Emerging controls in Elsevier’s scholarly communications ecology

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As I’ve written about Elsevier’s service development strategy in the distant past, I’ve decided to shame myself into making some fresh comment and help kick the tires of a very neglected DarkRepository. Elsevier’s ongoing acquisitions programme turned another chapter on Monday with news that it had acquired bepress, (formerly the Berkeley Electronic Press), an academic software firm …” (more)

[DarkRepository, 4 August]

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Elsevier Acquires bepress

Posted in Research on August 2nd, 2017 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier announces its acquisition of bepress. In a move entirely consistent with its strategy to pivot beyond content licensing to preprints, analytics, workflow, and decision-support, Elsevier is now a major if not the foremost single player in the institutional repository landscape …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2 August]

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Elsevier: embrace, extend …

Posted in Research on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“Those of us who are moderately tech-savvy and of a certain age will recall the open source community’s disdainful characterization of Microsoft’s standard modus operandi faced with open standards: embrace, extend, extinguish. This is not Elsevier’s only business strategy to be sure, but it does seem to characterize their current approach to open access …” (more)

[Gavia Libraria, 11 May]

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‘You never said my peer review was confidential’ – scientist challenges publisher

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

International“Are peer-reviewers free to openly share the content of their reviews if journal editors haven’t explicitly told them not to? Jon Tennant, a scientist-turned-outreach specialist, thinks so. Tennant had reviewed a research paper submitted to the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature News, 23 January]

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Scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan to lose access to Elsevier journals

Posted in Research on December 24th, 2016 by steve

International“Thousands of scientists in Germany, Peru and Taiwan are preparing for a new year without online access to journals from the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier. Contract negotiations in both Germany and Taiwan broke down in December, while Peru’s government has cut off funding for a licence …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier and Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, Nature, 23 December]

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Time for Elsexit?

Posted in Research on November 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“This post is principally addressed to academics in the UK, though some of it may apply to people in other countries too. The current deal that the universities have with Elsevier expires at the end of this year …” (more)

[Gowers’s Weblog, 29 November]

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Elsevier Acquires SSRN

Posted in Research on May 18th, 2016 by steve

International“Today, Elsevier is announcing that it has acquired SSRN, the preprint and publishing community that focuses on social sciences and law. I had a chance to speak yesterday with Gregg Gordon, president of SSRN, Jan Reichelt, co-founder of Mendeley, and Tom Reller, a senior Elsevier executive, about the acquisition …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 17 May]

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Elsevier Acquires Social Science Repository SSRN

Posted in Research on May 17th, 2016 by steve

International“The publishing giant Elsevier has acquired the Social Science Research Network, an online open-access repository for research …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 17 May]

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Researchers Are Pushing Back Against Elsevier’s Open-Access Publishing Fees

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2016 by steve

USA“Imagine you’ve spent the last few years writing a manuscript. You submit it to a publisher, and they make you an offer: They’ll print it, but once it’s published, they own your work. They’ll sell it to people who want to read it, but you won’t see any of the profits …” (more)

[Jane Hu, The Atlantic, 26 January]

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Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the $25.2bn a Year Academic Publishing Business

Posted in Research on January 5th, 2016 by steve

USA“Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled ‘The internet’s first victim’, journalist John Hayes highlights the technological imperative coming toward the academic publisher’s profit margin …” (more)

[Jason Schmitt, SAS Confidential, 4 January]

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Can’t Disrupt This: Elsevier and the $25.2bn a Year Academic Publishing Business

Posted in Research on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

USA“Twenty years ago (December 18, 1995), Forbes predicted academic publisher Elsevier’s relevancy and life in the digital age to be short lived. In an article entitled ‘The internet’s first victim’, journalist John Hayes highlights the technological imperative coming toward the academic publisher’s profit margin with the growing internet culture …” (more)

[Jason Schmitt, Medium, 22 December]

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Are there winners and losers in the VSNU-Elsevier Open Access deal?

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2015 by steve

Holland“This week it was finally announced that the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the publisher Elsevier had reached an agreement on a continuation of the Big Deal for access to all Elsevier journals combined with a transition to Open Access publishing for researchers at Dutch Universities …” (more)

[WoW! Wouter on the Web, 12 December]

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Dutch universities and Elsevier reach deal over open access

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Holland“Dutch universities and Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of science journals, have reached a deal over institutional subscriptions which will lead to more academics able to publish their work on an open access basis …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 10 December]

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What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2015 by steve

USA“It was the kind of exit designed to make a statement. Last week all six editors and all 31 editorial-board members resigned from Lingua, a prominent linguistics journal, after a disagreement with the journal’s publisher, Elsevier …” (more)

[Ellen Wexler, Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 November]

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Dutch universities start Elsevier boycott – Will this be a game changer or will publisher profits remain unaffected?

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2015 by steve

International“Led by vice chancellors, Dutch universities have recently announced plans for a country-wide boycott of the academic publisher Elsevier. This boycott has the potential to be a significant game changer in the relationship between the research community and the world’s largest academic publisher. But how will it affect open access momentum in the UK and around the world? …” (more)

[Danny Kingsley and Steven Harnad, Impact of Social Science, 8 July]

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Dutch universities start their Elsevier boycott plan

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2015 by steve

Holland“‘We are entering a new era in publications’, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy …” (more)

[Jozien Wijkhuijs, Univers, 2 July]

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Elsevier renews agreement to support QS on rankings activities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2015 by steve

International“Partnership between Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions, and QS began in 2007. We are delighted to announce that we have just made a decision to renew our long-term collaboration! …” (more)

[Dasha Karzunina, QS Intelligence Unit, 19 June]

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Can the research excellence framework run on metrics?

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“The current research excellence framework is ‘a bloated boondoggle’ that ‘steals years, and possibly centuries, of staff time that could be put to better use, and includes so many outcome measures that every university can cherry-pick its way to appearing ‘top-ranking’ …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 18 June]

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Elsevier acts against research article pirate sites and claims irreparable harm

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 16th, 2015 by steve

International“The academic publisher Elsevier last week filed a complaint against two web sites who it accuses of pirating its academic articles and other publications and offering them up to the world for free …” (more)

[David Glance, The Conversation, 15 June]

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On open-access books and ‘double dipping’

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“In a hybrid open-access environment, ‘double dipping’ refers to cases where a publisher sells their services to an author (author-pays open access) while simultaneously selling the end product to libraries (a subscription) …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, 31 January]

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