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Taking EPrints to the next level

Repository software developers need to engage more with those who run the repositories, that is, those who choose and use the software. For open source software this would appear to be a natural process, but can it help make the software more sustainable? And can the community that evolves to do this be sustainable too? The EPrints Community project set out to investigate both questions. The report has lessons for repository software, community building and the management and commercialisation of related services. How these approaches evolve and interact is going to have a big impact on which repository software is successful in the longer run.
   
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The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What's Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone

Publishers and libraries today find themselves in an extended transition zone between print-only and e-only journals. This report, published by the Association of Research Libraries, examines the issues associated with the migration from dual-format publishing toward electronic-only publication of journals.
   
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Journal Backfiles in Scientific Publishing

The British Library has been working with a number of STM publishers, to help them begin or complete programmes of backfile digitisation. The Library wanted to further explore the market place for digitisation and assess the impacts and benefits on publishers, customers, end users and authors. This marketing white paper gives an evaluation of the current market and how it will look moving forward.
   
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Refreshing Your Magazine's Brand Through Digital Editions

This white paper explains how today's digital magazines offer a wealth of opportunities in the way of branding benefits. It outlines specific strategies for launching the Digital Edition; going mobile; integrating the print brand online; building circulation with cost-effective digital samples; leveraging multimedia; harnessing the power of social media; and achieving a cutting-edge brand image.
   
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Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Scholarly Communication: Survey Findings from the University of California

In 2006, the University of California's Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC), with the assistance of consultants from Greenhouse Associates, initiated a multiphase study that aimed to deepen understanding of faculty perspectives and behavior on a range of issues and developments within the scholarly communication arena. The study explores UC faculty members' sense of the overall health of scholarly communication systems, and their perspective on the role of tenure and promotion processes, copyright, alternative and emerging forms of publication and dissemination, policy interventions, and key services that the University does or could supply, including those of its eScholarship publishing services. The survey results show a gap between attitude and behavior on the part of University of California ladder-rank faculty. The UC faculty largely conforms to conventional behavior regarding scholarly communication, such as publishing in traditional venues, but widely expresses a need for change in the current systems of scholarly communication.
   
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