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On the dangers of "predatory" or inconsequent OA Journals: one of them Stops Publishing, Deletes Website

On the dangers of "predatory" or inconsequent OA Journals: one of them Stops Publishing, Deletes Website | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
One of the things I look for in scholarly open-access publishers is an understanding of and a commitment to digital preservation. In fact, my Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access Publishe...
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Preservation needs trust. Institutional repositories must commit to preservation. Hence they become the safest place for it.

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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 to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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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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oasisbr : the Brazilian portal of scientific publications in Open Access

oasisbr : the Brazilian portal of scientific publications in Open Access | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Close to 1 million documents in OA.

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Dutch universities and Elsevier fail to reach consensus

Dutch universities and Elsevier fail to reach consensus | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
VSNU called upon academics to play a vital role in breaking deadlock. Recently, scholars and several research libraries have rolled out a petition to boycott Elsevier, the biggest scholarly materia...
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Perhaps the first significant nationwide resistance movement by universities. Hopefully a start, to be followed elsewhere... everywhere.
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Matinée d'échanges Open Access à l'Université de Lyon - Vidéo

Matinée d'échanges Open Access à l'Université de Lyon - Vidéo | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Vidéos des interventions: P Wirtz, JP Finance, B Rentier, K Bouabdallah.
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L'ULg veut objectiver l'appréciation qu'ont ses chercheurs d'ORBi, le répertoire de leurs publications

L'ULg veut objectiver l'appréciation qu'ont ses chercheurs d'ORBi, le répertoire de leurs publications | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Que vous en soyez irrité ou comblé, ou que votre avis soit plus nuancé, chercheurs de l'ULg, voici le moment de donner votre avis sur un outil qui, aujourd'hui, contribue largement à la réputation de votre université partout dans le monde. Il est important pour l'équipe d'ORBi de pouvoir objectiver le degré de satisfaction des utilisateurs.Pour moi qui suis fréquemment invité à expliquer dans d'autres universités la politique que j'ai mise en place en 2007 (Conseil d'administration de mai) et qui a permis de lancer ORBi en novembre 2008, cette objectivation est donc essentielle. Ma conviction est que l'outil est apprécié pour diverses raisons et surtout pour l'élargissement du lectorat qu'il provoque, donc pour l'accroissement de votre notoriété. J'aime croire que si une politique 'musclée' fut indispensable au départ, elle est devenue secondaire aujourd'hui, le principal incitant étant le bénéfice qu'en retire le chercheur et la conscience qu'il/elle en a.
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Dutch boycott of Elsevier – a game changer? | Unlocking Research

Dutch boycott of Elsevier – a game changer? | Unlocking Research | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
"Science is not a goal in itself. Just as art is only art once it is seen, knowledge only becomes knowledge once it is shared."(Sander Dekker, Dutch State Secretary of Education)
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The Netherlands are holding the European presidency since July 1st and Open Science is on the agenda.
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The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era

The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The consolidation of the scientific publishing industry has been the topic of much debate within and outside the scientific community, especially in relation to major publishers’ high profit margins.
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As long as researchers will give away all their rights to publishers, science will be locked up

Academic publishing company Elsevier has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the SciHub.org search engine.

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After a significant extension of the embargoes imposed on articles in institutional repositories, Elsevier is launching an aggressive legal campaign against "piracy". We should remember that the BIG MISTAKE is to abandon all rights in the first place.

Of course there is nothing you can do except publish elsewhere. The only pressure Elsevier and consorts can feel is that of money, i.e. a decrease in the number of authors and articles. It is called 'boycott'. The only way out is #AlternativePublishing

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Nouveaux outils de mesure bibliométrique sur ORBi à l'ULg

Nouveaux outils de mesure bibliométrique sur ORBi à l'ULg | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Depuis quelques années, des mesures 'alternatives' d'impact, ou altmetrics, viennent compléter les indices bibliométriques traditionnels dont on connaît les limites et les défauts (SCImago Journal Rank [SJR], Impact Factor [IF], EigenFactor, h-index...).

Les Bibliothèques de l’ULg mettent désormais en avant ces nouveaux outils sur ORBi et dans les résultats des "Collections ULg".

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Open access "lobby" attacks Elsevier

Open access "lobby" attacks Elsevier | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Academic, library and technology organisations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open access policies at universities and prevents authors from sharing their work.
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Alicia WISE may pretend being surprised by the reaction of "the Open Access Lobby", the new Elsevier policy is meant to intimidate researchers and to combat the rise of institutional repositories which are, from now on, unavoidable, mind her.
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Statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy [COAR]

Statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy [COAR] | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Enough with all this rip off ! Implement Green Open Access in your universities and research centers NOW !
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How a flat article processing charge (APC) with no price increase for 3 years can be a 6%-77% increase

by Jihane Salhab and Heather Morrison The purpose of this post is to explain the impact of currency differences on article processing charges. Over the past few years megajournal PLOS ONE has been ...
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Open access : enjeux et opportunités pour l'Université de Lyon - SCD - le 5 mai 2015

Open access : enjeux et opportunités pour l'Université de Lyon - SCD - le 5 mai 2015 | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Avec Jean-Pierre Finance et Bernard Rentier.

