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Day 2: USGS Public Access Plan and library support

In March 2016, a USGS Leaders Blog announced the Bureau’s new Public Access Plan titled Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research at the U.S. Geological Survey: Scholarly Publications and Digital Data.  The USGS Public Access Plan builds on directives set forth by the White House in 2013, that lay out…

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Added by US Geological Survey Library on October 24, 2017 at 8:49am — No Comments

THE COMMONS, DIAMOND OPEN ACCESS and SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS – An Interview with Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs (@fuchschristian) is the co-editor of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique an open access journal for critical communication studies which has been running since 2003, and is the editor of University of Westminster Press’ s open…

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Added by Andrew Lockett on October 24, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

The risk of open access becoming integrated into existing commercial publishing - the need of a global system of non-commercial open access scholarly communications

In this open access week we share our concerns 

"In Europe and USA scholarly communications have been outsourced and one of the most profitable businesses was built by main international commercial scholarly publishers, which today offer to take care of open access, building a new enclosure to knowledge for the Global South, and distracting governments, funding agencies and the scholarly community, in the North and in the South, from the need to build a global open access ecosystem…

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Added by Dominique Babini on October 23, 2017 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Africa Code Week It's on going in Botswana

Today is the first day of the international open access week and i have made it my mission to partake through engaging some of the pupils in the schools which are in the area i reside.

There are eleven schools which have partnered with the association am a part of called "BanabaKgwale" to introduce children to programming using an open tool called "Scratch 2". It is a common tool which is drag and drop based with features alike to Lego which easily fit to instruct object within the…

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Added by Motheo Terence Tshelwane on October 23, 2017 at 3:52pm — No Comments

10th Annual International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Research & Scholarship

Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power of Open Access to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the 10th annual International Open Access Week taking place from October 23-29, 2017.

This year’s theme of “Open in Order to…” is meant to…

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Added by Nick Shockey on October 23, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

DIGITAL.CSIC Open in order to...

Hello everybody

This year we have built a web site that collects stories and examples of how the repository's contents are being used by the global community. Cases include concrete benefits for researchers, independent scholars, students, caretakers, doctors, journalists, teachers, NGOs, cultural curators, citizen scientists, SMEs, passionates about science and cultural heritage etcetera accessing research outputs by the Spanish National Research Council.…

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Added by Isabel Bernal on October 23, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

Open Access Monitoring: Plagiarism and the State of the Art

In the last decade or so, much has happened in the progress of Open Access research and practice, however sadly much of it is the result of scams.

In 2013, doctoral research  (completed in 2012) was published in various digital repositories, including the British Library making  a recommendation that various Open Access Monitoring activities should be undertaken across the board, among a…

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Added by Paola Di Maio on October 23, 2017 at 5:54am — No Comments

Free print copies of UWP titles to be won

 A year on from our first book title the University of Westminster Press to celebrate international open access week is running a competition for a free print copy of any of our six published book titles* for two winners.…

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Added by Andrew Lockett on October 23, 2017 at 4:30am — No Comments

OPEN ACCESS WEEK, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA

You are invited to the first-of its-kind 'Open Access Week' to be held in University of Nigeria, Nsukka on 24th October, 2017. The Theme of the event is "Open in Order to Increase Visibility in Teaching and Research". The event is being organised by a group of Open Access Advocates in…
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Added by Helen Nneka Okpala on October 22, 2017 at 11:14pm — No Comments

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of

most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the

internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives

for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just…

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Added by Gilda Given Silayo on October 22, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Webinar by Editage Insights - Beyond open access: Exciting new strategies for science communication

Why do authors choose to publish open access? In an ongoing survey by Editage Insights, many authors cite the main reason as “to increase research outreach”. But with more and more research papers being published every year, and more authors choosing the open access route than before, even open access is not enough to give your research the exposure it needs. Moreover, as a scientist, publication is no longer the end of your research lifecycle. It’s increasingly important for you to find…

