Tag Archives: open access publishing

University of California’s break with the biggest academic publisher could shake up scholarly publishing for good

University of California’s break with the biggest academic publisher could shake up scholarly publishing for good

The University of California recently made international headlines when it canceled its subscription with scientific journal publisher Elsevier. The twittersphere lit up. And Elsevier’s parent company, RELX, saw its stock drop 7 percent in response to the announcement. A library canceling a subscription seems like a simple, everyday business decision, so what’s the big deal? It was not just the clash-of-the-titans […] … learn more→

Why open access publishing is growing in Latin America

Why open access publishing is growing in Latin America

The move towards open access publishing in scientific research is certainly a global one. However, Latin America or Iberoamérica, a larger community that includes Spanish- and Portuguese-language countries in both Europe and the Americas, is using the OA publishing model to a far greater extent than any other region in the world. Iberoamérican scientists especially […] … learn more→

Linking impact factor to 'open access' charges creates more inequality in academic publishing

Linking impact factor to ‘open access’ charges creates more inequality in academic publishing

The prospectus SpringerNature released on April 25 in preparation of its intended stock market listing provides a unique view into what the publisher thinks are the strengths of its business model and where it sees opportunities to exploit them, including its strategy on open access publishing. Whether the ultimate withdrawal of the IPO reflected investors’ doubt […] … learn more→

Open Access and academic freedom

Open Access and academic freedom

As they have gained momentum over the past decade, the open access (OA) movement and its cousin, the Creative Commons licensing platform, have together done a tremendous amount of good in the world of scholarship and education, by making high-quality, peer-reviewed publications widely available both for reading and for reuse.  But they have also raised some […] … learn more→

What to believe in the new world of open access publishing

It’s never been easy for readers to know what to believe in academic research. The entire history of science publishing has been riddled with controversy and debate from its very beginning when Hobbes and Boyle, scientists at the Royal Society in London, argued over the scientific method itself. Even a cursory glance at academic publishing […] … learn more→