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Transition toward OA publishing model to boost growth, says new Technavio report on the global medical publishing market
- 15 Aug 2019

The global medical publishing market is expected to post a CAGR of more than 3% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio. However, the market's momentum will decelerate in the coming years because of the decrease in year-over-year growth.

The popularity of digital publishing has increased significantly over the years, owing to benefits such as reduced costs, wider reach, and targeted marketing strategies. Digital publishing is also increasingly being adopted by medical publishing companies to provide online access to the medical content they publish. Thus, the adoption of digital publishing is increasing among medical researchers and medical publishers, which will have a significant impact on the medical publishing market growth during the forecast period.

According to Technavio, the transition toward the OA publishing model will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period. This research report also analyses other important trends and market drivers that will affect market growth over 2019-2023.

The preference for OA model over traditional subscription-based publishing has increased significantly because of benefits such as easy access and inexpensive business model. Subscription-based publication limits users from accessing research publications because of the expensive journal subscription fee. There are many advantages of adopting OA models, such as knowledge enhancement, improved patient care, and access to information about new developments. Thus, the transition toward the OA publishing model will be one of the key medical publishing market trends that will fuel growth during the forecast period.

This market research report segments the global medical publishing market by product (journals, print books, and e-books), and geographic regions (North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and MEA).

The North American region led the medical publishing market in 2018, followed by Europe, APAC, South America, and MEA, respectively. The growth of the medical publishing market share in North America can be attributed to factors such as the growing investments in medical research and trials, and the presence of many universities with a vast medical research background.

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LibQUAL+ 2020 registration now open
- 14 Aug 2019

The Association of Research Libraries is inviting libraries to join the global assessment community of LibQUAL+ by registering for the 2020 LibQUAL+ survey.

LibQUAL+ is a tool that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. The protocol is a rigorously tested web survey that helps libraries assess and improve library services, change organisational culture, and market the library.

Since 2000, more than 1,300 libraries in 35 countries have participated in LibQUAL+, including college and university, community college, health sciences, and academic law libraries. This growing community of participants and its extensive data set of more than two million completed surveys are rich resources for improving library services.

New participants may register for the 2020 LibQUAL+ by emailing libqual@arl.org. Past participants may register on the LibQUAL+ website and may be eligible for reduced fees. Institutions that participated in LibQUAL+ in 2019 will receive a discount of $1,000 on their 2020 survey registration, and institutions that last participated in 2018 will receive a discount of $500.

As a benefit of registration, participants are able to view results for all libraries participating in the same survey year. For access to the full set of survey results from 2000 through 2019, institutions may purchase an annual LibQUAL+ Membership Subscription for $1,000.

Registration is ongoing and enables participants to implement a survey at any time during the two LibQUAL+ survey sessions in 2020 - Session I: January 15-May 31, 2020; Session II: July 1-December 9, 2020. Registration for the 2020 survey year will close on November 1, 2020.

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MIT Press releases 'Mind the Gap,' a new report on all available open-source publishing software
- 09 Aug 2019

The MIT Press has released Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms (openly published at mindthegap.pubpub.org), a major report on the current state of all available open-source software for publishing. Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the report sheds light on the development and deployment of open-source publishing technologies in order to aid institutions and individuals decision-making and project planning. It will be an unparalleled resource for the scholarly publishing community and complements the recently released Mapping the Scholarly Communication Landscape census.

The report authors, led by John Maxwell, Associate Professor and Director of the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, catalogue 52 open-source online publishing platforms, i.e. production and hosting systems for scholarly books and journals, that meet the survey criteria of 'available, documented open-source software relevant to scholarly publishing' and in active development. This research provides the foundation for a thorough analysis of the open publishing ecosystem and the availability, affordances, and current limitations of these platforms and tools.

The number of open-source online publishing platforms has proliferated in the last decade, but the report finds that they are often too small, too siloed, and too niche to have much impact beyond their host organization or institution. This leaves them vulnerable to shifts in organisational priorities and external funding sources that emphasise new projects over the maintenance and improvement of existing projects. This fractured ecosystem is difficult to navigate, and the report concludes that if open publishing is to become a durable alternative to complex and costly proprietary services, it must grapple with the dual challenges of siloed development and organization of the community-owned ecosystem itself.

Readers are invited to read, comment, and annotate Mind the Gap on the PubPub platform: mindthegap.pubpub.org.

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Toward a National Archival Finding Aid Network: CDL releases planning initiative update, and new report
- 05 Aug 2019

The California Digital Library (CDL) has announced the availability of a new report, 'Finding Aid Aggregation at a Crossroads' ('Crossroads').

This report is a primary deliverable of the 'Toward a National Archival Finding Aid Network' project, a one-year (October 2018 - September 2019) planning initiative convened by the California Digital Library (CDL), with the participation of representatives from multiple state and regional finding aid aggregations. The report provides a survey of the current landscape of archival description - in particular, finding aid aggregations - and was developed to ground discussions of how best to provide access to archival collections, ensure the long-term sustainability of that access, and plan for future developments in this space.

Many archival description aggregators across the country struggle to find sufficient resources to update their platforms and to engage with some of the most promising advances in the field. With crucial funding support from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian, the 'Toward a National Archival Finding Aid Network' initiative aims to tackle these challenges by exploring the creation of a national archival finding aid network that could fundamentally transform the archival description landscape while continuing to serve the needs of aggregators and archival repositories.

The release of the 'Crossroads' report, along with the related symposium held in June of this year, represents significant progress towards several of the planning initiative's key objectives, including validating high-level requirements for finding aid aggregations. Developing a collective understanding of the needs and challenges of this domain is a necessary first step for establishing the trajectory of any future finding aid aggregation effort.

CDL will be posting and sharing outcomes from the planning project, including an action plan for next steps.

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OA Monographs in Europe's research libraries: best-practices, opportunities&challenges
- 05 Aug 2019

Over 80% of surveyed LIBER libraries say they distribute Open Access (OA) books via a repository and include them in discovery services or catalogues. A further 40% publish OA books, or plan to do so, and a quarter provides library funding to pay author fees related to OA book publishing.

These are among the insights from a recent questionnaire on OA Monographs, circulated in April by LIBER's Open Access Working Group. The survey aimed to investigate the activities and strategies related to OA books already in place across LIBER's network and to identify best practices, opportunities and challenges related to the publishing and implementation of OA for monographs.

This fills a gap in the OA landscape, as currently, most OA initiatives focus on journal articles as the dominant format for sharing research, rather than monographs, edited collections and other forms of research outputs which require longer lead times and diverse funding models.

Sixty-seven people in 19 countries replied to the survey, the vast majority from LIBER institutions.A quarter said they occupied a role as scholarly communications officer or publishing manager in their library, while a further 20% were library directors or deputy directors. Many also identified as Open Access coordinators, managers and officers. Nearly half worked in smaller libraries, with under 100 employees. University libraries made up three-quarters of survey respondents.

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