Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach open access agreement


Below is a link to a press release concerning the open access agreement netogiated between the scientific publisher Elsevir (based in Holland) and a consortium of Dutch universities.  The agreement will enable Dutch researchers to publishin in Elsevier journals without paying a fee if they are on the faculty of Dutch universities.



PLOS and University of California reach OA agreement

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::

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. 

Predatory journals defined



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.

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