ATG News & Announcements 4/26/19

by | Apr 26, 2019 | 0 comments



According to Inside Higher ED In a move that could signal the beginning of a significant shift for its business model, publisher Elsevier has agreed to its first “read-and-publish” deal with a national consortium of universities and research institutions in Norway.

Rather than paying separately to access content behind paywalls and make selected individual articles immediately available to the public, the Norwegian consortium has signed a deal that rolls the two costs into one.

infoDOCKET reports that “Jisc and Springer Nature have agreed a further ‘read and publish’ agreement that meets the aims of Plan S and offers researchers a funder compliant route to publishing in hybrid journals. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications funded by public grants must be published in Open Access journals or platforms…”

(For a discussion of these complicated open access issues, see this 3-part ATG series: Plan S Divides The Global Scientific Community…)

Also according the infoDOCKET “… In step with the explosion of data science across campus — including a new division, major, and undergraduate course that is the fastest-growing in university history — the Library has launched the UC Berkeley Library Data Initiatives Plan. Developed over years of conversations with librarians and campus partners, the plan is a multifaceted strategy for supporting Berkeley’s changing research landscape…”

According to this press release “scholarly publishing technology provider, HighWire, has been issued a patent for the algorithm and design which underlies the HighWire Vizor Rejected Article Tracker.

Information Today reports that “FlatWorld published a new study on college textbook costs and students’ purchasing habits. It is based on a survey of 368 undergraduate students who are enrolled in college for the spring 2019 semester and “reveals persistent negative attitudes towards textbook prices, a preference for used print over digital formats, and Amazon’s dominance of the market.”









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