Authors : Jonathan Bull, Teresa Auch Schultz
Although librarians initially hoped institutional repositories (IRs) would grow through researcher self-archiving, practice shows that growth is much more likely through library-directed deposit. Libraries must then find efficient ways to ingest material into their IR to ensure growth and relevance.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM
Valparaiso University developed and implemented a workflow that was semiautomated to help cut down on the time needed to ingest articles into its IR, ValpoScholar. The workflow, which continues to be refined, makes use of practices and ideas used by other repositories to more efficiently collect metadata for items and upload them to the repository.
The article discusses the pros and cons of this workflow and areas of ingesting that still need to be addressed, including adding full-text items, checking copyright policies, managing student staffing, and dealing with hurdles created by the repository’s software.
URL : Harvesting the Academic Landscape: Streamlining the Ingestion of Professional Scholarship Metadata into the Institutional Repository
DOI : http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2201
Open access (OA) citation effect studies have looked at a number of disciplines but not yet the field of communication studies. This study researched how communication studies fare with the open access citation effect, as well as whether researchers follow their journal deposit policies.
The study tracked 920 articles published in 2011 and 2012 from 10 journals and then searched for citations and an OA version using the program Publish or Perish. Deposit policies of each of the journals were gathered from SHERPA/RoMEO and used to evaluate OA versions.
From the sample, 42 percent had OA versions available. Of those OA articles, 363 appeared to violate publisher deposit policies by depositing the version of record, but the study failed to identify post-print versions for 87 percent of the total sample for the journals that allowed it.
All articles with an OA version had a median of 17 citations, compared to only nine citations for non-OA articles.
Discussion & Conclusion
The citation averages, which are statistically significant, show a positive correlation between OA and the number of citations.
The study also shows communication studies researchers are taking part in open access but perhaps without the full understanding of their publisher’s policies.
URL : Opening Up Communication: Assessing Open Access Practices in the Communication Studies Discipline
DOI : http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2131