Splitting with Elsevier

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just time today to pass on a bit of Open Access news: the University of California has ended negotiations which academic publishing giant Elsevier and will no longer subscribe to Elsevier Journals. The negotiations broke down over two key points …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 March]

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A Turning Point for Scholarly Publishing

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

“Debate over the future of scholarly publishing felt remote to Kathryn M Jones, an associate professor of biology at Florida State University – that is, until she attended a Faculty Senate meeting last year. There she learned that the library might renegotiate its $2-million subscription with the publishing behemoth Elsevier, which would limit her and her colleagues’ access to groundbreaking research …” (more)

[Lindsay Ellis, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 February]


The future of journal publishing here today

Posted in Research on February 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThe bad news: the scientific community can no longer afford commercial science journals. The good news: the scientific community no longer needs commercial science journals. The bottom line: open internet archives and overlay journals are the solution …” (more)

[Syksy Räsänen, In the Dark, 8 February]

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Plan S – Get your feedback in!

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s been a rather busy first day back at teaching, and I’m a bit tired after my first Engineering Mathematics lecture, so I’ll just post a couple of quick items on the topic of Open Access Publishing. The most important thing is a reminder that the deadline for submission of feedback on the Plan S proposals is February 8th 2019 …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 February]


The Cost of the Open Journal of Astrophysics

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Our recent publication of a paper in the Open Journal of Astrophysics caused a flurry of interest in social media and a number of people have independently asked me for information about the cost of this kind of publication. I see no reason not to be fully ‘open’ about the running costs of the Open Journal, but it’s not quite as simple as a cost per paper …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 February]

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Plan S Briefing Presentations

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I thought it might be useful for the research community in Ireland and beyond to share the slides for the presentations used on Tuesday’s Briefing on Plan S for Open Access …” (more, sideshows)

[In the Dark, 24 January]

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Plan S Open Access Briefing

Posted in Research on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This morning I found myself in the centre of Dublin to attend an event at the Royal Irish Academy, in Dawson Street. Coincidentally this is just a few yards from the Mansion House, scene of the meeting of the First Dáil on 21st January 1919 (which I blogged about here) and also scene of the commemorations of its centenary yesterday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 January]

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Editorial Mutiny at Elsevier Journal

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2019 by steve

International“The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 14 January]

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The Quest to Topple Science-stymying Academic Paywalls

Posted in Research on January 5th, 2019 by steve

“Science is built, enhanced, and developed through the open and structured sharing of knowledge. Yet some publishers charge so much for subscriptions to their academic journals that even the libraries of the world’s wealthiest universities such as Harvard are no longer able to afford the prices …” (more)

[Joi Ito, Wired, 4 January]

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Systemic reforms and further consultation needed to make Plan S a success

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2018 by steve

“ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, published an initial response to Plan S, an initiative for open access publishing supported by a consortium of research funders. The ALLEA statement welcomes the ambition of the proposal and identifies a number of challenges to be considered by funding agencies in order to prevent perverse incentives and unintended consequences in the scientific publishing sector and the research evaluation system when moving towards open access …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 12 December]

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Plan S: Impact on Society Publishers

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2018 by steve

“Last week cOAlition S released guidance on how they anticipate their open access (OA) mandate, Plan S to be implemented. While this implementation guidance provides many new details about the plan, it has not provided reassurance to anxious society publishers …” (more)

[Michael Clarke, The Scholarly Kitchen, 5 December]


In Response to Criticism the Plan S Adopts a Flexible Stance Toward Paywall-Based Journals and Hybrid Open Access

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2018 by steve

“On November 27, 2018, the cOAlition S, which is behind the Plan S for switching to Open Access in multiple European countries, has published guidelines that elaborate on the initial principles of the plan, while reformulating its more contentious points …” (more)

[Pablo Markin, AlphaGalileo, 29 November]

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Plan S for Open Access: Guidance and Feedback

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Those of you interested in the topic of Open Access Publishing, and Open Science generally, will no doubt already have heard of ‘Plan S’. For those that haven’t it is a proposal by 11 European Nations to give the public free access to publicly funded science …” (more)

[In the Dark, 27 November]


Elsevier Gets Blocked in Sweden After it Legally Requires Internet Providers to Make Sci-Hub Locally Inaccessible

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2018 by steve

“As the largest player in the journal publishing market, Elsevier is significantly exposed to the risk that illegal file downloading, such as of its paywall-protected articles through Sci-Hub, a platform for illicit sharing of copyright-protected content …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 26 November]

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Learned Societies and Open Access

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Tuesday’s quick post about a letter of opposition to Plan S generated some comments from academics about the role of ‘Learned Societies’ in academic publishing. I therefore think it’s relevant to raise some points about the extent that these organizations (including, in my field, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics) rely for their financial security upon the revenues generated by publishing traditional journals …” (more)

[In The Dark, 8 November]


Chemists against Plan S

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There’s an ‘Open Letter’ doing the rounds which rails against the European Plan S for open access to research papers. You can find it here on Google Docs. It is apparently initiated by some chemists, and there are very few signatories who are not chemists …” (more)

[In The Dark, 6 November]


Are Mirror Journals a Better Path to the Open Access Flip?

Posted in Research on October 29th, 2018 by steve

“Once seen as the gateway to full open access (OA), hybrid journals have either been wildly successful or a total failure. A hybrid journal is when authors can publish a paper in a subscription journal and choose to make it OA, typically by paying an article processing charge (APC). If the goal of hybrid OA was to facilitate a global flip to full OA, the goal has, at least so far, failed after decades of trying …” (more)

[Angela Cochran, The Scholarly Kitchen, 29 October]

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Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (2018)

Posted in Research on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google …” (video)

[LSE Impact Blog, 27 October]

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PhD theses – drawing attention to the often overlooked articles in open access repositories

Posted in Research on October 28th, 2018 by steve

“Earlier this Open Access Week, university library staff throughout the UK celebrated #ThesisThursday, a day of focused attention on the less talked-about articles in open access repositories, PhD theses. Camilla Griffiths and Nancy Graham describe the work the LSE Library has led to digitise the theses of the School’s doctoral alumni, outlining the benefits of greater visibility, widespread indexing, and robust URLs …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 27 October]

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Thoughts on ‘Plan S’, ‘cOAlition S’ and Open Access Publishing

Posted in Research on September 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Those of you who have been following my recent updates on progress with The Open Journal of Astrophysics may be interested to hear about ‘Plan S’, which is a proposal by 11 EU Nations to give the public free access to publicly funded science free …” (more)

[In the Dark, 22 September]