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Category Archives: Open Access
Mar 8 2014
Impact Round-Up 8th March: Happy International Women’s Day, the failures of PowerPoint, and mental health in academia
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. On International Women’s Day, do we know what academic success looks like? by Athene Donald delves into the issues … Continue reading
Posted by: March 8, 2014
Feb 28 2014
Experiment in open peer review for books suggests increased fairness and transparency in feedback process.
Over two-thirds of Palgrave Macmillan authors thought academic publishers should be experimenting with alternative peer review methods. Hazel Newton, the Head of Digital Publishing at Palgrave Macmillan describes their current peer review pilot investigating how open feedback functions in monograph publishing, from … Continue reading
Posted by: February 28, 2014
Feb 25 2014
Regardless of the rhetoric about more openness in academic research, institutions appear to be failing to address some of the deeper issues. In order to stave off the steady rise of regulation and monitoring and to present a coherent alternative to … Continue reading
Posted by: February 25, 2014
Feb 22 2014
Impact Round-Up 22nd February: Channels of academic influence, visualisations and turning raw data into actionable knowledge.
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. This week, there was much discussion around Nicholas Kristof’s plea in the New York Times, Professors, We Need … Continue reading
Posted by: February 22, 2014
Feb 12 2014
Improving on “Access to Research”: Restrictive access and licensing fail to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Major academic publishers have supported an initiative equipping public libraries with free access to a number of subscription journal articles. Cameron Neylon argues this Access to Research scheme is an empty political gesture that fails to meet the needs of the … Continue reading
Posted by: February 12, 2014
Jan 30 2014
Paying twice or paying thrice? Open access publishing in a global system of scholarly knowledge production and consumption
UK open access policy does not exist in a vacuum. Casey Brienza argues that UK researchers represent too small a proportion of global scholarly knowledge production and consumption to rebalance scholarly expenditure. UK open access initiatives as currently formulated will instead lead to … Continue reading
Posted by: January 30, 2014
Jan 27 2014
It’s the Neoliberalism, Stupid: Why instrumentalist arguments for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science are not enough.
The Open Movement has made impressive strides in the past year, but do these strides stand for reform or are they just symptomatic of the further expansion and entrenchment of neoliberalism? Eric Kansa argues that it is time for the movement to broaden … Continue reading
Posted by: January 27, 2014
Jan 14 2014
The evidence fails to justify publishers’ demand for longer embargo periods on publicly-funded research.
Due to disciplinary differences in the “half-life” or relative demand of a scholarly article, some publishers are looking to enact longer embargo periods before an article can be made openly available on archives and repositories, in order to protect against … Continue reading
Posted by: January 14, 2014
Jan 8 2014
With the advent of electronic and online publishing workflows, why is the submission process still so exasperating? Dorothy Bishop finds that with each publisher re-inventing senseless bureaucratic online forms, things appear to be getting worse for academic authors, rather than … Continue reading
Posted by: January 8, 2014