Archive for December, 2011

Taylor & Francis Opens Access with new OA Program

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

'The New Year sees the launch of an exciting range of Open Access options from Taylor & Francis via the Taylor & Francis Open program. This new initiative is designed to give authors and their sponsors flexibility and variety when they choose to publish research with ...

Open Access Is Spreading — But Is It Really Open Access?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

'The latest big boost to open access has come from in UK government's "Innovation and research strategy for growth" (pdf), which says: The Government, in line with our overarching commitment to transparency and open data, is committed to ensuring that publicly-funded research should be accessible free of charge. Free ...

Group of Eight view of measuring the impact of research

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

'In 2012 a dozen Australian universities will trial a system of assessing the impact of their research on the world outside academia as a possible means of directing funding. The pilot scheme is being led by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). The ATN ran a similar ...

Beall’s List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Check out the list of at Metadata

Open access, peer review, grants and other academic conundrums

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This is a very interesting article that delves deeper into issues around open access. Read more...

The best way to get value from data is to give it away

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Open data is the new gold, the fertile soil out of which a new generation of applications and services will grow. In a networked age, we all depend on data, and opening it up is the best way to realise its value, to maximise its potential. Read more... (Source: The Guardian

Could this be Australia’s worst publishing contract? And bookselling icon Dymocks is behind it, by Martin Taylor

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Australian bookselling icon Dymocks last week launched a self-publishing service called D Publishing. While the service looks fine, its publishing contract is dreadful. Even if you’re not in Australia, you should look at it to see just how bad a publishing contract can be in the wrong hands. More at ...

Beyond Blogging as an Open Practice, What About Associated Open Usage Data?

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

'A recent post on Blogging Practices Session at the JISC MRD Launch Event (#jiscmrd) contains access to the slides hosted on Slideshare used at the JISC MRD Programme Launch Meeting. In the talk I reflected on the discussion on Should Projects Be Required To Have Blogs? which took place initially ...

Embedding repositories: a guide and self-assessment tool

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

'Welcome to RSP’s practical guide to embedding research repositories into institutional processes, systems and culture. Repositories in higher education need to demonstrate value to their institutions and researchers. The guide has collated the experience of previous projects and activity in the UK. ...

Carr loses research portfolio to Evans in cabinet shuffle: expert responses

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

'Kim Carr has lost the research portfolio to Chris Evans in today’s cabinet shuffle announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Evans will now be the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, while Carr will move to the outer ministry, holding the portfolios of Manufacturing ...