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PLOS Publication Costs Update : a 10.7% increase !

PLOS Publication Costs Update : a 10.7% increase ! | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

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A huge, unreasonable, increase, far above any rise of living costs.
Not unexpected but sad.
A clear demonstration that our worst fears were justified : APC Gold OA is killing OA.
Researchers of the World, unite ! Don't trust any generous initiative, sooner or later greed will catch up with it. Take back the control of your own work ! It is time to reconsider entirely our publication paradigm.
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How long does a scientific paper need to be? Length limits can have a detrimental effect on scientific reporting.

How long does a scientific paper need to be? Length limits can have a detrimental effect on scientific reporting. | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

In principle, length limits should help with the accessibility and readability of a scientific paper. But in practice these limits often achieve the opposite effect. Now that journals are becoming ...

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As the author says: "we should encourage authors to be succinct, but not so succinct that scientific communication is compromised·

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Self-archived articles receive higher citation counts than non-OA articles from same political science journals.

Self-archived articles receive higher citation counts than non-OA articles from same political science journals. | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
many researchers are unaware of their institution’s research repository or are unsure of the process of getting their materials uploaded to the repository.
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Content sharing is *not* open access and why NPG is committed to both : Of Schemes and Memes Blog

Content sharing is *not* open access and why NPG is committed to both : Of Schemes and Memes Blog | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
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"We see content sharing as an additional offering to open access, not instead of it." "Content sharing is quite different – the 49 journals participating in this initiative are mostly available only to subscribers. We are offering something additional for subscribers at no additional cost, as an experiment, to learn how to meet the needs of researchers better."

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Is Open Access content driving a divide in the library sector?

Is Open Access content driving a divide in the library sector? | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
Last month our sister company PCG published an extensive report on how librarians from 30 different countries across the world were reacting to a world in which open access journals, books and othe...
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The Open Access Library Survey takes the temperature of how librarians are acquiring and cataloguing open access content

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The success of Open Access is revealing new dangers. The fight isn't over yet.

The success of Open Access is revealing new dangers. The fight isn't over yet. | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

"It is the major danger for OA to loose the battle after all: setting the ground for its own perversion..."


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Stevan Harnard has alerted about this danger long time ago. He uses a very graphic term for hybrid journals: Fools Gold. What can we do? Among other things, We should follow the recommendations given by BOAI10: "We remind researchers that they need not work as authors, editors, or referees for publishers who act against their interests."

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Fesquet didier's comment, October 26, 2014 4:21 AM
La section 60 du CNU s'illustre par sa bêtise . Étonnant de la part d'universitaire:-)
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Getting Strategic About Openness and Privacy - Open Up?

Tim Davies, Open Data Research Lead at Web Foundation Information is powerful. And in a world where the amount of information generated, captured and stored has grown exponentially in recent decades, getting hold of the information you need, when you need it, relies upon having access to the data that describes it. That makes the... Read more »
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Two important ideas: "A simple opposition of privacy and openness is a false dichotomy. The question is not should we focus on openness, or should we protect privacy" by Tim Davies. "Transparency should be proportional to power, privacy inversely so", by Sunil Abraham. Transparency for governments, states, corporations and companies; privacy for individuals and citizens and their personal data.

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More FUD From the Publishers Association About the HEFCE/REF Deposit Mandate - Open Access Archivangelism

More FUD From the Publishers Association About the HEFCE/REF Deposit Mandate - Open Access Archivangelism | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
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Steven Harnard hasn't felt thrilled by the 'generous proposal'  that  the Publishers Association has made to HEFCE about its deposit mandate. Me neither.

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One big problem with open access and why the best way to fix it isn't going to work - Curt Rice

One big problem with open access and why the best way to fix it isn't going to work - Curt Rice | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
A recent Wall Street report declares the death of open access. What can we learn from their analysis?
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Reading this clarifiying blog, it seems that, after more than a decade, open access movement is like Don Quixote fighting the windmills. We haven't won any battle and we are very far away from reaching its goals. If goverments, universities, funders and researches worked as one we could see like David vs Goliath.

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The Library of the 21st century, through its online repository, is transforming the role of academic publishing. Enabling access is what librarians do.

