Open Access

Panelists discuss open access publishing in the global south for OASPA webinar

(16 December 2016) Xin Bi (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University/DOAJ), Ina Smith (Academy of Science of South Africa), and Abel Packer (SciELO) recently joined OASPA for a webinar to discuss Open Access Publishing in the Global South. Lars Bjørnshauge (DOAJ) chaired the discussion. The Copyright Clearance Center hosted the webinar. Leyla Williams, Events and Communications Coordinator at […]

December 18, 2016 - 5:44 pm

Figshare has new partnership with Springer Nature to make research more accessible

(15 December 2016) Figshare has announced a new partnership with Springer Nature to support BioMed Central and SpringerOpen authors who wish to openly share their supplementary data. Figshare is  now hosting additional files from more than 300 BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. This new service to authors and readers will: Improve the online display of […]

December 17, 2016 - 4:24 pm

SocArXiv launches, brings sociology and social science into the open, with new grant support

(7 December 2016) SocArXiv, the open access, open source archive of social science, is officially launching in beta version today. Created in partnership with the Center for Open Science, SocArXiv provides a free, noncommercial service for rapid sharing of academic papers; it is built on the Open Science Framework, a platform for researchers to upload […]

December 8, 2016 - 3:46 pm

Open Access Week celebrated at East West University Library, Bangladesh

(20 November 2016) EWU Library team celebrated International Open Access Week 2016 on 24 October 2016 at the EWU Library. The Library arranged an in-house program and discussion session with library personnel on Open Access for research community. This program was conducted by Dr. Dilara Begum, Librarian (In-charge) and Md. Mamun-Or-Rashid, Senior Assistant Librarian. As […]

November 22, 2016 - 2:53 pm

Humanities Commons Is Open and Not-for-Profit

(18 November 2016)  Just announced,  Humanities Commons is designed to serve the unique needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefits the larger community. Unlike other social and academic networks, Humanities Commons is entirely open access, open source, and not-for-profit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research […]

November 18, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosts Asia Open Access Summit 2016

(15 November 2016) On 14 and 15 November 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) (Community of Practice), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN) and SIFULAN organized the Asia Open Access Summit 2016 at INTEKMA Resort & Convention Centre. Many participants were the Open Access practitioners and academicians. More details, URL: […]

November 17, 2016 - 4:19 pm

Open access books poised to grow 30% a year through 2020

(11 November 2016, Rockville, Md.) While the movement to unlock the vaults of scientific, technical and medical (STM) research is revolutionizing academic journal publishing, scholarly and professional book publishers are experimenting with open models simply to keep the venerable monograph from extinction—this according to the most recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba […]

November 16, 2016 - 11:03 am

CUHK Library organises Open Access Day 2016

By Louisa Lam* (2 November 2016) The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library held the first CUHK Open Access Day on 24 October 2016 to promote open access on the campus. The theme was Open in Action – Enhancing Research Impact @ CUHK AIMS. AIMS is CUHK’s new Academic Information Management System for managing its […]

November 2, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Turnitin announces new content partnership with the world-renowned pre-print repository

(26 October 2016) Turnitin today announced that it has secured a new content partnership with, which will see Turnitin services match against the global pre-print repository. In addition to signing a Content License Agreement, arXiv have chosen to implement Turnitin’s market leading iThenticate service, to assist them in checking the originality of papers uploaded […]

October 28, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Leading STEM publisher launches open access platform

(17 October 2016, New Rochelle, NY) Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, announces the launch of its platform, featuring the company’s open access publications and services in one online destination. Using the latest technology, offers an intuitive interface and tools to help researchers discover free, open access content and explore the Liebert Open Access […]

October 20, 2016 - 8:03 am

Celebrate open access week in India

(15 October 2016) The Open Access India community while committing itself for putting Open in Action is celebrating this year’s Open Access Week by organizing a series of Webinars with various topics related to Open Access using Google Hangouts starting with 24th October 2016 and delivering talks/seminars at various institutes/universities/colleges by the working group members […]

October 17, 2016 - 3:38 pm

ASTM Publications joins OpenAthens Access Management Federation

(11 October 2016) OpenAthens has today announced that ASTM International  the Pennsylvania, USA-based publisher of international standards, manuals, scholarly publications and e-learning courses has joined the OpenAthens access management federation. This move provides straightforward and secure access to ASTM International’s wide library of over 12,000 standards and related products, trusted globally by individuals and organizations […]

October 11, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Dramatic growth of open access

(6 October 2016) As of 6 October 2016, a Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) search includes over 100 million documents! Globally the collections of open access archives are now collectively an order of magnitude larger than the 10 million articles and books claimed by Elsevier for Science Direct. Congratulations to BASE and everyone in the […]

October 8, 2016 - 9:02 am

Open access articles grow at twice the rate of all published research

(6 October 2016, Rockville, Md.)  The number of open access (OA) research articles published annually is growing at double the rate of the complete spectrum of research articles — this according to the most recent report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information. The report, Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020, found that open access […]

October 8, 2016 - 8:54 am

Release of COAR “Resource Type” vocabulary for open access repositories

(5 October 2016) COAR has announced the public release of the “Resource Type” Controlled Vocabulary for Open Access Repositories, version 1.1. This vocabulary articulates the different types of content available in repositories (and other scholarly systems) in a standardized way. The vocabulary will enhance cross-repository interoperability and is currently available in 12 languages – English, Catalan, Chinese, […]

October 6, 2016 - 8:35 am