Gold Open Access

Flip your journals to Open Access

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 […]

WordPress as a tool for the publication of scientific journals

Yesterday, Piotr Otręba asked on the Radical Open Access mailing list for themes and plugins to use WordPress as an Open Access Repository. I also spent some time on this question and answered with this message: „I used annotum in the past to run journals as a test, but it is outdated, http://blogs.plos.org/mfenner/2011/06/30/annotum-publishing-with-wordpress-soon-coming-to-a-journal-near-you/. As far […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elsevier & Open Access: „the primary reason to transition to gold open access should not be to save money“

Today Elsevier published its vision of Open Access, written by Gemma Hersh, and suggests a route that is neither green nor gold, but a mixture of it, one could say blue Open Access: Articles published by European institutions should be available Gold Open Access within Europe and – if deposited on a repository – Green […]

Open Access: Von Inklusion zu Exklusivität?

Anlässlich der Open-Access-Tage 2017 in Dresden referierte ich in der Session „Debatten“ dazu, inwiefern sich Open Access zu einem kommerziellen und exklusiven Modell entwickelt. Die Folien zum Vortrag sind via slideshare verfügbar und auf dieser Seite eingebettet. Es existiert auch eine zitierfähige Version auf Zenodo: Herb, Ulrich (2017). Open Access: Von Inklusion zu Exklusivität?  DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1001901 […]

CERN’s new Open Access Policy requires scientists to publish instrumentation articles

The Open Access Policy of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN has been published in October 2014 and was updated some weeks ago. It now requires not only all CERN physics results to be published Open Access but also instrumentation articles. The posting on the CERN’s homepage mentions even mentions Open Access instrumentation journals: […]

Commercial Open Access Publishers in the DOAJ

On August 1, 2017, 9,621 journals were listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).Only 32 publishers published more than 20 of these journals and thus have a quantitatively significant influence on Open Access. PLOS can not be found among them, but still has influence – more qualitative than quantitative. These 32 publishers publish 2,950 […]

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