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What Is the Point of Academic Books?

Academic publishing has confusing and contradictory goals. No one is likely to find a perfect means of reconciling them all. But as different presses and different libraries experiment with different models, they may find better ways of making information both free and/or remunerative.
   
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How to target a journal that's right for your research

Hitting a target is not easy, and neither is selecting a journal for your research paper. An appropriate target journal is one that publishes work on the subject your paper addresses and which, because of its various qualities, serves your needs and aspirations. Some researchers are under pressure to publish anywhere, while others are lured by prestigious but often unattainable journals. Either case can lead researchers away from journals that might give them the audience and impact they need. Here the author outlines how to target a truly appropriate journal for your research.
   
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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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