Open Access

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) introduces EmpowOA

(18 April 2018) The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) has introduced the EmpowOA programme to provide scholars and librarians working in the humanities with tools, spaces and cogent arguments. With EmpowOA, OLH will 1) strengthen libraries’ collective power, 2) strengthen the powerful advocacy network of scholars who edit and write for their journals, and 3) […]

April 19, 2018 - 7:56 pm

SCOAP3 celebrates the publication of its 20,000th open access article

(13 April 2018) Since its start in 2014, SCOAP3 has supported the Open Access publication of 20,000 articles. All articles are released under a CC-BY license and are openly accessible on publishers’ websites and the SCOAP3 repository for further distribution. SCOAP3 makes all articles immediately Open Access at no cost or burden for authors thanks to […]

April 13, 2018 - 7:49 am

Researchers’ challenges in sharing data cross geographic borders and disciplines

(21 March 2018, London) A report from Springer Nature published today reveals strong support for data sharing globally, yet identifies a number of common problems amongst researchers when they endeavour to share their data. However, the report also shows variations between nations and disciplines in the proportion of researchers sharing their data. Practical Challenges for […]

March 27, 2018 - 3:26 pm

Releasing 1.8 million open access publications from publisher systems for text and data mining

(22 March 2018) Text and data mining offers an opportunity to improve the way we access and analyse the outputs of academic research. But the technical infrastructure of the current scholarly communication system is not yet ready to support TDM to its full potential, even for open access outputs. To address this problem, Petr Knoth, […]

March 23, 2018 - 11:56 am

Open access is the future – Springer Nature survey

(12 March 2018) The overwhelming majority of professional staff in research institutions and libraries across the globe view open access as the future of academic and scientific publishing. However, many are not satisfied with the speed of transition, according to a survey by Springer Nature. The survey of 200 people aimed to gather opinions from […]

March 16, 2018 - 7:33 am

ISSN and DOAJ: a renewed partnership

(22 February 2018) DOAJ is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnership with ISSN. DOAJ is heavily reliant on (the ISSN database) as having a fully registered and confirmed ISSN is one of the first checks that the Editorial Team undertakes when considering applications. For DOAJ, obtaining an ISSN for a journal is […]

February 23, 2018 - 9:19 am

Delhi Declaration on Open Access

(14 February 2018) This declaration was drafted by a group comprising of researchers and professionals working for opening up access to research outputs for the public good in India. The declaration is aimed at scientific communities, scholarly societies, publishers, funders, universities and research institutions to promote openness in science and research communications. The full announcement […]

February 15, 2018 - 8:24 pm

Science’s pirate queen

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment (8 February 2018) In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. It […]

February 13, 2018 - 2:33 pm

DOAJ launches the DOAJ Best Practice Guide

DOAJ has launched the DOAJ Best Practice Guide (30 January 2018) The Guide is a web resource that provides selection criteria, resources and tools for the identification of reputable open access journals to support researchers, publishers and librarians in their search of best practice and transparency standards. It is also an attempt to collect discussions about open access to publications and its […]

January 31, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs

(22 January 2018) Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be observed: the costs of open access are increasing and at […]

January 24, 2018 - 5:22 pm

Understanding the implications of Open Citations – how far along are we?

(22 January 2018) The academic discovery space seems to be buzzing again. This space has become relatively stable after the introduction and maturity of Web Scale Discovery between 2009-2013, but things seem to be hotting up once again, writes Aaron Tay. With the recent interest in integrating discovery of open access, as well as linked […]

January 22, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Cambridge University Press launches new content sharing service pilot

(8 December 2017) The world’s oldest publisher is today [Friday, 8 December] launching a new content sharing service – Cambridge Core Share – providing the academic community and wider public with greater access to research. Cambridge University Press has developed the new service on its Cambridge Core platform and will extend the functionality to a […]

January 17, 2018 - 4:09 pm

UCL launches open access megajournal to help solve the world’s biggest challenges

(16 January 2018) UCL Press is launching a new open access megajournal that will provide academics and students with ground-breaking research free of charge in a move that challenges traditional commercial publishing models.   The megajournal aims to revolutionise academic publishing by slashing publication times, providing research for free to anyone with an internet connection […]

January 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm

Digital Science launches Dimensions: a Next-generation research and discovery platform linking 124 million documents, providing free search and citation data across 86 million articles

Ground-breaking research information database links publications, grants, policy, data and metrics for the first time (15 January 2018, Boston, MA, USA and London)  Global technology company Digital Science is proud to announce the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies […]

January 15, 2018 - 6:54 pm

Open Access Asia

(12 January 2018) Open Access is playing an important role in developing countries to give equal opportunities for access to necessary E-resources. Open Access has rapidly gained popularity in Europe and the USA, but by comparison its growth in Asia has been very slow. The open access situation in Asia is explored in a report […]

January 13, 2018 - 7:27 pm