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Written by Benjamin Geer

18 November 2009 at 16:34

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4 November 2009 at 10:32

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Written by Benjamin Geer

23 October 2009 at 17:13

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  • The Liberation of Textbooks: ‘The Open Educational Resources movement works to make high-quality educational materials freely available to everyone and, through the creative use of copyright laws, permits those using the resources to improve the materials, as well as re-edit them to make them more suitable to individual teaching situations.’
  • Student coalition for Open Access solidifies, now represents over 5 million students internationally: ‘The student Right to Research Coalition, a group of national, international, and local student associations that advocate for governments, universities, and researchers to adopt Open Access practices, has now grown to include some of the most prominent student organizations from the United States and across the world. The recent addition of 8 new organizations brings the number of students represented by the coalition to over 5 million, demonstrating the broad, passionate support Open Access enjoys from the student community.’
  • Access to Publicly-Funded Research: Why Not Now?: Reasons to support the Federal Research Public Access (FRPAA) Act currently pending in the US Congress.
  • Is open-access journal publishing a vanity publishing industry?: ‘From an empirical point of view, current open-access journals display a pricing structure that does not indicate a vanity press industry, as we demonstrate below in a new analysis of OA publication fee data.’
  • The Collège de France broadcasts its courses for free on line: The prestigious French academic institution now has a channel on the online video sharing site Dailymotion.
  • Massively collaborative mathematics: ‘The “Polymath Project” proved that many minds can work together to solve difficult mathematical problems. Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen reflect on the lessons learned for open-source science.’
  • Open Access Week is 19-23 October.
  • Library savings from full flip to open access via article processing fees: about two-thirds savings: ‘I calculate that library savings from a full flip from subscriptions to open access via article processing fees, at the PLoS One rate of $1,350 would be at least 64%.’
  • Canadian universities closed-minded on open access: ‘Canadian universities may benefit from far more public funding than their U.S. counterparts, but they have been much more reluctant to adopt open access mandates.’
  • Put it in the Depot: ‘The Depot is an assured gateway to make your research Open Access.  We provide two main services: (1) a deposit service for researchers worldwide without an institutional repository in which to deposit their papers, articles, and book chapters (e-prints); (2) a re-direct service which alerts depositors to more appropriate local services if they exist.’

Written by Benjamin Geer

20 October 2009 at 10:10

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Written by Benjamin Geer

15 October 2009 at 06:23

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Written by Benjamin Geer

5 October 2009 at 19:40

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  • Pricey Cost per Page Hurts Humanities and Social-Science Journals: A study suggests that it costs more to publish humanities and social science journals than journals in the hard sciences; therefore author-pays OA is not viable in the humanities and social sciences.  (One might add that humanities and social science researchers get less funding and are therefore less likely to be able to afford author fees in the first place.) Heather Morrison questions the results of the study, and discusses alternatives to the author-pays model for OA humanities and social-science journals.
  • Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: ‘presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet’.
  • The Stallman Paradox: ‘Until society can resolve what I will call for the first time the “Stallman Paradox”, where learning and access enabling technologies, such as for example digital books, conversely disables the freedom to read and hence more than negates the actual benefits of said access, the rush to embrace all digital libraries and textbooks is a rush to a new dark ages.’
  • A crime against knowledge: In South Africa, it’s ridiculously expensive to get access to scientific journals.
  • Reinventing academic publishing online. Part II: A socio-technical vision: ‘Part I of this paper outlined the limitations of feudal academic knowledge exchange and predicted its decline as cross-disciplinary research expands. Part II now suggests the next evolutionary step is democratic online knowledge exchange, run by the academic many rather than the few. Using socio-technical tools it is possible to accept all, evaluate all and publish all academic documents.’
  • Criticism of OA publisher Bentham: ‘Bentham Open is exploiting the good will of those who established the Open Access model by twisting it and exploiting it for profit. . . . The site has exploited the Open Access model for its own financial motives and flooded scholarly communication with a flurry of low quality and questionable research.’
  • Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity: A group of universities promise to pay author fees for Gold OA publication of their researchers’ work.  Stevan Harnad argues (convincingly, I think) that this is an ‘enormous strategic mistake‘.  Gavin Baker agrees.
  • The Trouble with Wikipedia as a Source for Medical Information: It’s not reliable, because a lot of it isn’t written by experts.
presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

Written by Benjamin Geer

17 September 2009 at 16:51

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