Tech tips

This page may not include all relevant posts as of Dec. 6, 2019. The advice for Title not found and downloading DOAJ metadata without messing up the characters remains relevant.

Recommended model: OA journal subsidy

One model that I recommend (unlike APC, a model that I study but do not necessarily recommend, is a national OA journal subsidy approach) – more here: Morrison, H. (2019). National open access journal subsidy. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2019/07/15/national-open-access-journal-subsidy/

Morrison, H. (2015). $1,300 per article or $25K / year in subsidy can generously support quality scholar-led OA journal publishing. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2015/05/14/1300-per-article-or-25k-year-in-subsidy-can-generously-support-quality-scholar-led-oa-journal-publishing/


When a journal stops publishing, changes publisher or status

It is common for scholarly journals to stop publishing, change title, move to another publisher. A journal that was open access at one point in time might only be available through subscription later on. Posts in this section document issues found as well as best practices observed.

Title not found: room for improvement in maintaining access to content when journals cease

Morrison, H. (2019). Springer Open: Ceased, now hybrid, OA identification challenges. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2019/07/22/springer-open-ceased-now-hybrid-oa-identification-challenges/

  • In brief: this post is an illustration of what can happen if attention is not paid to making open access journals OA, and easily identifiable as OA, for the long term. A number of recently established journals published by Springer Open have ceased publishing. If you look hard enough, the content is still there, but it is only available through the SpringerLink subscription site. OA material is identified as OA, but this is not as prominent as the lock indicator for material that is not OA.

Morrison, H. (2018). Ceased and transferred publications and archiving: Best practices and room for improvement. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2018/07/05/ceased-and-transferred-publications-and-archiving-best-practices-and-room-for-improvement/

Laprade, K. (2017). SAGE Publications 2016 & 2017 Data Analysis (including Libertas Academica). Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2017/04/11/sage-publications-2016-2017-data-analysis-including-libertas-academica/

  • Key point: CLOCKKS announced the triggering of Libertas Academica titles, that is, they are now available from CLOCKKS as they are no longer being published. The Libertas Academica site is no longer available as the publisher was acquired by Sage; Sage did not continue these particular journals.

Publishing in partnership?

As of 2016 SpringerOpen had a good model for language and linking to sponsors of open access journals:

Morrison, H. (2016). SpringerOpen: About 40% of journals fully sponsored, good clear language examples. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2016/05/09/springeropen-about-40-of-journals-fully-sponsored-good-clear-language-examples/


Copyright & licensing

Morrison, H., & Desautels, L. (2016). Editorial – Open access, copyright and licensing: Basics for open access publishers. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports. Retrieved from http://www.jocr.co.in/wp/2016/01/02/2250-0685-360-fulltext/

Morrison, H. (2019). Informed consent in the context of open licensing: Some questions for discussion. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2019/08/27/informed-consent-in-the-context-of-open-licensing-some-questions-for-discussion/


For scholarly societies

Morrison, H. (2015). Deals for members and journal as publicity for society membership: Options for society journals. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2015/05/21/deals-for-members-and-journal-as-publicity-for-society-membership-options-for-society-journals/


Morrison, H. (2019). Publisher: N/A, or the complexity of understanding “the publisher” (method notes). Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2019/08/22/publisher-n-a-or-the-complexity-of-understanding-the-publisher-method-notes/

Tech tip for DOAJ journals contributing metadata to DOAJ: check your publication year

https://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/2015/03/12/how-to-download-and-work-with-doaj-journal-metadata-without-messing-up-the-characters-in-the-journal-titles-and-publisher-names/

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