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Les Carr & Tim Brody, Registry of Open Access Repositories upgraded, JISC-REPOSITORIES list, January 8, 2010.
Beth St. Jean, et al., Unheard Voices: Institutional Repository End-Users, College & Research Libraries, preprint, December 26, 2009. Abstract:
This exploratory study investigates the perceptions and experiences of a group of institutional repository (IR) stakeholders seldom heard from: end-users. We interviewed twenty IR end-users recruited through five IRs to discover how they characterize the IR, how/why they use the IR, their credibility judgments in relation to the IR, and their willingness to return to and/or recommend the IR. Despite our small sample size, we were able to ascertain that IR end-users, although not yet loyal IR devotees, recognize their value and unique nature. Our findings also revealed several areas for improvement, such as lack of visibility and transparency.
Diane DiEuliis and Courtney Patterson, Phase III Wrap-Up, OSTP Blog, January 7, 2010.
Christian Zimmermann, RePEc in December 2009, and a look back at 2009, The RePEc Blog, January 7, 2010.
2009: A Year of Strong Growth for Hindawi, press release, January 6, 2010.
Peter Gölitz, Twitter, Facebook, and Open Access..., Angewandte Chemie International Edition, editorial, December 9, 2009.
Michael Clarke, Why Hasn’t Scientific Publishing Been Disrupted Already?, The Scholarly Kitchen, January 4, 2010.
OA journal announcements, launches, and conversions spotted in the past few weeks:
Universities UK response to HEFCE consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF), December 13, 2009. Submission to a consultation by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on national research assessment practices under the Research Excellence Framework. Excerpt:
... UUK supports the move toward ‘open access’ of research outputs and, although not mentioned in the consultation, would encourage the REF guidance to require that all submitted outputs are available through some form of open access mechanism. This would build on good research and information management practice. Work currently being undertaken by JICS [sic] and other stakeholders can support this process. ...Update. Also see Stevan Harnad's comments.
Yassine Gargouri, et al., Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research, preprint, self-archived January 3, 2010. Abstract:
Articles whose authors make them Open Access (OA) by self-archiving them online are cited significantly more than articles accessible only to subscribers. Some have suggested that this "OA Advantage" may not be causal but just a self-selection bias, because authors preferentially make higher-quality articles OA. To test this we compared self-selective self-archiving with mandatory self-archiving for a sample of 27,197 articles published 2002-2006 in 1,984 journals. The OA Advantage proved just as high for both. Logistic regression showed that the advantage is independent of other correlates of citations (article age; journal impact factor; number of co-authors, references or pages; field; article type; or country) and greatest for the most highly cited articles. The OA Advantage is real, independent and causal, but skewed. Its size is indeed correlated with quality, just as citations themselves are (the top 20% of articles receive about 80% of all citations). The advantage is greater for the more citeable articles, not because of a quality bias from authors self-selecting what to make OA, but because of a quality advantage, from users self-selecting what to use and cite, freed by OA from the constraints of selective accessibility to subscribers only.Update. Also see Phil Davis' critique. The authors respond in the comments.
Heather Morrison, Dramatic Growth of Open Access: Dec. 31, 2009 New Year's Eve Edition, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, December 31, 2009.
... DOAJ: 4,535 titles
January 1 was Public Domain Day, marking the passage into the public domain of works whose copyright expired in 2009. In countries where copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years (such as the European Union and Australia), works entering the public domain include those of Sigmund Freud, William Butler Yeats, and Zane Grey. In countries with a life plus 50 copyright (such as Canada), works entering the public domain include those of Raymond Chandler and Frank Lloyd Wright. The U.S. has a life+70 copyright but thanks to a legal quirk, no published works will enter the public domain until 2019.
Diane DiEuliis, Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Phase Two Wrap-Up, OSTP Blog, December 31, 2009.
Diane DiEuliis, Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Management, OSTP Blog, December 31, 2009.