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Greece's Universities Lose Access to Digital Journals Due to Non-Payment

Greece's Universities Lose Access to Digital Journals Due to Non-Payment | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Since crisis-hit Greece can't pay the academic subscription for its educational institutions, Greek students and scientists won't have access to digital

Via Florence Piron
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Of course, this concerns only the profit-based digital publishing. Fortunately, as long as they can run their computers and surf on the Internet, Greek researchers will continue to have full access to all the scholarly literature available in repositories on the Web. 

A clear demonstration that wherever an article is published, it is essential that it is made available in an open access repository if publicly funded research is not to be concealed behind a third party paywall...

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Effet collatéral de la crise en Grèce... Mais il y a sûrement d'autres universités ailleurs qui n'ont pas ou plus les moyens d'accéder aux abonnements hors de prix imposés par les grands éditeurs.

Un argument de plus pour le libre-accès !

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The case against the journal article: The age of publisher authority is going, going, gone — and we’ll be just fine.

The case against the journal article: The age of publisher authority is going, going, gone — and we’ll be just fine. | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Heidi Laine evaluates the often unsubstantiated claim that the journal article is central to the research communication process. Is a formal article really such a law of nature? She argues that the...
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Exactly what I believe... The old journal article is bound to disappear. Whether we admit it or not.
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Access to the Internet, open science and open access as necessities for sustainable development

An open letter to the Sustainable Development team at the United Nations.
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ist IRD's curator insight, July 13, 9:20 AM

"Pour tous ceux et celles qui s'intéressent à la recherche scientifique et à l'enseignement supérieur dans les pays du Sud, notamment en Afrique francophone, l'adoption prochaine par l'ONU des Objectifs de développement durable mérite attention. Ce processus pourrait en effet être l'occasion d'y inclure l'importance de l'accès à Internet, de la science ouverte et du libre accès pour le développement durable.

Si ces questions sont importantes pour vous, nous vous invitons à signer cette lettre ouverte qui sera envoyée sous peu à l'équipe du développement durable de l'ONU et peut-être parrainée par un président (négociation en cours)."

Florence Piron

Association science et bien commun

Projet SOHA (Science ouverte en Haïti et en Afrique francophone)

http://projetsoha.org

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‘Fraudulent’ peer review strikes another academic publisher; 32 articles questioned

‘Fraudulent’ peer review strikes another academic publisher; 32 articles questioned | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Hindawi is just the latest in a string of journals to uncover fake reviewers.
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In these times of massive scientific production, of huge publication overload and emerging communication technologies, the much revered 'peer review' dogma is showing its limits.On top of the overpricing problem, it is becoming an additional difficulty in the growing debate on the evolution of scientific communication: the whole process of performing research, sharing results and evaluating researchers must be (and will be, whether we like it or not and whether we control it or not) reconsidered altogether.
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Comparing numbers makes things look more real and proportionate: Elsevier vs Greece

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Remove barriers to open science, says head of EU policy unit

Remove barriers to open science, says head of EU policy unit | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Jean-Claude Burgelman also tells London conference of need to 'embed' the concept in society

Via Florence Piron
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Enfirouapé. An open letter to Elsevier by Didier Pélaprat

Enfirouapé. An open letter to Elsevier by Didier Pélaprat | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Didier Pelaprat (INSERM, France) wrote recently an open message to Alicia Wise (Elsevier) on the Open Access Forum GOAL. It is so right to the point, so much in line with what I think and so much b...

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Edition Scientifique - Inra Sad's curator insight, June 15, 6:13 AM

Ne plus se faire avoir... ne plus se faire arnaquer...

 

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A Seal is awarded by DOAJ to journals that adhere to high levels of openness, best practice and publishing standards

A Seal is awarded by DOAJ to journals that adhere to high levels of openness, best practice and publishing standards | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The DOAJ Seal is now live. Although DOAJ has been indicating which journals get the Seal since March 2014, the Seal is now displayed alongside those journals that qualify. Look for this symbol: We'...
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Elsevier clashes with researchers over open access publishing for academic texts

Elsevier clashes with researchers over open access publishing for academic texts | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Academic publishing is a multi-million dollar business dominated by just a few major publishing houses. Many academics and open access advocates believe that’s unfair—publishers simply take researchers’ work and sell it back to them, they say. Stan Correy takes a look at the state of play.

Via Florence Piron
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Richard Poynder: "Elsevier’s Director of Access & Policy, Alicia Wise states that they “have received neutral-to-positive responses from research institutions and the wider research community.” Yet, since the “Statement against Elsevier’s sharing policy <https://www.coar-repositories.org/activities/advocacy-leadership/petition-against-elseviers-sharing-policy/>” was published on Wednesday May 20, 2015), it has been signed by close to 700 organizations and individuals, demonstrating that there is significant opposition to the policy."

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Although claiming the opposite, "Hybrid" Open Access Journals are always being paid twice for the same article, once by the author and once by the subscribing reader

[Via Peter Suber on Google+]
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La publication scientifique : Le temps des dérives

La publication scientifique : Le temps des dérives | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
La publication scientifique : Le temps des dérives
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PASTEUR4OA : supporting and promoting the development and alignment of OA policies in Europe - Newsletter May 2015

PASTEUR4OA : supporting and promoting the development and alignment of OA policies in Europe - Newsletter May 2015 | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The PASTEUR4OA project supports the development and alignment of Open Access strategies and policies at the national level to promote the implementation of the European Commission's 2012 Recommendation on Access to Scientific Information and the Open Access Mandate for Horizon 2020.
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