Mergers & Acquisitions

Taylor & Francis acquires F1000Research

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 […]

Wiley acquires the Collaborative Writing Tool Authorea

On August 17, it was announced that the collaborative writing tool Authorea had been acquired by Atypon that is in turn a part of Wiley Publishing. The posting in the Authorea blog informs that „Atypon has been actively building an open science ecosystem to streamline researchers‘ workflows in reference management, knowledge discovery and content creation“. […]

Zwangsehen und Bastarde. Wohin steuert Big Data die Wissenschaft?

Publiziert als / zitieren als: Herb, U. (2018). Zwangsehen und Bastarde. Information – Wissenschaft & Praxis, 69(2-3), S. 81-88. DOI:10.1515/iwp-2018-0021 Zusammenfassung Taucht das Wort „Wissenschaft“ im Zusammenhang mit Big Data auf, denkt man zumeist an Wissenschaftler, die durch findige Analysen treffsichere Prognosen über zukünftige Entwicklungen, Ereignisse und Handlungen fällen – oder aber mit chirurgischer Präzision […]

Microsoft acquires GitHub

As The Verge reports Microsoft acquires GitHub. According to The Verge GitHub was „last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, but it’s not clear exactly how much Microsoft has paid to acquire GitHub.“ The Verge also considers the purchase as a promotion of Microsoft’s open source strategy and suspects the acquisition could meet mistrust […]

Clarivate Analytics acquires Kopernio

Clarivate Analytics, owner of the database Web of Science and services as publons, acquired Kopernio. Kopernio facilitates the search for Open Access documents. For pay-walled articles to which you have no access, Kopernio is looking for an alternative Open Access version. Unlike unpaywall, a similiar tool, using Kopernio requires registration. Research Information comments the acquisition […]

What is the relationship between Springer Nature & Frontiers?

In preparation for a presentation at the Open Access Days in Dresden, I collect information on the shares of commercial publishers in the APC-based Open Access business. When I deal with this topic, I always stumble upon the publisher Frontiers: Back in 2013 Nature reported „Nature Publishing Group buys into open-access publisher“ and noted: „the […]

Elsevier acquires bepress

Elsevier’s shopping tour continues. Readers of my blog know that in April I published a provisional and incomplete list of services that are owned by Elsevier. Since then Elsevier launched the Preprint-Server BioRN, based on the infrastructure of the Social Science Research Network SSRN (purchased last year).  Yesterday the Dutch publishers announced the acquisition of bepress. […]

Elsevier launches new Repository BioRN

Readers of my blog know that some weeks ago I last asked the community for information on services that are owned by Elsevier. I needed the information to prepare a talk on data collection on science and event logging in science. I will soon publish my talk, together with a resume. As suggested in my […]

Clarivate Analytics acquires publons

<span title=“Elseviers Einkaufbummel (man erwarb u.a. PLUM Analytics) kontert Clarivate Analytics durch den Kauf von publons. „>Elsevier’s shopping spree (including the newest acquisition PLUM Analytics) is countered by Clarivate Analytics‘ purchase of publons. Both companies are already competing because they keep the two most important citation and impact databases in their portfolios with Scopus (owned […]

Elsevier kauft Social Science Research Network

Laut einer Pressemitteilung des Social Science Research Network (SSRN) wurde der Dienst von Elsevier aufgekauft: http://www.ssrn.com/en/index.cfm/ssrn-joins-mendeley-elsevier/. Während Springer anscheinend (s. die Fusion mit Nature) eher auf die Ausweitung des konventionellen Verlagsgeschäfts setzt, orientiert sich der Springer-Konkurrent Elsevier (neben der auch bei Springer anzutreffenden Beteiligung an Open-Access-Konsortien) eher an Innovationen und Communities. Darauf deutet, zumindest für mich, […]

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