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Resale of #openaccess CC-BY papers is fully acceptable

I've recently discovered that some commercial publishers are re-editing articles from open-access journals and publishing them as multi-author books, without the authors' knowledge (example here). Although most authors ...
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The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics: June 30, 2013 Dramatic Growth of Open Access

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Busting the top five myths about open access publishing - The Conversation

Busting the top five myths about open access publishing
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Rather than lock up knowledge in costly journals, increasingly universities and governments are recognising that publicly funded research should be open to all.
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Activism or science? A debate on open access. | Erin C. McKiernan

Activism or science? A debate on open access. | Erin C. McKiernan | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I hit a nerve on Twitter. Ok, more than one. But it resulted in a great discussion about open access and brought up some interesting questions. I'd like to take the opportunity to explain in more detail what I meant and ...
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Nice discussion about the practicality of including closed access papers in a systematic review

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Academics and universities must continue to develop open access ...

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Academic publishing and open access alternatives to the subscription-based system were discussed last week in front of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Parliamentary Select Committee. Ann McKechin MP shares ...
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Interesting view from an MP

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Science Europe denounces 'hybrid' Open Access | Open Knowledge ...

Science Europe denounces 'hybrid' Open Access | Open Knowledge ... | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
This is an extremely timely & important document that clarifies what governments and research funders should expect during the transition to open access. Unlike the recent US OSTP public access policy which allows ...
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Interesting to have arguments put against hybrid journals

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OA in the UK : where the loophole is

OA in the UK : where the loophole is | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
From 1 April 2013, all academics funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) need to be compliant with a new open access policy.

Via Bernard Rentier
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Useful commentary from Bernard Rentier

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:52 AM

This is exactly and very clearly where the loophole is.

Go down the left lane all the way to "are APC funds available from research funder?". Yes or no.

• If no, go Green. Fine.

• If yes, go Immediate Gold.

What does it mean? Publishers interested in supporting Gold OA for profit are ready to use research money (funders money is research money) to ask for escalating prices in the "pay to say" process.

This little loophole (that can easily go unnoticed) is what will of course ensure immediate open access quite efficiently but, at the same time, it will impose restricted publication capacity.

Restricting publication capacity is fine if it is based on quality (there are way too many publications because of the "publish or perish" system) but certainly not if it is based on cost.

OA has two goals: (1) broaden diffusion and (2) reduce costs. An "author (or funder) pays" mandate when Gold is available is dangerous without a strict price control.

 

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Bernard Rentier's insight: This is exactly and very clearly where the loophole is. Go down the left lane all the way to "are APC funds available from research funder?". Yes or no. • If no, go Green. Fine. • If yes, go Immediate Gold. What does it mean? Publishers interested in supporting Gold OA for profit are ready to use research money (funders money is research money) to ask for escalating prices in the "pay to say" process. This little loophole (that can easily go unnoticed) is what will of course ensure immediate open access quite efficiently but, at the same time, it will impose restricted publication capacity. Restricting publication capacity is fine if it is based on quality (there are way too many publications because of the "publish or perish" system) but certainly not if it is based on cost. OA has two goals: (1) broaden diffusion and (2) reduce costs. An "author (or funder) pays" mandate when Gold is available is dangerous without a strict price control.
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How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem

How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
Last week, Mike Taylor discussed his concerns on institutional repositories as an adequate solution to the open access problem and asked Green OA advocates to address these problems. In response, N...
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Meaningful open access - it's the way you tell it

Curiosity, clarity and conviction - top tips for accessible, engaging science writing
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Looking at the way to make research publications more accessible - a lay reader summary

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Open letter on the White House public access directive - Weblogs at ...

Open letter on the White House public access directive - Weblogs at ... | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
As has been widely reported, this past Friday the White House directed essentially all federal funding agencies to develop open access policies over the next few months. I wrote the letter below to be forwarded to faculty at the ...
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Harvard welcome White House public open access directive
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SHERPA FACT – Helping researchers comply with the Open Access policies from RCUK and the Wellcome Trust

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SHERPA FACT - the tool we'll all be waiting for

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Can repositories solve the access problem?

