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  • OA in Africa: ‘Developed world scholarly journals are simply out of reach, in an economic sense, to the vast majority of academics and professionals in Africa.’
  • Open Access and the divide between “mainstream” and “peripheral” science: ‘However, for many scientists in developing nations, they may discover that getting an article accepted in an OA journal located in a “central” country is just as difficult as being accepted in a toll-gated journal, and perhaps even more difficult if they have to plead for funds to pay the publishing charge. Many journals do mention possibilities of removing this barrier or lowering it for scientists from the developing world, but this does not remove the extra (and potentially difficult or even humiliating) step of asking for special financial treatment. This means that many of the problems associated with publishing in foreign “core” journals are again at work in this new situation and may even be occasionally exacerbated in the case of the “author-pays” business plan.’
  • University Press 2.0 by Phil Pochoda: How can you write a 3,000-word article on digital academic books and not mention open access even once?
  • What, exactly, is Open Science? ‘Transparency in experimental methodology, observation, and collection of data; public availability and reusability of scientific data; public accessibility and transparency of scientific communication; using web-based tools to facilitate scientific collaboration.’
  • Open Access Economics: How much does it really cost to run an OA journal?  Joseph Gelfer draws on his experience as editor of the OA Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality to discuss two recent studies that attempt to answer this question.
  • SCOAP3: ‘A consortium that facilitates Open Access publishing in High Energy Physics by re-directing subscription money. This answers the request of the High Energy Physics community.  Today: (funding bodies through) libraries buy journal subscriptions to support the peer-review service and allow their patrons to read articles.  Tomorrow: funding bodies and libraries contribute to the consortium, which pays centrally for the peer-review service. Articles are free to read for everyone.’
  • References Wanted: ‘This is a room to document the harm caused by closed/toll-access publication by collecting hard data to answer the frequent anti-OA attack “everyone has all the access they need already”. Post here citations to journal articles you’d like to read/need for your work, but can’t get without paying a fee.’
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Written by Benjamin Geer

1 August 2009 at 09:26

Posted in News

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