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Open Access: The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Publishing?

Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS) publishes research and other articles on a wide range of topics of interest to information systems professionals and academics. They also invite debates. Our debate is about open access. With our paper Danny Kingsley and I hope to foster debate about the place of open access (OA) in scholarly publishing. The Editor of the section Professor Karlheinz Kautz invited  a varied set of debaters to respond to our opening: publishers, librarians, research administrators, editors, researchers, and largely received a polite refusal or no response. Too controversial a topic or lack of time or interest? However one scholar, three journal editors and a research administrator did respond. CAIS is not open open access, but we have permission to publish our papers on our own web sites or in our repositories, so below are links to our opening debate and our rebuttal to the responses. Hopefully the authors of the responses will also make their papers open access. As Karl says in his editorial, the debate about open access and scholarly publishing is far from over, and to improve scholarly publishing we need more stakeholders to engage in the debate.

Open Access- The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Publishing

Rebuttal.Open Access- The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Communications

Kingsley, Danny A. and Kennan, Mary Anne (2015) “Open Access: The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Publishing,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 37, Article 14. Available at:

Kingsley, Danny A. and Kennan, Mary Anne (2015) “Open Access: The Whipping Boy for Problems in Scholarly Communication—A Response to the Rebuttals,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 37, Article 20. Available at:

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Research Support in Australian University Libraries: An Outsider View

It is always interesting to see yourself through someone else’s eyes. The experience can be surprising as we learn what we believe to be ordinary can look unusual to someone else. This is as true for a profession or group practice, as it is for an individual. An early view paper for the journal Australian Academic and Research Libraries (AARL) enables staff employed in research support at Australian university libraries to do just this.  Dr Alice Keller, who currently holds a senior management position at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich and has previously worked at the ETH Library in Zurich, Switzerland and at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK recently visited Australia for a seven week sabbatical hosted by Macquarie University Library. During this period Alice conducted research initially focussing on the role of subject or liaison librarians. What her paper ends up doing is focussing on research support services, covering the ground very well and reflecting on the changes that have taken place in Australian academic libraries in recent years.  It does a great job covering topics such as “Libraries as partners in research”, “research support services” such as institutional repositories, open access, research data management and more.  While some is reporting of what we may think we know, it is interesting to hear how different libraries approach different services and enlightening to see practices we understand as common to be described as “refreshing or shocking – whichever you prefer”.  In particular comparisons between practices in Australian libraries and those in Europe are of interest.  The article titled “Research Support in Australian University Libraries: An Outsider View” is available through the AARL web site:

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Announcing DOCAM 2015: “Documents unbounded”

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Very much looking forward to my involvement with this interesting conference!

Announcing DOCAM 2015: “Documents unbounded”
The 12th annual international Conference of the Document Academy

The Document Academy’s 12th annual meeting, DOCAM ’15 will be taking place from July 20-22, 2015 at the University of Technology’s Broadway campus in Sydney, Australia. It will be the first DOCAM to be held in the antipodes! So, put the dates in your diary and prepare for a visit to Australia to explore the conference theme of “Documents Unbounded”.
The international Document Academy conference provides a unique multidisciplinary space for reporting experimental and critical research on the concept of the document and documentation in the widest sense. Participants draw on scholarly traditions and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and natural science, and come from fields as diverse as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies.

In 2015 we will come together under the theme of “Documents Unbounded” to examine the challenges ahead, as our understanding of data, documents, records, artefacts, evidence and memory, form in the continuously changing landscape of new media and communications.

The Document Academy, commenced as a co-sponsored initiative of Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway, and the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley has grown into a truly international event. In 2015, two Australian universities and their information programs will co-host the 12th annual meeting of the Document Academy (DOCAM). They are the IKM and Digital Studies Program University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and School of information Studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

For more information about the conference and the call for proposals, visit the DOCAM’15 website at

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Conference Co-Chairs: Paul Scifleet (DOCAM), Maureen Henninger (UTS) and Mary Anne Kennan (CSU). The DOCAM Chairs can be contacted by Email:
Conference Committee: Bhuva Narayan (UTS), Jodi L. Kearns (University of Akron), Kiersten Latham (Kent State University), Lisa Given (CSU), Michael Olsson (UTS), Roswitha Skare (University of Tromsø), Sigrid McCausland (CSU).

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Research support services in academic libraries – two papers forthcoming

We are planning a special issue of Australian Academic & Research Libraries for December 2014 on evolving research support services. Two of the authors of papers accepted for this issue have already placed their authors accepted versions in their institutional repository.

The first is a big picture paper by Colin Steele an Emeritus Fellow at the Australian National University titled Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Publishing and University Libraries. Plus ca Change?. It is a position paper which is grounded in the literature including a number of reports and policy documents, but also comes from deep personal knowledge and experience. The paper will provide AARL readers with an excellent overview of the historical context and those issues which remain unresolved. Available at:

The second paper is by Dr Danny Kingsley who is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and Executive Officer, Australian Open Access Support Group. Danny’s paper is a timely one titled Paying for publication: issues and challenges for research support services.  It addresses article processing charges (APCs) a topic which is extremely relevant to academic librarians, for whom scholarly communication and publishing is a central concern and an area where activities and services have developed significantly in the past few years. There is relatively little formal literature on the subject, and this paper identifies and analyses published commentary (mainly from informal publications) and statements from publishers and other stakeholders. The discussion is international in its coverage.

