German universities boycott Elsevier

Since January 1st over 60 German universities and research institutionsare boycotting Elsevier. This means that German libraries do not have fulltext access to scientific journals published by Elsevier. Background is that Elsevier’s  businessmodells are not transparent nor do they provide open access to content in the extent requored by the univeristies and research institutions. Pricing is also an issue. The aim is to relieve the pressure on acquistion budgets and at improving access to scientific literature in a broad and sustainable way according to the statement made by Göttingen University – one of the participants in this boycott.

Libraries are aware of the difficult situation facing researchers, teachers and students. However, the libraries mean they are not going to give in because they have a greated possibility to influence the agreement together. Researchers should contact the library to get access to articles they need. Libraries are prepared to get them in other ways and at no cost to the reseachers.

According to Science negotiations will start in the begining of the year.

Pieta Eklund


OA week 2016, presentations

This years Open Access Week has come to an end, if you missed the presentations during the week you can find the PowerPoint’s here in the Blog:

SND: Datahantering och tillgång till forskningsdata (Swedish)
Biblioteksfrukost: Open access to research data (English)

If you have any questions regarding open access, open data or publishing please contact the library. oaweek

Text: Thomas

Open Access Week 2016

This year’s Open Access Week takes place between October 24-30 and this years theme is “Open in action“. Several big actors is on the move and have started to invest resources to increase the number of articles published open access. One example is the Swedish Research Council, which is investing 8 million over two years to increase publication open access research.oaweek

Research data is another topic that is likely to be affected by the future research bill. Demands on data management plans has already started to come up as part of the funding application process and in the proposed guidelines from 2015, written by the Swedish Research Council we can read that: […] research data […] should be openly available […]
Or roughly translated in context:

The basic principle of the proposed national guidelines is that scientific publications, artistic works and research data as the basis for scientific publications resulting from publicly funded research should be openly available. In both cases, given the proposed timescales for implementation. Research Council proposes that Sweden should have a vision for 2025 and the guidelines apply until 2020. Within the framework of the mandate given recommendations on what needs to be further investigated. […]

We at the Library choose to align the Open Access Week activities towards making research data available. We start the week’s activities on Tuesday, October 25th with speakers from the Swedish National Data Service (SND). Elisabeth Strandhagen and Ilze Lac, they will talk about open access to research data, and good data management; the presentation is in Swedish. Next, we have a library breakfast and a workshop in data management  that is offered in two rounds (round 1 and round 2). During these workshops we go through SND’s data management template and discuss together with the participants how and if it is possible to customise the template to fit different data types. Remember to sign up for a library breakfast.

We are always available to respond any time of the year if you have questions regarding open access and research data.

Text: Thomas

Quality indicators for open access journals

Do you ever consider publishing in an open access journal? Publishing in open access journals is associated with many benefits. You research is freely available online for all, not just those with access to databases subscribed to by the library. You keep your rights to your work, get continually feedback via social media and your research is more visible and gets more impact.

The oa-journal landscape is complex as is the traditional journal landscape. There are plenty of oa-journals, many new titles emerge, and they all have their models for financing the journal. There are many oa-journals with high quality but there are also many unethical and unprofessional journals. However there are indicators to help you to choose among all the oa-journals. You find both positive and negative indicators listed below. If you still fell unsure contact us at the library!

Positive indicators:

  • Journal is indexed in subject specific databases
  • Scope of the journal is well-defined and clearly stated
  • Journal’s main target group is researchers
  • Editor and the editor board are well-known within the field
  • Journal is affiliated or sponsored by a well-known scholarly society or academic institution
  • Published articles are within the scope of the journal and meets the standards of the discipline
  • All fees and for publishing are easily found, and understood, on the journal’s home page
  • Articles have DOIA (digital object identifier: DOI: 10.1111/jonm.1227)
  • Journal clearly indicates rights for use and re-use of content on article level (e.g. CC BY license)
  • Journal has ISSN (International Standard Serial Number, e.g. 1402-151X)
  • Publisher is a member of OASPA
  • Journal is registered in UlrichsWeb (global serials directory) Outside of campus? Log in is needed)
  • Journal is listed in DOAJ

Negative indicators

  • Journal is not indexed in subject specific databases (it is not enough to be indexed in Google!)
  • Journal’s home page is difficult to find or identify
  • Publisher About information is inadequate or completely missing
  • Publisher direct marketing is obtrusive (spamming)
  • Information for authors is inadequate or not available
  • Information on peer review and copyright is inadequate, unclear or missing from the journal home page
  • Journal scope statement is missing or vague
  • Repeat lead authors in same issue
  • Publisher has a negative reputation (search information about the publisher/journal online)

Pieta Eklund