Academic Journals

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Open-Access Journals: A Perspective From Within

Jonathan Carroll | The Conversation | October 1, 2012

There’s an ongoing debate in the world of academic publishing about whether the public should be allowed open access to research publications we all pay for in the first place. Read More »

Openly Streamlining Peer Review

James Rosindell and William D. Pearse | PLOS.org | August 3, 2012

We are delighted to host our first guest post on Biologue  by James Rosindell and William D. Pearse  from Silwood Park, Imperial College London. They share their view on how we might improve peer review. Read More »

Opinion: Open-Access For The 3rd World

Cherry Mae Ignacio | The Scientist | March 21, 2013

Scientists should submit their work to open-access repositories to support research in parts of the world that don’t have access to the vast libraries of pay-wall-constrained literature. Read More »

OSU Adopts University-Wide Open Access Policy

Staff Writer | Albany Review | June 25, 2013

Oregon State University has officially adopted an open access policy requiring faculty members to make their scholarly articles available for free through the digital repository [email protected] Read More »

Peer Review Is F***ed Up – Let’s Fix It

Michael Eisen | it is NOT junk | October 28, 2011

[...] The public has been trained to accept as established truth any science that has gone through the gauntlet of “peer review”. And any attempt to upend, reform or even tinker with it is regarded as an apostasy. But the truth is that peer review as practiced in the 21st century biomedical research poisons science. Read More »

PLOS ONE Launches A New Peer Review Form

Damian Pattinson | PLOS Blogs | December 13, 2012

Today PLOS ONE launches a new peer review form. While this might not sound like much of an announcement, the fact that our reviewer board currently contains over 400,000 scientists, and grows by the hour, means that an awful lot of people will see this form over the coming months! Read More »

Predatory Publishers corrupting 'open access' movement

J. Sanchez | Nature | September 12, 2012

When e-mail first became available, it was a great innovation that made communication fast and cheap. Then came spam — and suddenly, the innovation wasn’t so great. It meant having to filter out irrelevant, deceptive and sometimes offensive messages. It still does.The same corruption of a great idea is now occurring with scholarly open-access publishing. Read More »

Price Doesn't Always Buy Prestige In Open Access

Zoë Corbyn | Nature | January 22, 2013

The open-access journals that charge the most aren't necessarily the most influential, an online interactive tool suggests. The freely accessible tool, launched earlier this month, shows that a journal's fees do not correlate particularly strongly with its influence, as measured by a citation-based index. Read More »

Publication Liberation

Connor Emdin | The Varsity | August 25, 2012

Making academic publications freely available to researchers and curious students should be standard practice... Read More »

Publishers Flip Out, Call Bill To Provide Open Access To Federally Funded Works A 'Boondoggle'

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | February 20, 2013

A year ago, we wrote about Rep. Mike Doyle introducing an important bill to provide public access to publicly funded research. [...] Unlike just about any other publication, [academic] journals don't pay their writers (and in many subject areas, authors need to pay to submit), they don't pay the peer reviewers -- and then they charge positively insane amounts to university libraries... Read More »

Publishers Respond In CHORUS To White House Open Access Mandate

Beth S. | Pocket Full of Liberty | June 7, 2013

In February, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) informed federal agencies spending more than $100 million on research to develop strategies to make published results of federal funded research publicly available. OSTP stipulated that results must be freely available within one year of publication. Read More »

Publishing And The POOC, Or, Why We Need Open Access

Polly Thistlethwaite | Just Publics @ 365 | February 17, 2013

Isn’t everything up on the internet for free? Yes, most new books and articles appear in digital format, but NO-O-O they’re not (yet) mostly free. Libraries pay big bucks to license them, and the licenses require libraries to restrict access to narrow audiences (students, faculty, or people physically inside the library). Read More »

QScience Now Publishing Open Access Ebooks

Press Release | Qatar Foundation, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ), Bloomsbury Publishing Plc | December 23, 2012

QScience has published it first open access ebook, ‘An Islamic Modification of the Person-Centered Counseling Approach’ by Aisha Salman Al-Thani of Qatar University. This book explores the possibility of applying a modified person-centered counseling approach (PCA) as a nondirective way of helping and supporting Muslim clients in the state of Qatar [...]. Read More »

Re-inventing Academic Publishing: 'Diamond' Open Access Titles That Are Free To Read And Free To Publish

Gyn Moody | Techdirt | January 22, 2013

As Techdirt has been reporting, the idea of providing open access to publicly-funded research is steadily gaining ground. One of the key moments occurred almost exactly a year ago, when the British mathematician Tim Gowers announced that he would no longer have anything to do with the major academic publisher Elsevier... Read More »

Reasons To Go For Open Access: Perspectives From A Clinician And A Librarian

Pascal Meier and Whitney Townsend | BioMed Central | October 23, 2012

In recognition of Open Access week, Dr Pascal Meier an interventional cardiologist from University College London and Yale Medical School, and Whitney Townsend, the coordinator of the Health Sciences Executive Research Services at University of Michigan, provide their views on the benefits of open access publishing. Read More »