What Does Open Access Mean #icanhazPDF

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Like many who are cajoled to publish and share, I’ve conducted part of my professional life using assets from the internet’s pirate queen, Alexandra Elbakyan. That’s because I can’t afford to access the vast libraries of academic research behind extortionate paywalls. For most of my professional life, I’ve seen the value of sharing and sharing alike …” (more)

[Inside View, 8 February]

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Will other countries follow Germany into battle with Elsevier?

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2018 by steve

“Germany is thought to be saving more than €10 million (£8.7 million) a year in journal subscription fees after calling the bluff of the world’s biggest academic publisher during a negotiation stand-off. Elsevier, long criticised by some academics for what they see as its excessive profits and resistance to open access, is now afraid to cut off German universities’ access to its journals even though their contracts have expired, according to an outspoken negotiator for the German side …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

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UCL to launch open-access megajournal

Posted in Research on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“UCL is to launch an open-access megajournal to contend with the likes of Plos One and Scientific Reports as the landscape of scholarly publishing moves increasingly online. The as-yet-unnamed journal platform from UCL Press will be a first for a UK university: Plos One is run by the Public Library of Science, while Scientific Reports is produced by the publisher of Nature …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Times Higher Education, 17 January]

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Elsevier maintains German access despite failure to strike deal

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2018 by steve

“The publishing giant Elsevier has said that it will maintain German universities’ access to its journals, despite failing to negotiate a new deal before many institutions’ contracts expired on 1 January. Germany’s research institutions and Elsevier have been locked in an at times rancorous negotiation for more than a year, as the country’s research organisations for the first time collectively try to strike what they regard as a better deal on open access, pricing and payment models …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 4 January]

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Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. ‘Projekt DEAL’ is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans have their way, would make papers by German authors in journals published by Elsevier freely available (open access), at a substantially lower rate than Elsevier is currently charging …” (more)

[Alex Holcombe and Bjoern Brembs, Times Higher Education, 27 December]

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The Fallacy of Open-Access Publication

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2017 by steve

International“Information is more accessible than ever. If you are curious about the cast of a TV show from 1975, or lyrics to your favorite ‘80s pop song, you’ll be satisfied in seconds. Yet if you want to read scientific research articles, you are likely to come up empty-handed. And that ‘open access’ model that was supposed to offer a solution? It’s created new problems …” (more)

[Andrew V Suarez and Terry McGlynn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 15 November]

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Scholars launch non-profit rival to ResearchGate and Academia.edu

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2017 by steve

International“Would you pay $25 (£19.10) a year to use a not-for-profit alternative to ResearchGate or Academia.edu? A group of open access campaigners are raising money to build a rival to academia’s biggest social networks, who they say cannot be trusted to put researchers’ interests first …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 8 November]

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German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science, 13 October]

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‘Almost half’ of recent research papers now open access

Posted in Research on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

International“Nearly half of all recently published journal articles are freely available online, according to researchers who claim that institutions may be approaching a tipping point where they cancel their subscriptions to paywalled periodicals …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times High Education, 15 August]

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Open access monograph dash could lead us off a cliff

Posted in Research on July 27th, 2017 by steve

“While open access is all about setting research ‘free’, the transition towards it can feel to academics like just another facet of the ever-stricter assessment regimes to which they are becoming subject. A recent example in the UK is the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s announcement that all articles and conference papers submitted to the next research excellence framework exercise will have to be available on an open-access institutional or subject repository …” (more)

[Marilyn Deegan, Times Higher Education, 27 July]

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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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Rather than simply moving from ‘paying to read’ to ‘paying to publish’, it’s time for a European Open Access Platform

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2017 by steve

“Open access is here to stay. Massive support from academic institutions and research funders makes it the likeliest future scenario for scholarly publications, leaving only the question of how the transition is made. Benedikt Fecher, Sascha Friesike, Isabella Peters and Gert G Wagner argue that current policy efforts do not go far enough …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 10 April]

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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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Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2017 by steve

International“One of the world’s most influential global health charities says that the research it funds cannot currently be published in several leading journals, because the journals do not comply with its open-access policy …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News, 13 January]

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Four implementation questions about open access and monographs

Posted in Research on January 4th, 2017 by steve

“From January this year, I am a member of the Universities UK Open Access Monographs Working Group. The aims of the group, in preparation for the mandate for the anticipated Third Research Excellence Framework in the mid-2020s, are to monitor progress towards the practical implementation of open access monographs …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, 3 January]

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Learned societies in the humanities, open access, and paying for disciplinary goods

Posted in Research on January 3rd, 2017 by steve

“As I’ve written before, Learned Societies are one of the biggest barriers to open access. They derive revenue from publishing that they then use to pay for disciplinary goods (scholarships, prizes, public engagement etc) Fear of new economic models for scholarly communications sometimes, although not always, drives them away from open access …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, 2 January]

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What We Tell Society Publishers About Open Access

Posted in Research on December 14th, 2016 by steve

“My colleagues and I spend a great deal of time advising professional society publishers on their programs, and not infrequently open access (OA) comes up in the discussions. Sometimes this is because OA is the focus of a project, sometimes it is because OA is on the minds of the society’s leadership …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 13 December]

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Amending competition and copyright law to enable open access to universities’ research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on November 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“John Naughton began a classic column, on the world of university research being held to ransom by academic publishers charging exorbitant prices for subscriptions, by quoting Sir Patrick Cullen’s observation in George Bernard Shaw’s play The Doctor’s Dilemma that ‘All professions are conspiracies against the laity’. Then he continued …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 11 November]

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All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals

Posted in Research on May 29th, 2016 by steve

EU“All publicly funded scientific papers published in Europe could be made free to access by 2020, under a ‘life-changing’ reform ordered by the European Union’s science chief, Carlos Moedas. The Competitiveness Council, a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry, agreed on the target following a two-day meeting in Brussels last week …” (more)

[Nadia Khomami, Guardian, 28 May]

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Sci-Hub Will Increase Academic Plagiarism

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 13th, 2016 by steve

USA“The over 50 million scholarly articles stolen by the pirates at Sci-Hub will significantly increase the occurrence of academic plagiarism. In some cases, Sci-Hub is able to download and re-publish content before it’s been crawled by plagiarism-detection companies — that is, before they can add newly-published content to their central indexes …” (more)

[Scholarly Open Access, 12 May]

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