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Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications - Nature.com

Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications - Nature.com | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Researchers opt to limit uses of open-access publications Nature.com Advocates of open access say this shows that researchers don't understand how publishing licences affect 'open' research papers, and that more work needs to be done to explain why...
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Understanding Open Licensing - Free online workshop, Feb 19th - 22nd 2013

Understanding Open Licensing - Free online workshop, Feb 19th - 22nd 2013 | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
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Yet another Open Access inquiry | Open Science Working Group

Yet another Open Access inquiry | Open Science Working Group | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Hot on the heels of the recent House of Lords inquiry, there is also a separate Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Committee inquiry into the new Research Councils UK open access mandate focusing on economic aspects.
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How librarians can help widen access to research – live chat round-up

How librarians can help widen access to research – live chat round-up | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
From access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research

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After Ten Years of Publishing, What's Next for PLOS? | PLOS

In 2000, to address a lack of access to the majority of scientific research published behind paywalls, our founders shook up the academic science establishment with an Open Access petition.
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Palgrave Macmillan Announces Open Access Option for Monographs - The Herald | HeraldOnline.com

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From today, Palgrave Macmillan will offer authors and their funders the option to publish open access (OA) research across all publication formats.
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Historians warn minister: hands off our academic freedoms

Historians warn minister: hands off our academic freedoms | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
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"The way peer review works is that you submit your work to anonymous assessors who are specialists in your field and they make their judgment on whether it will be published. If you do it inside your university it is not anonymous" - what is Professor Mandler talking about???? Even if OA mandates/funds direct academics to publish in certain OA journals, peer review isn't carried out internally, is it???

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Copyright makes little sense for academic publishing… for academics - ed carr

Copyright makes little sense for academic publishing… for academics - ed carr | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
But what the document leaves vague is the fact this is not a voluntary transfer – the journal will not publish an article without such an agreement, and without publications the typical academic will have a pretty short career.
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Those who publish research behind paywalls are victims not perpetrators - The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog) Those who publish research behind paywalls are victims not perpetrators The Guardian (blog) Last week, Mike Taylor eviscerated scientists for "hiding" their work in traditional journals that can only be read by taking out a...
Rachel Playforth's insight:

Interesting riposte to Mike Taylor - but does it miss the point that I thought Mike was (deliberately provocatively) trying to make?: that the power to change things IS in the hands of scientists/researchers.

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Not just an Academic question: Why Open Access matters for public libraries

Not just an Academic question: Why Open Access matters for public libraries | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
I've been thinking about writing a post on Open Access for a while. The recent tragic death of Aaron Swartz … Continue reading »
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Implementing strategies to encourage deposit - Storify from @reposupport webinar

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Graham Parton's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:30 AM

I've had a listen and there are some good points to lift from this webinar that we could apply to our own curation activities to do with our engagement with our communities to get them to be more responsive in data deposition. However, we're slighlty differnet to the repository that is mentioned here by the virtue of are target audience is well defined and are subject matter is the data that are produced by said community.

 

The good news is that we're already doing some work towards the ideas discussed in this webinar - we're making it easier for people to link their articles to the underlying data through DOI-ed datasets and better dataset citations; we're have and continue to look at the seminars, conferences and workshops that we can use to engage with our community; and, increasingly, we're also using social media to get our message accross.

 

The bad news is that for us and the data that we're dealing with it is often more complex than the sort of repository mentioned in this webinar. Setting up mechanisms to deal with the tens of millions of data files in our archive and controlling the associated metadata catalogues isn't easy.. it has to be somewhat automated, which relies on adoption of standards within the community. Unfortuntely this has, historically, led to fewer deposits being made as people have to go the extra step to get things ready, but hopefully as people become more and more used to these standards and the benefits associated with them this will deminish as a potential blocker. 

 

It is, at the end of the day, about those magic carrots though..

 

So, our story is, at present, about the diversification into new "carrot" varities - some of which are coming on nicely (like our reputaton within our communities and that our good services mean more know of us through word of mouth), while others are waiting to be planted out and urged to grow (like our DOI-ing of metadata, linking up these DOIs with journals, dedicated data journals for people to get academic credit for the work they put into their data publishing and do on). 

 

Lets hope the community likes carrots and that we can bring in a good harvest! :0)

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Hiding your research behind a paywall is immoral

Hiding your research behind a paywall is immoral | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Mike Taylor: As a scientist your job is to bring new knowledge into the world. Hiding it behind a journal's paywall is unacceptable
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2012 in Review: Set the Default to Open Access › Hybrid Publishing ...

2012 in Review: Set the Default to Open Access › Hybrid Publishing ... | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
It has been another awesome year for the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to academic articles - Open Access ... ...
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RCUK takes open-access green targets off fast track - Times Higher Education

RCUK takes open-access green targets off fast track Times Higher Education At a hearing last week of the Lords Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into open access, Rick Rylance, chair of RCUK, said that during the five-year transition...
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Three Things Students Can Do Now to Promote Open Access ...

Three Things Students Can Do Now to Promote Open Access ... | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
The open access movement is a long-standing campaign in the world of research to make scholarly works freely available and reusable. One of its fundamental premises is that the progress of knowledge and culture happens ...
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US Department of State Unveils Open Book Project - Creative Commons

US Department of State Unveils Open Book Project - Creative Commons | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
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Research councils' 'green' open-access policy 'will not be enforced' - Times Higher Education

Research councils' 'green' open-access policy 'will not be enforced' Times Higher Education The policy, due to come in on April 1, states that compliant journals must either offer a gold open-access option (whereby an author can pay to make their...
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Willetts' open access reforms: what will it mean for academics? – open thread - The Guardian (blog)

Willetts' open access reforms: what will it mean for academics? – open thread - The Guardian (blog) | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Willetts' open access reforms: what will it mean for academics?
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World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing - The Conversation

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Sydney Morning Herald World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing The Conversation Activists pushing for free, open access to academic papers will eventually defeat publishers who seek to lock scholarly findings behind...
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Open access plans are 'attack on academic freedoms' - Telegraph.co.uk

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Telegraph.co.uk Open access plans are 'attack on academic freedoms' Telegraph.co.uk Under proposals backed by David Willetts, the universities minister, publicly funded research will shift to an "open access" model by 2014, allowing anyone in the...
Rachel Playforth's insight:

'the decision on when and where to publish new research will rest with university bosses and not academics themselves' - would be very interested to hear if this is really the case at unis that already administer OA funds/APCs.

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Academic Publisher Unveils New Journal Which Prevents All Access to Its Content - Huffington Post (satire)

Academic Publisher Unveils New Journal Which Prevents All Access to Its Content - Huffington Post (satire) | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Academic Publisher Unveils New Journal Which Prevents All Access to Its Content
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Some academic publishers are gradually giving in to these demands and are now offering "open access" publishing.
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Open Access – a moral case? | Open Science

Open Access – a moral case? | Open Science | Open is mightier | Scoop.it
Should we consider the question of open access publishing as an ethical issue? Can we argue that the choice of one form of publication over the other is a moral decision? These are the very questions, which motivate Dr.
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