Opportunities and challenges for social science journals in the Web – the case of Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean CLACSO´s network

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Opportunities of open access to full-text social science journals from Latin America and the Caribbean to overcome difficulties in accessing printed journals in bookstores and libraries. Case study of …

Opportunities of open access to full-text social science journals from Latin America and the Caribbean to overcome difficulties in accessing printed journals in bookstores and libraries. Case study of 225 social science journals from CLACSO´s network in 18 countries of LAC. Presented by Dominique Babini at Panel: The possibilities and pitfalls of publishing social science research in the age of the internet. World Social Science Forum, Bergen. May 10-12, 2009

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  • Share with participants our 10 years experience using the web for dissemination of full-text publications with research results, the particular case of social science journals.
  • We are a network of, today, 254 social science institutions (65% universities and 35% research ngo´s) in 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. These institutions publish research results in Books Journals Conference papers Working documents This region shares social, political and economic problems. Sharing research results is important. Language makes it easier than in Africa and Europe.
  • An example of one of a journal of one of the oldest universities of Latin America, UNC
  • This is an example of journals in a regional portal, our portal in CLACSO with 80 full-text journals. Our digital library is built on a open source Greenstone platform, we build collections of digital publications for each member institute. But the user can make a global search in the full-text, or by author, subject, title.
  • Of these journals, 65% are published by universities and … Comeback of discontinued printed journals, this time in digital format only
  • The article within context: journal index, journal cover, how to cite the article, …
  • Maybe because of the cost of digitalization of complete collections…. Metadata is today a work done by the portals that gather a collection of journals and offers a “search” facility

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  • 1. Opportunities and challenges for social science journals in the Web – the case of Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean CLACSO´s network Dominique Babini CLACSO Panel: The possibilities and pitfalls of publishing social science research in the age of the internet World Social Science Forum, Bergen. May 10-12, 2009
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  • 3. Difficulties in accessing the journals in bookstores and libraries
    • Reduced number of copies printed
    • High prices of postage
    • Cost of inter-library loans
    • Discontinuity
      • journals
      • library collections
  • 4. Opportunities: e-publishing and e-libraries
    • Online submission of documents
    • Online Management of Publishing (ex.: OJS)
    • Web access to full-text
      • Institutional website
        • Journal website
        • Digital library
      • OA Journal Portals
        • National, regional (ex.SCIELO, REDALYC, CLACSO), international (ex. DOAJ)
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  • 7. Survey results 225 social science journals from 18 countries of Latin America & Caribbean
  • 8. 225 social science journals from 18 countries of Latin America & Caribbean
    • Institions publishing the journals surveyed
      • 58 % university journals
      • 42% research ngo´s / gov. journals
    • Journal dissemination
      • 68% print and open access web
      • 15% only open access web
  • 9. Journals in the web (225 social science journals from 18 countries of Latin America & Caribbean)
    • Journals also present in regional journal portals: 57 %
    • Regional portals (LA&C):
        • CLACSO (social sciences: 800.000 downloads a month)
        • Redalyc (all disciplines: 2 millon downloads a month)
        • Scielo (all disciplines: 3 millon downloads a month)
    • International portals: DOAJ, OJS, Unesco
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  • 13. Pending issues for journals in the web
      • All volumes
      • Pdf for individual articles
      • metadata
      • “ how to cite this article”
      • search facility in journal website
      • Preparation for harvesting (OAI)
      • Digital preservation of collections
      • Sustainability
      • Online sales (subscription + individual articles)