The Week in Links – April 12

What has been happening in the world of Open Access in the last week?

Open Access Button Steering Committee member Vic blogged on an Open Access Button upgrade coming soon, offering links to open access versions of papers.

Two new biodiversity and conservation Open Access journals have been launched in Chile.

The White House announced new measures on open data, having formally recognised that it “can generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value in key sectors of the global economy, including education, health, transportation, and electricity.”

Wiley has released a new open access journal, Nursing Open.

The Open Library of Humanities announced new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The OLH has stated that it will use the funds to spend the next twelve months ensuring their own sustainability, whilst soliciting new articles and improving their technical infrastructure.

The European Commission released a report urging legal reform to assist textmining in papers.

Richard van Noorden discussed in Nature how the funding agencies the Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health are now withholding grants from researchers who do not comply with their open access policy. The Wellcome trust’s Robert Kiley discussed the sanctions policy here.

The founder of figshare: Mark Hahnel, did a reddit Ask Me Anything session on whether academic publishing is broken.

The Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association has suspended Springer’s membership after they published 16 fake articles.

UKSG (previously called the  United Kingdom Serials Group) have released an edition of Insight Journal specifically on publishing Open Access monographs.

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication has published a paper on the perspectives of 26 academics on Open Access.

The Chamber of Deputies of Mexico unanimously approved Open Access to scientific knowledge. A press article (Spanish) on the development can be found here. The initiative can be found in Spanish here and in English here.

 

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One comment

  1. I really appreciate these round-ups, thanks. Perhaps you might want to mention, in a future edition, that http://www.jurn.org has finished a substantial month-long expansion beyond arts and humanities – and now has good coverage of free/open in business, ecology-related, and biomedical. List of the new eco titles…

    http://jurnsearch.wordpress.com/titles-indexed-ecology-related/

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