Emerging controls in Elsevier’s scholarly communications ecology

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As I’ve written about Elsevier’s service development strategy in the distant past, I’ve decided to shame myself into making some fresh comment and help kick the tires of a very neglected DarkRepository. Elsevier’s ongoing acquisitions programme turned another chapter on Monday with news that it had acquired bepress, (formerly the Berkeley Electronic Press), an academic software firm …” (more)

[DarkRepository, 4 August]

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Elsevier Acquires bepress

Posted in Research on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier announces its acquisition of bepress. In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing to preprints, analytics, workflow, and decision-support, Elsevier is now a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2 August]

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Publishing PhD papers ‘improves a university’s profile’

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Publishing PhD dissertations on a university’s website can help to improve its global reputation for research excellence, an international conference has heard. About half of the 1.36 million downloads of research papers from Dublin City University’s (DCU) open-access research portal so far are doctoral theses, explained Lisa Looney, its dean of graduate studies …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 30 September]

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Minister English launches Digital Repository of Ireland

Posted in Research on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation today launched the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) at a major international conference on digital preservation in Croke Park. The DRI is an online, open digital repository for content from the humanities, social sciences and cultural domains …” (more)

[Digital Repository Ireland, 25 June]

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How can universities increase Green Open Access? Article deposit rates soar after direct solicitation from library

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Universities have struggled to increase article deposit rates for their institutional repositories. Regardless of citation benefits and top-down mandates, getting faculty to adjust publishing workflows does not happen overnight …” (more)

[Michael Boock and Hui Zhang, Impact of Social Sciences, 17 June]

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Open Access – a personal perspective

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2014 by steve

“In March 2012 a work colleague and I travelled to Hangzhou, South East China to spend a month at Hangzhou Municipal Library. This was done as part of an exchange programme with our home library of University College Cork …” (more)

[Martin O Connor, libfocus, 12 August]

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Why publishers allow ‘scholars’ web pages’ but not repositories

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2014 by steve

“Jenica Rogers chronicles a familiar irony: library search can’t find the open-access version of a paper that turns up quickly on a web search engine. What can publishers be thinking, to allow posting to scholars’ individual websites when they disallow posting to repositories (which can be swept into library search tools if desired)? …” (more)

[Gavia Libraria, 26 June]

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How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem

Posted in Research on March 14th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, Mike Taylor discussed his concerns on institutional repositories as an adequate solution to the open access problem and asked Green OA advocates to address these problems …” (more)

[Natalia Madjarevic and others, Impact of Social Sciences, 14 March]

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Institutional repositories have work to do if they’re going to solve the access problem

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2013 by steve

“The Green Open Access route, which encourages the use of institutional repositories for depositing manuscripts as drafts or after a publisher’s embargo period, seems to many in the Humanities and Social Sciences like a more agreeable way to widen access to scholarly work. Mike Taylor is not convinced …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 6 March]

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