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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Librarians Can Help Widen Access To Research

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A live chat round-up involving Librarians :- from access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research Chat dialogue at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/2013/jan/29/university-libraries-open-access-publishing author: Claire Shaw source: Guardian Professional (29/1/13)

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 ...

Finch Acknowledges Open Access Could Harm Learned Societies

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The adoption of open access (OA) in the UK continues to meet with challenges, months after the RCUK adopted the Finch Report recommendations and placed an April 2013 stipulation on research results being published via either Green or Gold OA. As the policy and its implications have sunk in, responses have ...

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' ...

Journal Archive Opens Up (Some)

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

More than 700 publishers, in addition to the 76 that signed on initially, have agreed to make their journal content available to individual users through JSTOR’s Register & Read program, which launches in earnest today after the conclusion of a pilot that started last year. The Register & Read program was ...