The Week in Links – July 13

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

The Open Access Button’s Launch Coordinator wrote a guest blog post for BioMed Central, “Building the Open Access Button,” discussing the progress the Button has made since its launch in November and the future of the Button.

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers published a set of open access licenses. Andrés Guadamuz examined the licenses in a blog post and denounced them.

The Department of Biotechnology and the Department of Science and Technology, governmental departments in India, have released an open access policy draft.

SPARC recognized the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) with the July 2014 Innovator Award. EIFL has partnerships in over 50 member countries, empowers libraries, negotiates with publishers for affordable access to e-resources, and leads advocacy campaigns for Open Access to research literature and fair copyright.

Agatha N. Kabugu, Deputy Director, and Milkah Gikunju, Repository Administrator of the University of Nairobi Library talked with BioMed Central about open access and the role of the librarian.

Researchers investigated whether open access economics articles have a higher citation count than articles that were not open access and concluded that open access articles have “a significantly higher citation count.” The study used citation data from three different databases (Web of Science, RePEc and Google Scholar).

Wired discussed Open Access, Academia.edu, and peer review in a recent article, “Incentivizing Peer Review: The Last Obstacle for Open Access Science.”

 

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