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Open Access (OA) Models: Terminology Alert!

November 5, 2017

There are no ‘free lunches’ provided anywhere in the world…there is a hidden agenda….there are always strings attached!

Someone has to pay!

In the scholarly cycle one of the stakeholders have to pay to ensure article reaches other authors/researchers/scholars/scientists/ interested parties!

  • Author/Researcher/Scholar
  • Institution
  • Funding Agency
  • Philanthropist
  • Government
  • Publisher
  • Subscribers/Users
  • Libraries

Traditionally commercial publisher invited authors to submit their articles to be published in their journals and extended services like proofread, typesetted, copy edited, sent for peer review, published/printed, and globally distributed and marketed on behalf of author. All the profits accrued were enjoyed by the publisher justified by him for his publishing efforts and services rendered. Only those who were highly celebrated authors/researchers/scholars whose work sold received a royalty amount for their work.

If the author wanted to publish an article – he/she had to pay to publisher for his services to get it published. The publisher ensured there was no contention in future for author to demand remuneration for his/her work incase it was well received so publisher introduced a copyright form which author has to sign to waive of his rights of his/her intellectual property to benefit the publisher.

The publisher introduced various models for publication.

Types/Kinds/Models of Open Access

  • Gold OA where the author pays publisher as APC (article processing charge) and the work is made available immediately. The author directly pays or the funding agency covers it (usually the author budgets the publication fees in their applications for funds).
  • Colors of Open Access depending on archival policies
    • green are preprint or post print (publisher’s version/PDF) of journal articles are hosted in digital repositories or online archives free for all to access
    • blue can archive post-print after refereeing or publisher’s version/PDF
    • yellow can archive pre-print draft before refereeing
    • white where archiving is not formally supported
    • black also called guerrilla where illegal paywalled article copies from academic social networks or pirate sites can be accessed and is said to be disruptive form of OA
  • Platinum OA where the publishers depend on funding by foundations, non profits, etc. and do not charge authors APC but allow them to retain copyright of their work; and also to share and reuse provided its cited. “Diamond OA”; “Universal Access”; “Universal OA” are other terms synonomously used for Platinum OA.
  • Hybrid OA where a commercial publisher publishes free articles (where author signed away copyright) and paid articles (where author pays to make his/her article free for all) are published in same volume/issue.
  • Wondering if a ‘Unique OA’ model can be established where all stakeholders (authors, institutions, subscribers/users, government, funding agencies, philanthropist, publishers, libraries) pay a percentage of charges to make it a viable model.

Sources:

http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeoinfo.html

http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/documents/sherpaplusdocs/Nottingham-colour-guide.pdf

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/openaccess/green-gold/

https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i25/Open-access-comes-shades.html

http://www.openaccesspublishing.org

https://www.martineve.com/2012/08/31/open-access-needs-terminology-to-distinguish-between-funding-models-platinum-oagold-non-apc/

https://openscience.uni-bielefeld.de/1013/what-is-platinum-open-access

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LIS Conferences in India – Pertinent questions or not?

June 2, 2017
Friends…comments requested…
‘Most’ LIS conferences organisers policy – FIRST – Pay Registration fee Accommodation charges (invariably limited on first come first served basis)
Then it will be informed if your paper which is under review – is selected for presentation or not!
Why would anyone want to pay few thousands without confirmation?
I will be incurring almost 10,000 for registration & accommodation and another 10-15000 for flight! Is it worth spending 20-25,000 approx for one conference?
The website does not even state who the speakers are…..
Why can’t organizers plan better?
Most organizers say that paper is being reviewed and will wait to inform participant… till just before conference!
Participants need to take necessary official permissions….. book ‘limited’ accommodation at conference venue & train/flight tickets in advance! Getting train tickets is difficult at short notice & flight gets expensive!
Is this the right way? Or do we have a better way?
Not trying to blame anyone particular …but my question is sure to ruffle few feathers…
Q1. Should advance Intimation of accepted paper for presentation should be made mandatory or not ….before necessary amounts are paid?
Q2. Are the LIS conferences held in India (national or international)  worth spending so much on? What are we learning? Are keynote presenters presenting innovative content? Are we getting to know Indian library examples providing innovative services or know more examples from foreign countries? Are the papers by participants new or again a rehash? Or are we just attending these conferences for API…or to meet, connect, network with people…… criticize/enjoy food ….check out tourist places?

