Calling attention to a few stories this month:
- Seven Things Every Researcher Should Know About Scholarly Publishing, post from The Scholarly Kitchen. Although Scholarly Kitchen is usually written from a publisher perspective, this seemed like a nice overview of many of the issues I try to cover on this blog.
- Revisit the history of the open access movement: new open access book of essays by Peter Suber, Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002–2011, MIT Press, 2016. Many versions are available.
- There is now an Open Data Button to try; when a user makes a data request the app will contact the author and invite them to make their research data openly available. Press release about the Open Data Button This is built on the same idea as the Open Access Button.
- More on Sci-Hub – more selected links, although I shared several last month in SciHub in the news:
- Sci-Hub unmasked: Piracy, information policy, and your library, by Carrie Russell and Ed Sanchez in College & Research Libraries News vol. 77 no. 3 122-125
- The Fix Isn’t In, by Barbara Fister on Inside Higher Education
- Sci-Hub: research piracy and the public good, by John Willinsky on timeshighereducation.com
- Thoughts on alternatives to Sci-Hub, by Christina Pikas. I really liked this librarian’s post because it reminded me that some scholars may use tools like Sci-Hub just because they find our library systems and tools, such as navigating the library website, Get it!, Citation Linker, proxy for off-campus access, finding library database links, and interlibrary loan, just too complicated and too much hassle. Hmmm? I know we are trying to be helpful but it is complicated!
- There was a small exhibit about open textbooks for open education week, March 7-11, 2016. Some of the content is also available here.