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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

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation adopts a strong Open Access Policy | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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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 access in South Africa: A case study and reflections | South African Journal of Science

Open access in South Africa: A case study and reflections | South African Journal of Science | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
In this paper, we locate open access in the South African higher education research context where it is, distinctively, not shaped by the policy frameworks that are profoundly changing research dissemination behaviour in other parts of the world. We define open access and account for its rise by two quite different routes. We then present a case study of journal publishing at one South African university to identify existing journal publishing practices in terms of open access.
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How much does the documentation cost for universities ? - FOIs to UK universities

Journal subscription costs - FOIs to UK universities
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Why it has become unsustainable.
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Hundreds of open access journals accept fake science paper

Hundreds of open access journals accept fake science paper | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Publishing hoax exposes 'wild west' world of open access journals and raises concerns about poor quality control
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Interesting. Two remarks:1. I agree with Paul Peters that "a more valuable study would have included some sense of whether traditional journals have a similar quality control issue" [and] "that the scam reflects a weakness in peer review, [and not only] a flaw in the gold open access model".Finally, I would add that the PLoS model of Gold OA is the good one, that I hope it will remain the good one and resist all temptations by Big Money, and that a lot of Gold OA formulas have been designed that are blurring the picture. So far, GO FOR GREEN !
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Why Experts Reject Creativity

People think they like creativity. But teachers, scientists, and executives are biased against new ways of thinking.

Knowledge doesn’t just turn us into critical thinkers. It maybe turns us into over-critical thinkers.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, November 1, 2014 12:07 PM
and even more dangerous, professional evaluators, particularly in a harsh financial environment reject anything that is not in their own field....
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Open access: six myths to put to rest

Open access: six myths to put to rest | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says Peter Suber

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See also: http://bernardrentier.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/the-success-of-open-access-is-revealing-new-dangers-the-fight-isnt-over-yet/

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The success of Open Access is revealing new dangers. The fight isn't over yet.

The success of Open Access is revealing new dangers. The fight isn't over yet. | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

"It is the major danger for OA to loose the battle after all: setting the ground for its own perversion..."

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Fesquet didier's comment, October 26, 2014 4:21 AM
La section 60 du CNU s'illustre par sa bêtise . Étonnant de la part d'universitaire:-)
Pilar Toro's curator insight, November 12, 2014 3:35 AM

Stevan Harnard has alerted about this danger long time ago. He uses a very graphic term for hybrid journals: Fools Gold. What can we do? Among other things, We should follow the recommendations given by BOAI10: "We remind researchers that they need not work as authors, editors, or referees for publishers who act against their interests."

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Research Is Just the Beginning: A Free People Must Have Open Access to the Law

The open access movement has historically focused on access to scholarly research, and understandably so. The knowledge commons should be shared with and used by the public, especially when the public helped create it.

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Open Access Does NOT equal You, the Author, Paying

Open Access Does NOT equal You, the Author, Paying | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

Another lie : "Open Access hurts young scholars, people from poor countries, people not working in Universities, and those in poor disciplines, like Archaeology, etc. etc. etc. because they can't afford paying $2,000, $3,000, $10,000 to get published in OA publications".

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Indeed, there is a terrible confusion about "Gold Open Access" and "the author pays" OA, supported by those who wish to make as much money with Open Access (since it is from now on inevitable) as with the classical publication paradigm.

"Gold" is a dream: pay neither to publish nor to read.

"Fair Gold" is : pay to publish, but a reasonable price ($ 500 at the most).

But in the mean time and immediately, go for Green !

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Major international associations join together to underscore their support for immediate open access to research articles

Major international associations join together to underscore their support for immediate open access to research articles | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
COAR Statement about embargo periods.SignatoriesCOAR: Confederation of Open Access RepositoriesEIFL: Electronic Information for LibrariesLIBER: Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research LibrariesNational Science Library, Chinese Academy of SciencesOpenAIRE: Open Access Infrastructure for Research in EuropeSPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources CoalitionElectronic Frontier Foundation, USAResearch Libraries of the United KingdomCoaliton for Action “Copyright for Education and Research” (Aktionsbündnis “Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft”), GermanyAustralian National UniversityAOASG: Australian Open Access Support GroupINRIA: Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique, FranceNEREUS: Network of European Libraries in Economics and Social SciencesCarnegie Mellon University, USAAssociation of Southeastern Research Libraries, USASPARC EuropeCLASCO: Latin America Council of Social Sciences
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PlantVillage solves crop problems by democratizing science-based knowledge | Penn State University

PlantVillage solves crop problems by democratizing science-based knowledge | Penn State University | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
David Hughes understands the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income.
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Quote: "All knowledge that helps people grow food should be openly accessible to anyone on the planet."
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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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Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone?

Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone? | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Scholarly articles, filled with indubitable knowledge and analysis, only exist for the general public behind pricey paywalls. So one lecturer is advocating for them to be free of charge.
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L'incroyable bourde des universités françaises : elles paieront 2 fois leurs publications chez Elsevier

Rue89 explique le "deal"
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Une maladresse qui coûte cher: 172 millions d'€... Il ne faut pas négocier.Les universités des Pays-Bas ont rejeté le deal. Il faut les suivre. Aujourd'hui la France a les menottes aux poings pour 5 ans.Seul un boycott nous protégera de cette exploitation éhontée.
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Fesquet didier's comment, November 11, 2014 6:40 AM
Oui, il faut suivre l'exemple des pays bas...nous produisons le contenu..et ils font des marges outrancières sur notre dos
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Une somme colossale si on compare aux 300m d'euros qui arrivent à la paillasse dans les labos...

Nicolas Pettiaux's curator insight, March 27, 3:47 AM

Sans doute encore une erreur magistrale qui va couter des fortunes, entrainer une dépendance du monde de la recherche aux intérêts privés et handicaper le financement de la recherche indépendante à hauteur de près de 40 M€ par an pendant 5 ans. Une seule solution : le byocott et un suivi parlementaire complet et public de cette question d'importance vitale. Oui des vies humaines en dépendent.

 

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The Dutch Universities held firm in their negotiations with Elsevier. We should all support them.

"In line with the policy pursued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the universities want academic publications to be freely accessible."
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Great move! It is ironic that the Dutch are leading the resistance! Too bad the French missed the opportunity altogether and are satisfied with a price reduction...: http://scoms.hypotheses.org/293
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L’Open Access a 10 anni dalla Dichiarazione di Messina 2004-2014, Messina, 3 e 4 novembre 2014

L’Open Access a 10 anni dalla Dichiarazione di Messina 2004-2014, Messina, 3 e 4 novembre 2014 | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it

10th anniversary of the Messina Declaration on Open Access

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I shall participate and I'll present the ULg-ORBi model of Green Open Access

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Spain's big step backwards

Spain's big step backwards | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
Apparently ignoring just how badly this worked out for publishers in Germany, the Spanish Parliament has passed a law to fine aggregators and search engines for using snippets or linking to infringing content. As plenty of folks have described, the...
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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, November 1, 2014 12:12 PM
curators are also aggregators... a useful action to select a few significant papers among the thousands published every day!
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Open Access: free ‘from having to sell’

Open Access: free ‘from having to sell’ | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
The economics of scholarly publishing are incredibly tangled. Even Harvard University cannot afford all the material that its researchers need to conduct their
Bernard Rentier's insight:
I couldn't agree more. This is exactly what I am trying to express in every lecture I give these days...- "academics should not have to produce research that would sell"- we, scholars, are guilty to have "outsourced publication to entities that were reliant on the market for their income"- "we now can’t afford to buy back the work that our colleagues produced and gave away, supposedly free from the market"- "Many humanities academics are surprised to find that the vast majority of journals allow authors to post a copy of their articles freely online in their institution’s repositories. This is called ‘green OA’ and you should do it. Right now. It will increase your readership and doesn’t require you to change your choice of publication venue. You will help students and fellow researchers alike."- "Academics operate within a field of symbolic capital (prestige) that encourages conservatism in their selection of publication venue"- "While there is certainly labour in publishing that must be remunerated, it is probable that we could do this in a better way than through sales"- "Let us [...] think through the ways in which we might return to the roots of scholarly freedom to write and to be read, instead of to sell"
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Guest speaker this morning at Open Access (OA) Seminar for Research administrators at Aarhus University

The overall objective for the Open Access Seminar for Research Administrators at Aarhus University is to focus on Open Access and give a broader and more nuanced insight into this politically complicated area.

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I shall contribute with: "University perspective – what does it take to handle the new challenges at institutional level ?".

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The Access Gap at the Research Growth Tip - Open Access Archivangelism

The Access Gap at the Research Growth Tip - Open Access Archivangelism | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers
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La semaine du Libre Accès, c'est cette semaine. Open Access Week. ORBi-News

La semaine du Libre Accès, c'est cette semaine. Open Access Week. ORBi-News | Open Access to Scholarly Publishing | Scoop.it
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De très nombreux événements de sensibilisation partout dans le monde... Le Mouvement avance.
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