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 ...

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? ...

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 ...

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' ...

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 ...

Why Green OA Needs To Come Before Gold OA: A Reply to Jan Velterop

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Jan Velterop wrote: (1) Stevan trades off expected speed of achieving OA against quality of the resulting OA. It's his right to do that. I just point out that that's what it is. That's my right. He calls it 'deprecating green OA'; I prefer to call it ...

Open Access: credit where credit is due

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The monetary incentive for author-pays journals is towards accepting as many papers as possible, which obiously conflicts with the reputational incentive of only accepting "good" papers. Amongst the many "books that you absolutely have to read" for scientists is Bruno Latour's Laboratory Life (which is basically his PhD thesis). In this ...

Open access: everyone has the right to knowledge

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Last week, we celebrated Open Access Week – an event aimed at bringing attention to this rapidly emerging form of scientific publication and its ethical imperatives. Traditionally, knowledge breakthroughs and scientific discoveries are shared through publication in academic journals. Peer-reviewed and highly competitive, careers are made and broken on the number ...

Anatomy of Open Access Publishing: A Study of Longitudinal Development and Internal Structure

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

From the abstract: Background Open access (OA) is a revolutionary way of providing access to the scholarly journal literature made possible by the Internet. The primary aim of this study was to measure the volume of scientific articles published in full immediate OA journals ...

Paywalls – to build or tear down?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

People working in the technology sector are spoilt: years of openness have produced awesome products, and the free-share ethos of the information age appears to have worked, for consumers at least. However, in the academic publishing pond, the current moves a tad slower, as Linguamatics, based at their new headquarters on ...