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Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Companies shouldn't make millions from the free labor of professors.
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Here is an aspect of the scientific publishing scandal much too often forgotten. Flattered of being solicited to evaluate the work of their “peers”, scientists offer their expertise for free to publishing houses who keep all the (often substantial) profit. Blame the scientists themselves who claim they are serving science while they are satisfying their ego and taking advantage of having an early access to the work of their competitors.If, as publishers keep telling us, all work deserves remuneration, they seem to make an exception for the peer review, which should be rewarded. But it it time also to think about a reform of the peer review taboo system which should become open and no longer anonymous.
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Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms to democratize knowledge

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UNESCO: A new momentum is emerging in the dissemination of scientific knowledge worldwide.
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I am thrilled. For several years now, I have been claiming that the salvation of scholarly communication lies in a proposal by an international public body controlling one or more publication platforms. Could this be the announcement of the realization of the dream...?
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Sci-hub blocked for subscribers to one of the four major French Internet service providers by decision of a Paris court.

Sci-hub blocked for subscribers to one of the four major French Internet service providers by decision of a Paris court. | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Un tribunal français a obligé les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet à bloquer le site Sci-hub qui permet un accès libre aux publications scientifiques. Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire ?
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The two conclusion paragraphs are very wise ! Although Sci-hub's initiative is generous in principle, it is still piracy. On the one hand, this does not challenge the traditional model and on the other hand it hinders the development of legal alternatives.
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New, powerfully simple library tool to deliver articles. No subscription needed.

Giving libraries a powerfully simple tool to delight patrons, deliver articles, and cut costs while advancing Open.
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Lost Knowledge: Open Science is One Solution to Hidden Data

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The progress of science depends on how we preserve and share what we know.
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« Sustaining the knowledge we have gained is hard. As stakeholders, we have to take knowledge seriously. We have to value it, preserve it and pass it down like our future depends on it. Because it does. » Kay Dickinsin
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Big Deal Cancellation Tracking

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Much like the millions of consumers who have chosen to “cut the cord”, a growing number of libraries are electing to critically appraise “big deals” by assessing their collections, the value for money they are receiving from these packages, and how they might more strategically spend their finite collections resources.
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Introducing ’s first computationally reproducible article

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Blending the traditional manuscript with live code, data and interactive figures, we showcase a new way for researchers to tell their full story.
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One of the first structured attempts to change not only the publication procedure but really the way to put research in shape for a thorough and meaningful communication. The way to go.
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Reliable novelty: New should not trump true

This Perspective article asserts that the most prestigious journals publish the least reliable science, and asks how long we can afford to reward scientists for publishing there.
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« Replacing the legacy journals with a modern information infrastructure that is governed by scholars ».
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Open Access for New Researchers

This presentation introduces Open Access publishing and describes why it may be of particular interest to researchers at the beginning of their careers. Text...
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10 ans d'Open Access à l'Université de Liège, qu’en pensent les chercheurs ?

Il y a 10 ans naissait ORBi (Open Repository and Bibliography), un répertoire institutionnel qui vise à collecter, préserver et diffuser la productio
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6000 images archéologiques de la Syrie en libre accès – Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo)

6000 images archéologiques de la Syrie en libre accès – Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
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What does the recently revisited Belgian copyright law for scholarly publications say, actually ?

What does the recently revisited Belgian copyright law for scholarly publications say, actually ? | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
My previous blog post triggered a lot of interpretations on the actual content, extend and meaning of the amendments to the Belgian copyright law. The best response is the actual text, translated here. Art. 29. In article XI.196 [of the Code of economic law], inserted by the law of 19 April 2014, a paragraph 2/1…
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Open Science Means Open Source--Or, at Least, It Should | Linux Journal

Open Science Means Open Source--Or, at Least, It Should | Linux Journal | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
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The Public Necessity of Student Blogging

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This article was borne out of my frustration, admittedly with both my own practice and that of my colleagues, in asking students to produce work only to have it locked away for a limited audience, mostly the marker but occasionally small groups of fellow students. We have the technical capabilities and infrastructure to push student work into the world

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Very much agree with this well argued piece.

