Scope and Purpose:
This page was created to alert UMBC students, faculty and staff to current events in scholarly communication, and to highlight our partners, both commercial and academic, in addressing the scholarly communications crisis.
UMBC Documents on Scholarly Communication
- UMBC Digital Repository Research
This site contains general information about UMBC units willing to partner in an institutional repository along with general information about repositories.
- UMBC's Digital Collections page
This site features selected materials from the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Currently, the majority of the digital collections draw upon the rich and unique holdings of the Special Collections and Archives, making them available online to researchers on campus and around the world. Items cover a broad range of topics and include photographs, electronic theses and dissertations from UMBC candidates, posters, playbills, and other ephemera.
- The Future of Scholarly Communication: A White Paper
"The USMAI libraries recommend that the USMAI constituencies construct a new vision of the future that supports "open access" and alternative publishing models that foster competition and more efficient methods of distributing and evaluating scholarly work."
- Library Policy Committee Report to the Faculty Senate
This report was presented to the UMBC Faculty Senate at its April 13, 2004 meeting.
- Open Access Fact Sheet
The UMBC Library is exploring several open access options, several of which are expounded upon here. Others options, including SPARC, which is not covered here because of the cost, are still viable and thus worthly of consideration.
Selected institutions which have adopted open access policies
- Duke University
- Harvard University
- Stanford University School of Education
- Cornell University
- University of Kansas
- Oberlin College
- University of Northern Colorado Libraries
- Boston University
- Columbia University
- University of Wisconsin Madison
- Oregon State University
- University of Connecticut
- Trinity University
Currents/NewsCurrent topics, actions, links, activities in scholarly communication
- GBS March Madness: Paths Forward for the Google Books Settlement
March 4, 2010. When will Google Books services be available? This table gives some idea of how difficult that would be to predict.
- Nature Chemistry: Communicating Chemistry
vol.1, 673 - 678 (2009). What has prevented the widespread adoption of web-based scholarly communication by chemists?
- St. Olaf College
October, 2009. SGA Passes Resolution to Support Open Access.
- DeepDyve - a Research, Rent, Read Service, with article rentals at 99 cents each
October, 2009. Could services like this be part of a solution for academe? It was called 'the Netflix of Academic Journals' in an October 29, 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education article.
- Open letter from liberal arts college presidents supporting the Federal
Research Public Access Act of 2009
September, 2009. See also following entry:
- Insider Higher Ed, article on the above cited letter
September 24, 2009 -- provides context for the above Open Letter.
- The Dark Side of Online Journals: Commercial publishers dominate online scholarly journal production
June, 2009 -- Summarizes economic and market forces at work in the publishing industry against the interests of higher education institutions.
- Scholarly Communication: Crisis and Revolution
February 2, 2009 -- Summarizes forces which are creating rapid and fundamental changes in academic publishing, and 'in how scholars will want to receive, review, and distribute contributions to their fields of study.'
- University Council Approves Open Access Plan:
BU to create free archive of faculty research
February 17, 2009 -- 'Boston University took a giant step towards greater access to academic scholarship and research on February 11, when the University Council voted to support an open access system that would make scholarly work of the faculty and staff available online to anyone, for free, as long as the authors are credited and the scholarship is not used for profit.'
- Author's Rights, Tout de Suite
October, 2008 -- The latest Digital Scholarship publication, is designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of author's rights and to foster further exploration of this topic though liberal use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites.
- CAUT Intellectual Property Advisory: Retaining Copyright in Journal Articles
July, 2008 -- Canadian Association of University Teachers advises on faculty retention of copyright.
- Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources
May, 2008 -- Analysis of what needs to be done to make academic online publishing projects economically feasible in the long term.
- SCOAP3 - Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
December, 2007 -- As described by Gene Sprouse on the liblicense email list at Yale: SCOAP3 is an initiative to convert all of the major high energy physics (HEP) journals to Open Access. It would redirect library funds for HEP journals to a consortium that would then negotiate with publishers in order to reach the OA goals. Although the SCOAP3 initiative sails under the banner of Open Access, it brings in its wake the prospect of reducing the aggregate cost to libraries of HEP journals.
- Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Scholarly Communication:
Survey Findings from the University Of California
August, 2007 -- Reports and analyzes 1,100+ survey responses covering a range of scholarly communication issues from faculty across disciplines and ranks. Results (among others): faculty shown as conforming to the norms in their disciplines; promotion/tenure processes are central to reinforcing conservative behaviors.
- University Publishing In A Digital Age
July, 2007 -- 'Argues that a renewed commitment to publishing in its broadest sense can enable universities to more fully realize the potential global impact of their academic programs, enhance the reputations of their institutions, maintain a strong voice in determining what constitutes important scholarship, and in some cases reduce costs.'
- Results of a Study on Researchers' Acceptance and Use of Open Access Publishing
March, 2007 -- Reports that despite acceptance of Open Access principles, scientists are reluctant to publish in Open Access outlets.
- ASCB (American Society for Cell Biology) Position Paper
February, 2007--Supports efforts to require free public access to biomedical research.
- Currents Archive
In order to keep this page from getting out of hand, we are archiving older links here.
Partners in Scholarly CommunicationThese organizations are at the forefront of changes in scholarly communcations
- BioMed Central
"BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research... BioMed Central is committed to ensuring efficient and effective quality control through full and stringent peer review."
- Create Change
"Seeks to address the crisis in scholarly communication by helping scholars regain control of the scholarly communication system-- a system that should exist chiefly for them, their students, and their colleagues in the worldwide scholarly community, not primarily for the benefit of publishing businesses and their shareholders. Sponsored by Association of Research Libraries, Association of College and Research Libraries, and SPARC with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation."
- Public Library of Science (PLOS)
"The Public Library of Science is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource."
"Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations built as a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system."
- Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
"ACRL's Scholarly Communication Initiative"
- Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
"Principles and Strategies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication"
- Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
"Issues in Scholarly Communication"
- ARL Statistics and Measurement Program
Monograph and Serial Expenditures in ARL Libraries, 1986-2006
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
"IFLA Statement on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation"
- Council on Library and Information Resources, pub114: New-Model Scholarship:
How Will It Survive? Executive Summary
Explores emerging types of scholarship and the models of stewardship for disseminating and preserving them.
- Open Access Now
BioMed Central's compilation of materials from the UK House of Commons Science & Technology Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publications
- Nature's Open Access Forum
Articles on Open Access
- Directory of Open Access Journals
Lists over 800 open access journals
- Right To Research Coalition
Student government resolutions on open access
University Web Pages on Scholarly CommunicationThese pages contain outstanding expressions of academe's point of view, from leading campuses
Summary of the Problem, the Reasons, the Solutions
- The Johns Hopkins Scholarly Communications Group
"Dedicated to fostering open access to quality information..."
Issues in the Journal Publishing Environment
- University of California
Page on Reshaping Scholarly Communication
- Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
Posted by Charles W. Bailey, Jr., University of Houston. Last updated 12/15/2009
- Open Access Bibliography:
Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals
Also Posted by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
- Open Access Webliography
Posted by Adrian K. Ho and Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
Scholarly Communication, UM Libraries
- UMUC Center for Intellectual Property
Scholarly Communication Initiatives
- Budapest Open Access Initiative
Registries of Institutional RepositoriesLocate institutional repositories through these sites
- OpenDOAR: The Directory of Open Access Repositories
- ROAR: Registry of Open Access Repositories
- ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies
Institutional RepositoriesThese are examples of the repositories being developed at other institutions.
- DRUM - Digital Repository at the University of Maryland
- University of California, eScholarship Repository
- Cornell University's digital repository
- MIT's digital repository
- DSpace Federation
DSpace is the software used by UMCP, Cornell, MIT, etc. for their digital repositories
- UMI Digital Commons
A for-profit option
- ProQuest Digital Dissertations
A for-profit option
- NDLTD - The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
Publisher Policies for Open Archives
- RoMEO (Rights MEtadata for Open archiving), a service maintained by SHERPA - a UK project to investigate issues in the future of scholarly communication
Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.