“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 ...

Researching Into Open Access

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

As part of IT Services’ contribution to Open Access Oxford, we have been exploring the perspectives on OA held by different stakeholders, both through interviews with University staff (of which more in a future post) and through a review of the recent literature on OA. In conducting this review we ...

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 ...

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 ...

Big Profits Limiting Access to Publicly Funded Academic Research

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Here’s how the academic publishing industry works: Academics do research (frequently supported by public funds) and submit that research to journals, often paying “$600-$2,000 to either the publisher or the academic society that owns the journal” for the privilege of publication. Then journals send the research back out to other ...

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 ...