Open Access

The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab launch the Knowledge Futures Group

(25 September 2018) The MIT Press announced today the launch of the Knowledge Futures Group (KFG), a first-of-its kind collaboration between a leading publisher and a world-class academic lab to transform how research information is created and shared. This joint initiative of the MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab seeks to redefine research publishing […]

October 3, 2018 - 10:46 am
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Project MUSE offers nearly 300 “HTML5” open access books on re-designed platform

(21 September 2018, Baltimore, MD) Nearly 300 open access (OA) books are now available from Project MUSE, the highly-acclaimed online collection of humanities and social science scholarship, on a newly designed platform that represents a major step forward in OA publishing in these fields.  The books will be delivered in a highly-discoverable and adaptable format […]

September 26, 2018 - 10:54 am
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American Physical Society releases PhySH

(20 September 2018) The American Physical Society (APS) has announced that PhySH, APS’s new physics classification scheme, is now publicly available under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Created to provide a fully open, high-quality classification scheme for the entire physics community, PhySH groups concepts into a flexible hierarchy that organizes content by topics. At its core, […]

September 25, 2018 - 8:52 pm
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PKP and SciELO announce development of open source preprint server system

(22 September 2018) In recognition of PKP and SciELO’s twentieth anniversary, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and SciELO Program are entering into an agreement to develop a Preprint Server system on the principles that have guided these two organizations over the last two decades. These governing principles include recognizing the value of: (a) independent manuscript […]

September 25, 2018 - 8:38 am
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Content sharing success for Cambridge University Press

(19 September 2018) Cambridge University Press has announced that its new content sharing tool, Cambridge Core Share, will become a permanent feature of its online books and journals platform following a successful ten-month pilot. Launched in December 2017, Cambridge Core Share helps to make research more open and accessible by enabling users to generate a […]

September 21, 2018 - 1:56 pm
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SAGE Publishing acquires Lean Library to bring library services into the patrons’ workflow

(12 September 2018) SAGE Publishing has acquired technology start-up Lean Library and its associated products to promote the value of the academic library to patrons and bring library services directly into the patron’s workflow via their web browser. The Lean Library browser extension provides seamless, one-click access to all licensed library resources, both on and […]

September 13, 2018 - 2:09 pm
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Open access — the movie

(4 September 2018) Richard Poynder views a documentary on the tug of war over paywalls in scholarly publishing. Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Director: Jason Schmitt Open Society Foundations (2018) Billed as a documentary, Paywall would be more accurately described as an advocacy film. Its intention seems to be to persuade viewers that the paywalls […]

September 10, 2018 - 12:26 pm
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Research data should be available long-term…but who is going to pay?

(7 September 2018) There is now a broad consensus that sharing and preserving data makes research more efficient, reproducible and potentially innovative. As such, most funding bodies now require research data to be stored, preserved, and made available long-term. But who is going to pay for this to happen? Marta Teperek and Alastair Dunning outline […]

September 10, 2018 - 11:43 am
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Predatory publishers threaten to consume public research funds and undermine national academic systems – the case of Brazil

(6 September 2018) An unintended consequence of the open access movement, predatory publishers have appeared in many countries, offering authors a quick and easy route to publication in exchange for a fee and usually without any apparent peer review or quality control. Using a large database of publications, Marcelo S. Perlin, Takeyoshi Imasato and Denis […]

September 10, 2018 - 11:38 am
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cOAlition S: Making open access a reality by 2020

(4 September 2018, Brussels)  Today, 11 national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), are announcing the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which was announced at ESOF […]

September 5, 2018 - 10:41 am
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European science funders ban grantees from publishing in paywalled journals

(4 September 2018) Frustrated with the slow transition toward open access (OA) in scientific publishing, 11 national funding organizations in Europe turned up the pressure today. As of 2020, the group, which jointly spends about €7.6 billion on research annually, will require every paper it funds to be freely available from the moment of publication. In […]

September 5, 2018 - 10:29 am
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USAID signs participation agreement with CHORUS

(16 August 2018) CHORUS has announced an agreement with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand public access to the results of its funded research. USAID’s public access plan was released in in November 2016 and is designed to ensure effective access to and reliable preservation of both peer-reviewed scholarly publications and digital […]

August 17, 2018 - 7:56 pm
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STL Sessions at IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur

(15 August 2018) The Science & Technologies Libraries section is proud to announce its session line up for the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress. Please join us for informatitive and exciting presentations on open access and data librarianship! Libraries as Drivers for Open Access Sunday, August 26th @ 9:30-11:30am 1. From green to gold […]

August 15, 2018 - 2:38 pm
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University of Melbourne hiring Manager, Scholarly Communications

(6 August 2018) This position manages the Open Access program and represents Scholarly Services interests regarding all aspects of open access within the University, locally, nationally and internationally. Specifically, the Manager Scholarly Communication plans, develops, delivers and evaluates an Open Access program for greater visibility and access to Research outputs of the university. ALIA has […]

August 7, 2018 - 2:03 pm
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Three OA repositories launched in Myanmar

(24 July 2018) Three more universities in Myanmar – Yadanabon University, Yangon University of Economics and Yezin Agricultural University – have launched institutional open access (OA) repositories, which will make their research more visible and freely available to scholars worldwide. The repositories have been set up with support from EIFL through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar […]

July 26, 2018 - 4:57 pm
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