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Dutch progress in Open Access

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After two decades of tough fighting, OA has definitely become the world's standard of scholarly publications, whether one likes it or not. Let's remain vigilant and keep avoiding the dangerous trap of an escalating "pay to publish" system that would be totally anti-democratic (only the richest can publish in 'posh' journals).
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The new ROARMAP is out !

The new ROARMAP is out ! | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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ROARMAP, the directory of OA policies, has been rebuilt. It is now up-to-date and accurate."A much richer database with lots of information about each policy and a full search facility to enable users to query the database in many ways. It currently has some 650+ policies recorded and classified."
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Are Gold OA Article Processing Charges (APCs) correlated with prestige and influence?

Are Gold OA Article Processing Charges (APCs) correlated with prestige and influence? | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Barely. But not always and not at all if free.
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From confidential scientific publishing to real scientific communication (The Guardian)

From confidential scientific publishing to real scientific communication (The Guardian) | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up. Writing and reviewing journal articles is part of the core business of a scientist. But it’s not an efficient way to communicate research results.
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It is high time to reconsider the entire mode of sharing scientific information. We need a radical change after 3 centuries: our old way to communicate science in prose is obsolete.
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'Open Humans' Wants To Be The Facebook Of Clinical Research

'Open Humans' Wants To Be The Facebook Of Clinical Research | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The online platform connects researchers with test subjects, and makes it easy to share data

Via Florence Piron
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The future of all science and research will be, whether one likes it or not, on such open communication and exchange platforms.

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Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer

Authors can pay open-access journal extra to get reviewed in less than 3 weeks
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Not unexpected. "Pay-to-publish" has an inherent loophole in itself and it reflects a serious ethical problem...
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Fesquet didier's curator insight, March 28, 3:57 PM

Une nouvelle évolution du business  qu'est devenu la publication scientifique. Chapeau à cet éditeur qui a préfère démissionner.

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Sébastien Jodogne and ReGlue are Free Software Award winners — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software

Free Software Foundation executive director John Sullivan announced the winners of the FSF's annual Free Software Awards at a ceremony on Saturday, March 21st, held during the LibrePlanet 2015 conference at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two awards were given: the Award for the Advancement of Free Software and the Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

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Who is Sébastien Jodogne? http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~jodogne/

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Nicolas Pettiaux's curator insight, March 27, 4:12 AM

A victory for free software, for medicine, for Belgium, for Wallonie, for Liège and its university hospital. Congratulations Sébastien and long life to your projects and successes.

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Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge « Wikimedia blog

Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge « Wikimedia blog | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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16 of the top 20 Research Journals Let Advertizing Networks Spy on Their Readers

16 of the top 20 Research Journals Let Advertizing Networks Spy on Their Readers | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Are commercial publishers wrongly selling access to openly licensed scholarly articles?

Are commercial publishers wrongly selling access to openly licensed scholarly articles? | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Ross Mounce, a postdoc at the University of Bath, recently wrote about how Elsevier charged him $31.50 for an “open access” research article licensed under a Creative Commons license.
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Two questions, at least : 1. Did the publisher violate the terms of the CC license ? 2. Can open access articles end up locked behind paywalls ?
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R.I.P. Hybrid Open Access !

R.I.P. Hybrid Open Access ! | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Legacy publishers themselves killed hybrid OA through their own carelessness. Authors, librarians, research funders and readers simply didn’t trust publishers to do hybrid OA properly, and had amassed plenty of evidence of their ineptitude. They tried to sweep the problem of a flawed and difficult system under the carpet as just ‘bumps in the road‘ to open access but actually hybrid OA was just a wrong turn all along.
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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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You may publish an Open Access Book at Cambridge University Press... if you can afford to pay 9,000€

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Pay to publish (rather than pay to read) not only has serious ethical drawbacks, but could also become an anti-democratic process.
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A review of the RCUK review of implementation of its OA policy

