29 يناير 2015

Fostering open access in Asia

Fostering open access in Asia

Research output in Asia is growing fast. According to National Science Foundation indicators published in February this year, the number of articles published by researchers in Asian countries increased from 89,000 in 1997 to 212,000 in 2011.
If that trend continues, Asia – with China very much in the vanguard – is likely to overtake both the US and European Union in terms of research output in the very near future. A Royal Society report from 2011 predicted that China would overtake the US sometime around now!
Science and Engineering article figures

28 يناير 2015

Open Access in Research

Open access in research: catch up on the debate following the Finch Report

'Open' sign on small business door

The UK recently unveiled its proposal to make all publicly funded research open access. We round up some of the main views on the controversial plans here

Following the government's announcement in July that it plans to make all research open access by 2014, a heated debate has developed, questioning this radical decision. This comes in the wake of a boycott of the Dutch publisher Elsevier, launching this transformation of the academic world as we know it.

27 يناير 2015

Sudan Open Archive

The Sudan Open Archive

A digital Library for Sudan: SOA 3.0

The Sudan Open Archive offers free digital access to knowledge about all regions of Sudan. It is an expanding word-searchable, full-text database of historical and contemporary books and documents. The current version SA 3.0 incorporates a comprehensive, interactive guide to internet resources on Sudan. It also includes two new special collections: the first thirty two volumes of Sudan Notes and Records, Sudan's flagship scholarly journal, and the collected papers of the late Sudan Scholar, Richard Gray.

The Sudan Open Archive

26 يناير 2015

Monographs and Open Access Project: hefce

Higher Education Funding Council for England:
Monographs and Open Access Project

The Monographs and Open Access Project was set up to consider the place of monographs in the arts, humanities and social science disciplines, and how they fit into the developing world of open access to research. The project was led by Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and was commissioned by HEFCE in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Evidence to support the project was gathered through an programme of consultations, surveys, data-gathering and research activities. The research was supported and shaped by an Expert Reference Group of publishers, academics, librarians, funders, open access experts in the UK and overseas.

For the findings and other details about this project follow the link

22 يناير 2015

21st Annual Conference & Exhibition of Special Libraries Association -- Gulf Chapter

21st Annual Conference & Exhibition of Special Libraries Association (Gulf Chapter) 

The Internet and the Positive Change to Librarians and Information Professionals: Creating Real Future Impact
from 17-19 March 2015 Abu Dabhi, United Arab Emirates

Important Dates

  1. The Conference Date 17-19/3/2015
  2. Abstracts Deadline 1/10/2014
  3. Response of Acceptance 15/9/2014
  4. Full Paper Deadline 1/12/2014
  5. Response of Acceptance 15/12/2014

Conference website: http://www.slaagc2015.org/


21 يناير 2015

Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library

Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library: AMEEL

AMEEL is a Web-based portal and a digital collection of information for the study of the Middle East, including its history, culture, development, and contemporary face. Within this portal, Yale University Library integrates existing scholarly digital content with newly digitized resources to make such materials easier to find and use efficiently and freely.
Currently, AMEEL holds approximately 350,000 pages of full text, indexed and searchable in the language of publication including Arabic and Western scripts. The full text in AMEEL has been extracted using Optical Character Recognition software (OCR) rather than re-keying all works. Our digitization team aimed for accuracy rates of higher than 90% when converting modern Arabic text.
What's in AMEEL?
  • Journals: a regional selection of academic journals from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia
  • Abstracts from Brill's Encyclopedia of Islam, THREE
  • Dictionaries: Lane's Lexicon, among others
  • Manuscripts: selections from Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library and the Medical Historical collection at Yale's School of Medicine
  • Manuscript Catalogs
  • Gazettes: Syrian Gazette (الجريدة الرسمية (سورية)) and The Palestine Gazette. The digital copies for both gazettes span 1919 to 1948.
  • Manuscripts: selections from University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 
You may search all materials listed. Please Note: "Y" next to a journal title indicates Yale campus only viewing.

