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British academics are moving from books to journals to share their scholarship

“British academics have shunned books and monographs in favor of journal articles over the past two decades, new analysis shows, in what appears to be further evidence that controversial journal impact factors are shaping research. The consulting group Digital Science looked at the forms of research academics have submitted to U.K. research assessments since 1992, and found a sharp reduction in books in favor of articles.” (via Inside Higher Education)

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This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free

“Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers. Elbakyan has kept herself beyond the reach of a federal judge who late last year issued an injunction against her site, noting that damages could total $150,000 per article — a sum that Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, a journal in her database, could help calculate. But she is not hiding from responsibility.” (via The Washington Post)

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Library curates journal availability as prices rise

“Researchers at some universities have become dependent on illegal sources for journal articles because of how expensive subscriptions have become, Heather Joseph, an advocate for legal open access, told National Public Radio last month. “When there is a journal article I need but Brown does not subscribe, I just ask a colleague to send me a PDF,” said a professor in the social sciences, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of legal repercussions. “But this is for research purposes only.”While most professors did not report that they share journal articles with researchers at other universities, the recent introduction of the two-step verification process is a security measure that protects against this sort of illegal activity.” (via Brown Daily Herald)

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University of Missouri libraries face cuts to academic journals because of budget shortfalls

“The failure of a proposed student library fee and a potential decline in enrollment means University of Missouri libraries will have to cut back on subscriptions to academic journals and databases, Rabia Gregory, chairwoman of the Campus Library Committee, wrote Friday in a memo to campus department heads.The libraries have worked to find temporary solutions to a $1.3 million shortfall this year and anticipate another $1 million gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1, Gregory wrote. Because final budget figures will not be available until late April or May at the earliest, she wrote, departments are being asked to rank their priorities for retaining subscriptions before the summer break.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs

“Academic libraries strive to provide their university’s faculty, researchers and students with broad access to international scholarship, recognizing that reported research is the critical starting point to inform new research, which in turn leads to new knowledge that advances science, culture and society. Much of the world’s research is reported in articles published in journals, most of which are accessed online by subscription.” (via CARL-ABRC)

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