Library News - September 2008
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By Jean Phillips


AGU: The Demise of Print
(Eos Trans., AGU, v.89, no.28, p257)

The American Geophysical Union is probably the first important publisher in the earth sciences to decide to stop printing its journals. By 2011, all AGU journals, except EOS, will be online-only products. In 2002, the AGU made the electronic journal the version of record. To address concerns about the longevity of its journals, the AGU:

has taken steps to ensure the continuing availability of its archived online material such as using only nonproprietary software, converting text and graphics to file formats that can be carried forward, endowing a dedicated long-termcare trust fund, and arranging to have redundant copies of its online material on three different tectonic plates. These steps not only protect the archive but also assure that the content of journals can be migrated to new formats as technology changes.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries converted all of its print subscriptions (except EOS) to electronic access only in fall 2007. The libraries now provide electronic access to all of its AGU subscriptions from volume 1 to date.

To recap, the campus subscribes to the following AGU journals:

Journal of Geophysical Research (all series)
Geophysical Research Letters
Reviews of Geophysics
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Water Resources Research

Journals can be accessed from the campus E-Journals list or from the Schwerdtfeger Library Electronic Journals.


How Can Authors Pay for Open Access Charges?

Earlier this year, the University of California at Berkeley launched the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, a pilot program co-sponsored by the University Librarian and the Vice Chancellor for Research to cover publication charges for open-access journals. Faculty, post-doc and graduate students can apply for up to $3000 to cover the cost of publishing an article in an open-access publication.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the library's Scholarly Communication and Publishing Committee is preparing draft guidelines and criteria to include fund guidelines and a funding process to help authors who want to publish in open access journals. That work is expected to be completed over the summer. Currently, the libraries have seed money in a gift fund which has helped some authors defray as much as $1500 of open access publishing costs.

Better Access to Scientific Articles on EU-Funded Research

The European Commission wants to ensure that the results of the research it funds are disseminated as widely and effectively as possible to guarantee maximum exploitation and impact in the world of researchers and beyond. The Commission launched a pilot project that will give unrestricted online access to EU-funded research results, primarily research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, after an embargo period of between 6 and 12 months. The pilot will cover around 20% of the Research Framework Programme's (FP7) budget in areas such as health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies.

To read more about it, see the EU's recent press release.


The Future of Science: Building a Better Collective Memory

Historically, the culture of science has rewarded shared discovery with prestige and jobs. Michael Nielsen, in a recent blog-essay discusses the culture of science and how, in his view, it is tending to retard adoption of collaborative tools and open access. He contends that "the internet offers us the first major opportunity to improve this collective long-term memory, and to create a collective short-term working memory, a conversational commons for the rapid collaborative development of ideas. The process of scientific discovery - how we do science - will change more over the next 20 years than in the past 300 years."



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