“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: four ways it could enhance academic freedom

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

The power of funding alone should not be enough to override academic freedom, argues Curt Rice, nor does open access automatically skew the world of scholarship. Are politicians stealing our academic freedom? Is their fetish with open access publishing leading to a 'pay to say' system for the rich? And will ...

All Green-OA embargoes are iniquitous

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of arguments recently about the RCUK open-access policy and the length of embargoes that it allows on Green OA articles under various circumstances. When is it reasonable to insist on six months? When might publishers have cause to want to stretch it out to 24 months? ...

Open Confusion

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Catching up yesterday evening with the Times Higher, I found yet another article about the confusion generated by RCUK‘s plans for Open Access publishing. Apparently pressured by the powerful Publishers Association, RCUK has adopted the following “decision tree” to explain how its proposal will work. More at: http://telescoper.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/open-confusion/ author: source: In The Dark ...

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 ...

Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the largest funder of basic science and humanities research in Australia. So when the ARC talks, academics listen. And now the ARC has announced that articles resulting from research they fund should be freely available for all to read, within 12 months of the articles' ...

A simple definition for open access: a proposal to open the discussion

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

This post proposes a shift from the detailed BBB definition of open access to Peter Suber's brief definition, as follows: Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (from Suber's Open Access Overview). Rationale In my dissertation, I map and analyze ...