community and outlines the most important features by studying three success stories, investigating the circumstances under which intensive data sharing is already happening.
Blog post

The value of a journal is the community it creates, not the papers it publishes

When we think about the value of journal publishing, we have a tendency to think in terms of costs per article and the potential for new technologies to reduce these costs. In this post, Lucy Montgomery and Cameron Neylonargue that we should instead focus on...
Draft report

Draft recommendations of the MIT Ad Hoc Faculty Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research

The MIT Open Access Task Force has released this set of draft recommendations that aim to support and increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software, and educational materials.
Blog post

Beware the well-intentioned advice of unusually successful academics

There is a wealth of advice and ‘how to’ guides available to academics on the subject of how research can have an impact on policy and practice. In this post, Kathryn Oliver and Paul Cairney assess the value of this literature.
Journal article

Creating a library publishing program for scholarly books: your options are limited

Abstract: Publishing programs in academic libraries vary in their scope, offerings, and business models. Despite the many forms that these programs take, I have argued in the past that various factors constrain the design of a start-up publishing operation. In this commentary, I discuss in...
Journal article

Collectivity and collaboration: imagining new forms of communality to create resilience in scholar-led publishing

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.