Six fact-checking lessons for kids
This book presents version 1.0 of educational resources created to develop fact-checking best practice in children aged 9–11. It can be used by teachers and teacher-librarians in schools, by parents who want to discuss information literacy with their children, or by children on their own.
The promise of collaboration: collective funding models and the integration of Open Access books into libraries
This report draws on desk research, alongside a combination of interviews, workshop discussions and pre-workshop surveys with librarians and individuals involved in library consortia. The report tackles a simple question - how can open access books be more successfully integrated into scholarly libraries?
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,'...
Joint CAUL-AOASG election statement: developing a strategic approach to open scholarship in Australia
This statement outlines the reasons behind the urgent need for the development of a strategic approach to Australia’s open scholarship environment to benefit researchers, research funders, and end users, including industry and the community.
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.
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...
Joint statement on the importance of Open Scholarship
CAUL and the AOASG have released this joint statement about the importance of Open Scholarship. The statement responds to recommendations in the Australian Government Funding Arrangements for non-NHMRC Research report recently released by the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training.
Is it such a big deal? On the cost of journal use in the digital era
This research found that university researchers cite only a fraction of journals purchased by their libraries, that this fraction is decreasing, and that the cost per cited journal has increased. These findings reveal how academic publishers use various strategies to increase sales and profits in...
This guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. It guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.
The world’s approach toward publishing in Springer and Elsevier’s APC-funded Open Access journals
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.
Funding community controlled open infrastructure for scholarly communication: the 2.5% commitment initiative
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.
Format aside: applying Beall’s criteria to assess the predatory nature of both OA and non-OA library and information science journals
While the open access (OA) movement is growing throughout academia and has gained traction in some disciplines, there is still skepticism on the part of researchers who question the quality of OA publishing and may associate OA journals with “predatory” journals.
Monitoring the transition to open access: December 2017
This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to examine trends over the period since the major funders of research in the UK established new policies to promote open access.
Red light, green light: aligning the library to support licensing
Prices for certain scholarly resources continue to outpace budget increases, and librarians do not feel in control of budgets and pricing. What if libraries found ways to bring together the whole library behind the objective of stabilizing or reducing what they pay?
Scholarly communications shouldn’t just be open, but non-profit too
In this post, the author argues argues that the scholarly communication ecosystem should aim not only to be open, but non-profit too.
Practicing what you preach: evaluating access of open access research
The open access movement seeks to encourage all researchers to make their works openly available and free of paywalls so more people can access their knowledge. Yet some researchers who study open access (OA) continue to publish their work in paywalled journals and fail to...
Research access and discovery in university news releases: a case study
This exploratory study quantifies peer-reviewed article access, the potential for immediate article archiving, and the presence of discovery aids in news releases at a large research university.
OPRM: Challenges to including open peer review in open access repositories
The peer review system is the norm for many publications. It involves an editor and several experts in the field providing comments for a submitted article. The reviewer remains anonymous to the author, with only the editor knowing the reviewer's identity. This model is now...
Evaluating the impact of open access at Berkeley: results from the 2015 survey of Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) funding recipients
This article outlines the results from a qualitative study of individuals who had received Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) funding.
Disruption and innovation in the Australian book industry: case studies of trade and education publishers
The disruption and structural transformation underway in the global book industry is well known. Major changes include the development of technology which enables digital publishing, distribution and retailing; the entry of disruptive players including Amazon, Google and Apple; the introduction of hand-held digital reading platforms...
Predatory publishers criticised for 'unethical, unprincipled' tactics
They create copycat 'science journals', exploit academic authors and publish junk 'peer reviewed' science. Hagar Cohen investigates one of the biggest of the alleged 'predatory' publishers, and the dubious tactics used in this growing sector. Predatory publishers are exploiting academics by getting them to pay...
I have worked full-time for a decade to foster open access (OA) to science and scholarship. During that time I have often boiled down the big message into short talks and written long articles exploring small subtopics in detail. This book is an attempt at...