April 24, 2009

Sci-Eng librarian succeeds in altering publishing agreement

Lisa Johnston, Physics, Astronomy and Geology Librarian at the U-MN Science & Engineering Library, successfully negotiated changes to the Taylor and Francis publishing agreement. Read her recounting of her experience in her blog entry "A Copyright Story." Congratulations, Lisa!


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April 17, 2009

Harvard and American Physical Society reach agreement on public access mandate

On April 9, Harvard and APS have issued a joint press release, from which the following is excerpted:

The Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the American Physical Society (APS) announced jointly today that they have entered into an agreement to facilitate faculty compliance with the University’s open access policies when Harvard faculty members publish in the APS journals, comprising Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, and Reviews of Modern Physics. As a result of the new agreement, APS recognizes Harvard's open access license and will not require copyright agreement addenda or waivers, in exchange for Harvard's clarification of its intended use of the license. In general terms, in exercising its license under the open access policies, Harvard will not use a facsimile of the published version without permission of the publisher, will not charge for the display or distribution of those articles, and will provide an online link to the publisher's definitive version of the articles where possible. The agreement does not restrict fair use of the articles in any way.

Three of Harvard’s ten faculties have passed open access resolutions within the past 14 months, most recently Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The main beneficiaries of the Harvard-APS agreement will be physics faculty members, who are no longer obliged to acquire waivers of Harvard’s prior license. In addition, other institutions and their authors may find the agreement to be a useful model in their interactions with APS and other scholarly publishers.

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April 10, 2009

Scholarly publishers consider price freezes

In her article in the Chronicle of Higher Education's April 10 issue, "University Press Hears Libraries' Pleas and Freezes Journal Prices," Jennifer Howard tells how publishers like Annual Reviews and Rockefeller University Press have decided not to raise their prices in 2010. This comes in response to formal requests from organizations like the Association of Research Libraries and the International Coalition of Library Consortia.

Some compelling statements from publishers in the article:

"We understand the pressure that librarians are under because of budget cuts in the current economic climate, and we realized that even if we kept our prices the same, we could continue, we hope, to bring in enough revenue to operate. We still need income to publish journals, [he said, but as a nonprofit] we don't have to provide a dividend to shareholders."
-- Mike Rossner, executive director, Rockefeller University Press

"We don't have the margin that a lot of companies, particularly commercial companies, have [... This year the press will stick to what she called] the most moderate price increase we can possibly pass along, [perhaps as low as 3 percent for digital-only journals]. We're still running the numbers and seeing what we can tolerate. We're trying really hard. [The California press] paid very close attention to the statements [from the library groups]. We know it's a tough budget environment for them. It's a tough climate for all of us."

-- Rebecca Simon, associate director and director of journals and digital publishing, University of California Press

"[Presses and libraries] live and die together, really. We understand the pressures that are on them and don't want to do anything to damage that relationship."
-- William M. Breichner, journals publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press

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April 2, 2009

Directory of Open Access Journals reaches 4000 title threshold

DOAJ now offers 4000 peer reviewed journals:


The University Libraries support this initiative through an institutional membership.

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