"Researchers appear to remain unaware of the tsunami that is occurring in scholarly communication. By centralising the payment of APCs we once again have a situation where researchers are divorced from the economic realities of publishing, in the same way libraries have traditionally been the foil between the economics of subscriptions and the access to the materials.
Bernard Rentier's insight:
The publishers' lobby, despite the high (and climbing) cost of APCs, is pushing hybrid and criticisms the "block grant" currently offered by RCUK. They claim that it is too low to support the transition to Gold OA...Another view could be that APCs above, say, £500, are not a reasonable option.
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14 bibliothèques mondiales d'art s'associent pour diffuser en ligne plus de 30 millions de documents [CLICFrance]

14 bibliothèques mondiales d'art s'associent pour diffuser en ligne plus de 30 millions de documents [CLICFrance] | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Dans un article paru le 1er avril 2015, The Art Newspaper a révélé que plus de 30 millions d'images de peintures, dessins et sculptures pourraient bientôt être disponibles sur un site Web. Ce porta...

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"The 50 shades of no": Open Science in Belgium

"The 50 shades of no": Open Science in Belgium | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Open Belgium is the yearly conference of Open Knowledge Belgium, a community Open Access Belgium joined this year. Traditionally this community is involved in open government data, open transport data, open geo data, rather than open science data. Lately, more and more synergy activities are organized to emphasize the overlap in the different open “fields”.

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Open Science session with Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, Bernard Rentier, Joe MacArthur & Brian Hole.

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Mediapart - L’Open Access : le salut des universités européennes ?

Bernard Rentier, ancien recteur de l'ULg, n’hésite pas à définir l’Open Access comme une « cause à défendre ». « Je suis intimement persuadé que l’Open Access est un outil qui, au niveau mondial, a son importance pour apporter aux populations une vraie liberté de pensée, et une vraie liberté d’accès à la rigueur scientifique » conclut-il.
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Belle référence également aux accomplissements de Paul Thirion... Méritée.
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The US National Science Foundation Pushes to Make More Research Public Faster

Most American science on education and child development is supported by taxpayers, but by the time that research makes it through peer review, much of it ends up behind academic journal paywalls.
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Pride and prejudice among scientists: being assessed through the reputation of the journals in which they are publishing, rather than on the quality of their work, they tend to give up universal readership in exchange for a posh CV. However their research is funded by public money and must be made freely available.
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The Winnower | How to block Readcube and why

The Winnower | How to block Readcube and why | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Wiley & Readcube have done something rather sneaky recently, and it’s not escaped the attention of diligent readers of the scientific literature.
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Why the Time has Come for an Open Access Foundation - Technology Blog and Community from IT Experts - ComputerworldUK.com

Why the Time has Come for an Open Access Foundation - Technology Blog and Community from IT Experts - ComputerworldUK.com | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Either individual researchers must start reading contracts in detail and learn to fight for their rights or the open access community must create some kind of central body that can draw up model contracts and is prepared to enforce them - in the courts, if necessary. It won't be easy but the moment has now come for the open access community to take this crucial next step, just as the open source community did some years ago, successfully.
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L’UNESCO se joint à l’ISSN pour créer ROAD, un répertoire des ressources scientifiques et universitaires en libre accès | Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture

L’UNESCO se joint à l’ISSN pour créer ROAD, un répertoire des ressources scientifiques et universitaires en libre accès | Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
L’UNESCO soutient le libre accès (OA), et en particulier l’accès à l’information scientifique (articles, actes de conférences et données de tout type) provenant de la recherche financée par les Etats. L’UNESCO travaille avec ses partenaires pour faire prendre conscience des bénéfices du libre accès aux chercheurs et à ceux qui détiennent l’information ou prennent des décisions. A travers son réseau de bureaux, d’instituts et de centres à l’échelle mondiale, l’UNESCO facilite la mise en place et l’adoption de politiques de libre accès. De plus, l’UNESCO participe au débat mondial sur le libre accès et collabore avec des initiatives locales, régionales et mondiales de défense du libre accès.
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US Gvt : Plans to make scientific research more public

US Gvt : Plans to make scientific research more public | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has described the process where the National Institutes of Health and related agencies will make scientific research results public.

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Open Science: Beyond free access

Open Science: Beyond free access | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Universal sharing will transform the whole Research & Science landscape soon... Better be prepared.
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