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Re: Publishers provide assessment panels with streamlined, free access to 150,000 journal articles for the RAE 2008

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Stevan Harnad <[log in to unmask]>

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An informal open list set up by the UK Serials Group <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 8 Dec 2008 04:23:40 -0500

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On 8-Dec-08, at 3:54 AM, Tracy Gardner wrote:

> I thought subscribers to this list would be interested in this  
> announcement
> from the PLS and the Research Assessment Exercise.

This absurd deal is as foolish in 2008 as it was in 2006, when it was  
first announced:

http://openaccess.eprints.org/index.php?/archives/63-guid.html
http://openaccess.eprints.org/index.php?/archives/131-guid.html

Now that 6 of the 7 UK Research Councils have mandated Open Access  
Self-Archiving, this nonsense is well on the way to becoming  
mercifully moot.

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/outputs/access/default.htm

Stevan Harnad

>
>
> ******
> With the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results imminent, the
> Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) has described its role in helping
> publishers simplify access to articles submitted for assessment by  
> UK higher
> education institutions (HEIs).
>
> Facilitating the provision of  online access to over 150,000 journal
> articles without  authentication barriers or licence conditions was  
> the
> challenge presented to the PLS during the planning stages of this  
> years RAE.
>
> After discussions with the PLS, the recommended solution to the
> time-consuming, largely paper-based processes of the last assessment  
> carried
> out in 2001 was for participating institutions to submit the Digital  
> Object
> Identifier (DOIs) of selected journal articles to the RAE team.  The  
> RAE
> team would then create a database of DOIs and, using the CrossRef  
> database,
> link through to the journal article on the publisher site. A specially
> created Athens account would take care of authentication and the whole
> process should save assessors and the RAE team a great deal of time  
> and
> effort.  It then fell to PLS, which represents publishers’ collective
> licensing interests, to  broker a deal to allow fee-waivers and direct
> access to publisher content,and to co-ordinate the project on behalf  
> of
> around 2000 publishers’.
>
> Alicia Wise, CEO PLS, says “It was a very interesting challenge and  
> one that
> I knew the PLS could provide valuable input to. The sheer  
> choreography of
> getting 100s of individual publishers to understand and agree to a  
> single,
> fee-waived licence, for access to content for the purposes of the  
> RAE was
> significant.  It has been the most complex licence I have ever  
> worked on and
> the most demanding from the point of view of co-ordinating the sheer  
> number
> of participating publishers, trade associations and industry bodies  
> that
> provided input to the project.  I am very impressed with the way the
> publishing community responded to this challenge and proud that the  
> PLS was
> instrumental in helping marry technological solutions and licensing
> considerations to help with this important exercise.”
>
> Ed Hughes, RAE Manager, said: ‘We would like to thank publishers for  
> not
> only agreeing to a licence solution for the RAE, but also for  
> allowing our
> expert review panels direct access to their content.  We wanted to  
> make it
> easier for submitting HEIs to provide material to the panel  
> electronically
> and we needed to simplify access for our 1100 panel members.  These
> arrangements have allowed us to accomplish the RAE in a more  
> efficient way,
> and has eased the burden on both submitting institutions and  
> panels.  I’m
> delighted that publishers and HEFCE were able to collaborate  
> effectively on
> this vital project.’
>
> About the Research Assessment Exercise
> The Research Assessment Exercise is conducted jointly by the Higher
> Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding  
> Council
> (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the
> Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL).
> The primary purpose of the RAE 2008 is to produce quality profiles  
> for each
> submission of research activity made by institution.  The four higher
> education funding bodies intend to use the quality profiles to  
> determine
> their grant for research to the institution which they fund with  
> effect from
> 2009-10 - over £1.5 billion per year will be allocated for research  
> using
> the results of the 2008 RAE.  Any higher education institution in  
> the UK
> that is eligible to receive research funding from one of these  
> bodies is
> eligible to participate in the exercise.
>
> About the PLS
> The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) is a non-profit organisation
> representing UK publishers on matters relating to collective  
> copyright and
> collective licensing.  PLS works with thousands of publishers  
> operating with
> the trade associations for publishers’ rights.  For more information  
> visit
> www.pls.org.uk
>
> Contact Details:
>
> For more information please contact:
> Tracy Gardner
> Tel: 07884 438007
> Email: [log in to unmask]
>
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