Final report from the project ”Towards Quality-Controlled OA Monographs in Sweden”

The project ”Towards Quality-Controlled OA Monographs in Sweden: Exploring the Possibilities for a Consortium-based Approach” has delivered its final report which is entitled ”A National Consortium for Open Academic Books in Sweden” (PDF) and can be dowloaded from the website.

The investigation was funded by the National Library of Sweden, the Swedish Research Council and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

The project’s objective was to investigate improvements for the academic book publishing process in Sweden, with particular focus on better distribution (implementation of OA) and raising the prestige of OA publishing with improved quality control (peer review). Included in this was to propose workable organization, workflow and financing.

More information about the project can be found at the website.

The final report: ”A National Consortium for Open Academic Books in Sweden” (PDF)

// Ulf Kronman

Nu 50%!


Fick häromdagen tips om tre rykande färska rapporter från Science-Metrix skrivna på uppdrag av EU kommissionen DG Research & Innovation med de frestande titlarna: Open Access Strategies in the European Research Area; Proportion of Open Access Peer-Reviewed Papers at the European and World Levels – 2004-2011 samt Open Data Access Policies and Strategies in ther European Research Area and Beyond.

Jag har skummat och här finns massor av intressanta uppgifter, som att Björks och Harnads artiklar undervärderar antalet OA artiklar och man nu nått en brytpunkt i flera länder där över 50% av vetenskapliga artiklar är öppet tillgängliga (Sverige=48%). Här finns också undersökningar om OAs citeringsfördelar etc. Upphetsande att dylik data nu kommer i knät på kommission. Också mycket värdefull är sammanställningen över bla. nationella OA policies. Spännande!



Rapporterna finns att ladda ner här:

Boken ”Open Access” är nu … open access

Peter Subers förträffliga bok med titeln ”Open Access”, som publicerades i juni 2012 är nu efter ett år fri att ladda ned som open access från följande webbadress:


Boken finns att ladda ned som PDF, HTML, EPUB eller MOBI och den tryckta boken finns fortfarande att köpa för $12,95  från MIT Press:

// Ulf Kronman

Anatomy of Green Open Access

Björk has published a new article describing the present landscape of Green Open Access. It contains some interesting statistics on self-archiving.

The article webpage can be found here.

Excerpts from the abstract:

This study focuses on summarizing and extending upon current knowledge about green OA. A synthesis of previous studies indicates that the green OA coverage of all published journal articles is approximately 12 %, with substantial disciplinary variation. Typically, green OA copies become available with considerable time delays, partly caused by publisher imposed embargo periods, and partly by author tendencies to archive manuscripts only periodically.

The technical foundation for green OA uploading is becoming increasingly solid, which is largely due to the rapid increase in the number of institutional repositories. The number of articles within the scope of OA mandates, which strongly influence the selfarchival rate of articles, is nevertheless still low.

The Accepted Version (PDF). This is the accepted version of an article that will be published in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

// Ulf Kronman