Delving deeper into discipline-specific perspectives on openness in the social sciences, Velichka Dimitrova looks at the present and future of open data for economics research. By sharing data, economists stand to enhance the visibility and the impact of their research … Continue reading →
Category: open access
Open access initiatives in the Global South affirm the lasting value of a shared scholarly communications system.
Developing countries stand to benefit greatly from a more open and equitable international scholarly communication system, but Dominique Babini argues new commercial enclosures to access are also emerging. The international community would do well to follow the examples of initiatives in Latin America, … Continue reading →
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 …