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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, ...

Quality indicators for new open access journals?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Last week a handful of Dutch science actors (list below) organized a two-day Colloquium on Quality indicators for young (OA) journals. The colloquium discussed two indicators for new journals which covered the quality of the editors and the quality of the peer review respectively. The idea is that more than a ...

Gold is good, but it’s not the only colour, RCUK says

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Research Councils UK is "staggered" by the widespread misunderstanding of its new open-access policy, which it insists is not "anti-green". The comments were made by Mark Thorley, chair of RCUK's Research Outputs Network, at a discussion event called Open Access: Going for Gold? that was held last week at Imperial College ...

Peter Suber: “The UK can do better…”

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Mark Thorley wrote: "Stevan, ...As an advocate of Open Access I would like to think that you appreciate the fact that the UK is leading the world here..." Mark, no, the UK is no longer leading the world with its new Finch/RCUK/BIS OA policy. It's time to heed OA advocates that have ...

Book Talk: Peter Suber on Open Access

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. In this talk, Peter Suber — ...

Help put the open in Open Data and Open Bibliography

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Public consultation on open data in journals launched ..... From BioMed Central: We propose to change the copyright license in open access journals to make published data available for sharing, integration and reuse without legal restrictions, for the benefit of science. If implemented this would mean authors in the future would ...

Historical Association Raises Concerns About Open-Access Movement

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The push for open access to academic research has been justifiably motivated by scholars’ concerns regarding the high subscription prices of many journals, but proposed solutions raise “serious questions” for scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences, says a statement released on Monday by the American Historical Association. The ...

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing The American Historical Association voices concerns about recent developments in the debates over “open access” to research published in scholarly journals. The conversation has been framed by the particular characteristics and economics of science publishing, a landscape considerably different from the terrain of scholarship in ...

Will open access article processing fee publishers do the right thing and join OA advocates in calling for friendly amendment to the RCUK policy?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

This summer the Research Councils U.K. adopted a stronger open access policy, as explained by Peter Suber in the September 2012 SPARC Open Access Newsletter. While the strong support for open access, including funding for open access publishing, is welcome news, this policy includes some ill-thought-out provisions and open access ...

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

When I became a professor, 20 years ago, I received a request from a woman who lived close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught: Could she come and talk to me about a set of interests she was developing, in the area of my own specialty in ...