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Editor’s Choice: 2018 in review: round-up of our top posts on open access | Impact of Social Sciences

Source: 2018 in review: round-up of our top posts on open access | Impact of Social Sciences

This post originally appreared in LSE  Impact Blog http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2018/12/27/2018-in-review-round-up-of-our-top-posts-on-open-access/

Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be […]

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Editor’s Choice: Using Google’s Custom Search Engine Product to Discover Scholarly Open Access and Cost-Free eBooks from Latin America

Source: Using Google’s Custom Search Engine Product to Discover Scholarly Open Access and Cost-Free eBooks from Latin America

Author: Melissa Gasparotto, Assistant Director, Research Services. New York Public Library

Paper delivered at SALALM 2018 conference

Abstract:

“Many Latin American scholarly monographs are available for free to read and download in a scattered fashion across the web, hosted on educational, institutional and government websites as well as commercial websites and publishing platforms. There is as of yet no single way to identify all of this content at once, but web-based discovery leveraging existing search engine indexing would seem to be a likely option. This case study suggests and evaluates one such method for discovery of open access and other cost-free scholarly monographs produced in Latin America. One possible configuration of Google’s Custom Search Engine product is proposed and evaluated, and findings suggest its usefulness for a variety of applications, including for collection development, the preparation of thematic research guides with open content, and the enrichment of existing lists of open access eBook sources from Latin America. Unlike existing open access eBook portals, which search across known collections of such materials, search portals such as the one proposed allow users to search across the entire web to uncover scholarly free eBook sources that were previously unknown to them alongside known content sources, a key advantage to this method of discovery. The results further suggest the importance of pursuing discovery of these monograph titles outside established known collections, as an astonishing 45 % of all monographs identified through the Custom Search Engine portal were not discoverable in any edition, print or electronic, through WorldCat, and only 27 % were indexed by Google Books. Additionally, the low number of these eBook titles hosted in preservation-worthy repositories raises cause for concern about their long-term digital availability.”

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Gasparotto, M. (2018). Using Google’s Custom Search Engine Product to Discover Scholarly Open Access and Cost-Free eBooks from Latin America. Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecología, 41(2), 153‑166. doi: 10.17533/udea.rib.v41n2a04

https://aprendeenlinea.udea.edu.co/revistas/index.php/RIB/article/view/328527

Editor’s Choice: OASPA members demonstrate another year of steady growth in CC BY article numbers for fully-OA journals

Source: OASPA members demonstrate another year of steady growth in CC BY article numbers for fully-OA journals

Data for this chart can be downloaded here: OASPA Members CC-BY Growth_Data to 2017_CC0

A total of 1,128,721 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only (fully-OA) journals by members of OASPA during the period 2000-2017, with 219,627 of those being published in 2017 alone.

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