20 يناير 2015

Open Access Manuscripts Library: King Saud University

Open Access Manuscripts Libraray: 

King Saud University Library

The manuscript digital library contains more than eleven thousands manuscripts where visitors can browse manuscripts, read and get copies in form of images or PDF files.

The Makhtota Manuscripts of King Saud University may be browsed or searched by following link

19 يناير 2015

A Free Archive of Biomedical and Life Sciences Journal Literature

Pub Med Central PMC 

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). In keeping with NLM’s legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to NLM’s extensive print journal collection. Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Free Access: A Core Principle of PMC

As an archive, PMC is designed to provide permanent access to all of its content, even as technology evolves and current digital literature formats potentially become obsolete. NLM believes that the best way to ensure the accessibility and viability of digital material over time is through consistent and active use of the archive. For this reason, free access to all of its journal literature is a core principle of PMC.
Please note, however, that free access does not mean that there is no copyright protection. As described on our copyright page publishers and individual authors continue to hold copyright on the material in PMC and users must abide by the terms defined by the copyright holder.

How Journal Articles are Provided to PMC

PMC is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the Public Access Policy mandated by NIH and similar policies of other research funding agencies. PMC is not a publisher and does not publish journal articles itself.
PMC offers publishers a number of ways in which to participate and deposit their content in the archive. Although free access is a requirement, publishers can delay the release of their material in PMC for a reasonable period after publication. Publishers may also obtain a copy of their deposit material at any time, at no cost.

PMC’s Integration with other Resources

In addition to its role as an archive, the value of PMC lies in its capacity to store and cross-reference data from diverse sources using a common format within a single repository. With PMC, a user can quickly search the entire collection of full-text articles and locate all relevant material. PMC also allows for the integration of its literature with a variety of other information resources that can enhance the research and knowledge fields of scientists, clinicians and others.

International Collaboration and Durability

NLM is collaborating internationally with other agencies that share the goals of PMC. Maintaining copies of PMC’s literature in other reliable international archives that operate on the same principles provides greater protection against damage or loss of the material. At the same time, the diversity of sites allows for the possibility of more and even greater innovation, ensuring the permanence of PMC over the long-term.

18 يناير 2015

GOAL: Global Open access List

GOAL -- Global Open Access List

The Global Open Access List (GOAL) is the successor of the American Scientist Open Access (AmSci) Forum, which was the first Open Access Forum, begun in 1998 and hosted for 13 years (1998-2011) by Sigma Xi. http://amsci-forum.amsci.org/archives/American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum.html 

Open Access is no longer just an American or a Scientific Matter. It is a global movement with the goal of making all 2.5 million articles published annually in the planet's 25,000 peer-reviewed journals -- in all scholarly and scientific fields, and in all languages -- freely accessible online to anyone on the Web. 

GOAL is accordingly dedicated to the discussion of Open Access practice and policy-making by the worldwide research community (in no order: researchers, universities, research institutions, research funding agencies, governmental research policy-makers and commercial entities) with the aim of enabling concrete, practical steps to be taken to achieve Open Access. Chief among these goals are techniques for increasing the amount of Open Access, as well as metrics of research usage and impact. 

The new archive for GOAL is: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/pipermail/goal/ 

List Moderator: Richard Poynder 

For discussion of other OA issues, there is also the Sparc Open Access Forum (SOAF) 


and the BOAI Forum 


To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the GOAL Archives.

Subscribe to GOAL by sending a blank email to goal-join@eprints.org.

15 يناير 2015

International Conference on Information Management & Libraries: ICIML 2015

Important Dates :

Full paper submission deadline
15th April
Notification of acceptance
15th June 2015
Submission after revision
21st  June 2015
Camera ready final version
8th July, 2015
Early bird registration deadline
15th July 2015
Regular Registration
16th July to 30th October 2015
On Site Registration
10th November 2015

Call For Papers:

