Posted: November 27th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Economics, journals, Open Access, rankings, reputation | Comments Off
The number of interesting new Open Access Journals in Economics increases, as IZA launches five new field journals
The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) is a private research institute, based in Germany, with the focus on labour market research. They are already editing a prominent Discussion Paper Series (also available on EconStor), which belongs to to the TOP 20 Working Paper Series in RePEc.
On top of that IZA has now started five new Open Access Journals, which focus on the different aspects of Labour Markets:
All Journals are published with SpringerOpen and do not charge any author fees. Each journal involves peer reviewing, with the focus on a fast decision making and publication process:
Acceptance/rejection decisions are expected to be made “within one month; publication is expected “within two months after submission of the final manuscript.The fast process from the submission to the acceptance/rejection decision is guaranteed by (i) an advanced desk rejection policy and (ii) the fact that only those papers refereed that require minor revisions are accepted while those not accepted are rejected without a detailed referee report. This requires the submission of manuscripts that are considered ready by the author/s for direct publication if found suitable by the editorial team.
With the reputation of the Discussion Paper Series already established, there might be a good chance also for the Journals to enter the ranking lists.
Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: dissemination, e-learning, Open Access, portal | Comments Off
Our publication server EconStor now has added a further dissemination channel for it’s content. Besides Google Scholar, RePEc, BASE, EconBizOpen, Economists Online and LeibnizOpen, the publications from our repository can now also be found via OpenScout. The portal is funded by the European Union and provides open content for management education and training.
Posted: May 16th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Economics, Open Access, Publishing Reform | 1 Comment »
A recent ZBW survey among German economists shows that they sympathize with the Elsevier boycott and Open Access, but still support the established reputation and ranking systems
Right now scientists from around the world are boycotting the Elsevier publishing house. The dominant magazine publisher stands accused of monopolizing scientific content by only making it accessible to the public for astronomical subscription prices. In contrast to this, the Open Access community requests that all publicly financed research findings should be made accessible for free. In early May, the ZBW held a survey regarding the current Elsevier boycott and the subject of Open Access which found that the established system of expensive subscription magazines is indeed unpopular, but is largely upheld because of a shortage of alternatives.
Read the full press release here
Posted: April 23rd, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Embargo period, Open Access, Publishing Reform, Research funders, researchers, Survey | 1 Comment »
The EU recently released the results of the survey “scientific information in the digital age”. They are based on 1140 responses from Member states, coming from research funding organisations, university/research institutes, libraries, publishers, international organisations and individual researchers.
The survey focused on the three topics “scientific publications”, “research data” and “Preservation of digital scientific information”. Concerning scientific publications the answers were:
- 84% see access problems to scientific publications in Europe
- The main reasons are seen in high prices of journals/subscriptions (89 %) and limited library budgets (85 %)
- 91% agree that Open Access increases the dissemination of scientific publications
- 90% support the idea that publications resulting from publicly funded research should be avaliable in open access
- 56% see six months as a desirable embargo period for licensed material, before it has to be available in open access
- 86% agree on the development of an EU network of repositories
Posted: April 16th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Economics, Economists Online, Open Access, RePEc, Repository, SSRN | Comments Off
More than 2,000 books, articles, reports and research papers available
The World Bank last week launched its Open Knowledge Repository, which is a one-stop-shop for most of the Bank’s research outputs and knowledge products, providing free and unrestricted access. Additional material, including foreign language editions and links to datasets, will be added in the coming year.
The repository uses a dissemation strategy similar to Econstor, which means that their publications are also visible in
“major international repositories (and databases) such as RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), SSRN and Economists Online. This means that the World Bank publishes just once in its own Open Knowledge Repository while its research is also “harvested” and made openly available through many other searchable online repositories, increasing the number of people able to find World Bank content.”
On top of that, the World Bank also tries to negotiate an Open Access friendly environment for future publications of their researchers:
“The Bank is working with journal publishers to determine fair embargo periods after which peer-reviewed journal articles, as accepted for publication, will be added to the repository. The working paper versions of journal articles are available in the Open Knowledge Repository under a Creative Commons attribution-only (CC BY) license without any embargo period.
