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Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research | The White House

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research | The White House | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration is committed to the proposition that citizens deserve easy access to the results of scientific research their tax dollars have paid for. That’s why, in a policy memorandum released today, OSTP Director John Holdren has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research.
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Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Universities are drowning in digital information. It's time senior leaders made openness – and its consequences – their concern
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Journal allows authors to update their research

Journal allows authors to update their research | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The open access journal eLife has launched a new type of article that will allow authors to report significant additions to their original research.
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Slowly moving towards "liquid" publication...

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7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy - Proud2Know

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The strange new appointment as publisher of 'Science': an anti-Open Access campaigner!

Meet Kent Anderson, anti-#openaccess campaigner, publisher of Science http://t.co/6ufH0y9M4J @kanderson @sciencemagazine @AAAS_News
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Resistance against the growing Open Access movement in the US is getting organized. Not surprising, considering the actual profits (at the expense of research institutions...)
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The publishers' lobby has successfully lead the US DOE into twisting the spirit of a 2013 White House public access policy recommendation

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Relying on the publishers to set up a repository and to control its use, allowing a 12-month embargo and granting them the authors' rights is exactly opposit to the spirit that led the White House to define an OA policy for all US research funding government agencies.
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Unfit for duty: reading list on controversies and shortcomings of the Journal Impact Factor.

Unfit for duty: reading list on controversies and shortcomings of the Journal Impact Factor. | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Thomson Reuters have released the annual round of updates to their ranked list of journals by journal impact factor (JIF) in yesterday's Journal Citation Reports. Impact Factors have come under inc...
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It is about time to get rid of this inadequate means of evaluating research and researchers. IF is a useful indicator for publishers but unfit for any other assessment.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, July 31, 1:39 AM
il faudra en convaincre les évaluateurs professionnels autodésignés de la recherche institutionnelle qui ont découvert l'IF sur le tard....c'est pourtant ce qu'Eugen Garfield disait mais quand on ouvre la boîte de Pandore!
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New ways to communicate in scientific research - Twitter and blogs are not add-ons to academic research, but a reflection of the passion that underpins it

New ways to communicate in scientific research - Twitter and blogs are not add-ons to academic research, but a reflection of the passion that underpins it | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The role of the academic humanist has always been a public one - however mediated through teaching and publication, argues Tim Hitchcock. As central means to participate in public conversations, Tw...
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And the result is... that scientists are actually writing more and more.

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Consultation Science 2.0 - Survey | On-going evolution in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science

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Incentivizing Peer Review: The Last Obstacle for Open Access Science - Wired

Incentivizing Peer Review: The Last Obstacle for Open Access Science - Wired | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Incentivizing Peer Review: The Last Obstacle for Open Access Science Wired Academia.edu is a key player in the movement toward open access scientific publishing, with over 11 million participants who have uploaded nearly 3 million scientific papers...
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Classical peer reviewing is being choked by its basic flaws.
Crowdsourcing peer review has become the only way to get out of the current and worsening traffic jam of scientific reviewing, to get rid of the hypocrisy of anonymous reviewing, to fasten the publication process, to ensure transparency of the reviewing process and to help setting up a new evolutive publication paradigm.

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The effect of Open Access mandate strength on deposit rate and latency

Access-denial because of the high cost of journal subscriptions is a major obstacle to the progress of research.
Universities and research funders need to adopt mandates that require their researchers to make their published papers Open Access (OA) by depositing them in their Institutional Repositories.
To measure the effectiveness of these mandates MELIBEA has ranked and weighted OA mandates according to their specific requirements, and assigned them an overall score for strength.

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La "Subversive Proposal" de Stevan Harnad a 20 ans - ORBi Actualités

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The Subversive Proposal turns 20

The Subversive Proposal turns 20 | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Why are patents and locked-up science seen as the way forward for growth and innovation? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Why are patents and locked-up science seen as the way forward for growth and innovation? | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, June 20, 4:58 AM
nice move to circulate this blogpost! Open knowledge will not change very much usage of information, but for curious people. And the challenge for university teachers will remain to stimulate curiosity of potential innovators...
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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

"Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations"

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Who governs science?

