Archive for December, 2012

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

When I was in undergrad, we would photocopy articles down in the basement of MacOdrum library at my alma mater, Carleton University. You’d have to find the call number of the journal, head down into the basement, find the right row, then bookshelf, and finally discover someone had already taken ...

Comments and Corrigenda in Scientific Literature

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

How self-correcting is the written record of scientific and engineering endeavors? Because human knowledge is by definition fallible, correction remains a necessity. An understanding of how error correction works in the scientific literature helps rebut fears that the veracity of the literature is declining and may suggest changes to enhance the ...

Open Access: News and Reflections from the ACSS Conference

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Last week, the first big public event discussing the Open Access policy announced in July was held at the Royal Statistical Society by the Academy of Social Sciences. If you are interested, many of the presentations from the event are already available online, with more write-ups to follow, as well ...

Eighth International Conference on Open Repositories 2013: Call for Proposals and Registration Open

Friday, December 7th, 2012

This year’s Open Repositories Conference (OR2013) takes place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada between Monday, July 8 and Friday, July 12. Registration is now open at http://or2013.net/registration - register early and reserve your accommodation as soon as you can! We invite you to contribute to the conference program. ...

Open access: be careful what you wish for

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The UK is moving rapidly toward an open access model for journal publications, planning to require it for REF 2020. Sounds good, right? Information should be freely available to all, shouldn’t it? Well, yes. But the way this is being done is really worrying. It looks like the plan is ...

What do publishers do for authors?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Is there an advantage to setting up your own journal or publishing your work online yourself? What do journal publishers actually do for authors? Since RCUK funded authors are soon to be paying large sums of money for OA publication of their articles, where is the value for that spend? ...

Home/Featured / CCC endorses RIN’s report calling for cooperation in open access publishing

Friday, December 7th, 2012

With government policy-makers and private funding agencies in the US, UK and Europe mandating greater public access to published scientific research, Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing and content solutions, announced it endorses the Research Information Network’s call for cooperation among funders, universities, ...