World Bank Publisher Carlos Rossel expects embargo periods on journal articles to shorten as more organizations opt for open access and the academic publishing industry adapts to the Internet age. “The changes have been tremendous already, but I think there is a groundswell that is saying that frankly part of the value added by journal publishers can be accomplished through other means, and really what’s most important is for our knowledge to be readily accessible,” he said.”
Read the full press release here
Posted: March 13th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Economics, Open Access, Research funders | 2 Comments »
The UK’s Research Councils (RCUK), who spend about 3 billion Euro per year for research funding, have proposed a revised policy on Open Access which further clarifies their definition of Open Access and strengthens some of the criteria that must be satisfied.
In particular, the policy permits an embargo of not longer than 12 months in Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences (incl. Economics) and 6 months in all other disciplines, until peer reviewed research papers must be made freely available. This means for example, that researchers in Economics, who are funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), are required to publish their research results in an Open Access version no longer than 1 year after the original publication.
The new policy of the RCUK also mentions author fees for publishing directly in Open Access Journals:
Where publishing costs are incurred during the lifetime of the grant, Directly Incurred
costs may be used to fund this expenditure. Researchers are recommended, where
applicable, to request funding to cover such costs in their grant applications.
Where publishing costs are incurred after the lifetime of the grant, Indirect Costs may
be used to fund this expenditure. Research Organisations should ensure that these
publishing costs are fully incorporated into their costing models.
Where Research Council funds are used to pay Open Access fees for a paper, the
paper must be made Open Access immediately at the time of on-line publication,
notwithstanding that this may take place before the date of publication of the same
paper in a print/hard copy edition.
Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Newspost | Tags: Business Models, Open Access, Publishing Reform | Comments Off
Publisher withdraws support for the Research Works Act
Elsevier today published a press release, where they state their withdrawal for the Research Works Act. The publisher had initially supported this act, which proposes legislation that would prevent the US government from mandating Open Access to taxpayer-funded research.
In it’s press release Elsevier also states that
(…) while withdrawing support for the Research Works Act, we will continue to join with those many other nonprofit and commercial publishers and scholarly societies that oppose repeated efforts to extend mandates through legislation.
Even though the press release marks not a complete U-turn of Elsevier’s policy towards Open Access, it still seems as a sign, that the protest in the research community against the publishers business practices has already shown some impact.
Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Monthly Report | Tags: EconBiz, Open Access, RePEc | 1 Comment »
The Economics portal EconBiz (operated by the ZBW) has released a new tool called EconBizOpen. It’s an Open Access database for Economics and Business Studies and includes more than 800.000 full-text articles, which are accessible for free on the web.
Major input sources for EconBizOpen are RePec and BASE. BASE (maintained by Bielefeld Universiy Library) is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines dedicated to academic open access material. Its papers from Business and Economics are now also part of EconBizOpen.
Posted: February 7th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Monthly Report | Tags: Open Access, Publishing Reform, Repositories | Comments Off
In support for the researchers initiative “The Cost of Knowledge” against Elsevier’s business practices, the international repository network COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) released an open letter to the publisher yesterday. In the letter COAR
“urges Elsevier to reconsider its prohibitive approach to open access and revise its policies to allow the deposit of research articles with minimum delay. We encourage publishers to work closely with the library and repository communities to develop effective and sustainable methods for article deposit that serve the needs of researchers, their institutions”
Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: Olaf Siegert | Filed under: Monthly Report | Tags: Business Models, Open Access, Peer Review, Publishing Reform | Comments Off
Under the headline “The Cost of Knowledge” more than 7000 researchers protest against Elsevier’s business practices.
Their main request is the right of authors to achieve easily-accessible distribution of their work (e.g. via Open Access business models). As long as Elsevier does not comply with that, the signing researchers refrain to do any publishing, refereeing or editorial work for Elsevier journals. The initiative started in the mathematical science, but also several Economists have signed the petition.