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The UVM Libraries Announce ScholarWorks


In celebration of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21st – 27th, 2013), the UVM Libraries are proud to announce ScholarWorks @ UVM, a new digital repository that provides for the organization, dissemination, and management of digital materials created by UVM faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators. Our goal is to increase access to the scholarly and creative output of the university and to preserve these works in digital form.

We invite you to look at the first collections created. You’ll find recent theses from environmental studies students, family medicine articles, library science presentations, and specimen notebooks and drawings from the Pringle Herbarium.

Most importantly, we’re hoping you’ll consider contributions of your own. ScholarWorks @ UVM can help make your increase the discoverabilty of your scholarship on the Internet.

Though the publisher’s PDF of your published article may be behind a paywall, you can make the preprint or postprint available through ScholarWorks, increasing access to your scholarship. Many leading publishers now allow the deposit of journal article preprints and postprints into the author’s institutional repository (see the Sherpa/Romeo database for a summary of publishers’ permissions. http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/).

Grant reports, white papers, posters, presentations, newsletters, annual reports, and other publications of enduring value can be published in ScholarWorks @ UVM. Student work, such as College Honors Theses, may also be deposited. ScholarWorks accepts materials in multiple formats, including audio and video. ScholarWorks @ UVM offers customizable web sites for conference proceedings, both to accept papers for an upcoming conference, and to display the proceedings after the event is over. Publications in ScholarWorks @ UVM are indexed by Google and Google Scholar.

For more information:
See ScholarWorks @ UVM Policies and Guidelines http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/about.html

Contact your library liaison at Bailey/Howe
or Dana Medical Library

Contact Associate Library Professor Donna O’Malley
donna.omalley@uvm.edu, (802) 656-4415



Illustration by Charles J. Sprague from the Frost Cryptogamic Herbarium

Open Access Week


Open Access Week will be observed October 21-27, 2013 with the theme “Redefining Impact.” During the week, the academic and research community come together to promote Open Access, the concept of “free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results.” Organized by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), events will include conferences, forum discussions and workshops on the benefits of openly sharing collaborative research tools and data. The events will be held in the United States, Canada, Brazil, several European countries and Turkey.

In the spirit of free access, the discussions and presentations will be streamed live and can be freely accessed at www.openaccessweek.org.

Examing the Peer-Review Process


Duke University LIbraries’ blog, Scholarly Communications @ Duke, has an interesting piece examining the peer-review process, and how peer-review journal content is presented in many of the large databases we all use. The post, entitled “The big picture about peer-review,” is authored by Kevin Smith, Duke’s first Scholarly Communications Officer. He makes a compelling case for “Open peer-review, where an article is published along with the comments that were made about it during the evaluation process.” To read the full article, go to: http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2013/10/10/the-big-picture-about-peer-review/#sthash.It6xn0zH.dpuf.

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Open Access Journal Publisher


By George Krikorian, Dana Medical Library

PeerJ is a new online academic journal publisher dedicated to open access and innovation. The publisher runs two publications: a journal called PeerJ, and a preprint server called “PeerJ PrePrints.” It boasts annual savings on publication, 801 world-class academic editors, and provides 100% Open Access to peer-reviewed research.

Essential Features:

  • Creative Commons license allows for quick, free distribution and use of peer-reviewed content.
  • Publication based solely on scientific validity.
  • Low publication costs due to one-time lifetime membership.
  • Rapid development of new features and improved functionality.

Head to their website to sign up or learn more!

Choosing Where to Publish

Open access literature is literature that is digital, available online, free of charge and free of most restrictions on copyright and licensing. By removing the price barriers and permission barriers that often limit access to scholarly publications, open access publishing offers the potential to mitigate the crisis in scholarly communication and to ensure wider dissemination of academic research and knowledge at greatly reduced costs to scholars and institutions.

While most open access publishers are ethically run for the common good, there are a few open access publishers who exploit the author-pays model solely for the purpose of making a profit. Beall’s List of Predatory, Open-Access Journals outlines the top offenders to help you make an informed decision as to where to publish.

Jeffrey Beall is an academic librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado at Denver, who writes the Scholarly Open Access blog. He also publishes a list of predatory open access publishers, who he describes as “those that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.”


Ward Named Chair of PLoS Board

The board of directors of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) has appointed Gary Ward, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, as board chairman, effective January 1, 2011. Ward, a charter member of the PLoS Biology Editorial Board, has a longstanding association with PLoS and was recognized by the organization for his expertise in and support of Open Access — a policy of providing free, public online access to scientific research literature.

Ward received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He served as a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health’s Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases for seven years before joining the UVM faculty in 1996. Ward currently serves as co-director of the Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases at UVM.

In its appointment announcement, PLoS cited Ward’s Open Access credentials, which include his present role as chair of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, past membership in the NLM Public Access Working Group, and membership in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Open Access working group.

“The board feels confident that Gary’s insights into PLoS’s vision, his engaging and collaborative style, and his commitment to Open Access will make him a highly effective leader at this critical juncture in PLoS’ history, as we seek new and powerful ways to communicate and enhance the advancements of science,” stated the announcement of Ward’s appointment by Liz Allen on PLoS Blogs.

Release Date: 11-30-2010

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Email: Jennifer.Nachbur@uvm.edu
Phone: 802/656-7875 Fax: 802-656-3961

Scholarly Publishing Class

On October 20th, Professor Gary Ward, UVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, will join Dana Librarian Jeanene Light for a session on Scholarly Publishing. The presentation will include how to select a quality journal in which to publish, ways to navigate the copyright and author’s rights portions of the submission process, and the potential benefits open access and other alternative publishing models have for authors and researchers. Register for the noon session by contacting Donna O’Malley.