Category Archives: Open access

Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Societies – A Guide

This guide has a limited scope. It is meant to help scholarly societies – and small publishers – assess the options available to them for the future of their journal publishing programmes. Though the option of keeping the status quo … Continue reading

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Budapest Open Access Initiative

In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition has issued new guidelines that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health. … Continue reading

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The Good and the Bad of Open Access Journals

A recent paper in Science reported some very disturbing results: a manuscript with major flaws that any competent reviewer should notice was accepted by the majority of journals to which it was submitted, without major criticisms. As a final comment, … Continue reading

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ICORE: International Council for Open Research and Education

The following principles form the basis for fulfilling the ICORE association’s objectives: ICORE aims to promote Open Research and Open Education as a fundamental social objective. ICORE aims to support the design and implementation of innovative strategies, instruments and services … Continue reading

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Open access to scientific knowledge has reached its tipping point

A recent study funded by the European Commission and undertaken by analysts at Science-Metrix, a Montreal-based company that assessesscience and technology organizations, has concluded that half of all published academic papers become freely available in no more than two years. … Continue reading

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On Open Evaluation and Peer Review

Open Evaluation will improve science. Researchers constantly evaluate each other — when we submit our results for publication, when we apply for grants, and when we apply for new jobs or promotions. Peer evaluation is our quality assurance strategy. And … Continue reading

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On Peer Review and Open Access publishing

Science magazine has published a blistering critique of the most sacred cow of scientific research, namely the peer review quality system. Unfortunately, Science doesn’t seem to have understood its own findings. It proclaims to have run a sting operation, written … Continue reading

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Open Access: ‘we no longer need expensive publishing networks’

Higher education institutions need to recognise the changing world of publishing, says Rupert Gatti – it’s time for academics to take matters into their own hands. While academia is in the midst of a general funding crisis, multinational publishing houses … Continue reading

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The Cost of Knowledge

This is an attempt to describe some of the background to the current boycott of Elsevier by many mathematicians (and other academics) at  The Cost of Knowledge, and to present some of the issues that confront the boycott movement. Although … Continue reading

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Harvard University’s Scientists to make their research Open Access

University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls. Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available … Continue reading

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