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ProQuest: The Road to Open Access - An Aggregator Journey (LundOnline 2014)


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  • In 1662, the newly formed 'Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge' was granted a charter to publish by King Charles II and on 6 March 1665, the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was published.
  • Working on experiments in late 1890s, early 1900s. Marie and Pierre discover radium
  • Lot of sources out there
  • 304 versions of the paper. 50% acceptance rate. OcorrafooCobange does not exist, nor does the Wassee Institute of Medicine. Over the past 10 months, I have submitted 304 versions of the wonder drug paper to open-access journals. More than half of the journals accepted the paper, failing to notice its fatal flaws. Beyond that headline result, the data from this sting operation reveal the contours of an emerging Wild West in academic publishing.
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  • Open and Proprietary contentCurrently, there are a total of 44,085 active, peer-reviewed, online journals.  Of that, 21% (9,327) are Open Access. Detail from Ulrichs Global Serials Directory
  • The Long Tail
  • OA partner – SSRN for working papers
  • PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access and make their research available for free on the open Web. Open Access Publishing is a new service offered by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing, and we expect to have many more open access dissertations and theses over time.You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.2010 – ended fees for authors submitting dissertations. ETD Administrator continues to revolutionize dissertation submission workflowProQuest is making it easier for students to contribute their work to the world’s most widely consulted source of graduate research. The company is eliminating fees for basic submission to ProQuest Dissertation &Theses Database through its ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator. Use of the ETD Administrator -- with its simple, paper-free, online process – has grown significantly and now accounts for 60% of submissions. An assessment of ProQuest’s cost structure revealed workflow efficiencies as use has increased and the resulting cost savings are being passed along to users.“ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database is the premier source for graduate research and serious scholars consider it an essential venue for discovery of their work. Because of this database’s importance, we’re consistently looking for ways to innovate and align the service with the needs of the scholarly community,” said Austin McLean, ProQuest’s Director of Dissertations Publishing. “Moving to a paper-free submission process was an obvious step and once we saw how well it was working, it prompted us to commission an exhaustive analysis of how this has impacted our internal workflow. The good news is that we’re experiencing cost savings significant enough to eliminate the basic fee, while still maintaining the same high quality editorial services.”Approximately 99% of North American graduate degree-granting institutions contribute their graduate students’ works to theProQuest Dissertation & Theses Database, enabling them to be easily discovered and accessed. Submission through the ETD Administrator has revolutionized the process, making it twice as fast and providing a significantly easier experience by eliminating the need to box and ship paper copies of each dissertation or thesis.ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator is designed to support the needs of universities as well as students. Participating institutions have their own customized Administrator that guides students through the process of uploading their graduate works and providing all relevant information. An alert is sent to the school’s designated contact when each student submission is complete, providing an opportunity to review the submission before it ultimately goes to ProQuest. The ETD Administrator contains the ability for a university to create customized checklists and tags, among other functionality, that tracks electronically what previously had to be done by hand. Authors at the University of California-Berkeley, which electronically submits approximately 825 dissertations annually, will save as a group more than $50,000 through the elimination of the fee.“We have been using the ProQuest UMI ETD tool for one year,” said Jeret Lamont, University of California - Berkeley’s Assistant Director, Graduate Division, Degrees. “It has been very, very helpful—crucial to our decision to go to electronic submission.”ProQuest's UMI has served as the steward of significant collections, including graduate works, since 1938. During that time, thanks to successful publishing partnerships with 700 universities, UMI Dissertation Publishing has shepherded more than 2.4 million graduate works into the scholarly record for the advancement of research. In 2009, there was record usage of theProQuest Dissertation & Theses Database, with researchers from more than 3,000 universities, governmental bodies and corporations worldwide accessing the database over 200 million times.
  • Information silos
  • Building bridges
  • Open Access is critical to the success of Web-Scale Discovery in that it contains some of the most leading research being done today and many academic library patrons are not even made aware of it since they are generally not included in A-Z lists.  The NSF is requiring all research output done via their grant money must be published in OA and Summon will be sure to index as much of it as possible.Summon has over 60 million items in the index marked as Open Access.Summon has over 20 million Institutional Repository records in the index, of which most are considered Open AccessWe recognize that open access labeling is not always accurate.  Organizations such as NISO and some publishers are working to better define Open Access and those journals which are a mixture.  We are very interested in supporting this effort
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    • 1. PROQUEST: "THE ROAD TO OPEN ACCESS - AN AGGREGATOR JOURNEY" LundOnline – March 2014 Jeff Wilensky, Vice President, Product Management
    • 2. So where do we go from here?
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    • 8. BioMedical papers: exponential growth Source:
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    • 11. some things are constant Source:
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    • 13. ~45 seconds per paper
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    • 18. Figure 2. The development of open access publishing 1993–2009. Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, et al. (2011) The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020961
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    • 21. Researcher Problems
    • 22. 22 Outsell’s End-User Study: Faculty and Students. February 18, 2014
    • 23. 23 “What is the point of having countless books and libraries whose titles the owner could scarcely read through in his whole lifetime. The mass of books burdens the student without instructing him, and it is far better to devote yourself to a few authors to get lost among many” Seneca (4 B.C. – 56 A.D.)
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    • 25. 25 Fear of Missing Research F.O.M.R.
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    • 34. n=564 ProQuest research: content needs of business researchers 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Trade publications E-books Reference Materials Newspapers Dissertations or theses Raw Data Abstracts Working papers Pre Prints Conference proceedings Books (print) Global Europe
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    • 36. SSRN Preprint: Review of International Economics article (Blackwell; 2011 Impact Factor 0.631) available 3 years prior to publication. The latest research first
    • 37. 37 SSRN is collaborating with ProQuest to support SSRN's new Open Access network initiatives. Key to serious research, ProQuest's services are renowned gateways to the world's knowledge including journals, case studies, dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and e-books. The company's information solutions integrate and aggregate these primary and secondary sources, including SSRN working papers January 27, 2014
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    • 41. 41 Albrecht Durer, Beschryvinghe van Albrecht Dvrer, van de menschelijcke proportion. Arnhem, 1622. Koninklijke Bibliotheek.
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    • 43. ProQuest International Datasets Enhances Open Access Data By … 43 Aggregating over 50,000 datasets from international organizations, foreign national statistical offices, and economic research firms Providing diverse content on a single student-friendly platform Facilitating two primary research goals—comparing countries and finding sub-national data
    • 44. 44 ProQuest Enhances Content By … Providing a variety of display, analytical, and export options
    • 45. Promoting the discovery of high-value content on hard-to-navigate government sites. Examples: • India parental preference for male vs female children, by sex and state, 2005- 2006 • India Wages in Cotton Mills [monthly wage for lowest-paid operative, selected cities, from 2010] • India women's mean age at effective marriage in major states, [by urban-rural residence, 2005-2011 45 ProQuest Enhances Content By …
    • 46. ProQuest Adds More Value By … 46 Defining terms and explaining statistical methodology. Providing bibliographic citations in 3 alternative formats. Enabling users to upload their own spreadsheets.
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    • 48. 48 barriers-no-matter-how-you-cut-it
    • 49. Re-invented User Experience
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    • 55. Questions…
    • 56. 56 Martin Blomkvist ProQuest Sales …ask Martin
    • 57. Thank you