Trump Administration considers open access order (comment)


Writing on February 10, 2020 in Slate magazine, Mark Neff  argues in an article entitled, "Trump Might Do Something Genuinely Good for Science: It has to do with the outrageous academic publishing market"  that the Trump administration's plan to require that all government-funded research be available through open access is a good idea.  His article includes a summary of the state of the open access debate.  Below is an excerpt and link::

Open Research Library launches, aiming to bring together Open Access content in one platform

"Open Access (OA) content on one seamless and easy-to-use platform: that is the goal of the Open Research Library (ORL), which has officially launched ... at  A powerful hosting platform that makes scientific book publications, and other high-quality academic OA content, freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, ORL provides free access to a comprehensive collection of thousands of scholarly monographs, anthologies, journals, videos, posters and other formats. "

Elsevir in France


Here is yet another entry in what seems to be the never-ending story of Elsevir and Open Access.  In this case, the French Government has reached an agreement with Elsevir that apparently will make all published French scientific research available on open access but only after a substantial embargo. 

Force11 (comment)


Force11 is a group of researchers and other knowledge professionals who are interested in enhancing the way digital scholarship is shared.  They have a yearly conference, website and blog.  Even if you don't plan to attend their conferences, you can find some useful information on their blog.


From their website:

More on the Elsevir contracts in the US and Europe


Below is a link to an article in The Scientist discussing the recent Elsevir agreement with Carnegie Mellon, another agreement with Sweden, and the continued non-agreement with the University of California.

Elsevier Progresses in Open-Access Deal Making

by Diana Kwon for The Scientist blog, Dec 2, 2019

Historians Respond to Plan S (link)


I apologize for sending out the previous post before completing the drafting process.  Below is a link to the post from the Scholarly Kitchen mentioned earlier entitled "Historians Respond to Plan S: Open Access vs OA Policies Redux."

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