Sustainable Practices for Populating Repositories Report There is an active, thriving community of open access repositories worldwide and their visibility is rising as funding agencies and governments implement open access policies. Still, repositories must continue to adopt strategies that demonstrate their value to the wider research community. Therefore COAR has now published the report, “Incentives, Integration, and Mediation: Sustainable Practices for Population Repositories”. ADT (Australasian Digital Theses) program - CAUL Finding Australasian theses following the retirement of the ADT database The Australasian Digital Theses Program ceased operation on 28 March, 2011. The content of that database is accessible from the National Library of Australia’s Trove service. Each participating university continues to host their own digital theses and house their own print and other non-digital theses. This information page provides links to theses-specific searches via Trove. Trove will also provide links to Australian digital theses.
it’s time to abolish academic publishers The Guardian reported that publishers like Springer, Elsevier and others make 42% profits. If you know anything about the business world, that’s amazing. And of course, commenters have been scandalized. In my view, there’s no crime in making a healthy profit by providing something that people willingly buy. The high profit margins do point at a profound problem with academic publishing: the reliance on an archaic business format. In previous centuries, journal publishers used to provide a vital service. The impact of open access on research and scholarship Reflections on the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference Heather Joseph + Author Affiliations
'Enriching' Open Access articles I've been asked what the relevance is of my previous post to Open Access. The relevance of Utopia Documents to Open Access may not be immediately clear, but it is certainly there. Though Utopia Documents doesn't make articles open that aren't, it provides 'article-of-the-future-like' functionality for any PDFs, OA or not. It opens them up in terms of Web connectivity, as it were, and it is completely publisher-independent. Harvard: we have a problem This is astonishing. Harvard is one of the best and one of the wealthiest universities in the world but last week its Faculty Advisory Council* announced that it can no longer afford to maintain its subscriptions to academic journals. The announcement was made online by the Council as a message to the academic staff at the university. I have taken the liberty of quoting it in full below. The message is notable since it bears out many of the factors — in terms of costs — that have been highlighted by the Elsevier boycott (though no particular publisher is mentioned in the communiqué).
Open, free access to academic research? This will be a seismic shift Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales will be helping ensure that the publicly funded portal promotes collaboration and engagement. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty My department spends about £5bn each year funding academic research – and it is because we believe in the fundamental importance of this research that we have protected the science budget for the whole of this parliament. Open Access Is Not for Scientists. It’s for Patients. Hello there! If you enjoy the content on Speaking of Medicine, consider subscribing for future posts via email or RSS feed. Guest blogger Paul Wicks from PatientsLikeMe explores why Open Access is not just for scientists. By now, every social media channel you pay even the slightest bit of attention to has probably been saturated with requests for you to sign the #openaccess petition, with additional bonus doses delivered every #OAMonday (Open Access Monday). Happily, it worked – the petition has exceeded 25,000 signatures, which means that the White House will issue a response.