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Open Access Publishing. Relatively little research has been undertaken with regards to the impacts of OA in HSS and even less in relation to digital publishing of monographs.
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Academic spring campaign aims to make all taxpayer-funded academic research available for free online...
"Will history label this the “academic spring”?
Interesting article on OA from Tony Delamothe, deputy editor, BMJ.
NotesCite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2937...
Three months later, in July 2010, the Bank launched its Access to Information Policy — with the aim of transforming the way in which it makes its data available to the public. ...
After almost five years at the helm of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Margaret Sheil will this week step down to take up the position of Provost at the University of Melbourne.Professor Sheil…...
Pressure is growing in Europe for open, free access to research results, particularly if they are publicly funded.
An interesting blog post from Les Carr on the University of Southampton's new programme of repository activity called "Soton Labs".
"Inspired by the idea of Google Labs, it is an institutional space for experimentation and innovation around research information systems, and EPrints will form its backbone. Driven by the needs of the research staff, it will be informed by a whole range experience and ideas (many gathered from research council and JISC projects) that can be offered to staff on the famous "permanent beta" experimental basis until they are ripe for integration into the main (business critical) repository."
Blog posting from Cameron Neylon announcing his appointment as Director of Advocacy for PLoS. He will take up this position in July 2012. The announcement from PLoS is available from http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2012/03/cameron-neylon-to-join-plos-as-director-of-advocacy/
The UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA), the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL), and PraxisUnico have released a joint statement of support for Open Access to research results and data. The statement is available at http://www.arma.ac.uk/files/guest/Information/ARMA-PraxisUnico-AURILOAStatementMarch2012.pdf
To be held on 28th March 2012, this free Webinar is supported by the Public Library of Science, a HIFA2015 Supporting Organisation and a leading publisher of open access journals. Date: 28th March 2012 at 15:00-16:30h London/UK time (=14:00-15:30h GMT)
An interesting blog post on OA from Professor Douglas Kell CEO of the BBSRC.
Thoughtful blog post from Cameron Neylon.
"In looking both backwards, over the achievements of the past ten years, and forwards, towards the challenges and opportunities that await us when true Open Access is achieved, the Budapest Declaration is, for me, the core set of principles that can guide us along the path to realising the potential of the web for supporting research and its wider place in society."
An interesting blog post from Cameron Neylon where he states:
"Bottom line: Within ten years all major funders will mandate CC-BY Open Access on publication arising from work they fund immediately on publication. Several major publishers will not survive the transition. A few will and a whole set of new players will spring up to fill the spaces. The next ten years look to be very interesting."
"Last month, the wettest April in the UK since records began, there was also a deluge of articles in the popular press about open access.
This is a round-up of some of the articles (and perhaps notable by their absence are any articles that are behind a paywall!)."
Progress towards the ideal of open access continues at a dizzying pace.
University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls...
As more than 10,000 scientists pledge to boycott Elsevier on the Cost of Knowledge website, its creator looks to the future...
Dr Mike Taylor: Academic publishers do not pay peer reviewers, and lack of funds is no bar to publication in an open access journal...
A fascinating posting from Melissa Terras where she concudes:
"If (social media interaction is often) then (Open access + social media = increased downloads)."
Also - "Don't tweet things at midnight...."
"Open Access to higher education research results is not increasing. This is shown by The Dutch Research Repositories Monitor 2011, a study commissioned by SURF."
A very interesting blog post from Richard Poynder where he states:
"OA will continue to prove a brick-by-brick process — as evidenced by recent events in Australia."
The EnablingOpenScholarship site provides information on the UK's Research Councils proposed revised policy on Open Access. A link to the revised policy is available from http://www.openscholarship.org/upload/docs/application/pdf/2012-03/rcuk_proposed_policy_on_access_to_research_outputs.pdf
An interesting blog post from Dave Puplett published on the LSEImpactBlog
"What is the next step for those boycotting Elsevier’s journals? Neil Stewart writes that one thing academics can do to bring about open access publishing immediately is to take the ‘Green’ road to open access and enjoy higher citations counts by placing their work in institutional repositories."
The academic publisher Elsevier is being boycotted by the online HE community due to the prohibitive costs of its journals. A blog post from Martin Paul Eve, published by the guardian.