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Tips and Insights on Publishing and the Publication Process

On Wednesday my colleague Kim Thompson and I facilitated a workshop on publishing and the publication process. The topics we covered included:

  • The importance of good research to the field
  • What is publishable
  • Writing style, structure, and format
  • Self-editing and proofing
  • Choosing a place to publish
  • Open access and alternatives to journals
  • The referee process
  • What to do with feedback from reviewers and referees
  • The publication process

It was fun and the discussion and powerpoints are recorded in an Adobe Connect session at: Thanks to attendees and all who contributed in different ways. Below is a brief list of related resources.

Choosing a journal

Eliminate the dodgy

Beall, J. (2012). “Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishers “, (current 6 May 2014).

Beall, J. (2014 (updated 29 April)). “Beall’s List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.” (current 6 May 2014).

Understand the rankings and where your paper realistically fits.

See Web of Science Journal Citation reports (via library subscription) and Scopus SCImago ( by title and by JIF (Wos) and title and SJR (Scopus/SCImago)

Peer review

Lee, A.S. (1995) “Reviewing a manuscript for publication” Published as an invited note in
Journal of Operations Management Volume 13, Number 1 (July 1995), pp.87-92 and available online at

Although it is old by today’s standards, this paper offers sage advice for reviewers of A* and A journals in the management field, but many of the ideas are transferable to other fields. Furthermore, for authors, it provides examples of what such reviewers will be looking for.

Preview process chart and publisher example of instructions to reviewers.

Davy, Debbie. “De-Mystifying the Peer Review Process: My Experiences as a Peer Reviewer.” The Quill 16, no. 7 (April 2005)

Why papers get rejected

Pat Thompson blogs knowledgably about 7 reasons why papers get rejected

One way of addressing the “so what” question

Hernon, P., & Schwartz, C. (2007). What is a problem statement?. Library & Information Science Research, 29(3), 307-309.

CSU Library Guide on Open Access

Improving academic writing

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Silvia, P. J. (2007). How to write a lot: A practical guide to productive academic writing. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sword, H. (2012). Stylish academic writing. Cambridge: Harvard Press.

Bennett, J. & Gorovitz, S. (1997). Improving academic writing, Teaching Philosophy 20(2).

Thompson, G. (2001). Interaction in academic writing: Learning to argue with the reader. Applied Linguistics 22(1), 58-78.

How to Improve Your Academic Writing

How do I improve my academic writing?

5 tips to improve your academic writing (ESL slant, but sound recommendations for native English speakers as well)

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Another largely positive review of Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts

Another largely positive review of:

Williamson, K. & Johanson, G. (eds.) (2013) Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts . Tilde Publishing, Prahran, Victoria. pp113-138 ISBN 978-0-7346-1148-2

by Laura Saunders in Library & Information Science Research, Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 131

Examples of the review:

While the text as a whole provides a solid overview of the research process, the chapters can serve as a stand-alone guide to a particular methodology or approach. … The strengths of this book include its information science perspective, and the resultant attention it pays to methods such as bibliometrics not always covered by other research textbooks.

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New Paper: The provision and sharing of information between service providers and settling refugees

Just published is our new paper (Qayyum, Thompson, Kennan and Lloyd, 2014), arising out of our study of the information practices of refugees settling in Australia. Our earlier studies focussed on the refugees themselves, investigating how refugees connect and engage with information in order to connect and situate themselves as they adjust and adapt to their new country of residence. We first identified three phases of settling: transitioning, settling in, and being settled and the role of information in these phases and in social inclusion (Kennan, Lloyd, Qayyum and Thompson, 2011). Our next work investigated how refugees connect and engage with information in order to connect and situate themselves as they adjust and adapt to their new country of residence (Lloyd, Kennan, Thompson and Qayyum, 2013). For this new paper, we interrogate the data from a different perspective, that of the service providers themselves.

Service providers use a variety of methods to provide information for refugee clients, from face-to-face communication to using print and/or electronic materials. Service providers work hard to ensure participation of refugees in the community so that refugees do not experience social exclusion. However, there are issues and problems as well as good will and information sharing and these are discussed in the paper.

Kennan, M. A., Lloyd, A., Qayyum, A. & Thompson, K. (2011). Settling in: The relationship between information and social inclusionAustralian Academic & Research Libraries, 42(3), 191-210.

Lloyd, A., Kennan, M. A., Thompson, K. M. & Qayyum, A. (2013). Connecting with new information landscapes: Information literacy practices of refugees. Journal of Documentation, 69(1), 121-144

Qayyum, M.A., Thompson, K. M., Kennan, M. A., Lloyd, A. (2014). The provision and sharing of information between service providers and settling refugees. Information Research, 19(2) paper 616. [Available at]

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