Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) & Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)

Chuck Eckman of UC Berkeley will speak about BRII. BRII, co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Research and the University Librarian, is an 18-month pilot project supporting faculty members, post docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles open access. SCOAP3 is a consortium that will attempt to facilitate Open Access publishing in High Energy Physics. By re-directing subscription money, everyone (universities, labs and funding agencies) involved in producing the literature of particle physics pays into a consortium (SCOAP3) which then pays publishers so that all articles in the filed are open access.

All presentations are available on YouTube if you're interested.

We must actively seek failure...

  • Commercialization of scholarly discourse.
  • growth of author/producer-paid models
  • ensuing continuity in the "pluralist phase" of scholarly communications
UC faculty attitudes and behaviors:
  • 75% aware of journal pricing rising
  • 63% existing peer review process discourages new forms of high quality peer-reviewed publishing
  • 22% say they have published in an open access venue.
BRII Basics:

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