- Researchers Remain Unaware of Funding Agency Access Policies This is a nice summary post on the Scholarly Kitchen about some recent studies, particularly a Nature Publishing Group study of authors which indicated that a high percentage of authors are unaware or wrong about whether their funders require public access. "Some 35% said their funder made no requirements, but analysis of these respondents’ stated primary funders showed this was incorrect in many cases. A further 24% said they “didn’t know”, so that nearly 60% lacked good knowledge of their funders’ requirements." [from What do author insights tell us? Nature blogs, Aug. 13, 2015]
In my opinion, a partial cause for this information gap is that several federal policies are only now being posted and haven't taken effect yet. But it has been more than 6 years since the NIH public access requirement for publications and I still run into NIH-funded researchers who are not clear about that requirement. Support for WU researchers is available, including Subject Librarians, the Research Office, and your department research administrators. libguides.wustl.edu/publicaccess may be helpful.
- Compliance with funder public access publication policies is made easier by some publishers. Some Journals automatically post NIH supported papers directly to PMC. The American Physical Society has released [after 12 month embargo] DOE-funded research articles, making them publicly accessible to non-subscribers through CHORUS, several months ahead of the DOE’s official October 1st start date. [Info from August [CHORUS] Progress Report.]
- Another layer of complexity is that many funders require data management plans and public access to data where possible. Public access to data requires change in workflow from the beginning, planning stages of a project.
- Publishing data is a relatively new approach to data sharing. Two article this month survey options and attitudes:
Kratz, J. & Strasser, C. Making data count. Sci. Data, 2:150039. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2015.39.
Candela, L., Castelli, D., Manghi, P. and Tani, A. (2015), Data journals: A survey. J Assn Inf Sci Tec, 66: 1747–1762. doi:10.1002/asi.23358.
- Open educational resources in the news:
- A broad coalition of more than 90 education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations (including the Association of College & Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Modern Language Association, and many more), called on the White House to take administrative action to ensure federally funded educational materials are made available as open education resources (OERs) that are free to use, share, and improve. This post from Educause is one of many; here is a version of the letter where more can add their support.
- Embedded Digital Resources Are In, Traditional Texts Out At UMUC The University of Maryland University College has replaced 100 percent of its undergraduate textbooks with no-cost digital; by fall 2016, graduate textbooks will be included.
- Announcing the Humanities & Social Science Takeover of the OpenCon Community Webcasts in August and September The first video was Open Data and the Social Sciences; I thought this was a very interesting talk; the discussion about publication bias seems relevant to all sort of research, not just social sciences. Sept. 15th there will be a video about the Open Library of the Humanities. Webcasts are archived for viewing whenever convenient.