The 5th SPARC Japan Seminar 2011
"Burgeoning Open Access MegaJournals"
Time: Feburary 29, 2012, 13:00 - 17:00
Place: National Institute of Informatics, 12F 1208 & 1210 meeting room

The event was held on February 29, 2012. Around 110 people participated.

In 2003, the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) recommends two strategies of the fulfillment of Open Access (OA). One is "self-archiving"; scholars deposit their journal articles in open electronic archives such as institutional repositories of universities and research institutions, or the government-affiliated ones like PubMed Central. The other is "open access journals"; scholars launch a new generation of journals committed to open access and publish their articles in them. Now there are 7,300 titles around the world. (cited by Lund university)
Some commercial publishers are entering the market of open access journals and recently new media, "Open Access MegaJournals", is coming up. Under the rapid development of distribution of electronic information in academic field, how will the communication change in future?
This time we will invite Ph. D. Peter Binfield, publisher of PLoS ONE (PUBLIC LIBRARY of SCIENCE), which is one of the major publishing organizations of open access journals. PLoS ONE was released in December, 2006, and open access journal specialized in nature science field. This journal has the feature of rapid and large publication by its unique peer-review and editorial process, so in 2011, they published 14,000 articles per year. Their activity and progress receive extensive attention of publishers and organizations in academic market, therefore they won the prizes, "ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation" in 2009 and "SPARC Innovator Award" in 2011. Now similar journals like PLoS ONE are launching by publishers, academic societies, and institutions.
In this seminar, we will talk about "Open Access MegaJournals" as a main theme and also carry out more in-depth discussions on "Open Access publishing" both now and in future. We welcome many people to participate in this opportunity. (On the day, interpretation service is available.)
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Moderator: Kiwa Kondo (DRF, Digital Library of Nara Institute of Science and Technology)






Opening Greeting


About Open Access Journal


Yui Nishizono
(DRF, Kagoshima University Library)



The PLoS ONE articles written by Japanese authors


Sho Sato
(Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba)



PLoS ONE and the Rise of the Open Access MegaJournal


Peter Binfield



Q & A




Panel Discussion

[[ Moderator ]]
* Shun Tutiya
(National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation)

[[ Panelist ]]
* Peter Binfield
* Antoine E. Bocquet
(NPG Nature Asia-Pacific)
* Koji Yamashita
(Springer Japan K.K.)
* Rulisa Osawa
(DRF, University of Tsukuba Library)
* Jun Adachi
(National Institute of Informatics)



Jun Adachi
(National Institute of Informatics / tentative)

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Yui Nishizono (DRF, Kagoshima University Library)

I have worked as a library staff since 2003 and being engaged in Institutional Repository tasks and others.
Since 2011 I join Digital Repository Federation (DRF) sub-WG of planning and training.

Sho Sato (Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba)

Sho Sato obtained Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) in 2010 from University of Tsukuba and now is a graduate student. He specializes in Open Access, academic libraries, scholarly communication, and bibliometrics.

Peter Binfield, PhD (Publisher, PLoS ONE)

After graduating with a PhD in Optical Physics from Aberdeen University, Peter Binfield began his publishing career at Institute of Physics Publishing in Bristol, UK as a Commissioning Editor in their books program. From IoPP, he moved to Kluwer Academic Publishers (KAP) in the Netherlands, where he ran their Major Reference Work program (encyclopedias and handbooks) and then held a variety of positions at KAP, including the management of the Physical Sciences group (Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry) and the directorship of the Plant Sciences and Earth & Environmental Sciences division. KAP merged into Springer Publishers, and during that period he held a position in Business Development, working on projects such as e-books, e-reference works and the Springer Open Choice program. In 2005 he moved to the US to live in California and work for SAGE Publications running their successful US Journals Division (some 220 journals across medical and social sciences). Since April 2008, Peter has been running PLoS ONE, which is now the largest peer reviewed journal in the world, publishing almost 14,000 articles in 2011 alone.

