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Research Data Management and Libraries: Relationships, Activities, Drivers and Influences

The management of research data is now a major challenge for research organisations. Vast quantities of born-digital data are being produced in a wide variety of forms at a rapid rate in universities. This paper analyses the contribution of academic libraries to research data management (RDM) in the wider institutional context. In particular it: examines the roles and relationships involved in RDM, identifies the main components of an RDM programme, evaluates the major drivers for RDM activities, and analyses the key factors influencing the shape of RDM developments.
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A Bibliometric Study Of Scholarly Articles Published By Library And Information Science Authors About Open Access

This study aims to gain a greater understanding of the development of open access practices amongst library and information science authors, since their role is integral to the success of the broader open access movement. Data were collected from scholarly articles about open access by library and information science authors from 2003 until 2011 found in the Library and Information Science Abstracts database. A bibliometric approach is taken for the information gathered from 203 articles. Excel and SPSS were used to derive descriptive statistics and correlations. Overall an open access rate of 60% was found, which was lower than expected considering 94% of these articles appeared to endorse open access.
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Are APCs changing the the role of the scholarly library forever?

One of the most significant differences between traditional journal publishing and open access publishing is that it turns the way that content is funded on its head. Instead of putting content behind the paywall of a subscription, open access journals make the research they publish available to anyone. Open access publishing itself comes in two flavours. 'Green' open access is self-archiving and works by researchers submitting their content to an open access repository, which is free to the author. The other model is 'gold' open access, which requires a payment - usually called an Article Processing Fee (APC) - to be made before an article can be published. Gold open access is funded either by subsidy or support from an academic institution (e.g. a university or government body) or authors paying what are called for their contributions to be published.
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A good subscription for the ebook industry: Making books social

The music, film and TV industries have all undergone radical transformations over the last fifteen years. In contrast, the publishing industry is only now feeling the full force of technological change. This article looks at how ebooks and ereaders are changing consumers' reading habits and throwing up serious questions about how the industry can go forward on a sustainable footing.
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Why high-profile journals have more retractions

Amid a wave of recent journal article retractions, researchers are taking to social media to discuss a perennial favourite: a three-year-old paper looking at the relationship between a journal's impact factor and its retraction frequency. Researchers also commented on an unexpected invasion of female Viking warriors into Facebook posts and Twitter feeds.
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