Availability and accessibility in an open access institutional repository: a case study

« Introduction. This study explores the extent to which an institutional repository (IR) makes papers available and accessible on the open web by using 170 journal articles housed in DigiNole Commons, the IR at Florida State University.

Method. To analyze the IR’s impact on availability and accessibility, we conducted independent known-item title searches on both Google and Google Scholar (GS) to search for faculty publications housed in DigiNole Commons.

Analysis. The extent to which the IR makes articles available and accessible was measured quantitatively, and the findings that cannot be summarized with numbers were analyzed qualitatively.

Results. Google and GS searches provided links to DigiNole metadata for a total of 145 (85.3%) of 170 items, and to full texts for 96 (96%) of 100 items. With one exception, access to either metadata or full text required no more than three clicks.

Conclusions. Overall, the results confirm the contribution of the IR in making papers available and accessible. The results also reveal some impediments to the success of OA: including impediments linked to contractual arrangements between authors and publishers, impediments linked to policies, practices, and technologies governing the IR itself, and the low level of faculty participation in the IR. »

URL : http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/slis_faculty_publications/27/

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Les réalités sur l’accès à l’information scientifique numérique dans les bibliothèques des universités du Sénégal : l’exemple de l’université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD)

« L’article analyse la situation des bibliothèques de l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) de Dakar. L’enquête menée auprès de dix (10) bibliothèques de l’UCAD a permis d’analyser l’offre d’IST numérique. Le constat est une très faible présence malgré les efforts des autorités et des bibliothécaires. Avec le développement des TIC, il est indispensable de se focaliser sur les opportunités offertes pour mener une réflexion visant à trouver des solutions pérennes pour les bibliothèques. »

URL : http://icoa2014.sciencesconf.org/37928

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Le libre accès et la recherche scientifique dans les universités marocaines

« Au Maroc, le mouvement des archives Ouvertes est à ses premiers balbutiements. Les Universités sont sensées être les premières à tenter cette expérience vu que ce sont principalement elles qui produisent de l’information scientifique dans ses diverses formes. Cette communication vise à présenter l’expérience de l’Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi en matière de mise en place d’une politique institutionnelle de libre accès de la recherche. Elle s’est principalement penchée sur la prédisposition des différents acteurs à s’intégrer dans ce projet afin de d’accroître la visibilité et  l’accessibilité de la recherche scientifique marocaine. »

URL : http://icoa2014.sciencesconf.org/37930

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A Survey of Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty Regarding Author Fees in Open Access Journals

« Discussions of the potential of open access publishing frequently must contend with the skepticism of research authors regarding the need to pay author fees (also known as publication fees). With that in mind, the authors undertook a survey of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in physical science, mathematics, and engineering fields at two research universities (Cornell University and Syracuse University) asking for their experience with and opinion of paying author fees for publication of research in open access journals. The results of this survey indicated that most respondents had not decided against publishing in an open access journal due to the author fee requirement. Those who had paid them only requested or received coverage for those fees in grant line-items or from institutional sources in a few cases. Responses seemed to combine cautious optimism about open access journals with intense skepticism about their quality and intense opposition to the idea of having to pay any additional costs from their own pockets. »

URL : http://www.istl.org/14-fall/refereed1.html

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Understanding Repository Growth at the University of North Texas: A Case Study

« Over the past decade the University of North Texas Libraries (UNTL) has developed a sizable digital library infrastructure for use in carrying out its core mission to the students, faculty, staff and associated communities of the university. This repository of content offers countless research possibilities for end users across the Internet when it is discovered and used in research, scholarship, entertainment, and lifelong learning. The characteristics of the repository itself provide insight into the workings of a modern digital library infrastructure, how it was created, how often it is updated, or how often it is modified. In that vein, the authors created a dataset comprised of information extracted from the UNT Libraries’ archival repository Coda and analyzed this dataset in order to demonstrate the value and insights that can be gained from sharing repository characteristics more broadly. This case study presents the findings from an analysis of this dataset. »

URL : http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.0547

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Analysis of Open Access Scholarly Journals in Chemistry

