What do publishers do for authors?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Is there an advantage to setting up your own journal or publishing your work online yourself? What do journal publishers actually do for authors? Since RCUK funded authors are soon to be paying large sums of money for OA publication of their articles, where is the value for that spend? ...

The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012)

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) is pleased to announce publication of the report, The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012). The report provides an overview of the current interoperability landscape in terms of the types of services that are now possible because of recent research and ...

The Finch Report and RCUK Open Access policy: How can libraries respond?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Libraries have always been advocates of Open Access (OA), providing repository services to collect, share and preserve open access versions of research papers. The Finch Report and the new RCUK OA policy mark a transformation to the way in which research is published and made available in the UK. Making ...

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 ...

Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Onlin

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

10 years on, leaders from the Open Access movement unite to draft new Budapest Open Access Initiative recommendations ..... WASHINGTON -- In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/boai-10-recommendations) that ...

Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online

Monday, September 17th, 2012

In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health. The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement, ...

New Report: “Moving Towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

In April, leading independent academic and professional publisher SAGE convened a roundtable in association with the British Library into the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. Chaired by publishing consultant Simon Inger and attended by an international panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry ...

Webometrics Institutional Repository Ranking July 2012

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Last month, the CSIC Cybermetrics Lab (Spain) published its Top Institutional Repositories Ranking. In total, 1440 institutional repositories were ranked. It is worth mentioning that there are very few requirements in order to get your repository added to the ranking. For starters, inclusion is free of charge. The most important ...

SPARC Innovator: The World Bank

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

First, the World Bank first made its data freely available. Then, it launched its Open Knowledge Repository and began using Creative Commons licenses. On July 1, it will implement a new Open Access policy for all of its research outputs and knowledge products. When an organization as large as the World ...

GrandIR Blog

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

This blog aims to deal with all topics related to GrandIR activity: Open Access, Institutional Repositories, CRIS Systems, Research Output Assessment, Usage, Research Data Management and System Interoperability to mention just a few. The main goal of this GrandIR blog is to foster dissemination and promote discussion on such ...