Childrens Book Awards & Lists

June 1, 2017

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Letter to MY Precious Princess!

May 29, 2017

18 Jan 2017

 

Dear Mia,

 

There is so much to share with you when you are on the verge of becoming a young lady and leaving your teenage years behind…

 

I can see the flashback in my mind….as in movies!

 

The first time I saw you I thought “Ten pretty fingers & ten beautiful toes…. Filled with cuteness & topped with one button nose!

 

You were the most beautiful child on earth. Your crying was like music to my ears (sadistic eh!). Honestly I was working and missed you so much that any sound you made was like music. I spent hours just looking at you. Inspite of the poop & puke (grossed you out eh!) you still smelt like a garden of flowers (actually it was Johnsons soap, shampoo & powder). Don’t roll your eyes…. All said and done….You were a picture perfect baby…..My baby!

 

Suddenly I realised…. That my baby grew up and I was celebrating one year birthday of my princess with red balloons in heart shape & a huge cake with your grandparents, maasi and cousin sis…. with host of relatives in attendance. As time passed you slowly grew into a naughty little minx whose antics kept me thoroughly entertained and fully occupied. Don’t know when but you evolved into a monster – this scary monster – who got on my nerves – who questioned everyone and everything.  I was almost loosing hope as the monster was growing out-of-proportions; when I slowly started noticing teeny-tiny changes – a quiet metamorphosis into this responsible, confident, thoughtful, caring, lovely young lady who started ‘momming’ her own mommy. The only thing constant through all this ‘Sturm und Drang’ was your unflinching and unquestionable love.

 

I AM SO PROUD OF THE WAY YOU HAVE TURNED OUT.

BEAUTIFUL INSIDE OUT!!

 

And to tell you honestly – I was secretly ‘MOSTLY smiles inside’ with frown outside. Ive thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the roller-coaster ride.

 

Earlier, I may not have told you in so many words but always hoped that all my hugs conveyed to you my love and that you are the best thing that has happened to me in my life. I have always believed that love is not told in words but shown in deeds. But of late realised – that both are very… very… necessary. So I am writing to you. Although…Not very sure if writing letters is an obsolete sentiment in age of email, sms, chat & whatsapp! But when did I confirm to custom…so read on…..

 

I may not have been the best of moms or given you the life of a princess that you truly deserved. But I would like to tell you that you have been the best daughter in every way you possibly could be! Yes, even with your **** attitude and all. You are all of sugar and spice and all things nice! (Got it…Got it!!) I would not have liked you any other way.

 

I hoped to be the loving sweet mom whose brow is smooth and unlined while dealing with their children as shown in commercials….. but I think….. I came across as the ever stressed out mom, harried, pressed for time, rushing from one place to another, worried, tired most of the time, irritable MOM… who was busy with office and house work – and when free… was constantly lecturing you on one topic or the other. I hope that I have not taught you unconsciously that work comes over relationships. It does not!! Family is very important. Who would you turn to look and smile… when you have reached the pinnacle of success you have dreamed about? Its family!

 

Every person who comes into your life has come for a reason: Family you are born into or friends you cultivate in your lifetime. Should you want to keep it at stranger equation or relationship level or form a lifelong bond or chuck them out of your life is upto you.

 

I want you to know that every relationship needs a lot of time first for understanding to take place and later for bonding to occur. Love and Respect too are on same scale of importance but will come in time. Be it Daughter-Mother-GrandParents, Friend-Friend, Wife-Husband, between Daughter-in-Law and Parents-in-Law every relationship needs time with which comes understanding followed by respect….only then will love grow & flourish. Do not take any relationship for granted. Take out time from your busy schedule daily to meet-and-talk if in same place or call-and-talk if separated by distance. Yes Daily otherwise it will be postponed to later and then forgotten…. And then it is too late!!!