« The present study has investigated the trends of open access journals appeared in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). It provides an insight to the open access publishing in the field of chemistry based on the data collected from DOAJ. The DOAJ available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website lists Open Access Journals and is maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA). Notably, it has listed about 9804 journals across 124 countries till 8th January 2014. Out of 9804 journals, 164 (1.67%) journals are listed under Chemistry. The data was extracted in excel format and analysis was carried out on the basis of subject coverage, decade and year, country of origin, publisher, language, format and Indian contribution to OA journals. The select subject i.e. Chemistry is being categorised into Chemistry General, Chemical Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. It was found that out of 164 journals from chemistry, majority of the open access journals belong to the category chemistry general and contribute some about 68.9% of the total chemistry journals in DOAJ. Though the maximum growth of these journals has been recorded in the decade 2000s, however in 2011, a record number of 30 journals of Chemistry appeared in DOAJ. Interestingly, India contributed 24 OA journals and is placed second after Egypt in publishing OA journals in chemistry. Further, it has been found that commercial publishers with 29 journals are the major contributors to OA in DOAJ with Hindawi Publishing Corporation as the leading contributor. Moreover, English has been found as the most popular language of OA journals. While as Indian Academy of Sciences: Chemical Sciences is reported to be the oldest journal publishing since 2005. »

URL : http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/1100/

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Lib-Value: Values, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries, Phase III: ROI of the Syracuse University Library

« This study measures the return-on-investment (ROI) of the Syracuse University library. Faculty and students at Syracuse University were surveyed using contingent valuation methodology to measure their willingness-to-pay in time and money for the services of the academic library. Their travel time and use of the online library was measured to determine the environmental value of the academic library. The economic and environmental value of the Syracuse University library show an ROI of $4.49 returned to the university for every $1.00 spent each year. »

URL : Lib-Value: Values, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries, Phase III

DOI : 10.5860/crl.76.1.63

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Interdisciplinarity at the Journal and Specialty Level The…

Interdisciplinarity at the Journal and Specialty Level: The changing knowledge bases of the journal Cognitive Science :

« Using the referencing patterns in articles in Cognitive Science over three decades, we analyze the knowledge base of this literature in terms of its changing disciplinary composition. Three periods are distinguished: (1) construction of the interdisciplinary space in the 1980s; (2) development of an interdisciplinary orientation in the 1990s; (3) reintegration into « cognitive psychology » in the 2000s. The fluidity and fuzziness of the interdisciplinary delineations in the different visualizations can be reduced and clarified using factor analysis. We also explore newly available routines (« CorText ») to analyze this development in terms of « tubes » using an alluvial map, and compare the results with an animation (using « visone »). The historical specificity of this development can be compared with the development of « artificial intelligence » into an integrated specialty during this same period. « Interdisciplinarity » should be defined differently at the level of journals and of specialties. »

URL : http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.0823

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Speaking As One Supporting Open Access with Departmental…

Speaking As One: Supporting Open Access with Departmental Resolutions :

« Library faculty at the City University of New York (CUNY) have engaged in promoting and advocating for open access publishing at each of our campuses as well as across the University. Inspired by the passing of a faculty senate resolution in support of the creation of an open access institutional repository and associated policies, many CUNY librarians felt the need to raise their level of commitment. In this article, the authors—four library faculty members and one faculty member from outside the library—share their experiences creating and approving open access policies in the library departments of four CUNY schools and promoting open access beyond the libraries. They offer practical advice and guidance for other librarians and faculty seeking to encourage the embrace of open access publishing in departments or other sub-institutional contexts. »

URL : http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc/vol2/iss1/3/

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Starting Scholarly Conversations A Scholarly Communication Outreach Program…

Starting Scholarly Conversations: A Scholarly Communication Outreach Program :

« As the scholarly communication system continues to evolve, academic librarians should take an active role in both developing their own knowledge and educating their campus communities about emergent topics. At Furman University, librarians developed an outreach program, aimed primarily at faculty, to increase awareness of current scholarly communication issues. Expert speakers were recruited to present throughout the year on open access, altmetrics, author’s rights, and other relevant topics. This program addressed a number of needs simultaneously—outreach to faculty; education for Furman librarians; and education for the greater library community—and affirmed the importance of providing opportunities to discuss these issues beyond the libraries. The program also further established Furman University Libraries’ role in educating and guiding its campus community through changes in scholarly communication models and practices. »

URL : http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc/vol2/iss1/2/

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