Swedish Research Council: ”Swedish research is internationally competitive”

According to a report written by The Swedish Research Council, Swedish researchers publish more scientific publications compared to researchers in other countries, based on population.

Many Swedish researchers are also quoted and in seventh place among 45 countries according to the councils survey. Internationally that is a good placing.

Take part of their report here. Note, the report is in swedish.

Book Launch – Platonic Occasions Dialogues in Literature, Art and Culture

Date: 29 May 2015, 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Venue: ”Scenen” in Stockholm University Library

We have the pleasure to announce the book launch of Richard Begam and James Soderholm’s Platonic Occasions – Dialogues in Literature, Art and Culture

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This is a joint event, hosted by the Department of English at Stockholm University and Stockholm University Press, to celebrate the publication of the first title in the new Stockholm University Press and Stockholm English Studies series.

More about the event.

More about the book.

Imagine free data mining

Data mining (also known as content mining) is the term for the process of collecting and finding connections among large amounts of data, which is only possible with the help of technology and unique search algorithms.

Data mining can revolutionize research

The hassle about data mining is the copyright law. According to the law we are allowed to read different resources. But what is the correct interpretation of the word read and what applies to data mining? This is where the law gets vague. The law today restricts sharing of data and research within national borders, which has delayed technological development in significant areas such as technology and medicine.

In the EU and Europe today there are a number of different copyright laws. There are also a number of exceptions to the laws but only used in the UK and Ireland.

The Hague Declaration wants to induce changes in the copyright law

The Hague Declaration is a document put together by LIBER and a group of academics. The document lists the possibilities and problems of text and data mining (TDM). It presents a number of measures in order to create a copyright reform that will benefit research and sharing of research results and data between countries.

The goal is to have a common law applicable throughout Europe to remove the uncertainty surrounding the copyright law and clarify what applies to data mining. Negotiations will eventually take place between different interest groups, members of the European Parliament and member states.

Imagine if researchers could use data mining more freely? There is no doubt about the opportunities that will rise in research.

Read more about the Hague Declaration:

Open Access (OA) improves dissemination

The Venue for Open Access in Sweden has been arranged every year since 2009. This years conference was held at Malmö University Library and had a focus on dissemination, open data, impact and research support. Stockholm University Press (SUP) was one of the participants in the open space area and held a poster presentation.

Most researchers today know the concept of OA, but whether they publish OA varies greatly

One of the keynote speakers at the conference, Caroline Edwards from the University of London, talked about OA “from below” among the circles of a new generation of scholars who want to bring humanities publishing in line with 21-century expectations and practices. One of the projects she is involved in is The Open Library of Humanities, an OA megajournal funded by an international library consortium, which allows publication without author fees.

Researchers prioritize high ranked journals for the sake of their career

A more traditional approach to OA dominated the panel discussion between Johan Söderman (Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Faculty of Education and Society), Per Jönsson (Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Faculty of Technology and Society) and Christel Larsson (Associate professor of Materials Science and Technology Faculty of Odontology).

Söderman emphasized how OA gives an opportunity to public education and the possibility to disseminate research to larger groups. The problem is however that in several disciplines there are no OA alternatives to some of the high prestige non-OA journals. This was often the case in mathematics and even more in odontology according to Jönsson and Larsson. Both agreed on that researchers has to prioritize high ranked journal for the sake of their career, open access or not.

The comparative advantages with open access regarding dissemination and sharing without borders and thereby potential usage seem everyone agree on. The quality issue is therefore the most important focus for open access publishers.

There is however no coherent approach to a common infrastructure for OA and research data, yet.

This is a growing area of ​​concern. At the conference we got reports from some of the academic libraries in Sweden that have started smaller project around these matters. The research libraries will push the issue forward and it will be an additional sector for the libraries to work with in different ways.

The Venue for Open Access (OA) in Sweden 2016

Next year the conference will be held at Stockholm University and it would be interesting if we could attract the researchers to the audience as well, and thereby create space for more productive meetings between academic scholars, librarians and open access publishers.

