Tag Archives: open access

Delhi Declaration on Open Access

(14 February 2018) This declaration was drafted by a group comprising of researchers and professionals working for opening up access to research outputs for the public good in India. The declaration is aimed at scientific communities, scholarly societies, publishers, funders, universities and research institutions to promote openness in science and research communications. The full announcement […]


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Adoption of open access is rising – but so too are its costs

(22 January 2018) Options available to authors to make their work open access are on the rise. Adoption of open access itself is also rising, and usage of open-access materials is similarly increasing. However, alongside rising access levels another, less positive rise can also be observed: the costs of open access are increasing and at […]


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UCL launches open access megajournal to help solve the world’s biggest challenges

(16 January 2018) UCL Press is launching a new open access megajournal that will provide academics and students with ground-breaking research free of charge in a move that challenges traditional commercial publishing models.   The megajournal aims to revolutionise academic publishing by slashing publication times, providing research for free to anyone with an internet connection […]


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Monitoring the transition to open access: December 2017

(5 December 2017) The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication. ​​This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to […]


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Technical recommendations for next generation repositories

(28 November 2017) In April 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) launched the Next Generation Repository Working Group to identify new functionalities and technologies for repositories. In this report, COAR presents the results of the work of this group, including recommendations for the adoption of new technologies, standards, and protocols that will help […]


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Large-scale implementation of open access in China

(24 November 2017) At the end of October, the National Science Library, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSL, CAS), the National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) and ShanghaiTech University Library signed the Open Access 2020 Initiative. The Director of NSL, CAS, Mr. LIU Huizhou, said that open access is beneficial to scientific research, scientific communication […]


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International coalition to help sustain DOAJ and its further development in the coming years

(9 November 2017) SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) today announced that major organizations have recommended to their member institutions to support DOAJ with funding that will enable DOAJ to move towards a new crowdfunding effort and away from its incremental annual contribution system. Under the new model organisations will work towards sustaining DOAJ […]


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Open access academic books downloaded, discussed and cited far more than traditional books

(7 November 2017, London)  A report from Springer Nature launched today shows there is a tangible benefit to publishing academic books using immediate, or ‘gold’, open access (OA) models. The research found that such books are: ·         Downloaded seven times more: On average, there are just under 30,000 chapter downloads per OA book within the […]


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Register now for the SCOAP3 Forum 2017

(6 November 2017) SCOAP3 is hosting its annual online Forum on Thursday, December 7th 2017: an open event presenting achievements after almost four years and an outlook into the future of the initiative. The Forum also offers an opportunity to ask questions, and provide feedback to representatives of the SCOAP3 international governance and the operations team at CERN. […]


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ORCID 2017 public data file now available

(27 October 2017)  As in previous years ORCID celebrates Open Access Week by making its annual public data file available to the community under a CC-0 license. The data file is a snapshot of all information on ORCID records as of early October 2017, that has a visibility setting of Everyone – one of three visibility options that ORCID record-holders can use […]


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EIFL OA workshops in Myanmar

(19 October 2017) EIFL will host workshops for open access (OA) working groups and librarians from three Myanmar universities that are adopting OA policies and setting up OA institutional repositories. The three universities – Yangon University of Economics, Yadanabon University and Yezin Agricultural University – will use the opportunity to finalize OA policy documents, ensure […]


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Knowledge Unlatched to open up its central platform for the funding of Open Access models

(5 October 2017, Berlin) Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce its transformation into a central Open Access (OA) platform. Through this platform, KU will support publishers and OA initiatives by managing the funding processes for their OA models. It will also provide libraries and funders all over the world with one central place where […]


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The Open Access Interviews: Justin Flatt on the Self-Citation Index

(6 September 2017) In a recently published paper, Justin Flatt and his two co-authors proposed the creation of the Self-Citation Index, or s-index writes Richard Poynder in his Open and Shut blog. The purpose of the s-index would be to measure how often a scientist cites their own work. This is desirable the authors believe […]


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The Open Access Interviews: Rusty Speidel, The Center for Open Science

(29 August 2017) The Center for Open Science (COS) has announced today that six new preprint services have launched using COS’ preprints platform, taking the number of such services to 14. The announcement, says Richard Poynder,  comes at a time when we are seeing a rising tide of preprint servers being launched, both by for-profit […]


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Directory of Korea Open Access Journals

(29 July 2017) JURN.org notes the Directory of Korea Open Access Journals from the National Research Foundation of Korea. A little bit more here.


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