Timothy Vollmer has posted an interview with Nick Shockey,Director of the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC). From the post:
“Paying $30 for access to one article is expensive even for many researchers in the U.S.,” says Nick, “but when you realize that $30 is an entire average month’s wage in Malawi, you can see the huge disparities in access faced by huge swaths of people around the world.”
Stevan Harnad has a new post about the difficulty behind getting authors to make individual copyright agreements for articles published. From the post:
It is the equivalent of trying to combat smoking by trying to persuade smokers to write individually to tobacco companies to ask them to manufacture fewer cigarettes.
Richard Poynder has posted an interview with Derk Haank, CEO of Spring Science and Business Media. From the interview:
Librarians need to accept that if they want access to a continually growing database, then costs will need to go up a little bit but not like in the days of the serials crisis. We try to accommodate our customers, but at a certain point, we will hit a wall.
Link and commentary by Barbara Fister.
“Dr. Skeptic” has a new post on Nature Publications Group newly announced open access journal. From the post:
Whilst the entry of the Nature group of journals into the OA field definitely speaks volumes about the fact that the business model that was destined to have met with failure is not, in fact, such a destructive model.
Mary Minow has two posts about open access at law schools. The first post is with Michelle Pearse, Research Librarian for Open Access Initiatives at Harvard Law School Library. The second post is an interview with Richard A. Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke Law School.
Lisa Green has a new post on open access support from the Nature Publishing Group. From the post:
Last month, the company announced that an additional 15 of its journals now offer open access options. And this week, the company announced a brand new online open access journal called Scientific Reports. With this launch, a full 80% of NPG academic and society journals and 50% of all journals the company publishes offer open access options to authors
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Stuart Shieber has a new post discussing statements in most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. From the post:
The Manual makes a recommendation to publishers to generate their own addenda “to use when presented with author requests for nonexclusive rights.” But why make the addendum conditions available only upon request? If the addendum-specified activities are allowable, why not just allow them in the publisher’s agreement from the get-go?
Thanks to Discourse.net for the link.
Heather Morrison has a new post on measuring the growth and success of open access. From the post:
Why success rather than sustainability or cost-effectiveness?
Rod Page has a new post on how to determine whether an article is openly available or not. From the post:
Some journals are entirely Open Access, so for these journals the first problem (is it Open Access?) is trivial, but a large number of journals have a mixed publishing model, some articles are Open Access, some aren’t.
Deep Sea News has a new post making the case for open access. From the post:
A close friend of mine is the head science librarian for a university. His tales of dropping major journals as subscriptions rise is horrifying and all to common. Most universities are not increasing library budgets enough to meet drastic increases in journal subscriptions. Even well-funded, individual scientists can afford subscriptions to only a few journals thereby making much of the literature difficult at best to access.