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

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 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]


‘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]


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]


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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It’s time to stand up to greedy academic publishers

Posted in Research on April 18th, 2016 by steve

UK“The UK’s higher education institutions spend more than £180m on journal subscriptions every year. We need to come together and create a better system …” (more)

[Jonathan Gray and Stuart Lawson, Guardian, 18 April]

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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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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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For Open Access Monographs, Peter Pays Paul. Who Pays Peter?

Posted in Research on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

USA“The underlying economic assumption of the movement for open access monographs is that provosts will pay for what librarians will not. Never mind that libraries get their funding through the provost’s office; what matters is the shell game: move the money around and somehow or other it will grow in size …” (more)

[Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, 3 December]