The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date – ePrints Soton

“This paper presents a summary of reported studies on the Open Access citation advantage. There is a brief introduction to the main issues involved in carrying out such studies, both methodological and interpretive. The study listing provides some details of the coverage, methodological approach and main conclusions of each study.


Budapest Open Access Initiative | Dix ans après l’Initiative de Budapest : ce sera le libre accès par défaut

“Il y a  dix ans, l’Initiative de Budapest en faveur de l’accès libre (ci-après Initiative de Budapest, BOAI en anglais) a lancé une campagne mondiale en faveur de l’accès libre (AL) pour toute nouvelle recherche évaluée par les pairs. L’Initiative de Budapest n’a pas inventé l’idée ; au contraire, elle a délibérément fait converger des projets déjà existants dans le but d’explorer comment ils pourraient « travailler ensemble pour atteindre un résultat positif plus large, plus profond et plus rapide ». Pour autant, l’Initiative de Budapest a été la première initiative à utiliser l’expression « accès libre » dans ce but, la première à en énoncer une définition publique, la première à proposer des stratégies complémentaires pour faire de l’accès libre une réalité, la première à généraliser l’appel en faveur de l’accès libre à toutes les disciplines et dans tous les pays, et la première à être soutenue financièrement à un niveau conséquent.


Clarification of the new open-access policy at the Research Councils UK (RCUK)

On July 25, 2012, I had a long, helpful phone conversation with Mark Thorley, convenor of the RCUK Research Outputs Network (RON), the group responsible for developing and implementing the RCUK Open Access policy.

I initially contacted him to talk about what I took to be important differences between the new RCUK policy and the Finch recommendations , especially on (1) embargoes, (2) open licenses, and (3) the role of green OA. I knew that the RCUK disbursed public funds but was independent of the government. I wanted to learn more about that independence, and in particular whether the RCUK felt free to depart from the Finch recommendations, especially after David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, accepted all the major Finch recommendations on behalf of the UK government.


Humanities left behind in the dash for open access

About this time last year, open access had apparently come of age. According to a study published in the journal PloS One, freely accessible publishing had passed from an early experimental phase into a period of consolidation, with the number of papers showing steady growth. The model had been shown to work.


New and exciting kid on the block: PeerJ | A Blog Around The Clock, Scientific American Blog Network

“As many of you know, before accepting a job at Scientific American, I worked at PLoS for three years (and became a vocal Open Access Evangelist even before that). While there, I worked closely with Pete Binfield who replaced Chris Surridge as managing editor of PLoS ONE shortly after my arrival there. Pete and I became friends, bumped into each other at meetings, he came to ScienceOnline at least a couple of times, and we remained in frequent contact after my move.”


Starting an Open Access Journal: a step-by-step guide part 1

Scholarly publishing is totally broken. Not only, at present, can most of the people (taxpayers) who fund research not get access to it, but plans to fix this look set to screw over Early Career Researchers and anybody else who can’t persuade their funders to give them the up-front fees required by publishers for Open Access journals.


The OA Interviews: Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado Denver

In 2004 the scholarly publisher Elsevier made a written submission to the UK House of Commons Science & Technology Committee. Elsevier asserted that the traditional model used to publish research papers — where readers, and institutions like libraries, pay the costs of producing scholarly journals through subscriptions — “ensures high quality, independent peer review and prevents commercial interests from influencing decisions to publish.”


Depuis janvier, les chercheurs en rébellion ouverte contre leurs éditeurs

Assiste-t-on à une remise en cause générale du système de publication des recherches scientifiques sur la planète ? Le gouvernement britannique vient d’appeler à la rescousse le fondateur de Wikipédia pour mettre en place un système de diffusion en ligne des travaux des chercheurs britanniques, financés par l’argent public. C’est le dernier épisode d’une guerre ouverte entre la communauté scientifique et les éditeurs de revues. Le Guardian compare même ce “printemps …


Muscle from Brussels as open access gets an €80bn boost #OA #openaccess

The European Union is set to throw the weight of its €80 billion (£64 billion) research funding programme behind open-access publishing, Times Higher Education has learned.

An official at the European Commission, which is drafting proposals for the Horizon 2020 programme, said that for researchers receiving funding from its programme between 2014 and 2020, open-access publishing “will be the norm”.

A pilot under way in seven areas of its current funding programme will be extended to become a mandate across all peer-reviewed research in the new scheme, which will cover fields ranging from particle physics to social science.