Leif Friberg, Consulting Editor, SUP

Stockholm University Press (SUP) and the Library Publishing Forum 2015

SUP participated at the Library Publishing Forum 2015 in Portland Oregon. The theme of the conference were “How can academic libraries create and support sustainable publishing program”. We participated in order to benchmark internationally as well as to get feedback on our recent developments.

Research use is the new currency

Since SUP is a non-profit publisher we are unable to pay reviewers or give royalties to authors. Instead we offer a transparent peer review process and global dissemination without barriers. With the shift from monetary currency to a currency based on global dissemination and free access – we aim for a greater use of research results. We need therefore to be able to follow up how published research is used. Our pilot project of measuring and visualizing was therefore presented at Library Publishing Forum, and we are happy and grateful for the great feedback we received.


The project presented is about collecting publishing statistics relevant for the researchers and visualize it in real-time.

Call for new partners

In the US they have an entirely different motivation but also economic conditions that differs from ours. Call for tenure and promotion tends to slow down the shift to OA. But it seemed that some technical and strategic solutions for peer reviewed Open Access publishing could be of interest also in the US. For SUP to grow we need continuous benchmarking nationally and internationally. If you would like to exchange ideas on library publishing, and how to measure and visualize published research, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Thomas Neidenmark, head of Quality at Stockholm University library.

The former Researcher Blog is now known as Stockholm University Press Blog

When we first started this blog in 2011, we called this the ”Researcher Blog”. The goal was to create a meeting point between our researchers at Stockholm University and for them useful resources, news and tools in research.

As we have written a lot about Open Access, Creative Commons and scientific publishing and similar the next logical step henceforth is to continue here as Stockholm University Press.

Stockholm University Press – A publisher in the forefront

Our experience shows that there is still a need for knowledge of copyright and publication licenses for researchers. Therefore, we continue to contribute news and knowledge surrounding the areas that concern us in the digital scholarly publishing.

Our ambition is to be a publishing company in the forefront and we want to contribute to national and international discussions on Open Access, open data and copyright. Mainly in Sweden but also in other parts of the world. We are dedicated to make scientific research available and support our authors to increase the dissemination and use of their research.

Do you want to publish your research with Stockholm University Press? Need Peer Review? Everything starts with a Book Proposal.

Who works with Stockholm University Press Blog?

The Communications Department at Stockholm University Library is responsible for The Stockholm University Press Blog. Want to get in touch with us? You can reach us by email using redaktionen@sub.su.se.

What did the Brontës do about dialect and think about foreign languages?


New book from Stockholm University Press:
From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today, edited by Philip Shaw, Britt Erman, Gunnel Melchers & Peter Sundkvist

Why is the Isle of Dogs in the Thames called Isle of Dogs? Did King Canute’s men bring English usage back to Jutland? How can we find out where English speakers suck their breath in to give a short response?

The answers can be found  in this collection of empirical work on English past and present.

From Clerks to Corpora is the second volume in Stockholm English Studies (SES), which is a peer-reviewed series of monographs and edited volumes published by Stockholm University Press.

Editor Biographies

Philip Shaw is a professor in the English Department at Stockholm University. He has published within a wide range of areas including historical linguistics and, more recently, World Englishes, applied linguistics, particularly with a focus on academic and business English, and vocabulary learning among advanced students.

Britt Erman has retired from a post as associate professor in the English Department at Stockholm University. Her earlier research focused on pragmatics and communication. More recently she has published within the areas of cognitive linguistics and L2 acquisition.

Gunnel Melchers is Professor Emerita in the English Department at Stockholm University. Her research has been devoted to regional and social variation, with special reference to the north of England and Scotland’s Northern Isles.

Peter Sundkvist is an associate professor in the English Department at Stockholm University. His research interests concern phonology, phonetics, and dialectology, relating to varieties of English and Germanic languages more generally.

Where to access the book
At Stockholm University Press’ website you can download an epub-file, pdf-file and read the book online or can access your books on multiple devices. On the website you can also order a printed copy of the book.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press
Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.