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Do you have something interesting to share about topics within Open Access, copyright or open data regarding scientific and scholarly publishing and similar?

We welcome guest posts and would like to share your thoughts and experiences in these areas. If you want to contribute to our blog, please send an application to our editorial staff using redaktionen@sub.su.se for further discussion. Please include information about the topic you would like to write about and why.

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Survey On Scholarly Communication Tools

Do researchers use Google Drive instead of Word? Papers instead of Endnote? Google Scholar instead of Scopus? Megajournals instead of topical journals? ResearchGate instead of repositories?

Text by Bianca Kramer from Utrecht University Library.


CC-BY Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University Library

At Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands, we are engaged in an ongoing effort to chart the evolving landscape of scholarly communication. New tools are constantly being developed, as reflected in our list of 400+ scholarly communication tools. Researchers vote with their feet on these changes by adopting or rejecting new modes of working. With an international survey, we intend to investigate how tool usage varies by field, country and position. The survey will run until February 2016.

Anyone carrying out research (from Master’s students to professors), or supporting research (such as librarians, publishers and funders) can participate. If you have not yet done so, we invite you to take this graphical survey:


CC-BY Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University Library

People tell us it is easy and fun to fill it out by just clicking the tools you use. It takes 8-12 minutes to complete and you can opt to receive a visual characterization of your workflow compared to that of your peer group.

We will post preliminary results here: https://101innovations.wordpress.com/ On this site, you can also find background information on the survey. Eventually we will share all our (thoroughly anonymized) data.

If you want to help make this survey a success, please consider passing it along to other researchers, and feel free to share the link through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc.

The more responses we get, the more valuable the results will be for the research community as a whole!

Text by Bianca Kramer from Utrecht University Library.


Bianca Kramer (Utrecht University Library)

Twitter @MsPhelps

Email b.m.r.kramer@uu.nl

Jeroen Bosman (Utrecht University Library)

Twitter @jeroenbosman

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About OA19, Open Access, Copyright and Open Science – This Caught Our attention

We want to share the latest news and debate about open access and similar topics. These articles caught our attention this week.

Have we missed anything? Please share your comments below.

Jisc Scholarly Communications – Cern Workshop On Innovations In Scholarly Communications

OpenAire Blog – OA19 – Some Reflections

Stockholm University Press – The LIBER Conference – Library Involvement In The Publishing Landscape

Science Business – Vote On Copyright Will Not Deliver On Text And Data Mining

Euro Scientist – Text And Data Mining Freedom At Stakes In Copyright Reform

LIBER Europé – Interview With Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen About Her Fascinating Career and Her Ambitions as Liber President

Euro Scientist – The Day When Science Is Truly Open

Research Councils UK – Unlocking The Future: Open Access Communication In A Global Research Environment

Social Science Research Network – Is Europe Falling Behind In Data Mining? Copyright´s Impact On Data Mining In Academic Research

Science Business – Copyright Reform Would Create More Uncertainty For Researchers

The Scholarly Kitchen – 2014 Journal Impact Factors

Stockholm University Press is now indexed in the Norwegian Register for Scientific Publishers

As from July 2015 we are listed as an authorised publication channel according to the standard stated by the Norwegian Database for Statistics in Higher Education.

We are listed as a ’Level 1’ Publisher, which means that we are academic publishers who registers our publications with ISBN or ISSN numbers, with a documented policy for an ’external’ peer-review process (i.e. that the authors and  the reviewers are not originating from the same department or institute), and that we have a national or international authorship (at least 2/3 of the authors should not be from the same department or institute).

We are delighted to have achieved this indexing after a little over one year on the market. For some researchers, especially in Sweden and Norway, it is essential that their publications are distributed by an approved publication channel in order for their efforts to be taken into account when they apply for funding and for assessments at their institutions.

Our next aim is to be selected by the evaluation committee to become a Level 2 Publisher

This means that we would be considered a publishing outlet of the highest quality, which would give the researchers even more points in the assessment systems. The individual journals we publish will be eligible for indexing after they have published their first two volumes, and our book series will be sent for evaluation after they have published at least two titles.

Read more about our list of journals here 

Read our book series Stockholm English Studies here 

Read our book series Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages here

We also aim to be registered as a trusted publisher by the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator, where we are currently under review. Other indexes are also considered, and we welcome suggestions to add to the list from our readers and reviewers.