 

Even the Boss-Employee needs a lot of work and patience for the understanding and respect to grow. As respect cannot be demanded or bought…it has to be earned.

 

But patience and understanding does not mean that you become a doormat for anyone. You need to take a stand…. Make your own choices that are not based on fear or society accepted patterns or what you think others want from you.

 

Be your own person.

 

When to forgive and forget; or when to take a stand – take it headlong by horns – is what you need to decide. Because to win a war is to loose a friend. Is it worth it? You decide. Sometimes you win battles but loose wars! Can you afford to loose the main war? Think. So…sometimes to win wars – it is ok to loose couple of battles.

 

Choose your battles and wars wisely.

There will always be battles of mind and of the heart. Both give equal valid reasoning – don’t trust either – always listen to your inner voice – which will give you a right feeling and guide you in all your tough decisions of mind and heart. And whatever be your decision leading to right or wrong results, stand by it. Yes, there will be times you have taken right decision and sometimes wrong. Be bold to own it up – celebrate it if right and correct it if wrong. Nothing wrong in accepting that you were wrong. Remember you are human.

 

Just remember never do half hearted or half baked things. Give your 101% to everything you do and if it does not work out…nothing wrong in leaving it behind for your peace of mind. You will have the satisfaction of already having tried. Moving on is life.

 

Life is short – Make it sweet & enjoy it – Don’t make it tough for yourself by overthinking or for others by crying or whining over it. Nobody likes complainers & whiners!

 

There is always duality in nature…good with bad…ying with yang…black with white! So good phase is always followed by bad…. And bad with good! Cycle of life! So always have money, family and friends close by (not necessarily in same order!)

 

Who ever said money does not buy happiness had way too much of it! I believe it is not end all but most necessary for buying stuff you like and keeping good health which is happiness again! Can you get a good doctor to treat you without money?

 

I had struggled to make ends meet not once but twice in my life believing life will stop or get tired of handing me lemons. Life did not stop! Nor did I…. Stop making lemonade ie. I have realised….Money is important….very important infact…to make that lemonade much more sweeter!

 

Life is too short. Don’t spend time on earning so much there is no time left to spend – what you have earned! As long as there is a home to come back to… you can spend the rest on eating, travelling, meeting new people and gaining wonderful experiences…instead of creating movable and immovable property!

 

My advice to you is 60-30-10% rule – where 60% spent on yourself/family, 30% save for future and 10% spend on others….yes spending on strangers (orphans and old people) will make you appreciate all that you have & not take it for granted and give you lot of happiness of being useful to others.

 

Talking of money…there were times I could ill afford to spend money on trips & vacations which you graciously understood and accepted and there were times I spent a fortune when I could not afford it but just seeing your eyes light up & your wide beaming smile when you received what your heart desired made up for my empty pocket & worried mind. Hoping that all my struggles may have wizened you up! Hoping you will remember & appreciate the time I spent with you rather than remember the money I could not!

 

I want to give loads of other advices and clichés and save you from all negative things in life but have realised that you need to make your own experiences.

 

Always remember whenever you look back, you will always find me standing behind you – supporting you. (Scary eh if Im dead! LOLZ)

 

On a serious note, I fully trust you and know that you will be successful in every sense! Fly as high as you can….soar over the clouds… reach the stars….

 

Today ….I promise you….and myself….

I hope…I will always be the wind beneath your wings not the iron chain around your ankles.

 

I just want you to know that… I believe that…. I too have grown into a better person because of you. I appreciate my parents more now than ever ….because of you! I also want to tell you how much I appreciate you as a daughter and as a human being…..

 

Hoping you will have a memorable 18th Birthday. Don’t let reality ruin your life…dream on with eyes open 🙂

 

Now go and conquer the world!