The Library of the 21st century, through its online repository, is transforming the role of academic publishing. Enabling access is what librarians do. | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

, while     This is a weekly series highlighting Open Access Button users from around the world, discussing their work, and sharing their stories. If you would like to participate, please email o...

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According to Ernesto Priego, Open Access is discussed in a very different way in the UK in comparison to developing nations. The debate there is usually focused on concerns around intellectual property and funding and government mandates, whereas in developing countries is mainly centered on the importance of increasing online visibility and citation impact of their research. On the other hand, in countries like Mexico are aware of the impact that open access may have on society, not only on research community.

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Scientists criticise new “open access” journal which limits research-sharing with copyright

Scientists criticise new “open access” journal which limits research-sharing with copyright | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

Restrictive copyright licenses and expensive submission fees have led to a significant number of scientists to criticise Science Advances, a new journal due to launch next year, for failing to live up to its open access principles.


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Who owns scholarly knowledge ?

Campus Morning Mail Brief: The Case for Open Access

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, August 1, 2014 1:53 AM

This is a clear explanation of some basic flaws in the current failure to achieve open access nowadays.
Subscription prices are outrageous. "subscription prices are based on historical print models not evaluated de novo in the digital era. Replicating print formats for journals, rather than individual article and data access, is also an historical anomaly".
"When funded by an institution and/or the taxpayer an academic author gives away his or her research to a publisher, usually renouncing personal copyright in the process. The publisher then sells back the content to universities through their libraries in the subscription process".
"Researchers are largely unaware of, or indifferent to, the costs of the scholarly communication process and are generally unsympathetic to the fact that most people outside of the university subscription firewalls are unable to access scholarly information and content".
"It will take disruptions to the complex ecology of scholarly communication to build a green and fairer publishing land".

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Institutional repositories provide an ideal medium for scholars to move beyond the journal article.

Institutional repositories provide an ideal medium for scholars to move beyond the journal article. | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
Reflecting on their experiences supporting the growth of Columbia University's Academic Commons digital repository, Leyla Williams, Kathryn Pope, and Brian Luna Lucero make a clear case for why oth...
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Columbia University's Academic Commons digital repository highlights the benefits of housing many other materials, apart from versions of peer-revieewde journal articles, such as student theses, data, working papers, blog posts, and more.

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Open and Shut?: Emerald Group Publishing tests ZEN, increases prices: what does it mean?

Open and Shut?: Emerald Group Publishing tests ZEN, increases prices: what does it mean? | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, July 23, 2015 1:05 AM
Never hope for a move that will reduce profit. It is unrealistic and it would be foolish for profit-based companies. Financial relief is to be sought neither through negotiation nor through moral pressure.The solution lies with a complete paradigm shift: open publishing, open reviewing, open reading, the only way to get back to the basics of fast and efficient communication, the cornerstone of scientific research.
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#ElsevierValentines (with image, tweets) · DevilleSy

February 14th coming soon. Fellow academics, be ready for your date.
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Peer Review: what’s the point? - BioMed Central blog

Peer Review: what’s the point? - BioMed Central blog | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

In her guest blog, Jillian Hart discusses some thoughts she had after attending Sense About Science's workshop - Peer Review: The Nuts & Bolts at St Andrew's University, Scotland, in November 2014.

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In an idealistic world, publishing an article or being a reviewer and not being paid for it may be a pride. However if you take into consideration how much your intitution spents in journal suscriptions or article processing charges, you may notice that the distribution of benefits and burden are completely unbalanced. 

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What counts as an academic publication?

What counts as an academic publication? | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
What is it that sets academic publications apart from articles on The Conversation? Peer review might be your first answer. While The Conversation is built around a journalistic model, there is a big growth…
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"Scholarly writing should be distinguishable from other forms of publication by its transparency". Articles must meet transparency criteria.

"Good science should not be defined by whether or not pre-publication peer review takes place, but by the transparency of the research".