Follow our further development by subscribing to news from this blog or through our Twitter flow @SthlmUniPress

Sofie Wennström, Managing Editor Journals (SUP)

Library involvement in the publishing landscape

By judging from some of the session themes and on-going conversations picked up at the LIBER 2015 conference in London, UK last week, it is evident that library involvement in the publishing landscape is a hot topic.

Stockholm University Press (SUP) and the new model for library publishing

SUP was represented with a paper during the session “New Models for Libraries” where we elaborated the strategy for starting and developing our press as an infrastructure and network. The presentation can be found here.

The aim of the activities described is to link the general strategy of the library to act as a facilitator of information services to and from Stockholm University by supporting the shift towards Open Access with the help of the new university press structure. The aim to drive further academic development is supported by extensive tools for metrics to evaluate the researcher’s efforts in relation to the publishing process.

The support we provide consists of the technical infrastructure for editors to handle a quality-assured and transparent review process, but also put emphasis on good practices for evaluation of research output by the guidelines we develop together with our editorial boards.

Dissemination of Open Access monographs

The Director of OAPEN Foundation, Mr Eelco Ferwerda was presenting their work under the same session theme. He talked about the importance of publishing Open Access monographs with quality-checked peer-review and how to integrate their directory into other publishing services on a global scale.

Research Data Communities in Germany

The third presentation within the same session came from Karlheinz Pappenberger from University of Konstanz who presented the results from a large study about a German e-science initiative, where they found that 50% of the researchers participating in this study felt that they had interesting data to share, but did not share it as open access.

All abstracts and presentations from “New Models for Libraries” session can be found here.

Open Access in the Humanities

Further related content during the conference was for example the plenary session by Martin Paul Eve about OA in the humanities in relation to his work with Open Library of Humanities (OLH). He discussed the problematic relation between APC:s and research funding from different sources.

He stated that the traditional publishing brands rather contributed with an aura of quality to the published work instead of actual quality measures. Eves abstract can be found here. SUP belongs to the same network of university presses as OLH, and this collaboration is likely to give some synergy effects in terms of wider networks and sharing of best practices.

An overview of the conference activities can easily be tracked with the #liber2015 tag on Twitter, or via @LIBERconference.

Sofie Wennström, Managing Editor Journals (SUP)

Reading from book launch of “Platonic Occasions”

On 29 May, the Department of English and Stockholm University Press hosted an event to celebrate the publication of the first title in the new Stockholm University Press and Stockholm English Studies series: Richard Begam and James Soderholm’s “Platonic Occasions: Dialogues in Literature, Art and Culture”.

Watch the authors read a dialogue from the book in a video here.


New Book From Stockholm University Press – Festival Romanistica – Edited by Gunnel Engwall & Lars Fant

Festival Romanistica: Contribuciones lingüísticas – Contributions linguistiques – Contributi linguistici – Contribuições linguísticas, edited by Gunnel Engwall & Lars Fant.

Discussions on linguistics and discourse studies in four Romance languages

The articles in this edited volume represent Romance linguistics as a research area of excellence at the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University.


This is an edited volume with 19 contributions written in four Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The volume represents the whole range of research areas in Romance Linguistics today at the University of Stockholm: semantics, syntax, pragmatics, discourse analysis, diachronic linguistics, translation studies and second language acquisition and use. Five of the articles are written by renowned scholars from five European universities. The authors of the remaining 14 contributions are doctors and supervisors belonging to the National Doctoral Program in Romance Languages (FoRom).

By virtue of its wide scope and the high quality of its contributions, this volume is of interest for, and will find a natural audience among, researchers of all Romance Languages departments and divisions in Scandinavia, Europe and worldwide.

Festival Romanistica is the first volume in Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages, which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.


Lars Fant is Professor emeritus of Romance Languages, especially Spanish and Portuguese, at Stockholm University. He is the Chief Editor of the series Stockholm Studies in Romance Languages.

Gunnel Engwall is Professor of Romance Languages, especially French, at Stockholm University. She has been Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University and President of the Academy of Letters, Antiquity and History and is presently the Head of the National Edition of August Strindberg’s Collected Works.

Where to access the book

At Stockholm University Press’ website you can download an epub-file, pdf-file and read the book online or access your books on multiple devices. On the website you can also order a printed copy of the book.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.