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La liberté de savoir: un enjeu universel – Daily Science

La liberté de savoir: un enjeu universel – Daily Science | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
CARTE BLANCHE par Bernard Rentier, Recteur honoraire de l’Université de Liège, membre de l’Académie royale de Belgique. « L’accès à la connaissance est un droit humain fondamental, en tant que corollaire du droit à l’éducation reconnu par le Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (PIDESC) adopté par l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU le 16 décembre 1966. Ce pacte international, vieux de plus de 50 ans mettait en application l’article 26 de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme. Ceci étant établi, il est évident qu’aucune barrière, ni technique ni financière, ne peut priver quiconque de cet accès au savoir. »
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Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador Training #2: « Open Access » by Bernard Rentier - Save the date: March 21, 2019, 17:00 CET.

Webinar #2 of the Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador Training with Bernard Rentier (University of Liège) and Gareth O'Neill (Eurodoc) on Open Access on 21 March...
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A 21st Century Solution to the Serials Crisis: Free white paper

How centralization of journals led to the serials crisis and why democratizing digital journal publishing using services is the key to fixing it
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University of California break with Elsevier tipped to boost ‘global revolt’

Times Higher Education just published an article about the latest in the ongoing ‘Elsevier versus everyone else’ saga. It contains a quote from me, so I decided to post my full unedited response to Ellie, the writer, here for full transparency (with permission). Her questions are in italics, and my responses in normal text.
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UC terminates subscriptions with Elsevier

“Make no mistake: The prices of scientific journals now are so high that not a single university in the U.S. — not the University of California, not Harvard, no institution — can afford to subscribe to them all,”
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When you publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, who owns the full copyrights?

When you publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, who owns the full copyrights? | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
When you decide to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, you own the full copyrights to that article. If you publish in an open access journal, you retain your full copyrights. However, if you choose to publish in a traditional subscription access journal, you will be required to sign a form transferring some – or all – of your copyrights to that publisher. That doesn’t have to be the end of the story. When you sign a copyright transfer form, you can decide which rights you want to keep, and which you want to give away. Understanding the effect of fully exercising the rights you have as an author can help you make educated choices about the publishing outlets you choose to submit work to. SPARC provides a full set of resources to help you learn more about your rights as an author, and the tools that are available to help you effectively manage your copyrights.
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A proposal for the future of scientific publishing in the life sciences

This Perspective article proposes new practices for scientific publishing that align better with today's digital environment than do legacy practices.
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The time has come to propose concrete, constructive and operational solutions that respond in an innovative way to the real needs of the research community.
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Elsevier journal editors resign, start rival open-access journal

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Following in the footsteps of linguistics journal Lingua, the editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics has resigned and launched a rival journal that will be free for all to read.
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After Lingua->Glossa, now J. Informetrics->Quantitative Science Studies. Here is another constructive boycott motivated by the refusal to open up, a conservative stance that will soon become a rearguard fight. In their response, Elsevier said that they offer unrestricted access to some journal data, but they are not willing to make journal article reference lists available for free.
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Why the term 'Article Processing Charge' (APC) is misleading

Why the term 'Article Processing Charge' (APC) is misleading | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
it is clear that APCs cover both the direct processing costs, and the indirect costs of running the entire publishing business. Therefore, the term APC is itself misleading.
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Mais quel est donc le statut du Plan S ?

Mais quel est donc le statut du Plan S ? | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Le Plan S n'est pas une loi. Et encore moins une directive européenne en attente de transposition en droit national ou fédéral. Le Plan S est un engagement pris par et parmi des bailleurs de fonds réunis au sein d'un groupe appelé cOAlition S, afin d'harmoniser les critères qu'ils veulent utiliser pour…
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A small change for a law, a giant leap for knowledge sharing

A small change for a law, a giant leap for knowledge sharing | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Having been released at the same time as the first announcement of Plan S, a very important modification of the Belgian copyright law has gone somewhat unnoticed and it should not have! It is indeed a major groundbreaker in the open access to public research communication. The law now allows authors of publicly funded research…
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Débat : L’« open science », une expression floue et ambiguë

Débat : L’« open science », une expression floue et ambiguë | Open-Up Public Science! | Scoop.it
Qu’est-ce que la « science ouverte » ? En quoi la science actuelle est elle « fermée » et que recouvre l’expression « ouvrir la science » comme l’indique le slogan des journées ?
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