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Recent Content

OA Journals that do not impose APCs (comment)


Simon Batterbury, of the University of Lancaster, who edits the Journal of Political Ecology has posted a long list of well-peer-reviewed open access journals in geology, policial ecology, anthropology, area studies, planning, area studies and other related social sciences that either do not charge any APC (Article Processing Charge) or at least charge less that $500 per article.

Of special relevance is the list of journals that publish on University teaching/research issues and publishing.

SystemRescueCD: when your computer goes on strike and won't boot up


This reference and review (below) came from the Scout Report.  I imagine many of you (like me) keep your work on a very old computer.  If it should crash some day, heaven forbid, this may save your work. 

Be sure to back everything up, too!

I took a look at the website and it was pretty daunting.  I have no way to be sure it would actually work for you.  I would seek expert advice before embarking on this project.  Still, the web link will be right here in H-Scholar if you search for "how-to advice."

Open Access and publishing in low-income nations


Two scientists from South Africa, Brenda Wingfield and Bob Millar have posted an article expressing concern about the likelihood that APC charges for publishing journal articles as open access resources will make it more difficult for researchers in many lower income countries to publish their research.  One might make the same arguments for independent scholars in all countries. 


Below is a link and an excerpt.