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ResearchGate faces lawsuit over alleged copyright infringements

ResearchGate, a popular social network and papers sharing site, may have to remove thousands of papers from their site.

Five publishers have formed the Coalition for Responsible Sharing and will be issuing takedown notifications to ResearchGate.  According to the coalition statement, ResearchGate has about 7 millions papers which have infringed copyrights.

Publishers who have joined the coalition so far are American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Elsevier, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer. These publishers are mindful that the issuing takedown notices is not a viable long-term solution, hence ACS and Elsevier have since filed a lawsuit against ResearchGate.

This is not the first time a publisher has taken action against copyright infringement by academic network sites. According to Nature News, Elsevier sent 3,000 takedown notices in 2013 to scholarly networks including Academia.edu.

There are legitimate ways to freely share your works and research articles without breaching copyrights. Contact your library for more information.

Open Access Week 2015 @ NTU

Singapore celebrates Open Access Week, and NTU Libraries will be holding 2 seminar talks in conjunction with NIE Library on open access and its related topics as part of OA Week.

#OpenAccess Publishing in Quality Journals with No Fees! Discover the possibilities…

Date: 20 Oct 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room, Lee Wee Nam Library
(30 seats available)

Topics include:
• Identify quality Open Access Journals via DOAJ
• Tips on making your publications more visible and discoverable*Light refreshments will be provided.


Discover and Be Discovered! – Open Access & Your Thesis

Date: 21 Oct 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room, Lee Wee Nam Library
(30 seats available)

Topics include:
• Benefits of making your PhD thesis open access
• Copyright matters and your thesis*Light refreshments will be provided.


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Open access journals in the Geosciences: SCRAAP before you publish in one

openaccessAre you looking to publish in an open access journal in the Geosciences? GSIS members have published a  list of “Open Access Journals in the Geosciences”  which has been fully updated with 2015 publication charges (article processing fees) and current impact factors. Selected physics, materials science, biology, and chemistry journals are also included.

Here at NTU libraries, science librarians have been teaching undergraduates the use of CRAAP – criteria for evaluating sources. CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Before considering whether to publish in an open access journal, consider doing the Scholar’s CRAAP (SCRAAP) Test to help you evaluate the call for papers and publisher’s web site.

NTU researchers’ can also promote open access by depositing your accepted (author-created version incorporating referee comments and is accepted for publication) version of the paper into your institutional repository. Here is a detailed guide on how you can do so.

1. Shaun Hardy, D. G. L. L., Carnegie Institution for Science, et al. (2015 April). “Open Access Journals in the Geosciences.” Retrieved 20th April 2015, from http://www.geoinfo.org/geooajour.html.
2. “Evaluating Calls for Papers:The SCRAAP Test – A CRAAP Test for Scholars.” from http://wiu.libguides.com/SCRAAP.

International Open Access Week 2014 (Oct 20 – 26)

Join us in celebrating International Open Access Week, Oct 20 – 26, 2014

Did you know …

– Individual articles can often be made Open Access (OA) by the author, even if they are published in a subscription based journal

– Many journal publishers (eg. Elsevier, IEEE, Sage, Springer) allow authors to deposit a version of their articles in an institutional repository

– Once in a repository, articles can be discovered via Google / Google Scholar, and the full text can be freely accessed

– Greater access means a larger potential readership, and may lead to more citations

– Many universities have made their theses available on OA and they are indexed by Google and OATD

How much do you know about Open Access?

Test your knowledge by taking NTU’s Open Access Quiz between Oct 20 – 31 and have a chance to win an iPad mini!

Impact of open access journals on the scientific publishing industry

Synapse, the student newspapers of the University of California – San Francisco, has written a 3-part series on the impact of open access journals on the current landscape of the scientific publishing industry. In their first installment, they talk about how these open access journals have changed the distribution model as well as how people access and read them. In the second installment, they look into how traditional journals have reacted against the open access journal movement. And in the final installment, they look at the costs involved in open access journals and other publishing models.

Part 1: Scientific Publishing: An Industry in Flux
Part 2: Scientific Publishing In The Era of Open Access
Part 3: Open Access Inspires New Publishing Models

NTU Libraries is also supportive of the open access movement; for more information on Open Access @ NTU, please visit the library’s OA page.

Does Open Access increase citations?

There is some evidence that papers available in open access repositories (such as the NTU online digital repository or arXiv.org) are cited more often than ones that are only available through subscription services. In the article Identifying the effect of open access on citations using a panel of science journals , the authors concluded that we find a more modest effect: moving from paid to open access increases cites by 8% on average in our sample. The benefit is concentrated among top-ranked journals. In fact, open access causes a statistically significant reduction in cites to the bottom-ranked journals in our sample, leading us to conjecture that open access may intensify competition among articles for readers’ attention, generating losers as well as winners.

In another article Self-selection and the citation advantage of open access articles, it was also reported that there is a citation increase for open access anthropological papers.

To learn more about NTU online digital repository, please visit DR-NTU.


Suspicious Open Access publisher?

Peter Woit investigates an Open Access publisher, called Science Publishing Group, who invited him to be an editor, reviewer or publish articles in their journals.

“This included a special deal on the “Article Processing Charge”: $70 or $120 before May 15. I’ve been highly suspicious of all “author pays” open access schemes in math or physics, so I decided to check into what this one was.”

Digging deeper into the articles on the website, he discovers some troubling problems. Read more about what Peter found.

About Open Access

Peter Suber, Director of Harvard Open Access Project, defines Open-access (OA) literature as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions”. OA literature is delivered through either OA journals (Gold OA) or OA archives/repositories (Green OA).

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides access to scientific and scholarly periodicals that publish research or review papers in full text. Users can browse the open access journals by subject. For example, there are 242 Mathematics and 50 Statistics open access journals.


OA repositories can be organized by discipline or institution. arXiv, an OA repository owned and operated by Cornell University, provides open access to over 800,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. The Directory of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories around the world. Users can browse the repositories by subjects or by countries. Links to the open repository of NTU, NUS and SMU can be found under Asia and then Singapore.





DR-NTU is our own Open Repository at NTU. Provost announced NTU’s Open Access Mandate in August 2011 (see message). It requires all NTU staff to deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscript of journal articles and conference papers electronically to the Digital Repository (DR-NTU) maintained by the Library upon acceptance of their publications, so that these can be made available, whenever possible, for global access through the Internet. Read here to learn how to submit publications to DR-NTU.

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