Scholarly communication brown bag discussions

The Scholarly Communication Group at UT Libraries organizes periodic brown bag discussions on a variety of schol comm topics. These brown bag sessions are typically for UT Libraries staff and provide an opportunity to talk through either current or emerging issues for the Libraries.

Our next brown bag event is Friday, February 12th at 12:30pm in PCL 1.124. The topic is deceptive vs ethical publishing practices.

Here is the history of our brown bag discussions:

  1. January 31st, 2014: Economics of the scholarly communication ecosystem
  2. April 18th, 2014: Green vs gold OA
  3. June 13th, 2014: Altmetrics
  4. September 12th, 2014: Preview of OA Week 2014
  5. November 21st, 2014: UT Press
  6. February 20th, 2015: Scholarly Communication Strategic Initiative report and Sherpa/Romeo
  7. March 13th, 2015: Open Education Week
  8. April 10th, 2015: ACRL round-up
  9. June 19th, 2015: #icanhazPDF
  10. September 25th, 2015: Texas ScholarWorks

If you have a suggestion for a brown bag topic, please send it to tsw at

Dept. of Labor adopts open licensing policy

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted an open licensing policy that requires all intellectual property created under the competitive award process to be licensed with a Creative Commons attribution license.  This will allow the public to use, share and build upon the work funder by DOL.

More information:

Publishers requiring ORCIDs

Several publishers have announced that they will require author to use an ORCID identifier during the publication process. Those publishers are: The American Geophysical Union, eLife, EMBO, Hindawi, IEEE, Science journals, ScienceOpen, and PLOS. These publishers join the UK’s Royal Society and several funding agencies in requiring ORCIDs.

This is fantastic news for all those working towards a more consistent and reliable way of citing an author’s body of work.

Institutional repositories and academic social networking sites

The University of California Office of Scholarly Communication has a really great blog post about the difference between open access institutional and subject repositories and academic social networking sites like and ResearchGate.

Here’s the post:

I particularly like the table they created to demonstrate the differences:

Editors of Lingua step down

Inside Higher Ed reports that “All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier’s policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online.”

This is very exciting news for open access advocates as the editors have plans to start their own open access journal called Glossa. The editors expressed frustration with a publishing model that relies heavily on donated time and effort from academics and results in research that some universities cannot afford.

The entire article on Inside Higher Ed available here:

David Ernst coming to UT Austin

As part of the Year of Open programming, David Ernst, the Executive Director of the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library, will be on the UT Austin campus Thursday, November 5th. He’ll be giving a talk on Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success at 2:00pm in the Texas Governors’ Room (Texas Union 3.116).

More information about Year of Open and Dr. Ernst’s event can be found here:

UC OA policy extends to all UC employees

The University of California has expanded the reach of their open access policy by including all UC employees. The Presidential Open Access Policy builds on the Academic Senate open access policy and will include scholarly research authored by clinical faculty, lecturers, staff researchers, postdoc scholars, grad students, and librarians.

You can find out more about the policy here:

Open Textbooks save students $1.5 million

The University of Minnesota announced today that the Open Textbook Network has saved students $1.5 million dollars through the adoption of open textbooks. The Open Textbook Library has over 200 open textbooks that anyone can use.

For more information about this exciting achievement, see the official announcement:

OA Spectrum Evaluation Tool

SPARC has announced the launch of the Open Access Spectrum Evaluation Tool. The tool provides a concrete way to analyze the openness of a particular journal. The tool measures  journal policies regarding reading/reuse rights, author posting rights, machine readability, compliance with funder & institutional mandates, and other openness indicators.

Five hundred journals have been added to the tool to start and they hope to add another five hundred before the end of the year.

Announcement about the launch:

OAS Evaluation Tool: