Short announcements

Tips to read this summer: Peter Suber’s book Open Access is now available for everyone online. The book is about Open Access, what it is and what it isn’t. Suber also describes advantages with open access for author. The books is an easy read, not very long or complicated. You can find the book in following formats: ePUB, Mobi, PDF, HTML.

Thomson Reuters publishes every year a report on the scientific landscape with the help of citation analysis. The report The Hottest Scientific Researchers and Research includes publications published during 2012. In 2012 eight of the 21 “hottest” researchers were in the area of genomics, large scale study in the the structre and funktions of genes. We have a Swedish researcher on the list; Lars Wallentin from Uppsala University. It is very clear that Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science is very oriented towards natural science: the most cited papers were published in New England Journal of Medicine, Nature och Physics Letters B and the hottest areas of research were areas such as biomedicine, physics etc.

HathiTrust is establishing a partnership with DPLA, Digital Public Library of America to increase the use of HathiTrust’s big collection of digital open access content. DPLA is a portal to open access material hosted by libraries, archives and museums around USA. With this partnership the DPLA content will double in size.

The publisher Emerald, publishing mostly within social sciences,is not working for dissemination for research results. They have introduces a 24 month embargo period for green (archving in an institutional repository like BADA) open access. This means that unviersities and research funders who mandates open access can make the research open access only after 24 months after publishing. Shorter time may be accepted if the researcher contacts the publisher themselves. Many are critical to this decision.

DOAJ, Directory of Open Access Journals, is a portal to open access journals within all scientific areas, has announces that they have developed new criteria for the selection process of oa journals. DOAJ wants with these new criteria guarantee the quality of the oa journals they accept into their catalogue. The criteria can be commented until 15 of July. At the same time DOAJ is launching a  “DOAJ Seal of Approval” for oa-journals.

If you are using Twitter and interested of statistics maybe Twitter Web Analytics could be of interest? The analytics you can get now is timeline activity or followers. You can even get statistics for individual tweets. How can you activiate analytics? Read the instructions.

Pieta Eklund