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24 New US Green OA Funder Mandates in ROARMAP, thanks to the Presidential Directive [GOAL]

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Ipso facto, implementing the White House directive generates 24 new Green OA Funder Mandates ! A spectacular move and an unprecedented support to Green OA worldwide.

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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, 6:02 AM

Good basics - thanks!

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, Today, 3:51 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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Your university is definitely paying too much for journals

Your university is definitely paying too much for journals | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Output Drops at World's Largest Open-Access Journal

Output Drops at World's Largest Open-Access Journal | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
A 25% decline in papers in last 5 months suggests PLOS ONE's allure is fading
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Speed and Transparency in Scientific Research Will Help Save Dollars and Lives – Innovation Insights

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Copyright Holders Cannot Prevent Links to Freely-Available Content from Being Posted Online | JD Supra

The Svensson case is a landmark decision by the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") that enshrines the right to create clickable links towards copyrighted content which is freely...
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The Ultimate Paradox : "Inside Public Access", or how people are trying to make money on Open Access without even being a publisher !

A newsletter providing news coverage and in-depth analysis of the US Public Access program.
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"$500 per year or $20 per issue to read what one individual has to say about open access..." (Stevan Harnad, on the GOAL Forum).
I hope everyone is aware of this...
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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, 4:39 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

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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, 7:58 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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Publisher, be damned! From price gouging to the open road

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(2013). Publisher, be damned! From price gouging to the open road. Prometheus: Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 229-239. doi: 10.1080/08109028.2014.891710
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SHARE Selects Center for Open Science as Development Partner for Notification Service | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

SHARE Selects Center for Open Science as Development Partner for Notification Service | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL® | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem) and the Center for Open Science (COS), a Charlottesville, Virginia–based nonprofit technology start-up, have agreed to form a partnership to build the SHARE Notification Service, which will provide notice that research is available to the public...
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Global progress towards Open Access - Pan European Networks

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Global: Heads of public national research funding organisations from throughout the world have endorsed a ‘state of play’ report on Open Access to publications and adopted shared principles to support scientific career development. These are the key outcomes of the 2014 annual meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) held in Beijing, China. The state [...]
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The movement can no longer be stopped.

Let's be careful though about how it will generate profit differently, at the expense of research money.

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COAR » Statement about embargo periods

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