Open Access

Emergent Scientist

By Alison Verbeck on October 10, 2017

EDP Sciences announced the recent launch of Emergent Scientist, an innovative new open access journal that puts young scientists at its heart. The journal was born out of the 2016 International Physicists’ Tournament (IPT), and is supported by the French Physics Society and the French Acade...

Scholarly communications selected links from Sept. 2017

By Ruth Lewis on September 28, 2017

Open Access Week is October 23-29, 2017 everywhere! The theme this year is “open in order to…,” which “serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a sp...

Open Science Framework for Washington University

By Ruth Lewis on September 26, 2017

Announcing: WUSTL branded Open Science Framework (WUSTL OSF): Open Science Framework is one option available to assist researchers in research management and sharing. Currently, there are over 100 WU-affiliated researchers using the OSF. Each current user will be receiving an email inviting them ...

New Nature Journals

By Alison Verbeck on September 8, 2017

Nature Research is expanding its portfolio of open access titles to include a family of three new, high quality, selective, open access multidisciplinary journals – Communications Biology, Communications Chemistry and Communications Physics. The journals will be online-only and publish open...

Unpaywall

By Alison Verbeck on September 8, 2017

Unpaywall is a web browser extension for Chrome and Firefox.  Once installed, it brings up a gray or green tab on the side of the screen when the user hits a paywalled paper.  A green “unlock” sign means that a free version of the paper is available elsewhere.  A gray “lock̶...

Scholarly communications selected links from April, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on April 29, 2017

Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) was launched on April 6th. It “aims to allow anyone to access science papers’ reference lists and to build analytical services on top of those raw data.” Here are a few stories about this initiative: Initiative aims to break science’s citatio...

Unpaywall

By Alison Verbeck on April 25, 2017

Unpaywall is a browser add-on for Firefox or Chrome that will search for Open Access copies of articles across the Internet. They claim to have a greater than 60% find rate for scholarly materials.  It was written up in a recent article in Chronicle of Higher Education.

Scholarly communications selected links from March, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on March 30, 2017

Unpaywall is a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox created at ImpactStory; it seeks free-to-read versions of articles. Unpaywall uses OpenDOI so must have a DOI. The Open Access Button is another tool to add to your toolbox; it works differently. It has a few new features and improvements. Mo...