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The progressive RCUK policy on open access has recently come under fire, particularly from humanities scholars, for favouring Gold OA over Green. For various reasons -- and I won't, for now, go int...
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http://svpow.com/2013/03/02/can-repositories-solve-the-access-problem/#comment-28415 Comments discussing embargo periods & publisher approaches to these

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The Open Access Debate Continues | The Next Regeneration

The Open Access Debate Continues | The Next Regeneration | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
The New England Journal of Medicine has just published four articles that comment on the issue of "open access". I will list these four articles and briefly comment on the two papers which are critical of open access publishing ...
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Doctoral Students in New Zealand Have Low Awareness of Institutional Repository Existence, but Positive Attitudes Toward Open Access Publication of Their Work | Arndt | Evidence Based Library and I...

Doctoral Students in New Zealand Have Low Awareness of Institutional Repository Existence, but Positive Attitudes Toward Open Access Publication of Their Work

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Sam Oakley's curator insight, December 20, 2012 11:43 AM

Article from the 2012 EBLIP journal

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Open and Shut?: Open Access: Emerald's Green starts to fade?

Open and Shut?: Open Access: Emerald's Green starts to fade? | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
When last July Research Councils UK (RCUK) announced its new Open Access (OA) policy it sparked considerable controversy, not least because the policy required researchers to “prefer” Gold OA (OA publishing) over ...
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Detailed analysis of how the RCUK policy has adversely affected the ability to make research open access

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Open and Shut?: Joseph Esposito on the state of Open Access ...

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The questions publishers are asking themselves - how to make Open Access pay

 

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Asking Authors to Buy 'Memberships' for Open Access - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Asking Authors to Buy 'Memberships' for Open Access - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
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Asking Authors to Buy 'Memberships' for Open Access
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Jason Hoyt thinks scientific publishing can be faster, sleeker, and a whole lot cheaper.
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Interview with founder of PeerJ

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Four ways open access enhances academic freedom

Four ways open access enhances academic freedom | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
Curt Rice examines the tension between academic freedom and open access policies. Coercive requirements to publish in open access journals could restrict academic freedom and this must be monitored...
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Dangers lurk in move to open-access publishing - FT.com

Dangers lurk in move to open-access publishing - FT.com | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
The UK government’s working group on expanding access to published research findings reported last June. The intention of the Finch report is admirable, the effort misguided. The report concentrates on how academic research will be published.
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useful comments from Heather Morrison distinguishing between the gold & green routes.

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Gold Open Access does **NOT** mean: “author pays”

Gold Open Access does **NOT** mean: “author pays” | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
» Gold Open Access does **NOT** mean: “author pays” | Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln (Some official university websites re #OA + RCUK grant define Gold as 'author pays'.
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Open Access, “Neoliberalism”, “Impact” and the Privatisation of ...

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Open Access, “Neoliberalism”, “Impact” and the Privatisation of Knowledge | Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lincoln.
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Thinking about the politics of OA

 

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What to do with Open Access funding in Physics and Astronomy | In ...

What to do with Open Access funding in Physics and Astronomy | In ... | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
I've been too busy to keep up with the ongoing activity relating to Open Access recently, and I don't really have time today to do anything other than a brief post on the topic because I'm in the middle of yet another recruitment ...
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Departmental head comments on how he'll spend APC fund
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Creative Commons and open access to scholarly works: common myths about an imperfect match

Creative Commons and open access to scholarly works: common myths about an imperfect match | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
Adequate licensing and attribution of scholarly work in the digital age have presented many issues for scholarly and publishing communities. While many open access advocates consider Creative Commo...
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Exploration of CC licensing

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BIS committee UK OA Policy - CC Wiki

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Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
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Corrections of misconceptions about the CC-BY licence.

 

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Thoughts on Public & Digital History by Adam Crymble: Making Open Access and the UK's Scholarly Society Work

Thoughts on Public & Digital History by Adam Crymble: Making Open Access and the UK's Scholarly Society Work | Open Access discussions | Scoop.it
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Some thoughts on future business models for learned societies

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