The key focus of the ICIML2015 is on Education and Research Trends in Management of Information, Knowledge, Libraries and similar organizations. We aim to look into the past, analyze the present and foresee the future. You are very cordially invited to disseminate your research and experience in any of the following tracks:
1.   Juried Full Paper (5000-7000)
2.   Research in-progress (short paper 2000-3000)
3.   Best practices and Lessons Learned: Oral presentations
Proposed Themes for Authors’ Guidance (though not limited to these):
  • Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Academic Programs
  • Curriculum Designing and Implementing in Evolving Scenario
  • Issues in National and International Collaborations
  • Job Market and Professional Education
  • Leadership Development Challenges for the Information Professionals
  • Social and Communication Skills for Information Professionals
  • Challenges to  Library Associations in Developing Countries
  • Electronic Scholarly Communication
  • Open Access
  • Information Behaviors in the Emerging Information Environment
  • Information and Digital Literacy
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Digital Libraries
  • Social Media and Information Organizations
  • Library 2.0
  • Metadata Schemas and Ontologies
  • Big Data; Linked Data
  • E-science; E-government; E-learning
  • Digital Preservation
  • Disaster Management in Information Organizations
  • Bibliometrics, Informetrics, Webometrics
  • Health Informatics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Re-positioning Libraries and Information Organizations in Google Era
  • Freedom of Information and Copyright Issues in Developing Countries
  • Access Management in Information Organizations
  • Personal Knowledge Management
  • Marketing and Customer Focused Information Services  
  • Services Quality in Libraries and other Information Organizations
  • Human Resources Management for Information Organizations
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Cloud Computing and Libraries
  • Re-defining Library as a Space
  • Media Librarianship
  • Archives and Record Management
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Professional Ethics

Author Guidelines:
Please follow APA Style Manual 6th edition, for preparing manuscript according to the following structure:
Structured Abstract; Keywords (4-6); Background/Introduction; Purpose/Problem Statement; Research Objectives/Research Questions; Hypotheses; Literature Review; Research Design/Methodology; Findings; Discussion; Recommendations and Conclusion; Research Implications.
Criteria for Selection:
All submissions will be double blind peer reviewed against the following criteria:
  • Relevance to conference theme
  • Clarity, coherence, organization of writing
  • Academic or professional merit
  • Originality and innovation of the work
  • Conference Website:           http://www.pu.edu.pk/iciml
    Conference Email:                iciml@pu.edu.pk
    Venue:  University Law College, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

14 يناير 2015

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models?

Should Academic Journals Adopt Non-Profit Publishing Models? 

Non-Profit Publishing Model

Avoiding subscription fees and allowing academic work to be disseminated as widely as possible are some of the main goals for those who defend the idea of adopting non-profit publishing models. Many insist in the fact that universities and research centers do not really need to play the big publishing houses’ game. However, is it practicable to shift away from for-profit publishing models and work to create a new and non-profitable one? 

13 يناير 2015

Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

Institutions ‘unbending’ on fee-free demand as talks with Elsevier resume
Person digging in earth with shovel

Dutch universities have vowed not to soften their groundbreaking demands for publishers to permit all papers published by their academics to be made open access for no extra charge.
In January last year, Sander Dekker, the Dutch minister for education, culture and science, decreed that 60 per cent of Dutch research articles must be open access by 2019 and 100 per cent by 2024. Dutch university presidents responded by agreeing to make their renewal of subscription deals dependent on publishers taking steps to realise this goal.
Gerard Meijer, president of Radboud University and one of the lead negotiators for the Dutch universities, said that in addition to preserving access to their subscription journals, the universities wanted publishers to permit all future articles whose corresponding author has a Dutch affiliation to be published on an open access basis for no extra charge. He said universities were also unwilling to tolerate any more above-inflation price rises.
For further detail follow the link

12 يناير 2015

Open Folklore

Open Folklore

Open Folklore is a scholarly resource devoted to increasing the number and variety of useful resources, published and unpublished, available for the field of folklore studies and the communities with which folklore scholars partner.

While exciting recent developments in digital preservation and publication have positioned folklore studies to be a leader in scholarly communication in the digital era, several persistent access and discoverability problems in the field remain:

Access to some resources for folklore scholarship and education (including hard-copy and digitized books and journals) is restricted through subscription and copyright.