 

Yours Loving Mom

A

 

 

Indian Children’s Book Publishers (Alphbetical)

April 17, 2017
  1. Amar Chitra Katha http://www.amarchitrakatha.com/in/
  2. Diamond Toons http://www.diamondbook.in/diamond-toons.html
  3. Duckbill http://www.duckbill.in/index.php
  4. Eklavya http://www.pitarakart.in/
  5. Junior Diamond http://www.diamondbook.in/junior-diamond-books.html
  6. Kalpavriksh http://kalpavriksh.org/
  7. Karadi Tales http://www.karaditales.com/
  8. Katha http://www.katha.org/site/
  9. Little Latitude http://littlelatitude.com/in/index.php
  10. Pickle Yolk http://pickleyolkbooks.com/
  11. Pratham http://prathambooks.org/
  12. Red Turtle http://www.redturtlebooks.com/
  13. Seagull http://www.seagullbooks.org/
  14. Tara Books http://www.tarabooks.com/
  15. Tiger http://www.diamondbook.in/e-books.html
  16. Tulika Publishers http://www.tulikabooks.com/
  17. Young Zubaan http://zubaanbooks.com/product-category/books/yz/page/3/

 

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#Unpaywall (A New #OpenAccess #DiscoveryTool)

March 29, 2017

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Some of you may remember oaDOI, a tool that searches for an Open Access (OA) version of an article when provided with a digital object identifier (DOI). Impactstory, the team behind oaDOI, has just announced the upcoming release of a new tool based on the oaDOI API called Unpaywall and it looks to be very useful indeed.

Unpaywall operates on the same principle as oaDOI: it hooks onto an article’s DOI and searches a number of sources for an OA version of that article. The main difference here is that, while oaDOI requires you to enter a DOI into a search box, Unpaywall is a Google Chrome extension and performs that search in the background automatically when you visit the landing page for an article. An unobtrusive tab will pop up on the page, as can be seen in the example to the right, which will be green…

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Unacceptable Hyderabad Branding by Beall: From City of Pearls to Corrupt City of Predatory Publishers Based on One! #Protest

November 23, 2016

Early morning woke up to tweet from @Jeffrey_Beall https://twitter.com/Jeffrey_Beall/status/801101690946482176?s=08 – Hyderabad, India — City of Corruption [Blog post] https://t.co/8lquNJD9ov via @jeffrey_beall #Hyderabad #OA

#SpoiltMorning!

Could not react till now – with other pressing work that needed to be handled on priority!

So read on…..

Beall blogs “home to countless predatory open-access publishers and conference organizers, and new, open-access publishing companies and brands are being created there every day” but only mentioned one – OMICS!

One sample is assumed as universal population by him? Why?

Kindly list ‘few’ from the countless OA publishers that you are aware from Hyderabad! Then probably you can justify branding Hyderabad corrupt! Based on one predatory OA publisher you have taken a fancy to ….you have branded whole of Hyderabad city as corrupt – most unacceptable!

All Hyderabadis and Indians protest! And we protest strongly! Request all Hyderabadis/Indians to register your protest by tweeting and sharing on various social media of the wrongful blame.

Beall – FYI only….

Hyderabad is called ‘City of Pearls’ most famous amongst the tourists and now an IT destination of the world. It has gained prominence as an outsourcing hub; where every known company/bank of repute has an office.

Are you assuming that you are better than all those CEOs and CFOs put together – who did not know any better than to have offices in Hyderabad?

All said and done – tacit rule of thumb of all business – anywhere in the world is  to use Internet to generate money! So why should Hyderabadis be any different?

If one person uses wrong business methods – you blame the whole city! Hyderabad is not a publishing hub!

