Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially here in the UK.
Bernard Rentier's insight:
Exactly as prophetized by many of us. Before or after OA times, the profit has to be the same...A clear demonstration that only "fair gold" OA is acceptable and that "green" OA is optimal, at least for now, if we don't want to spend a huge part of research funds just for publication in the digital age.
"This is big, and not only because the the Gates Foundation is big. The policy applies to both texts and data, requires CC-BY licenses, and is the first OA policy anywhere to give publishers fair warning and cut the permissible embargo from 12 months to zero over the next two years." (Peter Suber on Google+)
In this paper, we locate open access in the South African higher education research context where it is, distinctively, not shaped by the policy frameworks that are profoundly changing research dissemination behaviour in other parts of the world. We define open access and account for its rise by two quite different routes. We then present a case study of journal publishing at one South African university to identify existing journal publishing practices in terms of open access.
Publishing hoax exposes 'wild west' world of open access journals and raises concerns about poor quality control
Bernard Rentier's insight:
Interesting. Two remarks:1. I agree with Paul Peters that "a more valuable study would have included some sense of whether traditional journals have a similar quality control issue" [and] "that the scam reflects a weakness in peer review, [and not only] a flaw in the gold open access model".Finally, I would add that the PLoS model of Gold OA is the good one, that I hope it will remain the good one and resist all temptations by Big Money, and that a lot of Gold OA formulas have been designed that are blurring the picture. So far, GO FOR GREEN !
Many of us who teach at universities now– especially at public universities– are aware of an insidiously corporate rhetoric that infuses a lot of the initiatives to which we are committing. I am hopeful that if we– faculty, provosts, librarians, students–work together, we can offer a pedagogical model to help guide our decision-making as we navigate the financial challenges that we currently face. I think we find ways to respond to economic realities while resisting the idea that we are just another business striving to keep ourselves solvent/profitable.
"The major advance is inclusion of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment instructing evaluators not to consider impact factor or other metrics in assessing the work of researchers, but rather focus on the quality of the work per se. This is an absolutely critical step in addressing the systemic dysfunction in the scholarly communication system, facilitating a shift to 'rational rationality', a system that is free to prioritize the advancement of scholarly knowledge, the knowledge commons, rather than the imperfect measures people have devised as heuristic devices."
Given the increasing costs associated with commercial textbooks and decreasing financial support of public schools, it is important to better understand the impacts of open educational resources on student outcomes. The purpose of this quantitative study is to analyze whether the adoption of open science textbooks significantly affects science learning outcomes for secondary students in earth systems, chemistry, and physics.This study uses a quantitative quasi-experimental design with propensity score matched groups and multiple regression to examine whether student learning was influenced by the adoption of open textbooks instead of traditional publisher-produced textbooks. Students who used open textbooks scored .65 points higher on end-of-year state standardized science tests than students using traditional textbooks when controlling for the effects of 10 student and teacher covariates. Further analysis revealed statistically significant positive gains for students using the open chemistry textbooks, with no significant difference in student scores for earth systems of physics courses. Although the effect size of the gains were relatively small, and not consistent across all textbooks, the finding that open textbooks can be as effective or even slightly more effective than their traditional counterparts has important considerations in terms of school district policy in a climate of finite educational funding.
Une maladresse qui coûte cher: 172 millions d'€... Il ne faut pas négocier.Les universités des Pays-Bas ont rejeté le deal. Il faut les suivre. Aujourd'hui la France a les menottes aux poings pour 5 ans.Seul un boycott nous protégera de cette exploitation éhontée.