ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Saturday, January 31, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Time: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00-2:30
Location: McCormick Place West, W176a

Please join us for three presentations on scholarly communications services.

Supporting Open Access Publishing via Open Journal Systems – One Library’s experience
Beth Bernhardt, UNC-Greensboro

Academic libraries have traditionally purchased journals that hold content created by their researchers. With the growing push for open access, libraries now have opportunities to assist their faculty members in creating and providing scholarly content directly to users. One such endeavor is Open Journal Systems (OJS), a software system developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), and created specifically to facilitate open access scholarly publishing.

In 2010, The UNC Greensboro University Libraries started providing support for faculty who wished to publish open access journals through OJS. The library currently hosts seven journals, with two more in development. This presentation will discuss our experience in implementing OJS, training faculty to use it, and issues and discoveries made along the way.


Library Funding of Open Access Publication Fees: Effects on Faculty Behavior and Attitude
Jonathan Nabe and Andrea Imre, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

As part of the effort to provide an alternative to unsustainably priced subscription-based journals, some academic libraries have established funds to cover article processing charges in open access journals for faculty. One of the aims of such funds is to increase awareness of and participation in open access publishing, beyond the individual articles funded. There has been little or no reported analysis on the effectiveness of such funds in changing faculty publishing patterns. Our presentation will provide an assessment of the effects of a library open access fund on funded authors’ attitudes and subsequent publishing behavior. We will provide background information on the SIU COPE (SIU Carbondale Open-Access Publishing Equity) Fund, established in 2011, and provide results from publication history and survey analysis.


A For-Fee Scholarly Publishing Service Based in the Library
Kevin S. Hawkins, University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is launching a new library-based service to publish works of scholarship, both new and reissued, from the UNT community. All publications, published under the Eagle Editions imprint, are freely available to read online, and some are also be available in print, e-books, or both. The cost to publish varies by the services chosen by the publishing partner; prices are based on fees charged by freelancers and vendors that carry out editing and design tasks. Libraries staff members advise on options for distribution in print and e-book formats, partnering with the UNT Press on some projects but generally leaving authors to make arrangements with distributors. This presentation will give an overview of this new service and its fee structure.


A brief business meeting will follow the presentations.

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