Hyderabad – the city of Nawabs is celebrated for many things including but not limited to those I have listed. Golkonda mines is said to have produced the worlds famous diamonds like Koh-i-Noor that currently graces the Queens crown, the Hope Diamond  and many more. Hyderabadi food is to die for – such as the world famous biryani (a flavoured rice with meat) and Haleem (pounded wheat dish cooked for 12 hours aproximately with ghee and spices). The architectural marvel whose four minarets are visible from all four sides is called Charminar is located in Hyderabad. You name it and Hyderabad has it! It is home to Osmania University the 7th oldest University in India. Hyderabad has strived to educate the rural/urban masses who are now running most of the worlds top institutions. Satya Nadella, CEO OF Microsoft Corporation & Shantanu Narayen, CEO and President of Adobe Systems were educated here! Sushmita Sen Miss Universe 1994, Diana Hayden Miss World 1997, Dia Mirza Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 have all put Hyderabad on the map. Not to be left behind is Rohit Khandelwal who won Mister World 2016! P. V. Sindhu, won a Silver medal at 2016 Rio Olympics in badminton; Saina Nehwal another badminton great; as well as Sania Mirza in tennis have brought fame to Hyderabad by excelling in sports. With such wonderful contributions of beauty, brains, intellect, strength of Hyderabadis, its unacceptable that Hyderabad is branded as corrupt city by you – because of one OMICS!

I take exception to you calling the whole Hyderabad as city of corruption! It is not! Because of few bad apples (in this case one!) you cannot term the whole city corrupt!

Few facts on India and Indians – 34% employees at Microsoft, 28% at IBM, 17% at Intel and 13% at Xerox are Indians (Sure that many are from Hyderabad although statistics not available!)

I partially support Jeffery Beall and respect all the hardwork that goes into listing predatory OA journals and publishers. Also believe that all OA journal publishers and editors need to follow correct publishing practices. But do not support him nor will accept when he wrongfully blames whole of Hyderabad as it is home of OMICS which is termed predatory by him.

It is a sad day for all Hyderabadis who are hardworking, talented and highly educated – winning laurels all over the world being termed corrupt and predatory.

I am not trying to justify the wrong but protest against collective blame on basis of one!

One needs to consider the factors that lead to it.  Predatory publishing happened when Internet arrived on the scene and online publishing became easy. Since this predatory phenomenon occurred most recently all the professors, supervisors and researchers are not aware of it. Few senior professors on verge of retiring have not updated themselves regarding this particular predatory facet. But to counter it is the dynamic lot of professionals especially the librarians in India who are simultaneously updating themselves as well as working towards creating awareness by conducting sessions on local, national, international scale in addressing various LIS issues including predatorism. Yes, Hyderabad is a sample of India in some respects as given. India (Hyderabad) still resides in its villages and is only limited by the facilities not by enthusiasm to learn and contribute towards research. Most of Hyderabad like India is plagued by sporadic electricity failures and internet connectivity. The faculty or researchers in Hyderabad/India do not have most facilities that ‘global citizens’ take for granted. But they are still doing research and publishing papers that is highly commendable. Funding is a huge limitation everywhere irrespective or urban or rural. With budgets being cut; only the priority work is done first which forces training into backseat – mostly to be forgotten.  Most of the Central and State government run university faculty are overworked – as no new recruitment have taken place – to share the teaching and administrative burdens leaving them no time to update themselves or their fellow professionals regarding predatorism or any other issue. UGC is doing wonderful work in various HRDCs and streamlining but India is a vast country plagued with many problems. Even with most limitations in place the people at all levels and professions are doing wonderful work for the betterment of the nation! It is easy to blame and label but it takes time for standardizing. And Hyderabadis/Indians never shied away from challenges or responsibilities!

Predatorism is rampant all over the world not only in Hyderabad, India! So why was Hyderabad targeted and branded as corrupt? Because of OMICS? One if forced to think that probably biases are in play here. Please note: I do not support OMICS or any other publisher/journal which follows wrong publishing practices.

With ‘few’ dubious people trying to make a quick buck via the internet using unsavory unacceptable publishing process end up smearing good efforts of ‘many’ with their shady contributions.

