“Walking in quicksand ­ keeping up with copyright agreements”

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

As any repository manager will tell you, one of the biggest headaches for providing open access to research materials is complying with publisher agreements. Most publishers will allow some form of an article published in their journals to be made open access. There is a very useful site that helps people ...

University of Iowa Libraries and Provost Office Launches Open Access Publishing Fund

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

[Last] week, the Office of the Provost and UI Libraries established a $50,000 fund to cover researchers’ publication fees for open access journals, which can be as much as $3,000. Library officials say it will be an annual fund. When researchers publish in ...

Open Access increases citation? A brief overview of two reports

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Last week I have published a post about visibility and citations in Open Access. The post was referring to the results of two separate reports related to the subject. As the question of visibility and citations in OA journals and books remains valid, being a subject of intense debate in ...

Wiley Launches New Open Access Journal: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today the launch of a new open access, interdisciplinary journal providing rapid publication of cutting-edge research across the broad field of immunology. Immunity, Inflammation and Disease, the latest journal to be launched from the Wiley Open Access program, is supported by a number of major ...

Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Academics are — slowly — adopting the view that publicly funded research should be made freely available. But data released yesterday suggest that, given the choice, even researchers who publish in open-access journals want to place restrictions on how their papers can be re-used — for example, sold by others ...

Neither Green nor Gold

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

At our recent “Facing Forwards” breakfast seminar, Sunil Vadera gave a fascinating overview of his research group’s work in data mining, and the extraordinary opportunities that are emerging from our ability to search and sort massive amounts of digital data extremely rapidly. Shortly after this, I was in London ...

Positioning ACM for an Open Access Future

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The age of open access is upon us. Increasingly, the consensus of authors of research articles and their funding institutions is that the fruits of taxpayer-supported research should be freely available to the public. This is a compelling argument and a noble goal. But, achieving open access is not easy. Professional ...

Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The adoption of open access (OA) in the UK continues to meet with challenges, months after the RCUK adopted the Finch Report recommendations and placed an April 2013 stipulation on research results being published via either Green or Gold OA. As the policy and its implications have sunk in, responses have ...

What is open access and why should we care?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The issue of open access to research findings has been in the media for a number of reasons lately, some positive – the release of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) open access policy – and some tragic – the recent death of open internet advocate Aaron Swartz. But what is open ...

Journal Archive Opens Up (Some)

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

More than 700 publishers, in addition to the 76 that signed on initially, have agreed to make their journal content available to individual users through JSTOR’s Register & Read program, which launches in earnest today after the conclusion of a pilot that started last year. The Register & Read program was ...