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Open-access books slowly on the rise, says PCG

Publishers and libraries are increasingly experimenting with open access (OA) books, according to a new survey by Publishers Communication Group (PCG). Books published under the gold open access model with no paywall for readers are expected to slowly grow in importance, with funding derived from a variety of sources including library budgets, the study reported. Following PCG’s 2014 survey into library adoption and funding of OA journals, the Open Access Monographs Survey sought input from both publishers who are active in and considering OA book programs, and librarians around the world who contend with new institutional OA mandates and emerging acquisition models.” (via Research Information)

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‘Simple and Seamless’ or ‘Significant Obstacle’?

“Academic, library and technology organizations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open-access policies at colleges and universities and prevents authors from sharing their work. Elsevier, which publishes thousands of journals, introduced the policy last month. It aims to strike a balance between making sharing “simple and seamless” and “being consistent with access and usage rights associated with journal articles,” the publisher said in a blog post.” (via Chronicle)

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In a Move Toward Open Access, ‘Nature’ Allows Widespread Article Sharing

“Nature, one of the world’s most-cited scientific publications, took a step toward open access on Tuesday by granting its subscribers and journalists wide authority to let outside readers view its articles at no cost. Under the new policy, subscribers to 49 journals published by the Nature Publishing Group and collected on Nature’s website can create and share links to full-text versions of all of that content. About 100 media outlets also can include free links in news reports that reference articles in the group’s journals.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Librarians ‘maintaining subscriptions despite OA’

“Improved library budgets have mitigated an anticipated decline in journals subscriptions from the adoption of OA, according to US research and brokerage firm Bernstein Research.A newly prepared report from the firm, seen by The Bookseller, said the upturn in library fortunes meant they had not been progressively abandoning contracts to achieve savings as was feared two years ago. Bernstein Research had also now reversed its 2012 view that political intervention in the UK and Europe would force a shift to full OA journals, with negative consequences to publishers such as Elsevier and Wiley.” (via The Bookseller)

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New JSTOR online magazine seeks to expand access to archives

“Much of the world’s knowledge is contained in JSTOR, a vast digital academic library. But most of that content is behind a subscription wall. And if you’re not looking for something specific — or even if you are — attempting to take in all that knowledge can be an overwhelming experience. Wanting to make JSTOR’s content a little more digestible and to engage a different kind of audience, the library today is officially launching its new online magazine, JSTOR Daily. The slick-looking home page already features some 100 blog posts and original articles, most of which draw on and link to more expansive content already on JSTOR. Topics vary widely, from a note on the enduring relevance of Herman Melville, for example, to the economic history of tipping. The magazine intends to publish a several blog posts daily, plus at least one longer-form piece each Wednesday.” (via insidehighered)

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A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access

“Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output.” (via EDUCAUSE)

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Historians clash over open access movement

“If the open access movement can’t replace the traditional publishing model of scholarly journals, what problem is the effort trying to solve? Participants during a session titled “Open Access and Publishing in History and the Social Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges” at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting clashed over that question Friday afternoon as they debated the role of open access journals in promoting scholarly research.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Caltech Announces Open Access Policy

“On January 1, 2014, a new open-access policy for faculty’s scholarly writings will take effect at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). According to this policy, approved by the faculty at their June 10 meeting, all faculty members will automatically grant nonexclusive rights to the Institute to disseminate their scholarly papers, making wider distribution of their work possible and eliminating confusion about copyright when posting research results on Caltech’s websites.” (via Caltech)

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Analysis suggests MOOCs will be more disruptive than open access journals

“Supporters of open-access journals and massive open online courses have been quick to label their initiatives disruptive, but a recent analysis by a York University professor suggests only one of them has the potential to spark considerable change, while the other is likely to remain an alternative alongside traditional offerings. “Disruptive” has become one of higher education reformers’ favorite adjectives, jostling with “innovative” and “revolutionary” for the top spot. To mark Open Access Week, Richard Wellen, associate professor of business and society at York University in Canada, examines the degree to which open access alternatives in scholarship and research can change their respective areas within higher education. (via Inside Higher Ed)

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MIT Faculty share 10,000 articles freely — with an appreciative world

“In the four years since the MIT Faculty adopted their Open Access Policy, the collection housing their open access articles has shown steady growth, and recently topped 10,000 papers. These papers are not simply stored and counted, however. They are read by grateful readers from all around the world. The stories are as varied as they are moving and compelling: the fifth grader acquiring a new insight about planet composition; the high school debater preparing for a competition; the faculty member in the Baltic trying to get quality information to students; the business person working on clean energy; the reader in India frustrated by paywalls.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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