Category: open access

Open access legislation in the US and Canada looks to prioritise post-publication archiving, not publishers’ profits.

Providing further context on open access policy, Heather Morrison presents cases from the U.S. and Canada, where each are also grappling with how to provide wider access to publicly funded research. If passed, the U.S.’s FASTR Act would require ‘green’ … Continue reading

As the European Commission paves the way for open access, a consistent policy environment is needed across the EU.

The European Commission has extended and solidified its open access policy for the upcoming Horizon 2020 research funding programme. Alma Swan welcomes the clear signal from Brussels which has issued a Recommendation for Member States to follow its lead. But … Continue reading

Top-down mandates and advocacy will help institutional repositories continue to enhance open access content and delivery.

Institutional repositories (IRs) can sometimes be perceived as a low-impact method of open access delivery. Neil Stewart explains how the rapidly changing scholarly communications ecosystem stands to greatly benefit from the continued development of repositories. The future of IRs looks … Continue reading

Markets versus Dialogue: The debate over open access ignores competing philosophies of openness.

Open access arguments operate within a privatised university sector, where the market serves to maximise the production and distribution of knowledge. John Holmwood looks at how the debate over open access celebrates its contribution to dialogue while ignoring the underlying processes … Continue reading

UC Open Access: How to Comply

My last two blog posts have been about the new open access policy that applies to the entire University of California system. For big open science nerds like myself, this is exciting progress and deserves much ado. For the on-the-ground researcher at a UC, knee-deep in grants and lecture preparation, the ado could probably be […]

A Closer Look at the New UC Open Access Policy

Last week, the University of California announced a new Open Access Policy. Here I will explore the policy in a bit more detail.  The gist of the policy is this: research articles authored by UC faculty will be made available to the public at no charge. I’m sure most of this blog’s readers are familiar […]

UC Faculty Senate Passes #OA Policy

Big news! I just got this email regarding the new Open Access Policy for the University of California System. I’ll write a full blog post next week but wanted to share this as soon as possible. (emphasis is mine) The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that […]

Hearing on Scientific Integrity and Transparency

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Research held a congressional hearing on “Scientific Integrity and Transparency.” The purpose of the hearing was to gather information on open access to federally funded scientific research data and to gather …

The Who’s Who of Publishing Research

This week’s blog post is a bit more of a Sociology of science topic… Perhaps only marginally related to the usual content surrounding data, but still worth consideration. I recently heard a talk by Laura Czerniewicz, from University of Cape Town’s Centre for Educational Technology. She was among the speakers  during the Context session at Beyond the […]