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::

Russian retractions (comment)

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.

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

Carnegie Mellon signs read and publish agreement with Elsevir (comment)


According to an article from the Inside Higher Ed blog Carnegie Mellon University has reached an agreement with Elsevier for a contract combining subscriptions and open access publishing charges. This is the same kind of deal as the one that eluded California universities this summer.  Elsevir is treating the much smaller publication program of CMU as a pilot.  An excerpt and link are below.

Elsevir unearths alleged fraud in peer review and citations


A link to this article appeared in the National Coalition of Independent Scholars' Facebook page this week.

"Elsevier investigates hundreds of peer reviewers for manipulating citations:The publisher is scrutinizing researchers who might be inappropriately using the review process to promote their own work." by Dalmeet Singh Chawla for Nature online, 10 September, 2019

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


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,

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