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]