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Insights : the UKSG journal
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.473
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Online) 2048-7754
Published by Ubiquity Press Limited Homepage  [36 journals]
  • Editorial

    • Abstract: Published on 2018-04-06 16:19:02
  • Tribute: Margaret Morgan 1948–2017

    • Abstract: Published on 2018-04-06 16:02:16
  • Social infrastructures in research communication: a personal view of the
           FORCE11 story

    • Abstract: There are a wide range of community organizations and projects that aim to support scholarly communications in one way or another. Scholarly societies are some of the longest standing and, as research communication has changed, new groups, organizations and projects appear – to solve problems and fill gaps. Amongst these organizations, FORCE11 has acted as a nucleus, support platform and convening point for community efforts on issues as wide-ranging as identifiers for research materials, implementing data and software citation systems, and on what we might mean when we talk about building a ‘scholarly commons’. I have personally been involved in FORCE11, attending the meetings that led to its formation, as a founding board member of the formal organization and, most recently, serving as President of the Board up until the end of 2017. In this article I give an entirely personal view, drawing on my perspective of those experiences and what it can do to illuminate the roles and interactions of the many organizations seeking to support change in research communications. Published on 2018-04-05 14:41:48
  • Understanding and supporting researchers’ choices in sharing their
           publications: the launch of the FairShare Network and Shareable PDF

    • Abstract: Researchers have for many years had access to new platforms and channels for networking and sharing resources, but the pace of growth in their usage of these networks has substantially increased recently. This has led to full-text sharing on a scale that concerns publishers and libraries, because of the proportion of such sharing that infringes copyright. This article summarizes key findings of a 2017 survey that explored researchers’ awareness of and behaviours in relation to scholarly collaboration networks and other emerging mechanisms for discovering and gaining access to content, along with their views on copyright. The article also describes ‘Shareable PDF’, a new approach to PDF-based sharing that better enables such sharing to be measured and contextualized, and which has recently been successfully launched with authors and readers. Published on 2018-03-28 14:47:55
  • Clearing the garden: ScholarlyHub as a new non-profit digital commons

    • Abstract: Open scholarly communications are being suffocated by for-profit and large-scale academic publishers on the one hand and undermined by commercial academic social networks on the other. A possible part of the solution to both is ScholarlyHub, a new initiative to create a non-profit digital commons. ScholarlyHub proposes to serve as a social ‘front end’ of the open access movement and offer an aggregating space for diverse initiatives in the world of scholarly communications, from mentoring and pre-print services and data storage, to peer review and publication. This article explains the pressing need to ‘clear the garden’ in order to enable research to flourish in its natural environment and details the progress of ScholarlyHub to date, looking ahead with optimism to a more collaborative and open future. Published on 2018-03-28 12:52:33
  • Shrinking horizons – or pushing boundaries'

    • Abstract: This paper expands on a presentation delivered to the UKSG One-Day Conference on 15 November 2017, which had the theme of ‘Shrinking horizons' Scholarly communication in an anti-globalization environment’. The unique context of Cardiff University as the only Russell Group university in Wales, and a member of both WHELF and the GW4 consortium is explained, with the challenges and opportunities that this brings. The political and economic drivers in Wales are described, with some of the implications for future strategies. An overview of the current benefits from collaborative working within Wales, at a regional and a UK level and globally, and some of the dilemmas faced, is provided, with suggestions on how library services might need to push their boundaries by thinking and acting more tactically. Without concerted action there are risks to scholarly communications, particularly monographs, but there is much that can be done by working collaboratively to achieve change. Published on 2018-03-21 16:40:38
  • What should we do with all these books' A feasibility study on
           collaborative monograph solutions

    • Abstract: Academic libraries in the UK are under increasing pressure to reduce their estate footprint or increase learning space in the library. Following the success of the UKRR, the National Monographs Steering Committee commissioned Information Power Ltd (IPL) to explore potential solutions for the collaborative management of monographs in the UK. Desk research and interviews with existing collaborations worldwide showed that there were three potential models in use: distributed storage and shared collection, physical consolidation of print materials into a shared repository and shared or co-operative storage facility. Interviews with key stakeholders in the UK HE sector and an online survey established that there was an appetite for collaborative management. The key issues include funding, sustainability and business models; shared bibliographic data; collection analysis; governance, leadership and administration; duplicate materials policy; and storage and retrieval from storage. IPL recommended that a national membership organization be formed (UKRR-M) which would offer a national solution with physical consolidation of print materials into a shared repository collection with central administration. Published on 2018-03-13 18:21:24
  • Collectivity and collaboration: imagining new forms of communality to
           create resilience in scholar-led publishing

    • Abstract: The Radical Open Access Collective (ROAC) is a community of scholar-led, not-for-profit presses, journals and other open access (OA) projects. The collective promotes a progressive vision for open access based on mutual alliances between the 45+ member presses and projects seeking to offer an alternative to commercial and legacy models of publishing. This article presents a case study of the collective, highlighting how it harnesses the strengths and organizational structures of not-for-profit, independent and scholar-led publishing communities by 1) further facilitating collective efforts through horizontal alliances, and by 2) enabling vertical forms of collaboration with other agencies and organizations within scholarly publishing. It provides a background to the origins of the ROAC, its members, its publishing models on display and its future plans, and highlights the importance of experimenting with and promoting new forms of communality in not-for-profit OA publishing. Published on 2018-03-05 16:59:32
  • Revisiting the identification of serials: ISSN goes linked

    • Abstract: The
      ISSN Register provides authoritative information about serials and other continuing resources worldwide, thanks to the input provided by the 89 National Centres belonging to the
      ISSN Network. The
      ISSN Register, maintained by the
      ISSN International Centre, stores metadata, e.g. resource identifiers and links between resources, whose key role has been emphasized by the emergence of linked data.  Access to
      ISSN Register information is provided by the
      ISSN Portal. The former portal was designed in 2004 and its search options did not allow users to discover and reuse data easily. Moreover, information was only available to
      ISSN customers. Since October 2016 the
      ISSN International Centre has been working on the implementation of a new portal, which started operating in January 2018. This new portal gives access to a sub-part of the data elements of the
      ISSN Register as linked open data. It also offers enriched and linked information to its subscribers, who benefit from enhanced services like the automation of data ingestion. Features such as data search and display and retrieval have also been greatly improved. Via interactions with other data repositories, the
      ISSN Register reuses additional information to foster information discoverability in the new
      ISSN Portal. Published on 2018-03-01 13:25:34
  • How to counter undeserving authorship

    • Abstract: The average number of authors listed on contributions to scientific journals has increased considerably over time. While this may be accounted for by the increased complexity of much research and a corresponding need for extended collaboration, several studies suggest that the prevalence of non-deserving authors on research papers is alarming. In this paper a combined qualitative and quantitative approach is suggested to reduce the number of undeserving authors on academic papers: 1) ask scholars who apply for positions to explain the basics of a random selection of their co-authored papers, and 2) in bibliometric measurements, divide publications and citations by the number of authors. Published on 2018-02-22 18:49:51
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