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 ...

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 ...

Only elite to survive slump in university funds

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Only elite, research-intensive universities with global brands will exist in their current form in 15 years, while the rest will be forced to rethink their business models as decreasing government funding, increased competition and online technologies reshape the higher education landscape. Second-tier public universities will be forced to close, recreate themselves ...

Will open access article processing fee publishers do the right thing and join OA advocates in calling for friendly amendment to the RCUK policy?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

This summer the Research Councils U.K. adopted a stronger open access policy, as explained by Peter Suber in the September 2012 SPARC Open Access Newsletter. While the strong support for open access, including funding for open access publishing, is welcome news, this policy includes some ill-thought-out provisions and open access ...

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

When I became a professor, 20 years ago, I received a request from a woman who lived close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught: Could she come and talk to me about a set of interests she was developing, in the area of my own specialty in ...

Open Access publishing: A Personal View

Monday, September 24th, 2012

General Observations As will be seen from our comments below, we are not convinced by many aspects of the current proposals in practice. We are also far from convinced by the general rationale for open-access publishing, especially the ‘gold’ option, under which the author (funder, institution or individual) pays. We recognise ...

When research findings explode

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The world of psychology has been rocked by fake and fraudulent scientific data and plagiarism, writes Alok Jha. Dirk Smeesters had spent several years of his career as a social psychologist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam studying how consumers behaved in different situations. Did colour have an effect on what they ...

Government invests £10 million to help universities move to open access

Friday, September 14th, 2012

A £10 million Government investment announced today by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts will help universities with the transition to open access to publicly-funded research findings. The investment will enable a number of research-intensive UK institutions to kick-start the process of developing policies and setting up funds to meet the ...

Open-access research ‘catastrophic’ for Reed Elsevier

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Government plans to make publicly-funded research available for free online will be great for citizens but terrible news for journal publishers. One could lose up to 60 percent of its profits, an analyst warns. Moves to make publicly-funded research available for free online could be disastrous for academic publisher Reed Elsevier ...

Government pledges £10 million to aid open-access move

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The government has pledged an extra £10 million to help the 30 most research-intensive universities manage the transition to full open access. The move follows disquiet from research-intensive universities about the cost implications of the recommendations of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings, popularly known as the ...