Learned Societies, Equity, and Open Access

Posted in Research on November 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I’m not getting much time these days to think about new ideas for blog posts so yet again I’m going to rehash an old one, but at least it is somewhat topical because of an interesting blog post I saw recently about the American Sociological Association …” (more)

[In the Dark, 8 November]

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IReL Open Access Agreements Update

Posted in Research on October 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In early 2021 IReL introduced a number of new transformative open access agreements. This is a major development for the Irish research and publishing landscape and there has been an unprecedented uptake of open access publishing …” (more)

[Library of Trinity College Dublin, 6 October]

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The AAS goes for Gold

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday there was a big announcement from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), namely that all its journals will switch to Open Access from 1st January 2022. This transition will affect the Astronomical Journal (AJ), the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), and the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (ApJS). Previously authors were able to opt for Open Access but from next year it will apply to all papers …” (more)

[In the Dark, 2 September]

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Rights Retention, Open Access and Learned Society Publishing

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The April 2021 issue of Physics World arrived this morning after the usual month in the post to Ireland. I don’t know why it takes so long. My copy of Private Eye usually takes just a couple of days. Anyway, there is an interview in the latest issue with Steve Hall, the former Managing Director of IOP Publishing who stepped down last month …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 May]

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Taylor & Francis Group and IReL agree three year ‘read and publish’ deal

Posted in Research on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IReL and Taylor & Francis Group have signed a new transformative agreement, for three years starting in March 2021. IReL is a licensing consortium of nine participating Irish publicly-funded higher education institutions. This deal allows Irish researchers access to Taylor & Francis Group journals as well as the option to publish in around 2,000 titles without paying article publishing fees …” (more)

[IReL, 31 March]

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SAGE and IReL Sign Transformative Agreement

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IReL has signed its first transformative open access agreement with SAGE Publishing. The three-year Read and Publish deal will provide expanded open access publishing opportunities for corresponding authors at IReL member institutions …” (more)

[IReL, 25 March]

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IReL-Wiley Read and Publish Agreement

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IReL is very pleased to announce a four year (2021-2024) Read and Publish agreement with the publisher John Wiley & Sons. The agreement will allow member institutions continued access to the complete collection over one thousand journal published by Wiley. It will also allow authors from the institutions to make their Wiley published articles open access immediately on publication …” (more)

[IReL, 18 March]

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Plan S – are you compliant?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Those nice people at cOAlition S have produced a new online tool that allows authors to check whether a given academic journal complies with the requirements of Plan S as they apply to a given funder and institution. For information on how it works see here. For the actual tool (beta version) see here …” (more)

[In the Dark, 19 November]


Open Access, but at what cost?

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I couldn’t resist passing on the news that the Max Planck Digital Library has signed an agreement with the Nature Publishing Group to enable authors in about 120 German institutes to publish Open Access articles in Nature journals …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 October]


Sustainable Open Access – What’s Next?

Posted in Research on August 27th, 2020 by steve

International“Early last year, I interviewed Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews about the organization’s rationale for pursuing open access (OA) and details of their Subscribe to Open approach. A few months ago, Lisa Hinchliffe offered us an update on Annual Reviews, providing both an expanded definition of Subscribe to Open and an overview of some of the advantages and challenges of the model …” (more)

[Ann Michael, The Scholarly Kitchen, 27 August]

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Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal

Posted in Research on July 16th, 2020 by steve

International“Funding agencies behind the radical open-access (OA) initiative Plan S have announced a policy that could make it possible for researchers to bypass journals’ restrictions on open publishing. The change could allow scientists affected by Plan S to publish in any journal they want – even in subscription titles, such as Science, that haven’t yet agreed to comply with the scheme …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 16 July]

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After Open Access

Posted in Research on July 15th, 2020 by steve

International“We are a collective of intersectional feminist and social justice journal editors. We reject the narrow values of efficiency, transparency and compliance that inform current developments and policies in open access and platform publishing …” (more)

[Critical Legal Thinking, 15 July]

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Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Posted in Research on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Five years ago, when Jeffrey MacKie-Mason first joined the University of California team that negotiates with academic publishers, he asked a colleague what would happen if he failed to strike a deal. What if, instead, he simply canceled their subscription? ‘I was told I would be fired the next day’, the UC Berkeley librarian says …” (more)

[Gregory Barber, Wired, 16 June]

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The purpose of publications in a pandemic and beyond

Posted in Research on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

“… The virus is reminding us that the purpose of scholarly communication is not to allocate credit for career advancement, and neither is it to keep publishers afloat. Scholarly communication is about, well, scholars communicating with each other, to share insights for the benefit of humanity. And whilst we’ve heard all this before, in a time of crisis we realise afresh that this isn’t just rhetoric, this is reality …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gadd, Wonkhe, 22 April]

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Without stronger academic governance, Covid-19 will concentrate the corporate control of academic publishing

Posted in Research on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a short term uptick in open research practices, both in response to the virus and the need for remote access to research and teaching materials. Samuel Moore argues that the long term impact of Covid-19 and its related economic impact will likely increase the corporate control of academic publishing …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 17 April]

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Nature to join open-access Plan S, publisher says

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2020 by steve

International“After a change in the rules of the bold open-access (OA) initiative known as Plan S, publisher Springer Nature said on 8 April that many of its non-OA journals – including Nature – were now committed to joining the plan, pending discussion of further technical details …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 9 April]


First open access science programme signed with Elsevier

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A consortium of publicly funded Irish higher education institutions and Elsevier, the 140-year-old publisher and ‘global leader in information analytics’ specialising in science and health, have agreed to the country’s first open access programme with a major scientific publisher, an important step towards the goal of securing full open access to Irish research publications …” (more)

[University World News, 20 February]

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Read-and-Publish Open Access deals are heightening global inequalities in access to publication

Posted in Research on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“One of the most significant impacts of Plan S (the drive to initiate an open access transition in scholarly publishing) has been to accelerate interest in national level read-and-publish deals. Whilst these deals have streamlined open access provision in the Global North, Jefferson Pooley argues that they lock in and exacerbate existing inequalities in scholarly publishing, by establishing and entrenching a two-tier system of scholarly publishing based on access to funds needed to meet publishing charges …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 21 February]


UKRI wants monographs to be open access by 2024

Posted in Research on February 13th, 2020 by steve

“Academic monographs will need to be made freely available within 12 months of publication if authors are supported by public research funds, according to new open access proposals from the UK’s main research body …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 13 February]

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US open access mandate projected as painful but needed

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2020 by steve

“An expected move by the Trump administration to mandate immediate open access publication of federally funded research has been hailed a major step away from the subscription journal model, with the expected damage to some of the US’ academic societies seen by some as a potentially necessary trade-off. The White House was widely understood to be drafting an executive order that would follow in the footsteps of Plan S, the European-led initiative …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Times Higher Education, 7 January]

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