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Should Copyright of Academic Works Be Abolished?

(papers.ssrn.com): The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is needed to foster their creation, is seemingly of limited applicability to the academic domain. For in a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way that they do now, namely, from gaining scholarly esteem. Yet publishers would presumably have to impose fees on authors, because publishers would no longer be able to profit from reader charges. If these author publication fees would actually be borne by academics, their incentives to publish would be reduced. But if the publication fees would usually be paid by universities or grantors, the motive of academics to publish would be unlikely to decrease (and could actually increase) - suggesting that ending academic copyright would be socially desirable in view of the broad benefits of a copyright-free world. If so, the demise of academic copyright should probably be achieved by a change in law, for the "open access" movement that effectively seeks this objective without modification of the law faces fundamental difficulties.
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A Comparative Review of Research Assessment Regimes in Five Countries and the Role of Libraries in the Research Assessment Process

(oclc.org): This report examines the role of research libraries in research assessment regimes in five different countries and helps establish a new set of responsibilities that is emerging for research libraries. Commissioned by OCLC Research, the report was written by Key Perspectives Ltd, a UK library and scholarly publishing consultancy, after studying the role of research libraries in the higher education reserach assessment regimes in five countries.
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Search engine use behavior of students and faculty: User perceptions and implications for future research

(uic.edu): This paper examines the use of Web search engines by faculty and students to support learning, teaching, and research. We explore the academic tasks supported by search engine use to investigate if and how students and scholars vary in their use patterns. We also investigate the satisfaction levels with search outcomes and trust in search engines in supporting specific tasks.
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Digital Lives: Legal&Ethical Issues

(British Library): This paper by Andrew Charlesworth aims to provide an overview of the main legal and ethical issues that pertain to the collection and preservation of, and access to, personal digital archives (hereafter PDArcs), by repositories, including the legal deposit libraries, and other non-deposit organisations.
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Study of journal policies in Chile

Journals available only on paper, small print runs, heavy concentration in the capital city, and highly restrictive licenses are some of the major problems that Chilean academic publications have with their publishing policies, particularly those concerning access for their readers, according to a study released at the Santiago Book Fair by ONG Derechos Digitales….
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