Instead of taking exception – Hyderabadis need to take Bealls accusations into perspective and address it before this unsavory labeling sticks! Hyderabadis need to take a proactive stance and follow correct publishing process to rid of predatory label:

Suggest:

  • Every person who wishes to publish needs to read up correct publishing practices and follow them.
  • Google, ask on various professional groups if in doubt, attend seminars/conferences/workshops to update on correct publishing practices.
  • Librarians need to conduct awareness sessions
  • Universities need to have an open access policy in place
  • Professors who are supervisors should insist their research scholars publish in reliable OA journals and steer clear of predatory ones.
  • Departments/professional associations should have list of acceptable publishing vehicles and banning corrupt predatory journal publishers.
  • Researchers/Authors to check DOAJ for selecting OA publishing vehicles.
  • Editors/Publishers should have a transparent guidelines and policies that are published prominently on their website.
  • Editorial Members should ensure that they are not on board for name and fame; but ensure to check if journal they are associated with is following correct OA policies & publishing policies including following peer review processes .
  • Editors/Publishers should all come together voluntarily and agree on acceptable publishing processes that are in line with international publication guidelines like COPE
  • OpenAccessIndia.org should take up the responsibility of getting all the editors and publishers in India together and establishing OA publishing guidelines & policy and publishing a standardized OA policy that is on par with international code. They can also conduct training and seminars that create awareness of correct publishing methods.

Those who want to know list of predatory publishers and journals can visit Bealls blog at https://scholarlyoa.com or check out his tweets at https://twitter.com/jeffrey_beall. Another interesting site I came across says – Critical Analysis of Jeffrey Beall’s Blog at http://scholarlyoa.net/ is actually Beall bashing and branding him corrupt! Now seeing both these opinions causes confusion to the layman and unseasoned researcher or budding author! Can we blame them?

But a cautionary advice: It is always prudent to be careful and follow correct publishing practices instead of getting influenced by peoples opinion and branding which ‘may be’ or ‘may not be’ correct! Use your own discretion in filtering what is written.

Am I a Beall fan? I was. Not anymore. As he accuses all OA without basis and with bias. But I agree with him that proper accepted standardized publishing practices have to be adopted!

Open invitation to Jefferey Beall: Visit Hyderabad to see for yourself how Hyderabad city is and Hyderabadis actually are before making assumptions and accusing/labeling them wrongly.

#ProudHyderabadi #HyderabadSupportsOA

How to be updated on various happenings around you?

September 27, 2016

There are various ways one can update oneself

*Reading Print and Electronic Media

*Surfing the Net

*Social Media exchange

*Apps on Mobile

*Attending Talks of Eminent Persons

 

There are various ways one can attend these talks which are promoted and extended by numerous organisations as listed below

Manthan Samvaad
http://www.manthansamvaad.com/
Manthan started in 2005 as apolitical and non-partisan, a voluntary initiative providing a forum to promoted public discourse that is vibrant, meaningful and intelligent aiming to engage citizens from all walks of life.

PechaKucha/Pecha Kucha
http://www.pechakucha.org/

Peecha Kucha in Japanese means chit-chat. It is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. It was devised in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham.

 

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)
https://www.ted.com/talks
It is platform where eminent people are speakers where they present their ideas on wide range of topics
in innovative and engaging way often through story telling. Founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks
in 1984.

 

Toastmasters
https://www.toastmasters.org/
Toastmasters International helps in public speaking and leadership development with more than 332,000
memberships from 135 countries.It was founded by Ralph C. Smedley on October 1924.

Open Access in Hindi Language

September 6, 2016

मुक्त अभिगम (Mukth Abhigam) means Open Access in Hindi Language

Important Dates for LIS Professionals….

August 9, 2016

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  • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (12 August 1892 – 27 September 1972) is known as Father of Indian Library Science. His actual birthday is 9th August but official records state 12th August. So 12 August is celebrated as National Librarians Day due to official recorded information.  But library professionals celebrate on any of the following days from 9-12 August depending on convenience.

  • Iyyanki Venkata Ramanayya (24 July 1890 – 1979) is known as Granthalaya Pitamaha. He was the Architect of Public Library Movement in India. 14-20 November is celebrated as National Library Week.

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