Open Access

IFLA ARL webinar 2 – Introduction to Open Access

(30 Apr 2019)  IFLA ARL Webinar 2 – Introduction to Open Access is taking place on May 14. Title:  Introduction to Open Access Presenter:  Dr. Jasmin Schmitz, Open Access Advisory Services, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences Date & Time: May 14, 2019 11:00 AM Rome Register in advance for this meeting Abstract: Introduction […]

May 9, 2019 - 10:09 am

Springer Nature seeks views on new approach aimed at accelerating the transition to open access

(8 May 2019)  In a blog published today, Springer Nature sets out a new approach to research publishing with the goal of increasing the demand from authors to immediately publish their research open access (OA) and growing the supply of journals able to publish OA, potentially enabling even highly selective journals such as Nature to transition to OA. The […]

May 9, 2019 - 8:59 am

Reflections on trends in library big deals, consortiums and how it might apply to Singapore?

(3 May 2019)  “What were institutions and consortiums doing to better their bargaining position with the big publishers?  Was it all about reducing costs for the “big deals”? How successfully were they?  Lastly to really negotiate with any credibility, you had to be prepared to walk away from the bargaining table and cancel and indeed […]

May 6, 2019 - 9:33 am

Making monographs open

(3 May 2019)  A project that aims to slash the cost of producing monographs could help make more of them available to the public for free. But will scholars participate? The University of North Carolina Press is leading an experiment to significantly lower the cost of producing scholarly books — an important step toward a sustainable open-access publishing […]

May 6, 2019 - 9:18 am

European University Association releases 2017-2018 EUA Open Access Survey results

(23 Apr 2019)  The fourth edition of the EUA Open Access Survey Report tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field. The latest survey was conducted in 2017-2018 and focuses on Open Access to research publications, research data management and […]

April 26, 2019 - 9:24 am

Norway and Elsevier agree on pilot national licence for research access and publishing

(23 Apr 2019)  The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research and Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today agreed to a pilot national license, providing Norwegian researchers with access to global academic research while making Norwegian research accessible through open access publishing. The agreement is the result of close cooperation between […]

April 24, 2019 - 9:04 am

Open Science leads tech trends at STM US Annual 2019

(18 Apr 2019)  STM Tech Trends is created annually by STM’s Future Lab, a discussion forum of over 30 STM members. Based on the Delphi-method for technology forecasting, participants identify key trends that may impact scholarly and scientific publishing between now and 2023. More details and recording of the panel discussion at the STM US Conference in Washington, […]

April 19, 2019 - 8:55 am

Launch of the Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms to democratize knowledge

(12 Apr 2019)  In Inclusive Knowledge Societies, people have ready access to information and communications resources, in languages and formats that suit them, and possess the skills to interpret and make use of them. Within this framework, promoting access to scientific scholarship (in the broadest sense) has remained a central challenge to most Member States. UNESCO, […]

April 15, 2019 - 8:48 am

2019 Scholarly Kitchen webinar: the future of independent and society publishing

(10 Apr 2019)  From Scholary Kitchen: On Wednesday, April 17 (11 AM EDT), we’ll be presenting a panel discussion on a topic that’s increasingly dominating the conversation in the scholarly communications community: The Future of Independent and Society Publishing. For details, see the original post here.  

April 11, 2019 - 10:29 am

Supreme Court of the Philippines to allow public access to e-library

(26 Mar 2019)  The Supreme Court (SC) announced that it will be allowing free public access soon to its electronic library (e-Library). The High Court, on the recommendation of Assistant Court Administrator and SC Public Information Office chief, lawyer Brian Keith F. Hosaka, opened the SC e-Library to the public upon proper registration and documentation “to […]

March 28, 2019 - 9:20 am

2.2M students used OpenStax free textbooks in 2018

(21 Feb 2019)  OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University that publishes free online peer-reviewed textbooks, reports that more than two million students at U.S. colleges used at least one of its textbooks during the 2017-2018 school year. The nonprofit also estimates that students saved $177 million using the free textbooks in the 2017-2018 year. The […]

March 6, 2019 - 8:47 pm

New report by Institute for Scientific Information on Plan S poses key questions for the research community

(1 March 2019) A new report on Plan S from the Institute for Scientific Information, using Web of Science data poses a number of questions for the research community, including funders, publishers and institutions. This is the second report in the Global Research series from the recently relaunched Institute for Scientific Information. The report, “The […]

March 5, 2019 - 10:27 am

Webinar: gaining perspective on Plan S, by Digital Science

(22 February 2019)  Digital Science invites you to join the webinar alongside a group of industry experts to shed some light on the questions you may have concerning plan S, to help you prepare for potential upcoming changes. You’ll learn about: How Plan S will shape new publisher business models How publishers can avoid potential roadblocks […]

February 25, 2019 - 4:30 pm

NLM and Wellcome complete partnership to provide free access to hundreds of years of medical research

(12 February 2019)  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Wellcome have completed their partnership to make thousands of full back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available through the National Institutes of Health life sciences repository PubMed Central (PMC), and through its European counterpart, Europe PMC. The NLM and Wellcome are pleased to report that over two dozen additional […]

February 22, 2019 - 9:19 am

10,000 Arabic books have been digitized to ebooks

(13 February 2019)  The Arabic Collections Online project has just formed and they are making available 10,000 Arabic ebooks across 6,000 subjects for free.  It was established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. This mass digitization project aims […]

February 15, 2019 - 9:08 am