Government moves to modernise copyright in Australia

(26 August 2017) Australia’s educators, cultural institutions, disability organisations and tech sector welcome the Government’s commitment to modernisation of our copyright system and to ensuring fairer access to content for Australians. The commitment came as part of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s 2016 Inquiry into Intellectual Property, which was released late on Friday. […]

August 26, 2017 - 3:42 pm

Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians published

(21 August 2017) The NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians have been approved and adopted by the NASIG Executive Board. They are now available at the NASIG web site at This document describes the skills that librarians need to work in the highly collaborative environment related to digital scholarship and scholarly communications in […]

August 22, 2017 - 2:05 pm

University of South Australia hiring Manager: Collection Management and Copyright Services

(18 August 2017) In this diverse new role, you will provide leadership to the Collection Management and Copyright Services team, and have overarching responsibility for the development of collection management strategies, copyright education and compliance initiatives.  You will also be responsible for the management of the Library’s acquisitions budget and will be the primary point […]

August 20, 2017 - 8:43 am

China’s problem with fake research papers

(11 August 2017) Writing for the Globe and Mail, Frank Ching, a Hong Kong journalist  considers fabricated papers in medical journals with fake peer reviews written by fabricated specialists. In April, Springer Nature announced that it was retracting 107 research papers by Chinese authors after discovering irregularities in the peer-review process of articles published in […]

August 13, 2017 - 4:23 pm

Embracing digital change: Electronic deposit 18 months on at NLA

(1 August 2017) In February 2016 the National Library of Australia welcomed long-anticipated changes to the Copyright Act.  For the first time in its history, the Library could collect electronic publications under the legal deposit provisions of the Act. 18 months later what has the library collected? over 5,900 ebooks – an increase on the […]

August 13, 2017 - 7:33 am

Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive

Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India (9 August 2017) The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country. A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved. They list 2,650 websites […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests

(27 July 2017) There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous – and, according to a U.S. court, illegal – online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. But just how enormous is its repository? That is the question biodata scientist Daniel Himmelstein at the University of Pennsylvania set out to answer. Their findings, […]

July 28, 2017 - 10:53 am

Course packs for education ruled legal in India

Supreme Court ruling a huge triumph for access to educational materials in India ‎(12 July 2017) On 9 May 2017, a five year court battle between publishers and universities finally came to an end when the Supreme Court of India dismissed an appeal by the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (IRRO) challenging an earlier judgment of […]

July 14, 2017 - 2:54 pm

USTR Releases 2017 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

(3 July 2017, Washington, D.C.) The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2017 “Special 301” Report, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property (IP) and identifying trading partners with harmful records on protection, enforcement, or market access for U.S. innovators and creators. The Report calls on U.S. trading partners […]

July 5, 2017 - 3:09 pm

American Chemical Society files suit against Sci-Hub

(28 June 2017, Washington) On June 23, 2017, the American Chemical Society (ACS) filed suit in the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia against unnamed confederates of Sci-Hub, a self-proclaimed web pirate organization that steals and then illegally reproduces and disseminates copyrighted scientific research articles on the internet. The suit asserts infringement of […]

June 29, 2017 - 12:51 pm

The Association of American Publishers welcomes major judgment against Sci-Hub pirate site

(23 June 2017, Washington, DC)  The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the June 21, 2017 ruling of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York regarding the willful infringement of scores of scholarly articles protected by copyright law. Ruling in favor of Elsevier, the publisher that brought the action, the […]

June 24, 2017 - 7:22 am

APA refocuses pilot program aimed at curtailing unauthorized publication of journal articles

Individual authors not program’s target, APA says (15 June 2017, Washington)  The American Psychological Association announced today that it is targeting online piracy websites and not individual authors in its efforts to curtail the unauthorized sharing on the internet of articles published in the association’s journals. The move — a change to a recently launched […]

June 19, 2017 - 9:20 am

Why is citing important?

(17 April 2017)   Mohd Ikhwan Ismail, Senior Librarian, Universiti Sains Malaysia notes that students often ask why citing is important. He shares with us here several points about proper citing to discuss with students.

April 17, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Setting up open access repositories at the University of Mandalay and the University of Yangon

(5 April 2017) As Myanmar opens up to the outside world after decades of isolation, universities across the country are embracing the concept of open access (OA). EIFL has been working with two leading universities, University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, to set up OA institutional repositories. There are 158 universities under the Myanmar […]

April 6, 2017 - 4:23 pm

Survey shows author sharing via scholarly collaboration networks is widespread, despite strong support for copyright

(4  April 2017) Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced headline results from a recent survey of authors’ current sharing behaviours, carried out in partnership with 10 publishers including Cambridge University Press, The IET, De Gruyter and SAGE Publishing. The survey, which had over 7,500 researcher respondents, […]

April 6, 2017 - 4:18 pm