Open Access

The war to free science

By Alison Verbeck on June 12, 2019

An interesting article from on the University of California system cancelling their Elsevier subscriptions:

Open Science by Design released by National Academies

By Ruth Lewis on July 30, 2018

A prepublication version of Open Science by Design is free-to-read at the National Academies site: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Accelerating Prog...

Scholarly communications selected links from June 2018

By Ruth Lewis on June 29, 2018

Impact factor/research evaluation and metrics in the news: Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2018 Release (JCR 2017 data) is now available. More info. High-profile indexing service punishes 20 journals, issues unusual warning about five others, from Retraction Watch. “Clarivate is stripping 20...

Scholarly communications selected links from May 2018

By Ruth Lewis on May 31, 2018

In Vote to Restore Net Neutrality Rules, Several Senators Note Importance of Open Internet for Research, Education and Equity ARL [Association of Research Libraries] Policy Notes, May 16, 2018. Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press Join Blockchain for Peer Review Project #blockchai...

Scholarly communications selected links from March 2018

By Ruth Lewis on March 28, 2018

Preprints’ content equivalent to peer-reviewed, published? This article is getting some interesting discussion: Comparing published scientific journal articles to their pre-print versions, by Martin Klein, Peter Broadwell, Sharon E. Farb, Todd Grappone, to be published in International Jour...


By Alison Verbeck on March 26, 2018

An interesting article about SCOAP3 Converting the Literature of a Scientific Field to Open Access Through Global Collaboration: the Experience of SCOAP3 in Particle Physics Only a few know that CERN also hosts the world largest Open Access initiative: SCOAP3. The Sponsoring Consortium for Open A...

Scholarly communications selected links from Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018

By Ruth Lewis on January 31, 2018

Nice reminders: Guest Post: When Authors Get Caught in the Predatory (Illegitimate Publishing) Net, by Phaedra Cress on The Scholarly Kitchen, Dec. 11, 2017 2017 in review: round-up of our top posts on open access from LSE Impact Blog 2017 in review: round-up of our top posts on research evaluati...

Scholarly communications selected links from Nov. 2017

By Ruth Lewis on November 30, 2017

You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?, by Jake Orlowitz. AND A Growing Open Access Toolbox, By Diana Kwon in The Scientist, November 28, 2017. Nice reminders about Open Access Button, Unpaywall, self-archiving, etc. Mentions recent Sci-Hub challenges also. See also: Court demands...

How Can You Be Like Stephen Hawking?

By Emily Stenberg on October 24, 2017

In honor of Open Access Week, Stephen Hawking’s thesis “Properties of expanding universes” was made freely and openly available on the Cambridge University website. Previously, the 1966 thesis was only available in print at the library or required people to pay for a scanned copy. Read more about...