Welcome to the Q1 2013 instalment of APD Brief
Welcome to the latest issue of APD Brief, which gives a summary of key conferences, events and reports affecting academic publishing in recent months. Click on the attachment for the full newsletter, or click through to the pdf on the PA website.
APD Brief Highlights
The 32nd Charleston Conference – Charleston, US, 7-10 November
The theme of ‘Accentuate the Positive’ was taken up enthusiastically by speakers, who included Macmillan CEO Annette Thomas on how Macmillan is giving a new kind of help to scientists, Anurag Acharya on Google Scholar and Marjorie Hlava of Access Innovations, who examined the usual assertion that Mendel took years to be discovered because of the lack of Open Access and found it wanting.
UKSG – Rethinking Collections – London, 15 November
Although this was essentially a library-oriented occasion, the role of publishers was understood, and ‘business models’ part of the subtitle. Sessions included those on The Library-Facilitated Collection, Adding Value to the Collection in a World of Free Information, and Tablets, Mobile Technology and E-textbooks – the Last Frontiers of Electronic Information.
ALPSP Seminar – Beyond the Rhetoric: New Opportunities in Open Access – London, 20 November
This event included ten top tips for publishers planning to engage with the OA business model from Alicia Wise, Elsevier; the need for a balanced approach to OA in the Humanities from Thomas Parisot, Cairn.Info; and the library’s place in the OA landscape from Deborah Shorley, Imperial College.
How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Journals - Report
This report by Tracy Gardner and Simon Inger looks at three main forms of behaviour readers show when using journals: citation searching, core journal browsing and subject searching. Their study includes detailed conclusions about the main types of resource discovery vehicles.
The primary aim of ARROW Plus, a European project where publishers have a stake, is to create a ‘stable, sustainable infrastructure for rights information management including clearance of rights and a European registry of orphan works’ – its news online keeps the reader up to date on how ARROW Plus is building on the ARROW system.
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