Taking a big bite out of the big deal

(19 May 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: Unsub is the game-changing data analysis service that is helping librarians forecast, explore, and optimize their alternatives to the Big Deal. Unsub (known as Unpaywall Journals until just this week) supports librarians in making independent assessments of the value of their journal subscriptions relative to price paid rather than relying upon publisher-provided data alone. […]

June 19, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Webinar: Subscription cancellations and alternative access options

(19 May 2020) EIFL will hold a webinar on “Subscription cancellations and alternative access options” Event Date: 04 Jun 2020 This EIFL webinar will cover subscription cancellations and alternative access options. Our guest speaker Colleen Campbell from the OA2020 Initiative will discuss why the libraries and consortia decided to cancel some of their journal subscriptions, […]

May 22, 2020 - 4:59 pm

Open-access science funders announce price transparency rules for publishers

(18 May 2020) Science journals will have to disclose the costs of publishing articles in order for them to be paid for by a coalition of research funders pushing for open access. The price transparency rules, which will take effect in July 2022, were announced today by cOAlition S, a group of 22 international organizations, European […]

May 19, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Periodicals Price Survey 2020: costs outstrip library budgets

(14 Apr 2020)  Library Journal released its annual periodical price survey. Here’s the introduction: New approaches have emerged, but none offer a solution to serial costs continuing to rise higher than library budgets “Follow the money,” a catchphrase used in politics and investigative journalism, suggests that understanding the way campaign cash flows sheds light on […]

April 30, 2020 - 9:06 am

Thousands of researchers in Australia appear on editorial boards of ‘predatory’ journals

One in four said they were not aware of their names being used. (15 Apr 2020) More than 3,700 researchers based at Australian institutions — roughly 7% of the country’s academic community — as of mid-2019 appeared on the editorial boards of journals that are potentially predatory. That’s the finding of a new study, which examined how […]

April 22, 2020 - 1:16 pm

To bundle or not to bundle? That is the question

(13 Apr 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: In recent years, many universities have concluded that the price they pay for their Big Deal journal license agreements and the resulting value they perceive have become misaligned. As a consequence, academia has stiffened its negotiating posture with leading journal publishers. The outcome of these negotiations can be grouped […]

April 14, 2020 - 4:23 pm

Reforming research assessment: a tough nut to crack

(18 Feb 2020)  Earlier this month the Center for Open Science (COS) formally launched TOP Factor, an alternative to the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) based primarily on the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. Alison Mudditt, Vice Chair of the COS Board explained more in detail and the background behind. Read the full story from […]

February 26, 2020 - 10:24 am

Ruth’s Rankings 43: predatory practices revisited – misunderstandings and positive actions

 “Predatory journals and publishers are entities that prioritize self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices.” (Nature, 2019)   By Ruth A. Pagell* (22 Dec 2019) This article looks […]

December 24, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Copyright Clearance Center announces RightsLink for Scientific Communications

(9 Oct 2019) Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces the release of RightsLink for Scientific Communications, formerly RightsLink Author, which builds on a market-leading platform to help publishers quickly model and support a wide variety of transformative agreements. Moreover, CCC offers professional services that help organizations […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:13 am

EBSCO Information Services releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2020

(1 Oct 2019) The 2020 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now available. To read the 2020 Serials Price Projection Report in its entirety and view the Five-Year Journal Price Increase History, visit: http://journals.ebsco.com/products-services/explore-content. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic medical libraries are expected […]

October 4, 2019 - 7:16 pm

New journal from Cambridge University Press to tackle problems in scholarly communication

(18 Sep 2019) A new journal from Cambridge University Press will take a radical new approach to both publishing and peer reviewing research. Experimental Results aims to tackle the crisis in the reproducibility of results, provide an outlet for standalone research that currently goes unpublished and to make peer review faster, less onerous and more transparent. Submissions […]

September 20, 2019 - 9:17 am

Cost per use overvalues journal subscriptions

(5 Sep 2019)  From Scholarly Kitchen editors’ note: Digital delivery of scholarly publications has enabled far more robust tracking of usage, with the COUNTER Project providing and periodically updating the defining standard for usage measurement. As a result, usage has become a critical metric for establishing the value of a given journal or content bundle in many circumstances, […]

September 7, 2019 - 3:14 pm

2019 Scholar Metrics Released by Google

(19 Jul 2019)  Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we (Google Scholar) are releasing the 2019 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2014–2018 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar […]

July 22, 2019 - 9:12 am

Diverting leakage to the library subscription channel

(16 Jul 2019)  In response to the recent news of Springer Nature and ResearchGate extend content sharing pilot, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe took a deep look into this pilot project and shared her thoughts & concerns from the librarian’s point of view. Read the full article from Scholarly Kitchen here.

July 17, 2019 - 9:46 am

ScienceOpen and Tsinghua University Press partner to increase impact of Chinese research

(22 May 2019) The discovery platform ScienceOpen is partnering with Tsinghua University Press (TUP) to contextualize and promote Chinese research within an interactive research environment. This partnership integrates six TUP journals as featured collections in the ScienceOpen Super Collection ‘Tsinghua University Press’. Tsinghua University Press started its international outreach in the 1990s and has ever […]

May 24, 2019 - 9:53 am