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Added by Jayashree Rajagopalan on October 22, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Perspectives of Chinese researchers on open access and open data

It is Open Access Week! The scientific community is steadily moving toward open science. Thus, apart from open data mandates driven by governments, even publishers are joining this “open” trend. For instance, PLOS announced …

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Added by Jayashree Rajagopalan on October 22, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

What academicians think of open access publication

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what the academic world thinks of open access (OA) publishing and related topics, such as peer review, licensing, re-use, and metrics? I just read the results of a broad survey on this topic, conducted by Taylor & Francis and its parent company, Informa. The results are published here. Since it may be time-consuming and difficult to examine the…

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Added by Jayashree Rajagopalan on October 22, 2017 at 11:13am — No Comments

Open Access Bypasses Publisher's Rights and Not Copyright

Open in order to "bypass the publisher's rights"

What is Publisher's Rights and how this impacts the readers from reaching your research publication?

Publisher's right is the right adorned by the author, who is the owner of the Intellectual Property of the Content, to the publisher for transferring, publishing and distributing the research to the research and academic communities. To achieve this…

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Added by Rachel Predeepa on October 22, 2017 at 6:56am — No Comments

Join PLOS in Celebrating Open Access Week

As a proud co-founder of Open Access Week, we hope you will join us in celebrating progress and promoting awareness to help make Open Access – the founding principle of PLOS – the new norm in scholarship and research globally. This year’s theme is “Open in Order to…” and invites the community to focus on what openness enables.

Since PLOS’ beginning, we’ve been open in order to accelerate…

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Added by Allison Hawxhurst on October 20, 2017 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Open access: A global movement

The open access (OA) movement is gaining worldwide consensus as more and more countries are joining the effort to make research freely available. 

China has recently joined the ranks of the nations that are making a shift to OA. On May 15, 2014, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), a major basic-science funding agency, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of China's most prestigious research institutions, announced…

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Added by Jayashree Rajagopalan on October 20, 2017 at 7:53am — 2 Comments

Open access: A global movement

The open access (OA) movement is gaining worldwide consensus as more and more countries are joining the effort to make research freely available. 

China has recently joined the ranks of the nations that are making a shift to OA. On May 15, 2014, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), a major basic-science funding agency, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), one of China's most prestigious research institutions, announced…

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Added by Jayashree Rajagopalan on October 20, 2017 at 7:52am — No Comments

Open Access Book Publishing Now Available for Humanities and Social Sciences Researchers

The open access–journal publishing trend has hit the world of academic book publishing. The traditional business model for monograph publishing is lagging behind the others in the industry, and academic publishers are becoming more and more selective about the books they agree to publish. This, in turn, has a huge effect on first-time authors and…

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Added by Enago Academy on October 20, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments

Open Acces in Zacatecas Mexico: I Jornada de Ciencia Abierta en la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas / 1st. Open Science Week at Autonomous University of Zacatecas

La Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas a través de esta jornada se pretende dar a conocer uno de los ejes de la política de ciencia abierta en Mexico, y así se proponen dos actividades esenciales: la primera dirigida a acercar a los alumnos y sociedad al acceso abierto a la información generada a su interior, a través de la divulgación de Caxcan su Repositorio Institucional; y la segunda enfocada a los docentes investigadores, para que alimentan con sus trabajos académicos a dicha plataforma. Es… Continue

Added by Cynthia Elizabeth Chávez Ceja on October 19, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Open In Order To Succeed: PLOS Cross-Journal Initiative Helps Manuscripts Take Flight

All properly executed science deserves to be published as quickly as possible. One common frustration of scientists related to publication speed is the review-rejection cycle that in action resembles a cross between cycling on a hamster wheel and jumping through a hoola-hoop. To offer authors a way out of this cycle of delay, PLOS launched a journal transfer initiative earlier this year that provides authors an alternative to starting from scratch for papers not initially accepted by a…

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Added by Sheryl P Denker, PhD on October 18, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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