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EU Opens Up Access to Scientific Research

EU Opens Up Access to Scientific Research | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
New scientific research must be published for free online, the vice-president of the European Commission said, in a move designed to increase the knowledge pool open to small business and lead to more innovative products.
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All scientists receiving European Union funding will have to publish their results in an open-access format, Neelie Kroes, the commissioner responsible for Europe’s digital agenda, said Monday in Stockholm.  Ms. Kroes also  launched the global Research Data Alliance — a group committed to pooling and co-ordinating scientific data so it can be shared better.

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Les éditeurs scientifiques « for profit » accélèrent leur conversion à l’Open Access Gold : quelles visées stratégiques sous-jacentes ?

"Après une période d’hésitations stratégiques plus ou moins longue, tous les grands éditeurs ont maintenant défini des stratégies de basculement de leur modèle économique dans le Gold Open Access. Si la dynamique actuelle se poursuit, et c’est l’hypothèse la plus probable, on peut raisonnablement penser qu’à un horizon de 10 ans le modèle économique basé sur l’abonnement sera devenu secondaire.""Le « portage » des marges et des revenus dans le nouveau modèle économique du Gold OA ne va pas de soi : le Gold Open Access fait apparaître clairement que l’activité d’édition scientifique est une activité de prestation dans le cadre de laquelle il sera plus difficile de justifier des marges opérationnelles de 35% comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui chez Springer, Elsevier, Wiley ou Taylor & Francis. Le Gold OA est intrinsèquement porteur d’une exigence de transparence sur la structure des coûts de l’édition scientifique. Cette transparence devrait pouvoir profiter aux communautés de chercheurs publiant."
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ORBi: A leap forward in the Webometrics ranking

"The release of the January 2015 Webometrics Open Access repository rankings sees ORBi ranked in 26th position globally out of 2158 repositories, all categories combined.

A jump of over 30 places which is not due to luck but which is the result of, amongst other things, referencing work carried out with Google and Google Scholar and which has allowed us to significantly increase our visibility on the Web!"

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The strong Green OA mandate policy at the ULg is clearly a determining factor.

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Self-archived articles receive higher citation counts than non-OA articles from same political science journals.

Self-archived articles receive higher citation counts than non-OA articles from same political science journals. | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The low level of research funding for the social sciences in the US is likely to have a direct and negative effect on researchers' ability to pay the article processing charges associated with the ...

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« Nature » se marie : une bonne affaire pour les chercheurs ?

« Nature » se marie : une bonne affaire pour les chercheurs ? | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Mi-janvier, le Britannique Holtzbrinck Publishing Group et l’Allemand BC Partners, ont annoncé la fusion d’une bonne partie de leurs activités. Le nouveau géant de l’édition scientifique qui devrai...
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Une version un peu étendue dans Daily Science de l'article de l'Echo.
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Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access | Jisc

Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access | Jisc | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially here in the UK.
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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.
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Plus de 500 publications de l’Académie Royale accessibles gratuitement dans les collections numérisées de l'ULg

Plus de 500 publications de l’Académie Royale accessibles gratuitement dans les collections numérisées de l'ULg | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access

Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Institutions ‘unbending’ on fee-free demand as talks with Elsevier resume
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Canal C2 video: Bernard Rentier & Paul Thirion (ULg) à Strasbourg "Un savoir enfermé est un savoir stérile"

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Les diapos de présentation : http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/173665

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Open access and the direction of travel in scholarly publishing

Open access and the direction of travel in scholarly publishing | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Recent moves by established journals to make research papers freely available signpost the direction of travel in academic publishing
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Nice update on the State of the Art about OA
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PASTEUR4OA et l'Accès Libre en Europe

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Le contexte : En juillet 2012, la Commission Européenne (C.E.) a publié la recommandation aux États Membres de développer et mettre en œuvre une politique et des stratégies qui garantissent l'accès...
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This is real life: Erin McKiernan "My experiences with open access publishing as an early-career researcher"

My experiences with open access publishing as an early-career researcher
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Yes, real life of a researcher facing real problems of access. Improving science level worldwide is possible: it takes universal Open Access. Now!
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Let Elsevier Go: The potential savings from cancelling journal subscriptions would cover the Open Access transition.

Let Elsevier Go: The potential savings from cancelling journal subscriptions would cover the Open Access transition. | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Dutch universities recently took a stand against publisher Elsevier following failed negotiations over subscription costs. As universities and library budgets worldwide look to transition to open a...
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation adopts a strong Open Access Policy

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"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+)

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Open Science: Beyond free access

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Universal sharing will transform the whole Research & Science landscape soon... Better be prepared.
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"Freedom is absolutely necessary for scientific progress" - European Commission

"Freedom is absolutely necessary for scientific progress" (Carlos Moedas - Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation)

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UC Press Launches New Open Access Publications

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UC Berkeley’s publishing house, UC Press, has announced the launch of two new publications, Collabra and Luminos. Collabra will publish academic articles across many academic disciplines including the life, environmental, social and behavioral sciences. Luminos will publish monographs across all fields of study. As the UC Press website indicates, the publications will “not only [share] the research but also the value created by the academic community.”

With low up-front APCs [Article Processing Charges], a sponsorship fund for authors unable to pay, and sharing actual revenue with editors and reviewers, Collabra builds a fair and welcoming ecosystem. (Collabra Website)

Luminos is also based on an innovative publishing model:

[It] shares the cost burden of publishing in manageable amounts across the academic community. For each title, UC Press makes a significant contribution, augmented by membership funds from supporting libraries. Authors will then be asked to secure a title publication fee to cover the remaining costs. Additional revenue from supporting libraries and print sales will help to support an author waiver fund. (UCSD Library Blog)

The publication of the two initiatives coincides with a well needed push towards greater access and openness in academic publishing and will hopefully increase the benefits of the public goods provided by researchers and their affiliated academic institutions.


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La publication scientifique gratuite ou pas?

La publication scientifique gratuite ou pas? | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Après la fusion du célébrissime magazine 'Nature' et de 'Springer Science', la question de l'accès libre aux recherches scientifiques se pose plus que jamais.
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Beyond the Buck: An Expanded Vision for Open Access (Text Version)

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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.
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2014 Dramatic Growth of Open Access: 30 indicators of growth beyond the ordinary

"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."
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"La communication scientifique à la croisée des chemins : Enjeux et stratégies institutionnels".

Bernard Rentier & Paul Thirion - Canal C2 Strasbourg - video

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Les diapos de présentation : http://hdl.handle.net/2268/173664

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Une présentation des enjeux de la communication scientifique et du rôle des revues aujourd'hui par les deux artisans de la célèbre archive institutionnelle de l'université de Liège.

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les abonnements coutent l'equivalent d'une porche chaque 10jours!

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[GOAL] Re: What would be the implications of a 'gold' Open Access REF policy?

An overview by Stevan Harnad
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The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes

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.
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UK government embraces new open data standard

UK government embraces new open data standard | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The Open Contracting Data Standard aims to cut corruption in UK government contracts
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