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Frontiers Launches New Open-Access Journal: Frontiers In Pediatrics

Press Release | Frontiers | December 21, 2012

Frontiers, one of the world's fastest growing open-access publishers, announced today the launch of its new online journal in Pediatrics: Frontiers in Pediatrics. Read More »

Hard Evidence: Is Open Access Working?

Ernesto Priego | The Conversation | October 23, 2013

According to Peter Suber open access is academic literature which is “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions". Open access delivered by journals is called “gold” open access and open access delivered by repositories is called “green” open access. [...] Read More »

Harvard University Says It Can't Afford Journal Publishers' Prices

Ian Sample | The Guardian | April 24, 2012

Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls. Read More »

High-Quality Science Benefits All

Alexander Brown | ICT Update | June 27, 2013

Open access publishing can help researchers in the developing world to participate more actively in the scientific community. Alexander Brown from Springer shares his experience. Read More »

Highlighting The Best Open Access Research: BioMed Central’s 7th Annual Research Awards

Rebecca Fairbairn | BioMed Central | November 15, 2012

It’s that time of year again! Nominations are open for you to put forward your favorite BioMed Central open access research article for our seventh annual Research Awards. Articles must be published in one of our 240 plus BioMed Central journals, during 2012 to qualify. Read More »

How Are Open Access And MOOCS Disrupting The Academic Community In Different Ways?

Press Release | SAGE Open | October 23, 2013

New article in SAGE Open compares and contrasts the disruptive tensions of open-access publishing with MOOCs Read More »

How Gurgaon Based Startup Knimbus Helps Scientists Share Findings and Connect with Peers

Peerzada Abrar | The Economic Times | August 2, 2012

Melding together the features of popular social networking sites, a fledgling startup in Gurgaon has built a search and collaboration platform that aims to knock down the ivory towers confining global scientific research. Read More »

How Journals Like Nature, Cell And Science Are Damaging Science

Randy Schekman | The Guardian | December 9, 2013

The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just as big bonuses distort banking. I am a scientist. Mine is a professional world that achieves great things for humanity. But it is disfigured by inappropriate incentives. The prevailing structures of personal reputation and career advancement mean the biggest rewards often follow the flashiest work, not the best. Read More »

How to Open Source Your Academic Work in 7 Steps

Open source technology and academia are the perfect match. Find out how to meet tenure requirements while benefiting the whole community. Academic work fits nicely into the open source ethos: The higher the value of what you give away, the greater your academic prestige and earnings. Professors accomplish this by sharing their best ideas for free in journal articles in peer-reviewed literature. This is our currency, without a strong publishing record not only would our ability to progress in our careers degrade, but even our jobs could be lost (and the ability to get any other job). The following seven steps provide the best practices for making an academic's work open source...

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If Someone Hits A Paywall In The Forest, Does It Make A Sound?: The Open Access Button

David Carroll and Joseph McArthur | PLOS Blogs | August 20, 2013

In this guest post, David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, medical and pharmacology students at Queen’s University and University College London, respectively, describe their progress on the Open Access Button, a project they hope will help the push towards a more open scholarly publishing system. Read More »

Improved Open Access Research Platform Launched

Ishmael Tongai | University World News (UWN) | July 20, 2013

A vastly improved scheme that provides free access to African research will be launched by South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom on 22 July. The scholarly platform became a full family member of the SciELO Network Global Portal three months ago. Read More »

In Praise Of Peer Review: A Modest Proposal For Identifying Unscrupulous Open Access Journals

John Willinsky | Slaw | November 4, 2013

I remain indebted to peer review. Sure, I’ve been called a dilettante. Had ideas dismissed as half-baked. Had the floor swept with the derivative nature of my work. Been chastised for treating data as singular. And then the self-inflicted wounds of my own careless error. But having suffered from what appears only at first glance to be the slings and arrows of outrageous peer-review, I stand by this process. Read More »

In the UK, Open Access For All Publicly Funded Research by 2014

Ariel Bogle | Melville House | July 18, 2012

In one of the first moves to address these issues, the British government has unveiled plans to allow all publicly funded scientific research to be openly available by 2014... Read More »

Industry Voices: In Pursuit of Scientific Hive Mind

David Steinberg | FierceBiotechIT | April 17, 2012

A vocal and active scientific community is clamoring for unrestricted access to scholarly works, a movement known as "open access", while journal publishers largely resist the call...But why is open access important? And even if it becomes a reality, what will we do with all of that information once we get it? Read More »

Information Needed to Treat Put Beyond Physicians' Reach: Free Online Access to Medical Journal Articles Must Be the Norm

P. Logan Weygandt | The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2012

Thanks to the diligence of so many students, scientists, clinicians and public supporters of free and open access to research, FRPAA has been reintroduced, and the RWA has been thwarted, at least for now. These proponents of open access refused to accept that in this digital age, clinicians should be so removed from the data providing the foundation for evidence-based practice...Our voice has been heard, but the fight rages on. Read More »