Open Access

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
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Cambridge University Press and Jisc Collections sign major UK Open Access deal

(12 February 2019)  Cambridge University Press and the Jisc Collections have reached a progressive agreement, which will enable UK universities and colleges to make a sustainable transition to publishing more Open Access content in the publisher’s journals. JISC Collections provides UK academic institutions with shared infrastructure and services and the three-year deal is designed to […]

February 13, 2019 - 1:19 pm
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Taking stock of the feedback on Plan S implementation guidance

(11 February 2019) There has been no short of comments since the release of Plan S. Since its implementation guidance released by cOAlition S and opened for feedback in November last year, it remains the hottest topic among the publishing industry. 8 February 2019 is the closing date of receiving feedback, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe summarized a […]

February 12, 2019 - 9:31 am
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Learn How to Turn Your Collections Into Open Access (OA) Funding for Your Institution: IGI Global Provides OA Opportunities to Asia Through Their Libraries


February 1, 2019 - 7:09 am
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Change ahead: How do smaller publishers perceive open access?

(15 January 2019) Reporting results from a comprehensive survey of publishers in the German-speaking world, Christian Kaier and Karin Lackner explore the attitudes of smaller publishers towards open access, finding both rising levels of interest, but also ongoing uncertainty and resistance over making a transition to open access publishing. While libraries and funding bodies in German-speaking countries have been negotiating […]

January 21, 2019 - 2:27 pm
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DOAJ survey reveals global trends in OA publishing

(9 January 2019)  A survey of publishers with journals indexed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) has revealed surprising trends in the way that content is published; what types of organisations are publishing the content; on how publishing standards are being accepted globally; and geographical trends on the uptake of open access. The survey was sent […]

January 10, 2019 - 9:08 am
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The world debates open-access mandates

(4 January 2019)  How far will Plan S spread? Since the September 2018 launch of the Europe-backed program to mandate immediate open access (OA) to scientific literature, 16 funders in 13 countries have signed on. That’s still far shy of Plan S’s ambition: to convince the world’s major research funders to require immediate OA to […]

January 8, 2019 - 9:03 am
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The Wellcome Trust funds OpenCitations

The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus funded by the Wellcome Trust (23 December 2018) The Wellcome Trust, which funds research in big health challenges and campaigns for better science, has agreed to fund The Open Biomedical Citations in Context Corpus, a new project to enhance the OpenCitations Corpus, as part of the Open Research Fund […]

December 26, 2018 - 11:04 am
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Radical Collaboration in Research Data Management Explored in Research Library Issues

(20 December 2018)   The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), gathers reflections by six archivists and librarians on the practice of radical collaboration applied to research data management (RDM). Archivist Nancy McGovern describes radical collaboration as “inclusive, involving commitment and effort by most or all members that are broadly representative of the various aspects of the common […]

December 24, 2018 - 9:29 am
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cOAlition S, Plan S and accelerating OA

(17 December 2018) The recent announcements emanating from Europe around open access (OA) have resonated throughout the globe. In this post we examine the origin and aim of Plan S, briefly outline reactions to the Plan from researchers, funders, and publishers, and provide links to further information for interested readers including to a feedback survey […]

December 20, 2018 - 2:12 pm
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BMJ partners with ScienceOpen to promote open science

(17 December 2018) BMJ Open Science, a new, open access journal published by healthcare knowledge provider BMJ, joins ScienceOpen to promote best practices in preclinical and basic biomedical research with an interactive featured collection on the platform. To increase rigor, transparency and reproducibility in biomedical research, BMJ Open Science fosters a range of open science practices from […]

December 20, 2018 - 9:28 am
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DOAJ’s new governance model

(18 December 2018) DOAJ will implement a new governance model in 2019 which will see DOAJ financers having a role in the organisation’s Board and Council. All organisations funding DOAJ with €1500 or more will be eligible for nomination. In January 2019 DOAJ will inaugurate a new governance model providing the structure and transparency that […]

December 19, 2018 - 4:18 pm
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Dutch universities and Elsevier: six-month extension to current license agreement

(18 December 2018)  The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and information analytics business Elsevier are to extend their current agreement by six months. These six months will be used to continue discussions. The VSNU continues to strive to secure commitment to 100% open access by 2020, as set out in the National Open […]

December 18, 2018 - 9:46 am
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Academic metasearch engine The Lens: solving the problem of solving problems

(12 December 2018) The Lens is an academic search engine that gathers patents and academic documents, such as articles, communications, books and theses, in a unified and separate system at the same time, since each type of document has its place on the results page. It stands out for offering innovative solutions with which it […]

December 12, 2018 - 1:53 pm
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Big European funders flesh out plan towards immediate free access to journals

Plan S architects explain how grantees can abide by initiative’s rules by 2020, when the paywalls are due to fall  (27 November 2018) The architects of Plan S, a contentious plan to tear down scholarly journals’ paywalls in Europe, have laid out more details on how the initiative will work. In a seven-page implementation guidance […]

December 8, 2018 - 1:54 pm
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