Publish in Open Access Law Reviews for Higher Scholarly Impact

The Law Librarians blog posted about a paper by James Donovan, Carol Watson, and Caroline Osborne on SSRN called The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews.

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In answer to law faculty questions about how participation in an open access repository will affect the works’ impact, the present research offers a definitive reply. When looking at citation by other law reviews to all the author’s work, the averaged increase in citations in flagship journals is 53%. In general, half of these cites will be dispensed in the first six years after the article’s publication. OA articles will attract more attention earlier in the lifecycle of the publication, and endure longer on the intellectual stage.

For authors, the message is clear: The open access advantage is real, sizable, and consistent. The minimal effort to upload an article onto an OA platform such as SSRN or a school’s repository pays rich dividends in the currency of subsequent citations in law reviews and court decisions.

From the abstract:
Articles available in open access formats enjoy an advantage in citation by subsequent law review works of 53%. For every two citations an article would otherwise receive, it can expect a third when made freely available on the Internet. This benefit is not uniformly spread through the law school tiers. Higher tier journals experience a lower OA advantage (11.4%) due to the attention such prestigious works routinely receive regardless of the format. When focusing on the availability of new scholarship, as compared to creating retrospective collections, the aggregated advantage rises to 60.2%. While the first tier advantage rises to 16.8%, the mid-tiers skyrocket to 89.7%. The fourth tier OA advantage comes in at 81.2%.

Citations of legal articles by courts is similarly impacted by OA availability. While the 15-year aggregate advantage is a mere 9.5%, new scholarship is 41.4% more likely to be cited by a court decision if it is available in open access format.

Make sure to upload to SSRN for discoverability. And upload your article to your institutional repository for good measure, too.

ALA Releases Top 10 Challenged Books of 2015

bbw13_profileAt the beginning of National Library Week, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2015. Each year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of challenges, defined as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The report of a challenge does not mean that a book is removed, only that its removal has been requested.

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Legislative Insight: What is it?

ProQuest’s Legislative Insight (see below) is a Federal legislative history database, containing full text publications created in the process of enacting U.S. laws.

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The value of legislative history research is simple: attorneys and courts often utilize findings from the legislative history of a law to support arguments about the actual meaning of the law.

Within Legislative Insight, users can search:

  • Bills
  • Congressional Records
  • CRS Reports and Miscellaneous Congressional Publications
  • House and Senate documents
  • Published and Unpublished Hearings (from 1983 forward)
  • Presidential Signing Statements
  • Public Laws

Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

National Library Week Events

Please join us for a full slate of events from Monday, April 11th to Friday, April 15th to celebrate National Library Week!  There will be lots of prizes up for grabs at each event, plus a chance to have some fun.  Please contact Alyson Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu with any questions.

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Annual Report FY 2014-2015

Time flies breporter link to annual reporty so quickly when you are busy!  In the rush of daily work sometimes it’s valuable to sit back and take a look at what you’ve accomplished last year.

Take some time and see all of the great things that the Law Library accomplished during FY 2014-2015.
Follow the link in the top left-hand column of The Reporter to see the Law Library’s Annual Report.

The front page shows the entire report or you can follow the individual links under the “Associate Dean Message” to quickly see an individual department’s report.

I hope you enjoy this look back at FY 2014-2015!

National Library Week Trivia Night

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Join the law library to celebrate National Library Week on Monday, April 11th at Trivia Night.  It’ll take place in the forum from 5:30-7:30pm.

Come take on your professors and classmates!  Register now, as we will cap registration at 20 teams.  Teams must be made of 6 people or less.  Pick up your registration sheet at the Library Information Desk.  If you’re an individual who is interested in participating, but don’t have a team, you can still register!  We will be putting together a “free agent” team for all of these individuals.

Players on registered teams will enjoy pizza and beer at Trivia Night.  The top three teams will also win great prizes, including movie tickets!

If you have questions, email Alyson Drake, the Student Services Librarian, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu, or stop by her office in the library (126ba).

And, keep an eye out for announcements regarding the many other awesome events that will be taking place during National Library Week!

Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Timeline Browse

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

The Legislative Insight database enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment. Through this database, you can search bills, the congressional record, CRS reports, public hearings, and more.

An under-utilized searching tool within the database is the Timeline Browse. The Timeline Browse link is located on the Legislative Insight homepage top menu bar (shown below).

Leg Insight 1The Timeline Browse allows for searches based on broad subject matters–including Education, Immigration, and Water–listing out important acts and related documents in each subject.

Leg Insight 2For example, the Immigration subject timeline spans between 1882, with the Chinese Exclusion Act, and 2006, with the Secure the Fence Act. By selecting “retrieve documents,” you will be re-directed to a pre-filled “Quick Search” form (shown below).

Leg Insight 3A user can then narrow the search results by publication type, date, subject term, or source.


Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.