Archive for open access

Kicking into (Over)drive

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“A storm broke on February 26th when word got out that publisher HarperCollins had unilaterally decided to limit the ‘shelf life’ of its ebooks catalogue. Overdrive, a major distributor of ebooks in the public library world, found itself caught between the publishing powerhouse and a furious library community when it was announced that library loans of ebooks would be capped at 26 …” (more)

[slaw, 21 March]


Policy Document on the Open Access Agenda –

Posted in research with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“This is a brilliant, comprehensive document detailing the scholarly and societal need for an urgent implementation of the open access agenda.” (link)

[Orla Murphy’s blog, 8 March]

Assessing new open access journals

Posted in research with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“One question that often comes up as we transition to open access publishing is how to assess new open access journals. How do we know that these are legitimate? …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 6 March]

Scholars Favor Open-Access Journals, but Some Say Quality and Fees Are Concerns

Posted in research with tags on 9 February 2011 by Steve

“A new survey of nearly 40,000 scholars across the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences shows that almost 90% of them believe open-access journals are good for the research community and the individual researcher. But charges for publishing and the perception that open-access journals are of lower quality than traditional publications deter scholars from the open-access route …” (more)

[Josh Fischman, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 February]

Publishing an open access book?

Posted in research with tags on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“… But why publish with a publisher? Why not simply put the book open access on the web? I wonder whether an open access book would be (a) feasible, and (b) all things considered a good thing to do …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 4 February]

Quandary: Scientists Prefer Reading Over Publishing ‘Open Access’ Papers

Posted in research with tags on 16 January 2011 by Steve

“Scientists love open-access papers as readers, but as authors they are still skeptical, according to a new study of available journals and researchers’ attitudes on the topic …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Gretchen Vogel, Science Insider, 14 January]

2010 Dramatic Growth of Open Access

Posted in research with tags on 1 January 2011 by Steve

“2010 was the strongest year for open access growth so far. In 2010, 1,401 journals were added to DOAJ for a total of 5,936 journals. The Electronic Journals Library now records over 27,000 journals that can be read free of charge …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 31 December]

Dramatic Growth of Open Access: December 11, 2010 early year-end edition

Posted in research with tags on 12 December 2010 by Steve

“In brief: the Directory of Open Access Journals now lists 5,864 titles, having added more than 1,300 over the past year, or close to 4 titles per day …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 11 December]

The economic case for open access in academic publishing

Posted in research with tags on 4 December 2010 by Steve

“As hyperbolic as it may sound, academic publishing is the curator and guardian of the accumulated scientific knowledge of the human race, 1600 to present. It is also a cornerstone of modern science, preferentially selecting well-executed research through the peer review process …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[Adam Stevenson, Ars Technica, 29 November]

Academic research website a hit

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2010 by Steve

“More than half a million visits have been made to a website to widen access to Irish academic research. The facility which opened in July allows academics, businesses, media and the taxpayers who fund most Irish research to find expertise and previously unknown information …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 October]

Trinity College provides online access to its research

Posted in research with tags , on 20 October 2010 by Steve

“Trinity College has adopted a policy similar to that of MIT, Harvard and Stanford to make its scholarly articles available to the public for free online, in a move aimed at broadening access to its research and scholarship …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 20 October]

Is There an Open-Access Citation Advantage?

Posted in research with tags on 20 October 2010 by Steve

“It’s Open Access Week, a worldwide effort to promote open access ‘as a new norm in scholarship and research’, organized by the folks at the Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition, or Sparc …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 October]

Open Access Advantage

Posted in research with tags on 20 October 2010 by Steve

“The 25,000 peer-reviewed journals and refereed conference proceedings that exist today publish about 2.5 million articles per year, across all disciplines, languages and nations. No university or research institution anywhere, not even the richest, can afford to subscribe to all or most of the journals …” (more)

[Science of the Invisible, 19 October]

Dramatic Growth of Open Access: June 30, 2010 (brief version)

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 1 July 2010 by Steve

“The June 30, 2010 issue of The Dramatic Growth of Open Access is now available for viewing or open data download. Highlights this quarter: Open access policy continues to be the headline growth story …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 30 June]

Oxford Sees Scholarly Hesitancy on Open Access

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 12 June 2010 by Steve

“Academics remain reluctant to allow their journal articles to be deposited in open-access repositories, according to the Oxford University Press. The press announced Thursday that the percentage of Oxford Press articles authorized for re-publication in its open-access repository decreased overall from 6.7 to 5.9 percent between 2008 and 2009 …” (more)

[Inside Higher Ed, 11 June]

Ireland’s National Portal for Open Access to Research Goes Live

Posted in research with tags on 8 June 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s new national portal for Open Access to Irish published research goes live today. RIAN – – will act as a single point of access to national research output, and contains content harvested from the institutional repositories of the seven Irish Universities and Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Education Ireland, 8 June]

The latest open access controversy: are we in the age of open access, or just on the verge?

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 7 June 2010 by Steve

“Debate in scholarship is a healthy sign – and this new debate amongst open access advocates, as recently emerged in the national meeting of Canada’s Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, is most welcome! It seems that there is a divergence of opinion amongst open access advocates …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 6 June]

Open Access Policies in Europe: David Prosser article

Posted in research with tags on 29 May 2010 by Steve

“Enabling Open Scholarship has just released David Prosser’s Open Access Policies in Europe. This succinct overview by one of open access’ most noteworthy champions is a must-read for anyone involved in OA policy development or advocacy.” (link)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 29 May]

The journals of unfunded research

Posted in research with tags on 29 May 2010 by Steve

“Recently in the Liblicense list, the idea came up that publishers could simply refuse to publish works by authors covered by open access policies. Of course, this is their right! Publishers who share such view might wish to get together and form a new association, to plan their futures together. Here is my suggestion for a title for the association: The Journals for Strictly Limited Dissemination of the Works of Unfunded and Unemployed Researchers …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 28 May]

Private sector and long term responsibility for scholarly work? Nonsense!

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“… it is nonsense to suggest that the private sector has a meaningful role in long-term maintenance of scholarly articles. A private sector publisher is completely within its rights to cease to exist, or change business operations, at any time …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 12 May]