Other resources have never formally been published, and so cannot be found easily through conventional channels: white papers and policy materials; conference programs, presentations, and discussions; works-in-progress; syllabi, teaching materials, and other forms of gray literature; educational materials (such as exhibition catalogs or interpretive materials from performance events) created by public folklore programs, the publications of American Folklore Society interest groups and sections, and many newsletters. 

A 2009 American Folklore Society survey of communications practices in folklore studies, significant numbers of respondents indicated that these categories of “fugitive” materials were critically important to their research and educational efforts, but were difficult for them to access.

An increasing amount of this material is published on the Internet, but the Internet is notoriously ephemeral and lacks dependable preservation, making it difficult to reliably locate material after the passage of time. Generic Internet search engines like Google are not precise, especially in a popular field like folklore. Identifying reliable scholarly content in a sea of popular, and sometimes unreliable, online content poses a greater challenge for those interested in folklore topics than it does in other areas of scholarship.

Open Folklore builds on the new developments in digital circulation of folklore materials to respond to these troubling access and preservation problems. We will work with rights holders to make books and journals, including those that have already been digitized, fully and openly available online. We will support the publication of existing and new journals in folklore with an open-access publishing platform. We will digitize older grey literature, and educational materials produced by public folklore programs, and will provide digital preservation for such resources and publications that are “born digital.” We will select and digitally archive websites of public and academic folklore programs (with their permission). We will provide an online tool that will offer searching of all of the above classes of material while filtering out unreliable sources.

Ultimately, Open Folklore will become a multi-faceted resource, combining digitization and digital preservation of data, publications, educational materials, and scholarship in folklore; promoting open access to these materials; and providing an online search tool to enhance discoverability of relevant, reliable resources for folklore studies. 

11 يناير 2015

pk: Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge: PK

Public Knowledge preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative
technology lawfully.
Public Knowledge works at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet
law, at a time when these fields are converging. PK's experience in all three areas puts it in
an ideal position to advocate for policies that serve the public interest.

What Public Knowledge does:

·         Ensure universal access to affordable and open networks
·         Promote creativity through balanced copyright
·         Advance government transparency and the public’s access to knowledge
·         Uphold and protect consumer rights
·         Oppose policies that would slow technology, impede innovation, shrink the public domain, or limit fair use
·         Educate the press, the public, and policymakers using plain-language analysis, white papers, blog posts, and videos

·         Produce events that provide a forum for policymakers, the public, industry, and the press to exchange ideas about our core issues. 

08 يناير 2015

LIBRACCESS Open Access for Everyone

Libraccess for 2015! A project to make open access publications available in one place, for free! 

The goal of Libraccess is to aggregate, deduplicate, clean and index scientific resources in open access repositories, from all countries, from all disciplines, and make them available to all, 
through a website and with APIs.

Libraccess is a simple project interdisciplinary, and international, because science has no borders. Indexing text, data and code, because that is where science is moving  towards in all disciplines. 

Check the Libraccess:  www.libraccess.org

07 يناير 2015

Open Access Publisher

BioMed Central

Bio Med Central The Open Access Publisher

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 270 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and BMC Genomics. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication. BioMed Central levies an article-processing charge to cover the cost of the publication process. Authors publishing with BioMed Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited. BioMed Central is owned by Springer Science+Business Media, and also hosts the SpringerOpen platform.

The Journals can be Browsed by the subject:


06 يناير 2015

Center for Research Communications

Center for Research Communications CRC

The CRC was founded in April 2009 as a University research centre for research and development work with local, national and international partnerships. The CRC has global impact in the R&D that it carries out in the development of projects and global reach in the provision of services in the field of research communications. The CRC builds on the work of SHERPA in helping the establishment and development of instiutional repositories across higher education institutions in the UK.


