Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Elsevier threat to Open Access

It has been reported that Elsevier has been approaching university v-cs about taking repositories out of universities' hands. Publishers are feeling threatened by the researcher-led open access movement that supports full text access to publications via institutional repositories.

Most UK universities, such as Bournemouth University operate open-access repositories e.g. BURO, where researchers can voluntarily deposit final drafts of their pay-to-access journal publications online. Increasing numbers are also making deposition mandatory.

A repository operated by a journal publisher could set access conditions that undermine the needs of researchers and make it hard to search the data.

Stevan Harnad, a professor at the University of Southampton who champions institutional repositories via his Open Access Evangelism blog, suggests that this could give repository access only to an unsatisfactory version of a document.

>> Read Zoe Corbyn's story in the THE

Monday, 22 June 2009

2008 data now added to Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provides a systematic and objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling the references that cite articles, it helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals.

New JCR Web metrics and data complement the Impact Factor, depicting a more precise view of journal citation results, from a broader range of scholarly disciplines in farther-reaching contexts. Expanded analytical capabilities include Five-year Impact Factor, Eigenfactor™, Impact Factor boxplots, Rank-in-Category Tables and Journal Self-Citations.

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