A mandate for Open Access: The University of Liège (ULg) and ULg Library

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The University of Liège has an exemplary Open Access mandate. It inspired a unique collaboration among researchers, university management and library. In this guest post, François Renaville, systems librarian at the ULg Library, explains how. ULg's institutional repository ORBi is indexed in Primo Central. For more information about institutional repositories ...

Invitation: Open Access and Research Conference 2013

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is hosting the Open Access and Research Conference 2013, in Brisbane from 31 October to 1 November. The adoption of national and institutional open access mandates in recent years is evidence of the global transition towards more broad-reaching, efficient and inclusive systems of scholarly communication. The ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Come get the data, Carr tells researchers

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Human Services Minister Kim Carr is doing the rounds of Australian universities to encourage researchers to dip into the honeypot of data which his department is making available. The material provides huge potential for those working in health, the social sciences and many other areas, and has been welcomed by those ...

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 ...