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Central invoicing & Open Access: invisible payments

Central invoicing & its influence on Open Access and new Open Access agreements in Sweden: The Swedish library consortium has met agreements with SpringerNature and Oxford University Press: Any fees for Open Accees publishing will be paid centrally by the institution of the corresponding author instead of the authors themselves.  The agreement covers also publications […]

Steering science through Output Indicators & Data Capitalism

I just published a paper on „Steering science through Output Indicators & Data Capitalism“ on Zenodo. It will be part of the Proceedings of the 23rd Congress of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ESVCN 2019) held in Turin/ Italy, 17-20 September 2019. Abstract: The paper describes how commercial companies create operating systems […]

Springer Nature reaches £9.6 million agreement in the UK – not included: Nature-branded titles

According to a press release by Springer Nature there is a new contract of the group with Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The deal is based on the principle of  „read and publish“ and shall fulfill the requirements of Plan S. As noted by Springer Nature the „agreement limits the costs of publishing all UK […]

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“. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fake Review bei Springer

Bereits 2012 berichtete Josh Fishmann im Chronicle of Higher Education, dass Wissenschaftsverlage es Autoren recht einfach machen, Reviews zu eigenen Einreichungen zu erstellen und so die Qualitätssicherung zu unterlaufen. Springer musste nun 64 Artikel zurückziehen, da es Wissenschaftlern gelungen war zu diesen Texten derartige Fake Reviews zu produzieren. Mehr dazu in Telepolis: Fake Peer Review […]

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