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Open access will curtail profits but not quality or freedom

Open access will curtail profits but not quality or freedom

Subscription publishers’ responses to last week’s landmark announcement on open access by a dozen major European research funders was nothing if not predictable. Doom and gloom forecasts abounded about the end of quality science publishing, coupled with protestations that funders have no right to mandate author choices. All this is recycled nonsense. The funders – […] … learn more→

Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. “Projekt DEAL” is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans […] … learn more→

Examining the best careers for those that absolutely love to travel

Examining the best careers for those that absolutely love to travel

Finding a new career can be incredibly difficult. Nevertheless, it is absolutely pertinent to choose something that will maintain your interest for the long run. Workers will benefit most by sticking with the same job for a long duration. Therefore, it is essential to choose a career that will be fun, exciting and motivating. If […] … learn more→

What open-access publishing actually costs

What open-access publishing actually costs

In academe, ideas cost money. But how much? Advocates for open-access journals say that academic research should be free for everyone to read. But even those proponents acknowledge that publishing costs money — the disagreement is over the amount. The issue was highlighted last month, when all six editors and all 31 editorial-board members resigned […] … learn more→

The battle for open access is far from over

Today marks the beginning of the 8th Open Access (OA) week, a global event to highlight all things open access. It also marks three years since the Australasian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) – a coalition of nine Australian universities and now the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) – came in to existence […] … learn more→

What is open access and why should we care?

The issue of open access to research findings has been in the media for a number of reasons lately, some positive – the release of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) open access policy – and some tragic – the recent death of open internet advocate Aaron Swartz. But what is open access, why should we […] … learn more→

We need to talk about Kevin, er, Open Access

The American Historical Association recently came out with a cautious statement about open access to humanities scholarship. I concur with their concerns about the recommendations made in the Finch Report. That report, the fruits of a UK government task force that included government officials, scientists, and publishers, more or less argues two things: publicly-funded research […] … learn more→

A small bill in the US, a giant impact for research worldwide

Over the Christmas period, a short Bill was introduced into the US House of Representatives. The Research Works Act aims to make it illegal to require researchers to make their work publicly available. If passed, Australian researchers and the public will lose access to a considerable amount of US research. This Bill is a direct […] … learn more→