Open Access

APA refocuses pilot program aimed at curtailing unauthorized publication of journal articles

Individual authors not program’s target, APA says (15 June 2017, Washington)  The American Psychological Association announced today that it is targeting online piracy websites and not individual authors in its efforts to curtail the unauthorized sharing on the internet of articles published in the association’s journals. The move — a change to a recently launched […]

June 19, 2017 - 9:20 am
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Asia OA

(10 June 2017) Asia OA is a special forum hosted by COAR in which members of the Asian open access community can share information, meet each other and build relationships. It has a mailing list and organizes meetings to facilitate greater exchange beyond national boundaries. This community is dedicated to people working in the academic […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:40 pm
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Asia Open Access Regional Survey

COAR has published a new report, Asia Open Access Regional Survey (9 June 2017) The report presents the results of a survey of open access activities in Asia undertaken in early 2017. The continent of Asia is rapidly increasing in prominence on the world stage, both in terms of R&D as well as scientific production. […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:15 pm
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Expanding library impact through open access digitization

(8 June 2017) Located in central Singapore, just minutes away from the city’s main shopping district, sits the first and only tropical botanic garden listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established at its present site in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) covers 82 hectares and is home to thousands of plant species. Since […]

June 10, 2017 - 4:05 pm
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30,000 Getty Museum images published online as IIIF

(1 June 2017) Today the Getty Museum published more than 30,000 images from its  collection on Getty.edu using IIIF. You can see and click on the red-and-blue logo underneath the main image of any of the Museum collections, such as Van Gogh’s Irises, to explore content through any IIIF-compatible viewer. Getty joins another IIIF partner, […]

June 2, 2017 - 3:56 pm
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What are Open Educational Resources?

(1 June 2017) There is no one, standard definition of Open Educational Resources. However, the following broad definition of OERs from OER Commons seems to be generally accepted by the community: Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student […]

June 2, 2017 - 3:48 pm
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Two open access repositories launched in Myanmar

(12 May 2017) University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, this week launched institutional open access repositories, opening up their research to the world. The repositories, which were set up with support from EIFL through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project, include peer-reviewed journal articles, research papers, and papers from selected international conferences. At the time […]

May 14, 2017 - 2:55 pm
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Can we assess library electronic resource usage with citations, altmetrics & more ?

(12 May 2017) The question is posed by, Aaron Tay, Library Analytics Manager at Singapore Management University. Writing in his musingsinlibrarianship blog he posits that  while bibliometrics and altmetrics tend to be used to measure the impact of articles/items produced by users in terms of cites or altmetrics, is it possible to flip this around to […]

May 12, 2017 - 9:40 pm
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International Accord strengthens ties between repository networks worldwide

(10 May 2017) On 8 May 2017, several regional and national repository networks and stakeholder groups formally endorsed an international accord that will lead to the greater alignment of repository networks around the world. The aim of the accord is to improve cooperation between national and regional repository networks by identifying common principles and areas […]

May 12, 2017 - 4:18 pm
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The Center for Open Science releases another branded preprint service with LawArXiv

(8 May 2017) The Center for Open Science (COS) is pleased to announce that it has added another branded service to its open source preprints service, OSF Preprints. The new service, called LawArXiv,  provides free, open access, open source archives for legal research. LawArXiv is an open access legal repository supported and maintained by members […]

May 10, 2017 - 7:27 am
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Launch of OA repositories in Myanmar

(8 May 2017) Two leading universities in Myanmar, University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, will launch open access (OA) institutional repositories on 8 May (in Mandalay) and on 11 May (in Yangon). The two repositories were set up with support from EIFL. Visit the University of Mandalay Open Access Repository. Visit the University of […]

May 9, 2017 - 9:00 am
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Taylor & Francis partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences to support access to research in China

(4 May 2017) A new partnership between Taylor & Francis and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Sciences Library, will ensure that all Taylor & Francis journals are evaluated and indexed on the CAS platform GoOA, providing greater access for Chinese researchers. The partnership will also bring further support to Chinese authors and editors through […]

May 4, 2017 - 8:21 am
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Figshare launches new tool for publishers to support open research

(27 April 2016, London, UK and New York, USA) Figshare, an online digital repository for academic research, today launched a new tool that enables authors to share their research outputs more efficiently during the publishing process. Springer Nature are the first publisher to pilot this new data submission portal and have worked closely with Figshare […]

April 28, 2017 - 7:31 am
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Launch of “Rights, Action and Social Responsibility” initiative

(6 April 2017, Berlin and Boston) De Gruyter and a number of prestigious university presses are making books and journal articles across nine topical areas freely available until the end of 2017 on http://degruyter.com/. Broadening access to these areas of scholarship enables more people, including non-academics, to address these issues in an informed manner: it […]

April 8, 2017 - 10:01 am
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Setting up open access repositories at the University of Mandalay and the University of Yangon

(5 April 2017) As Myanmar opens up to the outside world after decades of isolation, universities across the country are embracing the concept of open access (OA). EIFL has been working with two leading universities, University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, to set up OA institutional repositories. There are 158 universities under the Myanmar […]

April 6, 2017 - 4:23 pm
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