Just released on The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics Highlights The most amazing growth story of the first quarter of 2011 is that of Mendeley, jumping half a million articles downloadable for free, from 300,000 to 800,000, growth of 171% in just one quarter!! Since Mendeley is a DIY tool for researchers, this amazing growth [...]
Archive for March, 2011
Data from Ulrich’s strongly suggest that open access journals are more likely to be active than the journals of major commercial publishers! Details on The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.
March 22, 2011 post on Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics celebrating Judge Chin’s NO to the Google Books Settlement. My favorite line: Academic authors, almost by definition, are committed to maximizing access to knowledge (quote from Samuelson). This is in contrast to the Author’s Guild and Publisher’s Association, which are committed to profit. Hear, hear!!
As part of my commitment to transformative change in scholarly communication, I will be following an open thesis approach (with the blessing of my senior supervisor Rick Gruneau). So far the first draft of my introduction is openly available here http://pages.cmns.sfu.ca/heather-morrison/open-thesis-draft-introduction-march-2011/. Note that the intro is likely to undergo considerable changes after the rest of [...]
One question that often comes up as we transition to open access publishing is how to assess new open access journals. How do we know that these are legitimate? Here is my answer, informed and inspired by conversation on the SCHOLCOMM listserv, and reflecting my own perspective. THE KEY QUESTION for assessing the quality of [...]
Proposal for round table on The University in Crisis: Tradition, innovation, and employment in Communications departments, Emerging Scholars Network, International Association of Media Communication Researchers (IAMCR) 2011 conference The purpose of this presentation is to explore options for humanities & social sciences in general, and communication in particular, to advocate for support and growth by [...]