Tag Archives: Richard Poynder

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 […]


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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 […]


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Open access — the movie

(4 September 2018) Richard Poynder views a documentary on the tug of war over paywalls in scholarly publishing. Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Director: Jason Schmitt Open Society Foundations (2018) Billed as a documentary, Paywall would be more accurately described as an advocacy film. Its intention seems to be to persuade viewers that the paywalls […]


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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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SocArXiv debuts, as SSRN acquisition comes under scrutiny

(19 July 2016) Richard Poynder in his blog writes that  the arrival of a new preprint server for the social sciences called SocArXiv comes just a month after news that Elsevier is acquiring the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a preprint repository and online community founded in 1994 by two researchers. He writes that the […]


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Predatory publishing: a modest proposal

Richard Poynder writes on LIBLICENSE (9 September 2015):   What many now refer to as predatory publishing first came to my attention 7 years ago, when I interviewed a publisher who — I had been told — was bombarding researchers with invitations to submit papers to, and sit on the editorial boards of, the hundreds of […]


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The life and death of an open access journal: Q&A with Librarian Marcus Banks

31 March 2015) Marcus Banks is interviewed by  Richard Poynder about the viability of open access journals. In the spotlight is Biomedical Digital Libraries, BDL, launched in 2003 by Yale University Medical Library and BioMed Central. Four years later, however, BDL succumbed to an increase in the cost of the article-processing charges it levied. This […]


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Open access and the request ePrint Button: Q&A with Eloy Rodrigues

(22 March 2015) Contrary to what one might expect, not all the items in open access repositories are publicly available. Estimates of the percentage of the content in repositories that is not in fact open access tend to range from around 40% to 60%. This will include bibliographic records containing only metadata, plus full-text documents […]


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UK House of Commons Select Committee publishes report criticising RCUK’s Open Access Policy

(10 September 2013) The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee has today published a critical report on the Open Access (OA) policy introduced on April 1st by Research Councils UK (RCUK). In his blog Open and Shut?, Richard Poynder reports on the latest report from the UK Government on open access policy. […]


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Open Access: Springer tightens rules on self-archiving

(25 June 2013) Richard Poynder writing in his blog Open and Shut writes that Danny Kingsley — Manager for Scholarly Communications & ePublishing at the Australian National University (ANU) — has highlighted a number of publishers that have recently changed their self-archiving (Green OA) policies. One of them is Springer — the world’s second-largest journal […]


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The UK’s Open Access Policy: Controversy Continues

Richard Poynder, 23 May 2013, in his blog writes: The new Open Access (OA) policy introduced this year by Research Councils UK (RCUK) — in response to last year’s Finch Report — has been very controversial, particularly its exhortation to researchers to “prefer” Gold over Green Open Access When it was first announced there was […]


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Global Research Council and open access

In a recent LIBLICENSE blog post (25 March 2013) Richard Poynder writes that during a two-day inaugural Global Summit on Merit Review held in Washington last May — which was organised by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) at the request of the White House Office of Science & Technology (OSTP) — a new organisation […]


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