"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+)
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.
Publishing hoax exposes 'wild west' world of open access journals and raises concerns about poor quality control
Bernard Rentier's insight:
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 !
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.
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, $10,000 to get published in OA publications".
Bernard Rentier's insight:
Indeed, there is a terrible confusion about "Gold Open Access" and "the author pays" OA, supported by those who wish to make as much money with Open Access (since it is from now on inevitable) as with the classical publication paradigm.
"Gold" is a dream: pay neither to publish nor to read.
"Fair Gold" is : pay to publish, but a reasonable price ($ 500 at the most).
But in the mean time and immediately, go for Green !
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
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.
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.
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...
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"
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.
Bernard Rentier's insight:
I shall contribute with: "University perspective – what does it take to handle the new challenges at institutional level ?".
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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