Archive for January, 2009

Inderscience Publishers: Author Open Access Option

Open access option, Inderscience news, January 24, 2009. Excerpt:

Inderscience has introduced a new open access option for authors. For a fee to cover the cost of publication authors can have their accepted articles available online and openly accessible to all without any restriction except use for commercial purposes.

The current publication fee for Inderscience’s Author Open Access Option is USD $3,000, or EUR €2,300. A Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-No Derivatives Licence is used.

The Inderscience home page includes a section on Journals Classified by Subject. The Healthcare and Leisure Journals include 20 titles in Healthcare and Medical Engineering.

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Debate about Frandsen article

An article: Attracted to open access journals: A bibliometric author analysis in the field of biology, by Tove Faber Frandsen, Journal of Documentation 2009; 65(1): 58-82, has stimulated a debate. A preprint is available here and here.

For some of the debate, see the blog post: Open Access: No Benefit for Poor Scientists by Philip Davis (The Scholarly Kitchen, January 14, 2009) and the responses to this post.

For excerpts from the article, from the blog post, and from the responses to the blog post, see: Appeal of OA journals about the same in the North and the South by Peter Suber, Open Access News, January 12, 2008.

There’s also some contributions to the debate in a thread: Comparing OA/non-OA in Developing Countries, available via the 2009 archives of the American Scientist Open Access Forum. The 3rd contribution to this thread is by Jean-Claude Guédon (January 14, 2008). Excerpts:

A strong reason why many authors in non-OECD countries do not publish in OA journals is because the evaluation rules applied in many of these countries often rely on a mechanical use of impact factors. This is what the evaluation of “quality” amounts to in such cases, and this fact deeply distorts the way in which authors choose their journals, especially when impact factors are limited to the results provided by Thomson Reuters.

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Quality is like a passing grade; excellence is like a prize. If careers are first evaluated from the perspective of passing grades, and then from the perspective of prizes, many confusions will disappear and many countries will discover that, while the great majority of their researchers may simply be passing some grades, they are nonetheless terribly useful to the country’s economy and culture.

Comment: I agree with Jean-Claude.

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More on the OA advantage

Author-choice open access publishing in the biological and medical literature: a citation analysis, Philip M Davis, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2009; 60(1), 3-8 [PDF]. Abstract:

In this article, we analyze the citations to articles published in 11 biological and medical journals from 2003 to 2007 that employ author-choice open-access models. Controlling for known explanatory predictors of citations, only 2 of the 11 journals show positive and significant open-access effects. Analyzing all journals together, we report a small but significant increase in article citations of 17%. In addition, there is strong evidence to suggest that the open-access advantage is declining by about 7% per year, from 32% in 2004 to 11% in 2007.

Found via: Citation advantage as Holy Grail by Nick Sheppard, Repository News, January 6, 2009.

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Demonstrating compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy

A flowchart, How to Demonstrate Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy [PDF] (last updated December 11, 2008), is available from the Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis.

Found via: Flowchart for Demonstrating Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy by Cathy Sarli, Bernard Becker Medical Library Scholarly Communications Update, December 31, 2008.

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