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700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

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Download 700 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device.
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Hate journal impact factors? New study gives you one more reason

Hate journal impact factors? New study gives you one more reason | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Analysis finds citation rankings can be very misleading
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No kidding ?! We've been saying it for years !!!Depuis le temps qu'on vous le dit, nom d'une pipe !!!
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Elsevier Acquires Laboratory Data Management Tool Hivebench

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Don't you worry, your trusted friend Elsevier is going to take good care of your data. Just trying to help.
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OpenAIRE survey on open peer review: Attitudes and experience amongst editors, authors and reviewers

OpenAIRE survey on open peer review: Attitudes and experience amongst editors, authors and reviewers | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Open peer review (OPR) is a cornerstone of the emergent Open Science agenda. Yet to date no large-scale survey of attitudes towards OPR amongst academic editors, authors, reviewers and publishers has been undertaken. This paper presents the findings of an online survey, conducted for the OpenAIRE2020 project during September and October 2016 that sought to bridge this information gap in order to aid the development of appropriate OPR approaches by providing evidence about attitudes towards and levels of experience with OPR. The results of this cross-disciplinary survey, which received 3,062 full responses, show the majority of respondents to be in favour of OPR becoming mainstream scholarly practice, as they also are for other areas of Open Science, like Open Access and Open Data. We also observe surprisingly high levels of experience with OPR, with three out of four (76.2%) respondents reporting having taken part in an OPR process as author, reviewer or editor. There were also high levels of support for most of the traits of OPR, particularly open interaction, open reports and final-version commenting. Respondents were against opening reviewer identities to authors, however, with more than half believing it would make peer review worse. Overall satisfaction with the peer review system used by scholarly journals seems to strongly vary across disciplines. Taken together, these findings are very encouraging for OPR’s prospects for moving mainstream but indicate that due care must be taken to avoid a “one-size fits all” solution and to tailor such systems to differing (especially disciplinary) contexts. More research is also needed. OPR is an evolving phenomenon and hence future studies are to be encouraged, especially to further explore differences between disciplines and monitor the evolution of attitudes. Note: This report is a pre-print of an article intended for peer-reviewed publication. The authors gratefully invite comments until 22 May 2017 on the OpenAIRE blog (https://blogs.openaire.eu/?p=1895) - please leave any reviews/comments in the comments section at the foot of the page. All feedback will be gratefully received.
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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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If open access were the default for scholarly communication, cases like Diego’s would become obsolete.
Science is a public good.
Knowledge is a human right.

If open access were the default for scholarly communication, cases like Diego’s would become obsolete.<br/>Science is a public good.<br/>Knowledge is a human right. | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Diego Gomez, a Colombian graduate student, currently faces up to eight years in prison for doing something thousands of researchers do every day: posting research results online for those who would not otherwise have a way to access them.
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Diego is facing 8 years in a Colombian jail and a 300k$-plus fine for sharing one single research article on line. Let's sign the petition worldwide to support him.
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Peer review, preprints and the speed of science

Peer review, preprints and the speed of science | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Stephen Curry: Peer review, supposedly the guarantor of the quality of scientific papers, is in trouble. Preprints offer a way out
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EC survey on rewards, education and skills for Open Science now open - EUA

EC survey on rewards, education and skills for Open Science now open - EUA | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
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How does your institution value Open Science ? Which incentives and reward mechanisms does it implement, if any ? If not, is there a strategic plan on Open Science institutional support ?
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La Commission européenne aurait décidé de créer sa propre plate-forme de publication en OA

La Commission européenne aurait décidé de créer sa propre plate-forme de publication en OA | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Association des responsables IST des organismes de recherche
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Si cela se vérifie, j'en suis ravi car je plaide depuis longtemps pour la création d'une telle plate-forme.
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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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