This webcast will focus on information on article level metrics with Jennifer Lin.
Building New Measures for Impact: Article Level Metrics

Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:30 – 5:30PM CEST
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by July 9th.

In March 2009, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) became the first publisher to track transparent and comprehensive information about the usage and reach of published articles – rather than journals – so that the academic community has another avenue to help assess their value. These measures are called “Article-Level Metrics (ALMs),” and currently include:

– Article Usage Statistics – HTML pageviews, and PDF and XML downloads;
– Citations – From Web of Science, PubMed Central, Scopus, and Crossref:
– Social Bookmarks – currently from CiteULike and Connotea;
– Comments – left by article readers
– Notes – also from readers
– Blog posts – aggregated from a variety of sources

A primary aim of Article Level Metrics is to provide the academic community with new ways to evaluate individual articles directly on their own merits, rather than on the reputation of the journal in which they happen to be published. As a result, Article Level Metrics hold the promise of helping new ways for measuring and evaluating research quality – and impact – to evolve.

On July 12, please join us as we host Jennifer Lin, Product Manager of PLoS, for an in-depth look at the current status of Article-Level Metrics, a discussion of their efforts to reach out to institutions; publishers; and funders for wide-spread adoption, and a glimpse into what is on the horizon for further development.

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Building New Measures for Impact: Article Level Metrics
Another free SPARC Europe online event
Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:30 – 5:30PM CEST
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by July 9th.
Location: Sweden

Jane on June 27th, 2012

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In April 2012, the World Bank announced that it will implement a new Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products, effective July 1, 2012.

According to a World Bank press release…., the new policy builds on recent efforts to increase access to information at the World Bank and to make its research as widely available as possible…the Bank launched a new Open Knowledge Repository and adopted a set of Creative Commons copyright licenses. The policy will effectively make World Bank research freely available online without charge or restrictions via the Open Knowledge Repository. Peter Suber participated in a panel that discussed the World Banks new OA policy and global development at the May 21, 2012 launch event.

– The World Bank, Bank Publications and Research Now Easier to Access, Reuse
– The World Bank, World Bank Open Access Policy for Formal Publications
– The World Bank, What the World Banks Open Access Policy Means for Development (video)

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May 2, 2012, 2:35 pm

By Jennifer Howard

Throwing its weight behind open access, the British government has declared it wants to make all research paid for with public money freely available online. If it succeeds, the move is likely…

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Jane on April 26th, 2012

Open (wide) access. By: Hancocks, Stephen. British Dental Journal,
4/14/2012, Vol. 212 Issue 7, p301-301, 1p;
DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.269

Jane on April 24th, 2012

The Scholarly Communication program in the Center for Digital Scholarship has launched a new web site, Open Access@KU: The web site contains information about open access efforts at KU and around the world.