Year: 2017

Concentration in Commercial Open Access: Data from the University of Stockholm

Stockholm University Library  has monitored gold and hybrid publication charges (or Article Processing Charges APCs) for Open Access publishing at Stockholm University. The results are published on OpenAccess.se in a short posting  by Lisa Lovén and Liisa Hänninen. The University of Stockholm has spent 2.967.093 Swedish Krona (SEK) between January and August 2017 for APCs.  Of […]

Springer Nature acquires E-Learning Platform Iversity

After Iversity‘s insolvency in 2016 the Holtzbrinck Group invested in Iversity. Some days ago Springer Nature‘s acquisition of the e-learning startup was reported. Iversity’s news on the acquisition (in German language) provides some more information, here is a translated piece of it: “For the free of charge course offers (MOOCs) currently offered on the platform, […]

Does the success of Sci-Hub and Guerilla Access prove that Open Access has failed?

Toby Green published an article dealing with new impulses for Open Access. The starting point is the success of Sci-Hub. First, he explains his key points: “Sci-Hub has made nearly all articles freely available using a black open access model, leaving green and gold models in its dust” “Why, after 20 years of effort, have […]

Bundesverfassungsgericht muss die Zulässigkeit der Konstanzer Open-Access-Satzung klären

Vor knapp einem Jahr klagten Wissenschaftler der Universität Konstanz gegen die Open-Access-Satzung ihrer Hochschule. Seit der kürzlichen Beschlussfassung des Verwaltungsgerichtshofs Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim steht fest, dass der Konflikt nationale Reichweite hat. Die Auseinandersetzung entzündete sich an der im Dezember 2015 erlassenen “Satzung zur Ausübung des wissenschaftlichen Zweitveröffentlichungsrechts”.  Diese Satzung bezieht sich auf §38 (4) des […]

“The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Open Access and the Economics of Digitisation”

Here is a short publication notice: One year after publication in German, an anthology edited by Peter Weingart and Niels Taubert has now also been published in English – “The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Open Access and the Economics of Digitisation”.   The bibliographic data of the book which is available under a Creative Commons […]

Radical Open Access Website Officially Launched!

Today the Radical Open Access Website was launched, the initiative aims to promote non-for-profit Open Access and focuses especially on humanities and social sciences. The following text is taken from a posting  by Samuel Moore on the Radical Open Access mailing list. “We’d like to share with you the new Radical Open Access Collective website, […]

Funding for Alternative Funding Mechanisms for non-author fee based Open Access Publishing

Not only the The Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity but also the European Union as a research funder seems to be paying attention to the problem of the commercialisation of Gold Open Access. As OpenAire has posted the EU published a Call for proposals for Alternative Funding Mechanism for non-author fee based Open […]

Foxconning Science: J. Sallaz on outsourcing in scientific publishing

While browsing I came across a very interesting article by Jeffrey J. Sallaz with the title “Your Paper Has Just Been Outsourced”. The sociologist at the University of Arizona deals with outsourcing in publishing, as the title says. Sallaz draws parallels between the cheap production of overpriced mobile phones in Asian low wage countries and […]

Data and transcripts online: “Mutually dependent, yet highly asymmetric? Conversations about the relations and futures of Open Access academic publishing”

Elena Šimukovič published the data and transcripts of a study on Open Access on Zenodo. The title of the publication is “Mutually dependent, yet highly asymmetric? Conversations about the relations and futures of Open Access academic publishing”.  The abstract is: “The research data in this dataset contains verbatim transcripts in PDF and ODT formats each […]

The next Elsevier boycott: News on DEAL, Springer Nature & Elsevier

As mentioned several times in this blog the German project DEAL aims to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals from major academic publishers.  DEAL has two distinctive goals: on the one hand, cost savings and, on the other hand, the extension of contracts to include Open Access components that allow […]

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