Antoine E. Bocquet (NPG Nature Asia-Pacific)

Antoine (Tony) Bocquet is Director, Asia-Pacific, for the Nature Publishing Group, based in Tokyo, and has over 16 years experience in the academic publishing industry in Asia. Tony joined NPG in 2001 as Asia-Pacific Publisher, became Associate Director in 2005, and was promoted to Director, Asia-Pacific in December 2011. He is responsible for NPG's core operations in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding China and India. He serves as Head of NPG's Site License Business Unit in the Asia-Pacific, and is responsible for a number of publishing programs such as NPG's Asian Academic Journal program, and the Macmillan Medical Communications unit in Asia. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Nikkei Science Ltd., a joint venture between Scientific American, part of the Nature Publishing Group, and Nikkei Publishing Inc.. Prior to joining NPG, Tony served as Managing Editor for John Wiley and Sons in Tokyo between 1998-2001 and as Commissioning Editor for Gordon & Breach between 1996-1998. An Australian by birth, Tony holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo (Physics) and is a graduate of Griffith University in Brisbane. He has lived permanently in Japan since 1994.

Koji Yamashita (President & Managing Director, Springer Japan K.K.)

Mr. Yamashita oversees Springer Group's all business activities in Japan. Prior to MD, he had various managerial roles in Springer such as VP Publishing and Sr Sales and Marketing Director. Before Springer, Mr. Yamashita was Executive Director, East Asia, ProQuest, where he managed the growing market of China, HongKong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.

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About Open Access Journal
(Yui Nishizono)

Under the rapid development of distribution of academic information and with a series of major commercial publishers' entering the market, Open Access Journal draws increasing attention more than ever before. Especially Open Access MegaJournal brings changes not only the distribution but also to the begriff of scholarly communication about a way of publication or the evaluation of research achievements. I'll outline it briefly to share common understanding before discussions on Open Access publishing both now and in future.

The PLoS ONE articles written by Japanese authors
(Sho Sato)

We analyze and report the PLoS ONE articles written by Japanese authors belong to Japanese research and educational institutions by using Web of Science and comparing the results with other journal articles in the same fields. According to the increase of the number of article publications in PLoS ONE, the number of articles written by Japanese researchers has been increasing every year. Compared to other journals, articles which are published in PLoS ONE tend to be more grant-aided.

PLoS ONE and the Rise of the Open Access MegaJournal
(Peter Binfield)

PLoS ONE is the archetypal "OpenAccess MegaJournal" - in 2011 the journal published almost 14,000 articles, constituting approximately 1 in 60 of all STM articles published in that year. Despite this success, MegaJournals are a relatively recent phenomena. PLoS ONE itself is five years old, but it is only in the last 18 months that similar titles have been launched by the likes of Nature, Springer, and SAGE. Clearly this is a publishing model which can be extremely successful, and this is the reason that other publishers are experimenting with their own launches. Dr. Peter Binfield (the Publisher of PLoS ONE since 2008) will present an overview of what constitutes a "MegaJournal", he will review the performance to date of PLoS ONE; and he will survey the more recent entrants. He will conclude with some predictions about where he believes this model will take the publishing world in the next 5 years.

Open Access Publishing at NPG
(Antoine E. Bocquet)

Since 2009 NPG has considerably expanded its Open Access options and in 2012 NPG will publish 12 OA only titles, including 4 from Asia, and 44 "hybrid" titles that have both an OA or subscription based purchase option. In this talk we give details on two titles. Nature Communications is the first Nature-branded hybrid NPG title and was launched in April 2010. It currently attracts over 400 submissions per month with approximately 50% of authors choosing the OA option. Scientific Reports was launched in June 2011 and is OA only. Scientific Reports is a primary research publication covering all areas of the natural sciences and all scientifically sound articles are accepted.

Introduction of SpringerPlus
(Koji Yamashita)

Springer positions Open Access (OA) as one of its strategic pillars, and offers OA publishing services through the leading OA publisher, "BioMed Central", a Springer group company, and "SpringerOpen" imprint for Science, Technology, and Humanity/Social Science communities. "SpringerPlus", a mega OA journal was also launched this January 2012, and in this session, we will describe its purpose and current status.

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Last Updated: 2012/08/08