Stephen Curry: Traditionally, science holds itself to account through peer review. But more openness in these procedures may be needed to sustain public trust
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After too many such episodes in recent history, peer reviewing is in the line of fire. It will have to become fully transparent, no longer anonymous, possibly even open, or else it will disappear and the question will be: how then will scholarly publication quality be controlled ?

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The only way to make inflated journal subscriptions unsustainable: Mandate Green Open Access - (S. Harnad)

In light of further data provided by Tim Gowers on unsustainable costs of journal subscriptions for academic libraries and stretched university budgets, Stevan Harnad finds that plans for universit...
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A very much weakened California Open Access bill makes its way forward

A very much weakened California Open Access bill makes its way forward | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, AB 609, a California bill promoting better public access to taxpayer-funded research, passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, which flew out of the Assembly last year, heads next to the Senate floor.
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One more evidence of the power of the publishers' lobbies on political decisions...Research is slowed down for the benefit of publishing monopoly.
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Who owns scholarly knowledge ?

Campus Morning Mail Brief: The Case for Open Access
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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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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

How To Become A Better Online Researcher | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

We’re sort of led to believe that the ‘best’ search results are the ones on the first page. Companies pay tons of money to be featured on the top of the search results for this reason! Don’t be fooled – it is worth the time you spend sifting through the search results.



Via Nik Peachey
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A very wise advice. And some good tips.

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, July 30, 3:02 AM

Good basics - thanks!

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 2, 12:51 AM

Nothing that  we have not read before but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. 

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The Wellcome Trust extends its Open Access policy

The Wellcome Trust's policy on open access publishing has come under the spotlight lately.
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Now it will include scholarly monographs and book chapters (not trade or text books)
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The numbers they didn't want you to see: academic publishers basically charge whatever they feel like » MobyLives

The numbers they didn't want you to see: academic publishers basically charge whatever they feel like » MobyLives | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
It’s been understood for quite a while now that the prices big academic publishers charge universities and libraries for access to academic journals bear little to no relationship to the costs that the publishers actually incur. But a report just…
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Price discrepancies indicate clearly how outrageous profits are generated from undisclosed deals with different universities. They may vary from simple to double based on confidential agreements.

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Rebirth Of Science : Bernard Rentier at TEDx Liege - YouTube

Born in 1947, married, 2 children, 4 grand-children, Bernard Rentier is a biologist, specialized in Virology and Immunology. He has made his major contributi...
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Recorded in Liege, Belgium, on May 12, 2014.
tEDX Liege theme: "Rebirth"
Scientists are making use of the most updated technologies. Yet, the way we communicate research results is obsolete, centuries old, even though communication tools are evolving fast. Science communication is meant to participate in the spread of knowledge: it should be fast and universal, adapted to the most modern techniques and self-regulated. Time has come to revisit scholarly publication entirely.

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European Research Organisations call on Elsevier to withdraw anti-TDM (text & data mining) Policy - LIBER

European Research Organisations call on Elsevier to withdraw anti-TDM (text & data mining) Policy - LIBER | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

"Elsevier’s current TDM policy places unnecessary restrictions on researchers. It limits their ability, and their right, to mine content to which they have legal access".

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, along with 17 other European library and research organisations, has issued an open letter to Elsevier.

The letter requests that Elsevier withdraw its TDM policy because it places unfair restrictions on how researchers can mine content to which they have legal access to and how they disseminate the results of their research.

It is open to further signatories, so please disseminate amongst your networks!

Individuals or organisation wishing to sign the letter should forward their details and logo on to Susan Reilly: :susan.reilly@kb.nl

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Text and data mining MUST be freely available on published scientific results. "The right to read is the right to mine".

Once again, Elsevier is making up new outrageous rules depriving researchers from their fundamental rights, slowing down international research and sequestering public knowledge. Another reason for a boycott.

When will researchers around the world decide at last to free themselves from being consenting hostages of Big Money?


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Implementing an OA policy at university level: the Liège experience - YouTube

Implementing an OA policy at university level: the Liège experience -- Bernard Rentier, University of Liège
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Downloadable graphics for Open Access

Downloadable graphics for Open Access | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The AOASG has developed a series of downloadable graphics for the community to use in their advocacy of open access. All graphics are available under a CC-BY license. Please contact us for the sour...
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