Why is Scholarly Communication Broken? Faculty discussion on 10/18

The UCSD Libraries and the Scholarly Communications Committee are pleased to invite all faculty to a lunch-time discussion on:

“Why is Scholarly Communication Broken and What Can Be Done?” presented by Philip Bourne

Monday, October 18, 2010
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The UCSD Faculty Club Lounge
RSVP please to Erin O’Brien, 858.534.1235 (ekobrien@ucsd.edu)

Philip E. Bourne is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego, Associate Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank and an Adjunct Professor at the Burnham Institute. This seminar is sponsored by the Academic Senate Library Committee and the UCSD Libraries Scholarly Communications Committee.

Some points that will be a part of Dr. Bourne’s discussion:

  • Open Access is a leading indicator for why scholarly communication is indeed broken
  • Much of what we do as scholars is now contained in a digital medium, but how we disseminate and  comprehend that scholarship is essentially closed and analog.
  • Getting a PDF off the internet and printing it is “essentially analog.” What lies beyond?
  • What roles do our institutions, libraries and publishers as a whole have to play in this new model?

Please join us for the discussion. Lunch will be from the buffet, and there is no additional cost for the seminar.

For any other questions, and to RSVP, please contact Erin O’Brien,
858.534.1235 (ekobrien@ucsd.edu) by Thursday, October 14, 2010. We look forward to seeing you!

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Open Access Week 2009

oaday_icon116Today is the first day of Open Access Week 2009.  The purpose of Open Access Week is to broaden awareness of open access to research.  Here are some of the actions that you can take to understand and support open access:

  • Find out more about it.  View the video at http://vimeo.com/7048906 for an overview of the activities that are happening this week – or check out the Open Access Week 2009 blog at http://www.openaccessweek.org/
  • Consider publishing in a peer reviewed open access journal.  For instance, UC has a special agreement with Springer that allows UC authors to make their articles available via open access (“Springer Open Choice”) at no charge – http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/alternatives/springer_faq.html
  • Explore the new UC eScholarship site, an open access repository, which debuts today:  http://escholarship.org Find out more about it by watching their video at http://animoto.com/play/CMUAhzp2fwpvnwSwFTdCOg
  • As an author, carefully read your copyright transfer agreement and negotiate to retain some of your rights – including the right to post your article in the eScholarship repository – http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/manage/retain_copyrights.html
  • Find out more about which funding agencies have mandates that require funded authors to deposit their publications in open access repositories – http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/
  • Support the Federal Research Public Access Act which would make it mandatory for authors to make manuscripts reporting on federally funded research publicly available within six months of publication in a journal – http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/issues/frpaa/
  • Sign up for the free EDUCAUSE webinar, “Throwing Open the Doors: Strategies and Implications for Open Access,” October 23, 2009, 10-11 AM PST – http://net.educause.edu/live0919
  • Spread the word to your colleagues about why publishing in open access venues can increase the number of citations to their work.
  • Wear an open access button this week – pick up one at the UCSD Biomedical Library desk while supplies last!
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Writing up results for publication

Writing up your first research article?  There’s a very nice primer on how to structure a research article in the August 2009 issue of Chest, written by Dr. Peter D. Wagner of the UCSD School of Medicine’s Division of Physiology.  The paper addresses the architecture of research articles in medical journals and provides guidance for what to include in each section of your article  – abstracts, methods, conclusions, etc.

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Picking a journal for your paper: more considerations

When considering where to publish, prestige and “impact” are some factors to consider, as reported in our previous post. Another factor to consider is breadth of readership.  Most journals restrict online access to institutional or personal subscribers, so some readers may not be able to get access to your work.  Open access is a movement in publishing that changes the business model to shift costs away from readers.  Publishers have different ways of recouping their expenses but in many cases, open access publishing puts costs onto you, the author.

UC has agreements with some publishers of open access journals to reduce or eliminate the author charges – more information is available at the UC Office for Scholarly Communication.  Open access publishing can have additional benefits to you in terms of retaining more of your copyrights to your work for future use.  Something else to think about!

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UC Libraries and Springer Sign Pilot Open Access Agreement

The University of California Libraries and Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) have concluded a ground-breaking experimental agreement to support open access publishing by UC authors. The arrangement is part of the journals license negotiated by the California Digital Library on behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California.

Under the terms of the agreement, articles by UC-affiliated authors accepted for publication in a Springer journal beginning in 2009 will be published using Springer Open Choice with full and immediate open access. There will be no separate per-article charges, since costs have been factored into the overall license. Articles will be released under a license compatible with the Creative Commons license (by-nc: Attribution, Non-commercial). In addition to access via the Springer platform, final published articles will also be deposited in the California Digital Library’s eScholarship Repository.

Read more…

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SciVee launches new “PosterCast” feature

SciVee has launched a new feature that allows researchers to share the poster presentations they have created for meetings and conferences and add synchronized video and other commentary. “PosterCast” lets researchers leverage the effort they already put into creating posters and broadcast them online to a wider audience in a Web 2.0 online community environment. The Experimental Biology Conference is using PosterCast to provide a web presence for a traditional judged poster session. Read more about it at the press release here.

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EndNote update for PubMed users needing PMC numbers

If you’re using EndNote to track references for NIH-funded research and want to be able to cite articles found in PubMed Central, you can now download updated connectivity files from EndNote’s website. There is also an easy instruction on how to modify the EndNote display so that the PubMed Central (PMC) ID numbers for articles show up in your EndNote records. See http://www.endnote.com/support/faqs/import/faq15.asp for more.

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Need Help with the NIH Public Access Policy?

Are you an NIH-funded researcher who is wondering how you will comply with the new NIH public access policy that takes effect on April 7?

The UCSD Biomedical Library has created a website to summarize and clarify the policy, and to make it easier for you to comply.

The Library is also offering 30-minute sessions to review the benefits and requirements of the policy.  The first two are scheduled for April 10 and April 15, 12:15-12:45 PM in the Events Room.  If the class dates and times aren’t convenient, custom sessions can be arranged for individuals or groups.

As a faculty member who requested a custom session recently said:  “Thank you SO MUCH for your presentation yesterday.  It was just what we needed to raise awareness and learn how-to information on getting this new requirement accomplished!”

For more information, contact Nancy Stimson at (858) 534-6321 or nstimson@ucsd.edu.  To sign up for a class, contact Vicky Anderson at (858) 822-4760 or vkanderson@ucsd.edu.

List of Title Word Abbreviations online

The List of Title Word Abbreviations is referred to by many journals as the source authors should consult when preparing the references section of their article manuscripts. We recently located an online source for this content, List of Title Word Abbreviations Online, from the organization that creates journal standard numbers, aka ISSNs.

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May 31-Faculty Lunch Series

Your Copyright is Worth Something: Don’t Sign it Away.

This month’s seminar will feature Michael W. Carroll, Associate Professor of Law at Villanova University of Law.

There is no cost to faculty for the lunch and seminar, but an RSVP is required. To register, contact Jennifer Tom (jtom@ucsd.edu). Seating is limited.

The Faculty Lunch Series is a seminar series that explores the current state of academic communication and suggest possible improvements. Previous presentations have been digitally recorded for later listening at your convenience.

The series is open to all UCSD faculty members and takes place at the UCSD Faculty Club.

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