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Electronic publishing: issues and future trends

Open Access Journals

Office of Fair Trading. Can the scientific journals market work better? PN 55/02 9th September 2002.
Also discussed by David Bradley in The Scientist October 28th 2002.

Peter Suber. Open access to the scientific journal literature. Journal of Biology 2002, 1: 3
Essay from the inaugural issue of BioMed Central's Journal of Biology (free registration is required).

Future e-access to the primary literature: Nature forum (2001)
A debate covering open access publishing issues in which various stakeholders and observers express their views in 1,000-word articles; includes: Carol Tenopir & Donald W. King. Lessons for the future of journals

Stevan Harnad. Minotaur: Six Proposals for Freeing the Refereed Literature Online: A Comparison. Ariadne Issue 28 June 2001.

Open Access Organisations

SPARC Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
Gaining Independence: a manual for planning the launch of a nonprofit electronic publishing venture.

Create Change: a resource for faculty and librarian action to reclaim scholarly communication
List of SPARC alternative journals

Public Library of Science

PubMed Central


BioMed Central

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Free Online Scholarship Movement

E-print archives

Harnad, S. (2001) The Self-Archiving Initiative. Nature 410: 1024-1025

Momentum for eprint archiving. FOS Newsletter August 8, 2002 (scroll to the second story).
Includes the major developments in e-archiving in 2002.

Colin Steele, E-prints: the future of scholarly communication? Cite, October 2002.

Jeffrey Young. 'Superarchives' Could Hold All Scholarly Output. Chronicle of Higher Education, July 5th 2002.

Scott Carlson. Scholarly Publishers Aim to Woo Librarians Away From Self-Published Research
Chronicle of Higher Education, November 7th 2002.

Stephen Pinfield. Setting up an institutional e-print archive. Ariadne, Issue 31, April 2002.

John MacColl and Stephen Pinfield. Climbing the Scholarly Publishing Mountain with SHERPA Ariadne, Issue 33, October 2002.

Steve Hitchcock et al. Open Citation Linking: The Way Forward. Dlib, October 2002.

The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper.

Christopher Green. Stalking the Wild E-Print: A Scout's Impressions of Publicatia Incognita. A presentation for the National Communications Association conference, New Orleans, November 22nd 2002.

Web sites for e-archives and related projects

Open Archives Initiative (OAI) a technical initiative to establish standards for inter-operability and cross-searching of archives.

Open Citation Project project to integrate and navigate e-print archives by citation linking, based at Cornell and Southampton Universities.

EPrints.org - freely available software to set up a pre-print server, developed by the Open Citation Project, includes Self-Archiving FAQ: answers to most of the questions you might have about self-archiving, plus a glossary of terms.

SHERPA project

OAIster : University of Michigan Library project to create a generic information retrieval service for information about publicly available digital resources, using the OAI protocol.

arXiv (formerly Los Alamos Preprint server) UK arXiv mirror


DSpace – MIT’s institutional repository

Nottingham University’s e-print archive

Open Archives Initiative Registered Dataproviders a list of OAI conforming repositories / eprint archives

Some discipline-based e-archives (not OAI compliant)
Computer Science
Physics: PhysNet
Marine Research: MareNet

ePRINT Network gateway to pre-print servers in various disciplines, follow the subject pathways link.

Forthcoming meetings / Meeting Reports

Presentations from the 2nd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI): Gaining independence with e-prints archives, held 17-19 October 2002 at CERN, Geneva:

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) the CNI’s objective is to advance networked information technology for the improvement of scholarly communication; this forthcoming meeting includes project briefings on institutional repositories and the OpenURL standard

Open-access journals – will they fly? APLSP/OSI round table meeting held 13 September 2002 at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

Council of Science Editors (CSE) Annual Meeting Pittsburgh PA 4 May 2003. Keynote Address: Author/institution self-archiving and the future of peer-reviewed journals (Stevan Harnad) Posted to JISC-DEVELOPMENT@JISCMAIL.AC.UK 17/11/2002

Copyright and publishers’ policies

What can publishers do to facilitate self-archiving?

The Harnad / Oppenheim strategy

Keep the copyright - Nottingham University Library leaflet

Project Romeo questionnaire for academic staff / researchers

Copyright Management for Scholarship http://www.surf.nl/copyright/ SURF manages network services for Dutch HE and research, and is organising with JISC the Zwolle conferences on copyright ownership in higher education.

Research Assessment Exercise

Harnad, S. (2001) Research access, impact and assessment. Times Higher Education Supplement 1487: p. 16.

Alison Holmes and Charles Oppenheim. Use of citation analysis to predict the outcome of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise for Unit of Assessment (UoA) 61: Library and Information Management. Information Research, Volume 6 No. 2 January 2001

Andy Smith and Mike Eysenck. The correlation between RAE ratings and citation counts in psychology (June 2002) http://psyserver.pc.rhbnc.ac.uk/citations.pdf

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