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Tout compte fait, à qui appartient le savoir ?

Tout compte fait, à qui appartient le savoir ? | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Appels au boycott des grands éditeurs scientifiques, création de revues en ligne en libre accès : face à ce qu'ils considèrent comme une appropriation indue de leurs travaux, des chercheurs se mobilisent pour renverser le modèle traditionnel de la diffusion du savoir.
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a-z.lu meets ORBilu - Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg (BnL) - 04

a-z.lu meets ORBilu - Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg (BnL) - 04 | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
La Bibliothèque nationale et l'Université du Luxembourg annoncent l'intégration de l'Open Repository and Bibliography-ORBilu dans le moteur de recherche a-z.lu. La connexion d’ORBilu à a-z.lu contribue à une diffusion plus ouverte des résultats de la Recherche et à la démocratisation de l’accès aux savoirs.
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‪Le fils aîné d'@Orbi_ULg grandit !‬
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"Scientific Reports" overtakes "PLOS ONE" as largest megajournal [The Scholarly Kitchen]

"Scientific Reports" overtakes "PLOS ONE" as largest megajournal [The Scholarly Kitchen] | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
The open access megajournal is a proven success, but its future may lie in the hands of commercial entities.
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La fronde des éditeurs scientifiques contre le décret du ministre Marcourt

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Le fait que cet article traitant de l'accès libre ne soit pas accessible si vous n'êtes pas abonné au journal me donne l'occasion d'une explication claire: la Presse "Grand Public" n'est pas constituée d'articles écrits par des auteurs dont le travail est financé par les pouvoirs publics. Elle ne peut vivre que des paiements effectués par ses lecteurs ou de la publicité. La Presse scientifique est achetée par les pouvoirs publics, directement ou indirectement, pour l'immense majorité. Ceux-ci paient donc deux fois: 1. pour permettre aux chercheurs d'effectuer la recherche, 2. pour la rendre accessible aux chercheurs. Aucun "business model" n'a jamais résisté à l'évolution des techniques. Qu'on le veuille ou non, les nouvelles générations de chercheurs vont communiquer en utilisant les moyens modernes dont elles disposent déjà aujourd'hui. L'Internet est gratuit et immédiat. La nécessité d'intermédiaires comme les maisons d'édition ne reposera bientôt plus que sur l'habitude paresseuse des évaluateurs de la recherche qui consiste à soi-disant "mesurer" le prestige des journaux dans lesquels les chercheurs parviennent à publier leurs travaux. L'argumentaire des éditeurs est qu'ils sont les seuls à pouvoir assurer la révision par les pairs, c'est-à-dire le contrôle de qualité, alors qu'ils confient la totalité de cette tâche à des chercheurs qui font cela gracieusement et par pur intérêt scientifique (ceux-là ont la primeur de l'information en exclusivité, ce qui ne manque pas de poser des problèmes éthiques).Dans un monde idéal, les publications scientifiques devraient être déposées sur des plateformes publiques non-commerciales, être soumises à la critique par les pairs de manière totalement ouverte, être modifiables en versions datées et numérotées successives en fonction de l'évolution des travaux de l'auteur mais également en fonction des critiques, positives autant que négatives, du monde scientifique compétent. En d'autres termes, la publication de recherche devrait reproduire exactement la méthode que les chercheurs appliquent dans les congrès scientifiques où la critique est ouverte et non-anonyme.
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Marcourt veut imposer la publicité des recherches scientifiques

Marcourt veut imposer la publicité des recherches scientifiques | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
L’objectif: imposer le libre accès aux résultats de recherche.
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Who Isn't Profiting Off the Backs of Researchers? | Myinforms

Who Isn't Profiting Off the Backs of Researchers? | Myinforms | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
ResearchGate-gate isn’t quite as catchy as other scandals, but it is something we might be hearing more about in the future.

A recent article published by Sarah Bond at Forbes encouraged researchers to remove all of their articles from the for-profit company, Academia.edu. This has led to a wave of account deletions at the site, and also at ResearchGate, two sites dueling with each other to become the “Facebook for academics.”

