The University of Texas at Austin is a Futura Level member of Luminos. Luminos is a University of California open access monograph publishing program. It has the same selection, peer review, and production process as their traditional publishing model, but with a different mechanism for distributing the titles they publish. Instead of individuals or libraries purchasing a book, the digital edition of monographs published by Luminos will be available for free for anyone to download and read.
We are excited to be a part of Luminos, not only because it is a great way to support open access book publishing, but also because our membership in Luminos gives UT Austin faculty a 30% discount on the Title Publication Fee.
If you have questions about Luminos, please see their FAQs. If you have any questions about our membership, please contact Colleen Lyon (c dot lyon at austin dot utexas dot edu) or your subject liaison.
I was asked to give a talk to the Mechanical Engineering department about ethical vs unethical publishing practices. One of the topics of that conversation was how to evaluate a journal you are unfamiliar with. There is a really great checklist that was developed by Nina Collins at Indiana Tech that I updated and shared with the attendees. If you are interested in evaluating a journal, here’s the link to the checklist: https://utexas.box.com/s/42tzzus3dooivzzr0w6fvmwsdoat2lwz
The Office of Scholarly Communication at Harvard University just released a preliminary version of a report on converting scholarly journals to an open access model.
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.
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: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/11/02/editors-and-editorial-board-quit-top-linguistics-journal-protest-subscription-fees
I just came across a blog post about a “diamond” open access journal called, Discrete Analysis. It’s being described as diamond open access because neither the readers nor the authors pay. The journal sits on top of the arXiv infrastructure but maintains the traditional peer review process. The journal will consist of short descriptions of articles and links to the content in arXiv, and will serve a filter and certification function for this subject matter within arXiv. There will be a numbering system for the articles, the journal will have an ISSN, and articles will get a DOI. To limit infrastructure and costs, the journal will not offer typesetting or copy-editing and will rely on authors to do that work themselves. Discrete Analysis will be using Scholastica software to manage the review process and to provide a homepage for the journal. Scholastica charges $10 per submission and that cost is being covered for the first couple years by a small grant from Cambridge University. Since the costs are so low, the editors anticipate being able to find funding after the Cambridge grant is exhausted. The official launch of journal will occur in early 2016.
Blog post about the journal: https://gowers.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/discrete-analysis-an-arxiv-overlay-journal/
Temporary website of Discrete Analsis: https://submissions.scholasticahq.com/sites/discrete-analysis
Science has just published a short news story about public access policies at federal agencies. They have a really nice chart showing U.S. science agencies, their budgets, their model of dissemination of research articles, estimated # of articles per year, and when the policy starts.
For the full news article: http://news.sciencemag.org/policy/2015/04/u-s-agencies-fall-line-public-access
Penn State has announced the start of a new OA journal called Digital Literary Studies. Digital Literary Studies will publish “scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources”. Their call for submissions for the inaugural issue is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HkemFkypCkfTbumLUpYCaZn9LQaKpyWU8fkq7ulcOhE/edit
The NEH and the Mellon Foundation are teaming up to offer grants to publishers to turn out-of-print books into freely accessible ebooks. The grant money will be used to secure rights and make the books available online under Creative Commons licenses.
Press release: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-01-15/humanities-open-book
Dutch universities are fighting to make the work published by their academics open access at no extra charge. They are also unwilling to continue to pay above-inflation cost increases for journal subscriptions. The universities have been negotiating with publishers to come up with plans to meet this goal.
Click here for the Times Higher Education story (may require a subscription to access the article).