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Peer review is fraught with problems, and we need a fix

Peer review is fraught with problems, and we need a fix | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
Dirty Harry once said, “Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one”. Now that the internet has made it easier than ever to share an unsolicited opinion, traditional methods of academic review are beginning…
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Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science

Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
Google Scholar is the world's largest and most-used academic search engine, yet it is increasingly becoming polluted with junk science, making it a potentially dangerous database for anyone doing s...
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The problem with Google Scholar revealed by Jeffrey Beall is only the tip of the iceberg speaking about searching on specialised information resources. We don't usually know the criteria followed by a search engine`s developers about where it must seeking or if the resources chosen are available, temporarily unaccesible or if there are better resources but they are behind paywalls. We must learn the prons and cons of each search engine, database, journals, ect, their quality control, coverage, bias, flaws and any other aspect, especially if they are considered specialized resources. We must have more critical sense when we are searching, and above all, retrieving information. If we have it, predatory journals won't make a go of publishing junk science

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How to prepare for the financial side of open access

How to prepare for the financial side of open access | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
Disruption in any sector naturally incurs costs in transitioning to a new model or way of working. Despite its promise to liberate research and benefit universities, the move to open access (OA) publishing is no exception - and a particularly topical issue with Open Access Week 2014 starting on Monday. 
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"OA is not simply a ‘library issue’ - the changing funding model involves the whole institution, and the role of the finance director within this cannot be ignored."

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Publisher prices to increase by five to seven per cent next year - Research Information

Publisher prices to increase by five to seven per cent next year - Research Information | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
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I wonder if incomes of researchers or budgets of libraries or research institutions will be increased by the same percentage. I don't think so. JScientific journals are nothing without content and they forget that researchers are who provide the content to them. Sadly, researchers forget this too.

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Academic publishing can free itself from its outdated path dependence by looking to alternative review mechanisms.

Academic publishing can free itself from its outdated path dependence by looking to alternative review mechanisms. | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
Path dependence means that a logical decision in the past establishes itself as the norm and leads to a suboptimal system in the present. Benedikt Fecher looks at the case of the QWERTY keyboard an...
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Benedikt Fecher highligths the main parts of the process that have to be changed to update the current system of academic publishing: peerreview, format and access. Some initiatives are already being carrying out related to the peer review process, like post publication or open peer review, or to the debate about open access.

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Using "Public Access" for "Gratis Access" is bad open access advocacy - Ewout ter Haar

Using "Public Access" for "Gratis Access" is bad open access advocacy - Ewout ter Haar | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it

So here's the longer than 140 caracter version of this tweet

New definition of

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As Ewout ter Haar says, 'conflating "public access" with "gratis access" causes an unnecessary terminological confusion'. The difference between Libre and Gratis access is based on the possibility or not to reuse or share a content without barriers or fees. None of them are related to the idea of who can access a document (public vs private) or if only research publicly funded must be freely accesible.

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DOE: The Importance of Requiring Institutional Repository Deposit Immediately Upon Acceptance for Publication - Open Access Archivangelism

DOE: The Importance of Requiring Institutional Repository Deposit Immediately Upon Acceptance for Publication - Open Access Archivangelism | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
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Stevan Harnard highlights the importance of requiring institutional repository deposit inmediatly upon acceptance for publication instead of making it untill the end of any OA embargo.

The use of the copy-request Button is the best option to deposit an embargoed item without making it available until the embargo is lifted.

For that reason, Harnard thinks that it is nonsense that the policy adopted by DOE establishes a delay of twelve month after the date of  publication.

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The meaning of ‘impact’: prestige or relevance for developing world research?

The meaning of ‘impact’: prestige or relevance for developing world research? | Open Access and Academic Publishing | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Eve Gray. Once an academic publisher in Cape Town, she went on to be a publishing strategy consultant before becoming a researcher on open access scholarly communications at the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and the IP Law Unit at UCT. To mark the release of the 2014 Impact Factor Report she debates the value impact factors serve for the developing world.  
The impact factor under fire
The release of the 2014 Impact Factor Report was being awaited, as usual, with some anticipation by journal publishers and researchers to see who is in and who is out in this particular club this year. Yet this comes at a time when there is ...Read more
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One argument more against the validity of Impact factor as analitical tool for research effectiveness. It produces inequalities and exclussions given the invisibility of African publications in the journal indexes and the preference of editors for publishing research from rich countries.

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