The issue Bond raises is this: Why should companies gener…
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On the danger of entrusting commercial companies offering services such as collecting and preserving your dearest work production: articles, while institutional repositories (IR) provide this just as well and with 'no catch'. Favor ArXiv, BioArXiv and SocArXiv as preprint platforms, and your home IR.
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ResearchGate announces $52m investment from... Goldman Sachs and Group Arnault, among others.

ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists, has announced investments from Wellcome Trust, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, and Four Rivers Group with participation from Ashton Kutcher, Groupe Arnault, Xavier Niel, and existing investors Bill Gates, Tenaya Capital, Benchmark, and Founders Fund
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I have always been betting on a takeover of RG by Big Money, some time. Now it has happened, at least partly. Let's hope it is not the beginning of a larger move. And let's cross our fingers so that the spirit remains unscathed and that access remains free of charge...
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It's the 3rd round table to rise money by RG. Actually the business model has not change so much since the beginning and especially the introduction of job offers. But according to academia.edu, which give up with a model with only foundations, we should think that it may also change soon for RG.
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Read the original on Trappist-1: "Seven temperate terrestrial planets around the nearby ultracool dwarf star" - Gillon Michaël (ULg) et al.

Nature, Vol. 542 pp. 456-460
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The famous American Association for the Advancement of Science exhorts its members: Do not 'retreat to the microscope'

The famous American Association for the Advancement of Science exhorts its members: Do not 'retreat to the microscope' | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is trying to urge its members to be vocal at a time when many feel under siege.
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‘Many researchers do not use their right to make their papers freely available online’

"Where do you find this "right"?" The dissemin.in website states: 'Many researchers do not use their right to make their papers freely available online, in addition to the paywalled version offered by traditional publishers.' Different publishers (and, for large publishers, different journals of the same publisher) have different archiving rights with regards to what the…
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Can we grasp a utopian concept and make it happen ?

Can we grasp a utopian concept and make it happen ? | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Evolution of scientific communication will need to climb three steps: 1. Universities must provide green open access to their entire research production (Green OA through repositories), making sure it is complete; 2. Universities must cancel all their subscriptions to scientific publications; 3. Universities must contribute to setting up free publicly-run publication platforms and favor open…
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L'Histoire générale de l'Afrique en 8 volumes en accès libre sur le site de l'UNESCO - en 13 langues

L'Histoire générale de l'Afrique en 8 volumes en accès libre sur le site de l'UNESCO - en 13 langues | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it

L'Histoire générale de l'Afrique est traduite en treize langues, dont trois langues africaines (fulfulde, haoussa et kiswahili). L'édition principale est disponible en anglais, arabe, chinois, espagnol, français, italien, japonais et portugais. La version abrégée est disponible en anglais, coréen, français, haoussa, kiswahili et peul

Volume I - Méthodologie et préhistoire africaine

Volume II - Afrique ancienne

Volume III - L’Afrique du VIIe au XIe siècle

Volume IV - L’Afrique du XIIe au XVIe siècle

Volume V - L’Afrique du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle

Volume VI - Le XIXe siècle jusque vers les années 1880

Volume VII - L’Afrique sous domination coloniale, 1880-1935

Volume VIII - L’Afrique depuis 1935




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Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down

Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Librarian Jeffrey Beall won’t say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.
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Beall won't say why he "unpublished" his famous list but one can find out what his real motive was: fight again open access. See it here:http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/525/514
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107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud

107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
New papers were found through investigations into previous fraud.
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Publish or perish + peer review failures : what should we think of the current publication system ?
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Rather than simply moving from “paying to read” to “paying to publish”, it’s time for a European Open Access Platform

Rather than simply moving from “paying to read” to “paying to publish”, it’s time for a European Open Access Platform | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Open access is here to stay. Massive support from academic institutions and research funders makes it the likeliest future scenario for scholarly publications, leaving only the question of how the …

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La complainte du fabricant de carrosses

La complainte du fabricant de carrosses | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
L'association des éditeurs belges (ADEB) entre en résistance contre l'avant-projet de décret de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
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Aucun « business model » n’a jamais résisté à l’évolution des techniques.

