Trump Administration considers open access order (comment)

Friends:

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::

Elsevir in France

Friends:

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. 

Predatory journals defined

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Below is a link to an article entitled "Predatory Journals: No Definition, no Defence"  signed by a long lis tof authors that appeared in the Nature Blog on December 11, 2019.   The signatories came together to come up with a consensus definition of "predatory journals."  They argue that a solid definition is necessary to enable scholars to avoid them.

More on the Elsevir contracts in the US and Europe

Friends:

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

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/elsevier-progresses-in-open-access-deal-making--66803

Historians Respond to Plan S (link)

Friends:

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."

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/11/21/historians-respond-to-plan-s-open-access-vs-oa-policies-redux/

Plan S and small scholarly societies (comment)

"New Deals Could Help Scientific Societies Survive Open Access by Jeffey Brainard for Science Magazine, Sept. 16, 2019

Friends:

The grant makers associated with Plan S are trying to find ways to implement their proposal without destroying the financial base of small scientific and learned societies.  According to an article, "New Deals Could Help Scientific Societies Survive Open Access by Jeffey Brainard for Science Magazine, Sept. 16, 2019 that appeard yesterday,

Plan S Postponed (comment)

Friends:

Below is a link to an article by Holly Else entitled "Ambitious open-access Plan S delayed to let research community adapt: Funders behind the policy tweak rules after major consultation," from the Nature website.  In addition to postponing implementation of the Plan S open access rules, the coalition have agreed not to cap publication charges to authors (APCs) and relax the rules on "hybrid" journal publishing. 

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