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Open and Shut: #OpenAccess #OpenScience #OpenData around the web

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The link above is to a very useful and comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to start an open access journal. To give you a taster:

CrossRef, the registration organisation for DOIs on scholarly or research material, have various levels of fees. The reason for this is, once again, that they need ways to force publishers to keep their links up-to-date and to deposit material. Financial sanctions have proved the most effective way of doing this.

However, for the journal that is attempting to evade the fee-paying structures of commercial OA enterprises, this is little consolation. Never fear. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has a deal with CrossRef for scholar-publisher members (that’s you, as an individual) that means that the OASPA will allow you to get a DOI prefix and assign up to 50 DOIs inclusive of their membership fee, which is a much more reasonable 75 euros. In my case, because I hadn’t started the journal at that point, I was signed up as a non-voting member of OASPA, but this certainly helped.

Timescale-wise, my application to OASPA took much longer than usual (I am told) because CrossRef were in the process of updating their member agreement. I signed up on the 16th April and was ready to go by the 7th July. So budget in three months.

I highly recommend reading through all five of his posts when you’ve got a spare moment. It’s really worth it irrespective of whether you plan on starting a journal or not.

Big News of the Day: Most of you in the Blogland are quite excited about Wiley’s announcement that they’re adopting the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence for eight of their journals. It’s a good move and probably worthy of a pat on the back, but it was nice to see the brilliantly named blog, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, add some perspective on the issue (see here):

Next steps I would recommend to Wiley:

  • a commitment to publishing journals in a format suitable for data and/or text-mining and that will facilitate re-use of portions of content (for example, a CC-BY license on a locked-down PDF removes legal barriers to re-use, but not technical barriers)
  • a strengthened commitment to support for author self-archiving to allow authors more choice (not all authors have funding support for open access article processing fees)
  • prepare to compete for high quality publishing services at reasonable prices – consider a range of possible future competitors that includes PeerJ with prices starting at $99 for a lifetime of publishing

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