The CRC houses work on a number of significant research communication projects
  • RCS (research communications strategy project). This acts as a strategic advisory project for senior institutional managers on changes in research communication, and informs JISC strategy in funding and developments in the area. http://crc.nottingham.ac.uk/projects/rcs
  • The RSP (repositories support project). This helps UK higher education institutions to establish and develop institutional repositories, providing open access to their research outputs. http://www.rsp.ac.uk/
  • OpenAIRE. The University of Nottingham is the UK representative of the OpenAIRE consortium. This acts as a coordinating body for repository development across all European Union member states. http://www.openaire.eu/ This is coming to an end at the end of November 2009
  • NECOBELAC. This project is a collaborative European project to advocate and establish open access for healthcare information between Europe, Latin America, and Caribbean countries. http://www.necobelac.eu/

SHERPA Partnership

The CRC houses the work of SHERPA (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/), which is a body which has been active in open access research communications for six years. There is a SHERPA partnership of over 30 research-led institutions in the UK.

SHERPA Services

There are three principal SHERPA services for open access information -- RoMEO, JULIET, OpenDOAR. SHERPA has previously been awarded the SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communication for our work in open access, particularly for these services. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/news/award.html

RoMEO provides information on publishers copyright contracts, as an advisory service for academic authors wishing to archive their work on line. http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo

JULIET provides information on funders open access policies, as an advisory service for academic researchers wishing to check the requirements of their grants http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet

OpenDOAR is the global directory of open access repositories of academic materials (just over 1500 currently registered) http://www.opendoar.org/

05 يناير 2015

Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Protocols ROARMAP

Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Protocols 

The Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP) is a searchable international registry charting the growth of open access mandates adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository.

The Repository may b searched or Browsed by the countries by the given link


04 يناير 2015

International Conference on Open Access ICOA

XIII International Conference on Open Access ICOA
Montreal, Canada
May 11-12, 2015

Conference Objectives

The ICOA 2015: XIII International Conference on Open Access aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Open Access. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Open Access.

Call for Submissions

We encourage you to contribute to and help shape the conference through paper submissions. For the technical research track, we invite high quality submissions of papers describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Open Access. The conference solicits contributions of full-length papers, short papers, posters and abstracts, that address the themes and topics for the conference, including figures, tables and references of novel research material. Please review the submission and formatting instructions carefully. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits will be rejected. 

Conference Proceedings

All submitted conference papers will be blind peer reviewed by three competent reviewers. The post conference proceedings will be published in the International Science Index and submitted to be indexed in the Thomson Reuters, CiteSeerX, Google Books and Google Scholar, EBSCO, SCOPUS, ERA and ProQuest. The conference proceedings book & CD and certificate of presentation will be distributed to the conference participants at the conference registration desk. 

Special Journal Issues

ICOA 2015 has teamed up with the Special Journal Issue on Advances in Open Access. A number of selected high-impact full text papers will also be considered for the special journal issues. All submitted papers will have opportunities for consideration for this Special Journal Issue. The paper selection will be carried out during the peer review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal or publication. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief jointly. Selected full text papers will be online published as free of charge. 

Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

The Conference offers the opportunity to become a sponsor or exhibitor in the Conference, please download and fill in the Conference Sponsorship Request Form

Important Dates

Paper submissions
Notification of acceptance
Final paper submission and authors' registration
Conference Dates
January 20, 2015
January 31, 2015
April 11, 2015
May 11 - 12, 2015

01 يناير 2015

Partially Open Access Journal: Anabasis: studia classica et orientalia


Partially Open Access Journal: Anabasis: studia classica et orientalia

Anabasis: studia classica et orientalia
ISSN: 2082-8993
ANABASIS. Studia Classica et Orientalia is an interdisciplinary refereed periodical devoted to the study of the Eastern Mediterranean world, Western and Central Asia in antiquity, carrying coverage of history, archaeology, numismatics, literature, and religious research. Publishing articles, notes and communications of the highest academic standard, it also features an extensive book reviews section. Particularly welcomed are essays presenting new insights, recent discoveries, and articles synthesizing the current state of research. Geographical coverage is the eastern Mediterranean basin, the Black Sea area, the Caucasus, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Much attention is paid to the relations between the Graeco-Roman and Oriental civilizations as well as to ancient Iranian studies.
 See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies