Open Access

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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China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

Officials pledge support for European-led ‘Plan S’ to make research papers immediately free to read — but it’s unclear whether China will adopt its policies.  (5 December 2018) In a huge boost to the open-access movement, librarians and funders in China have said that they intend to make results of publicly funded research free to […]

December 7, 2018 - 7:46 am
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Joint AOASG and CAUL statement on the Importance of Open Scholarship

(29th November 2018)  The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) are delighted to see that the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training committee’s report into Australian Government Funding Arrangements for non-NHMRC Research recognises the importance of open scholarship and the need for a strategic approach to it. Importantly, […]

December 1, 2018 - 8:17 am
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Cambridge University Press signs major open access deal in Sweden

(28 November 2018) Cambridge University Press has reached a major open access deal with higher education and research institutions in Sweden. The three-year ‘read and publish’ deal has been agreed with Bibsam – a consortium of 85 higher education and research institutions, led by the National Library of Sweden. Read and publish deals pay for […]

November 30, 2018 - 11:21 am
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European funders detail their open-access plan

(26 November 2018) Plan S, the contentious plan that a group of European science funders hopes will end scholarly journals’ paywalls, has fleshed out its rules—and softened its tone a bit. In seven pages of implementation guidance released today, the funders explain how their grantees can abide by Plan S rules come 2020, when it […]

November 29, 2018 - 1:13 pm
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IGI Global Presented New Open Access Offset Model Program at the 2018 Charleston Conference

From IGI Global, 29 November 2018: IGI Global Presented New Open Access Offset Model Program at the 2018 Charleston Conference On November 8, Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, CEO and President of IGI Global, hosted a Neapolitan Panel Session at the 2018 Charleston Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, titled, “Sustainable Open Access Approaches: Benefits for Researchers, […]

November 29, 2018 - 8:05 am
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New release of COCI: 450M DOI-to-DOI citation links now available

(19 November 2018) As introduced in a previous blog post, COCI is the OpenCitations Index of Crossref open DOI-to-DOI references, all released as CC0 material. It is our first OpenCitations Index of open citations, in which we have applied the concept of citations as first-class data entities to index the contents of one of the […]

November 21, 2018 - 10:48 am
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The OA Interviews: Arul George Scaria

(18 November 2018) Richard Poynder interviews Arul George Scaria, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director at CIIPC, the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) in New Delhi. Scaria is currently working on a report based on a landscape survey of the current situation in India concerning open science for which he was the principle […]

November 19, 2018 - 3:23 pm
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AAP, researchers, deeply concerned about Plan S

(8 November 2018) Earlier this week, a group of nearly 750 researchers from around the world published an open letter expressing serious concerns with Europe’s controversial Plan S. Announced on September 4, 2018, and scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, Plan S would regulate private sector publications that report on publicly funded research, […]

November 10, 2018 - 12:25 pm
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A librarian perspective on Sci-Hub: the true solution to the scholarly communication crisis is in the hands of the academic community, not librarians

(9 November 2018) Sci-Hub is a pirate website that provides free access to millions of research papers otherwise locked behind paywalls. Widespread dissatisfaction with scholarly communications has led many to overlook or dismiss concerns over the site’s legality, praising its disruptive technology and seeing justification in the free access it affords people all over the […]

November 10, 2018 - 12:19 pm
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PhD theses – drawing attention to the often overlooked articles in open access repositories

(27 October 2018) Earlier this Open Access Week, university library staff throughout the UK celebrated #ThesisThursday, a day of focused attention on the less talked-about articles in open access repositories, PhD theses. Camilla Griffiths and Nancy Graham describe the work the LSE Library has led to digitise the theses of the School’s doctoral alumni, outlining […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:29 pm
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Watch: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (2018)

(27 October 2018) Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, produced and directed by Jason Schmitt, is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. It is free to stream and download, and is licensed under the CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation. Universities interested in arranging a screening of the […]

October 28, 2018 - 5:25 pm
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