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OA journals study 2016: 65% free-to-publish

OA journals study 2016: 65% free-to-publish | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
First result from the 2016 OA APC study: of the 12,060 journals for which we have data for 2016, 7,786 are free to publish in (noted free in Crawford (2016)*, plus no publication fee (SKC team)). 3,510 or 29% have a publication fee (APC or article page processing charge, cost specified or not specified). 404…

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March for Science: reaching out for bottom-up governance

March for Science: reaching out for bottom-up governance | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Scientists, with the March for Science due to take place on 22nd April 2017, give a strong signal, that bottom-up input into policy is needed.
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22 avril: la Marche pour la Science.Tragique qu'on doive en arriver là!
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Open peer review: a real case of pure gold open Access

Open peer review: a real case of pure gold open Access | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Publishing international, scholarly and open peer-reviewed criminology articles of the highest standard from many areas of expertise
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This is an interesting experiment: free to publish and free to read, peer reviewed under the authors' own responsibility. It may seem foolish at first glance but think of it: it holds the key to THE solution. I believe public support could even help somehow in the publishing process, which appears to be completely benevolent.Now the paradigm is completely reversed and it is considering the scientific community as potentially honest for once, rather than systematically suspect of potential fraud.If this works, it is the best model so far.However, it will be successful only if evaluation takes it seriously and rewards adequately the scientists who use it.
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L'Accès Libre: remède ou poison? Science Ouverte à l'Ouest : Conférence et table ronde - Sciencesconf.org

Organisation Réseau Formadoct & Couperin à Nantes, le 3 mars à 9h30. La conférence de Bernard Rentier "L'Accès libre: remède ou poison" sera suivie d'un débat.
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oaDOI: how can I find a free-to-read Green Open Access version of a paywalled article ?

oaDOI: how can I find a free-to-read Green Open Access version of a paywalled article ? | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Most papers that are free-to-read are available thanks to “green OA” copies posted in institutional or subject repositories.  The fact these copies are available for free is fantastic because anyone can read the research, but it does present a major challenge: given the DOI of a paper, how can we find the open version among many ?
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The only way to make inflated journal subscriptions unsustainable: Mandate Green Open Access.

The only way to make inflated journal subscriptions unsustainable: Mandate Green Open Access. | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
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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Closing the data: the US government takes animal-welfare data offline

The US Department of Agriculture will no longer make lab inspection results and violations publicly available, citing privacy concerns.
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University of Calgary cancels journal subscriptions

University of Calgary cancels journal subscriptions | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Canadian institution makes move in bid to save C$1.5 million in fees
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Evolution of scientific communication will need to climb three steps:1. Universities must provide green open access to their entire research production (Green OA through repositories), making sure it is complete;2. Universities must cancel all their subscriptions to scientific publications;3. Universities must contribute to setting up free publicly-run publication platforms and favor open peer reviewing.This is the dawn of an entirely new science communication and interaction paradigm, which is mimicking on the publication scale the process followed on a smaller scale in scientific conferences.But this requires universal enforcement of this principle. Nowadays, in Calgary as in several other universities in the world, those who are taking step 2 take the risk of sacrificing their researchers' access to information. We should encourage them in this act of resistance, or even rebellion, and we should move forward all together now.Step 4: all researchers must cite only those articles that are available on line freely. The transition period will be difficult, like all transition periods, because of the scientific need to quote good relevant articles that are actually hidden behind paywalls, but after a while, it will decrease the pressure of the prestige factor and hopefully get rid of it, if human nature permits.
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On the Cutting Edge of Research: The Open Access Challenge - The EUA Bulletin
http://www.eua.be/Libraries/publications-homepage-list/eua-cde-bulletin-on-the-cutting-edge-of-research-the-open-acces...

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