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[BOAI] ScieCom info Christmas issue

From: Ingegerd Rabow <Ingegerd.Rabow AT>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 11:23:51 +0100

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Christmas issue of ScieCom info. Nordic-Baltic Forum for 
Scientific Communication,

We start with the evaluation of our financial supporter 
Nordbib<>. Nordbib is a four year 
funding programme for R&D within the area of Open Access to scholarly 
information in the Nordic countries. As the four-year period was coming to an 
end, an official evaluation was commissioned. Here the evaluators Jon Duke and 
Andy Jordan summarize their evaluation report:" Nordbib - a success 
story<>." Now we are waiting to see if the "success story" will result in a Nordbib.2.

The hot topic of OA business models is discussed in three articles.

Mikkel Christoffersen, project manager of Nordbib, presents "The Danish 
experience of the Houghton studies: costs and benefits of alternative 
models<>" and highlights the startling results of the studies as well as the basic method and assumptions made to achieve them and the potential implications for Denmark.

In his provocative piece " "Free" Open Choice - beware of Greeks 
gifts<>" the economist Jan Erik Frantsvåg, University of Tromsø,  raises important questions regarding the economic consequences of hybrid journal solutions Frantsvåg points at two major problems one has to be aware of if pursuing this kind of strategy. Reflect on his conclusions and feel free to comment.

Jörgen Eriksson follows up on a previous article announcing the establishment 
of a central fund for OA publication fees at Lund University. The fund is 
managed by the Libraries Head Office. In his article "Lund University 
supports publishing in OA journals: an 
examination<>" Eriksson analyzes the usage of the fund from January to late September 2009. He shows the actual costs for the university with the current model, and draws conclusions for the near future.

A new important Nordic institutional mandate - The Copenhagen Business School 
(CBS) Open Access Mandate - was adopted in June 2009, and covers publication of 
peer-reviewed journal articles and contributions to conference proceedings. 
Leif Hansen, senior adviser at the CBS, presents background, decision process, 
and experiences of the implementation.  "Greater access to scholarly 
publications from Copenhagen Business School- The CBS Open-Access Policy - 

With more and more mandates in place, it becomes increasingly important to 
inform researchers about the implications of OA. Peter Linde, Aina Svensson, 
and Helena Stjernberg have taken active parts in a series of meetings with 
researchers at Swedish HE-institutions. They present their experiences from 
these meetings, discuss the changed roles of research libraries, and give us 
good practical advice. "Open Access at Swedish Universities and University 
Colleges: From Headwind to 

In 2008, Finland's universities of applied science created a digital repository 
for theses and research publications. The Theseus project was founded by 
Finland's Ministry of Education and the country's 26 universities of applied 
sciences. It had two parts: an open access web journal and a repository for 
publications. In their article " Open Access Publishing in the 
Finnish Universities of Applied 
Sciences<>" Herkko Hietanen and Anna-Kaisa Sjölund describe the project, legal issues, and the challenges involved in its implementation.

Finally, we are happy to present two comprehensive conference reports:

Insights into the current situation for Open Access in the Baltic countries and 
the Ukraine are given by Iryna Kuchma, eIFL Open Access program manager, in her 
report on a seminar held at the University of Latvia in October 2009. It was 
attended by a mixture of researchers, research managers, policy-makers, journal 
editors, publishers, librarians, and ICT specialists. "At the event.  Open 
Access: Maximising Research Quality and Impact 
seminar.<>" .

Kristoffer Holmqvist reports from the NOAP conference "Nordic Scientific 
and Scholarly journal publishing - interesting times 
(NSSJP)<>", held in Uppsala 25 November.  NOAP is funded by Nordbib to aid scientific journals towards OA publishing. Representatives from various Nordic countries and with different professional backgrounds were invited. Perspectives discussed included Business Models, Journal Support Tools, and Copyright Issues as well as new publishing concepts.

As always, your comments and ideas are very welcome

Ingegerd Rabow

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