The Vienna University of Technology (TU) signed a contract with the publisher Elsevier. This allows researchers to publish Open Access free of charge.
The Forschungszentrum Jülich and Frontiers signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a German Consortium with the Open Access publisher Frontiers.
A contract study on the qualitative perception of Open Access was completed at the end of last year. The study was carried out as part of the third-party funded project visOA: Making Open Access publications visible in the holdings of a library, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and conducted by the […]
Project completed: A bibliometric study on Open Access publications. It was based on the analysis of the publication output of the University of Applied Sciences of Saarland using various own evaluations as well as analyses of commercial databases. The tools used were mainly Excel and openrefine, which made the automatic enrichment of the data much […]
Gernot Deinzer (University of Regensburg) and I recently published an article on Predatory Publishing and academic libraries. The so-called Predatory Publishers are publishing any content with applying any form Peer Review against payment of a (mostly small) fee. The results of this practice are often referred to as Fake Publications or Junk Publications – whereby […]
Yesterday two related items were published in Zenodo’s Open Access & Open Science Research Community: Open Research Data: SNSF monitoring report 2017-2018 Abstract: The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) introduced its policy on Open Research Data (ORD) in 2017. This monitoring report gives an overview of the first experiences and provides an analysis of the adherence […]
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a non-profit Open Access platform that publishes quality-checked Open Access journals focusing on the social sciences and humanities. The highlight: Journals published via OLH do not require authors to pay publication fees in the form of Article Processing Charges (APC). Financing is given by grants from libraries. The […]
A recent article in the Washington Post suggested that the shadow library Sci-Hub was using phishing to gain access to scientific publication services and then distribute their content, bypassing copyright. Moreover, the suspicion is raised that Sci-Hub and its operators collaborated with the Russian secret service. More about this in a Telepolis article (in German […]
As the Open Access publication service F1000Research announced on January 10th it was acquired by one of the largest publishers of scientific content: Taylor & Francis (part of Informa plc). As F1000Research comments this will „support the transition towards more open and collaborative ways of working, enabled though new approaches to scholarly publishing.“ The founder […]