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JoVE: A case study in struggling to remain open access

The landscape of scholarly publishing is littered with failed noble experiments, including the open access journal I founded, but this blog entry is about another recent example of innovation challenged by economic survival. The  Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) began as an indiependent online-only open access research journal leveraging web video delivery to make biological [...]

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Wed, March 31 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open access advocate and publisher for the Scandinavian World

Co-Action Publishing, founded in 2007 with the intent to accelerate the shift toward gold open access publishing in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, describe themselves as providing tailored open access solutions.  To that end, this publisher collaborated with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ),  the National Library of Sweden, and Nordbib to launch an Online Guide to Open [...]

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Sun, March 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Science Commons Symposium Presentations Available

I blogged about the upcoming February 20th Science Commons Symposium back in early February. Time flies like an arrow, and organizer Hope Leman has made an effort to get the recordings of sessions online. Here are the links Hope provided: Session 1 http://content.digitalwell.washington.edu/msr/external_release_talks_12_05_2005/18174/player.htm Session 2 http://content.digitalwell.washington.edu/msr/external_release_talks_12_05_2005/18175/player.htm Session 3 http://content.digitalwell.washington.edu/msr/external_release_talks_12_05_2005/18176/player.htm Session 4 http://content.digitalwell.washington.edu/msr/external_release_talks_12_05_2005/18177/player.htm The videos will [...]

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Thu, March 25 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Finding OA in Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

If you are fortunate enough to have institutional or corporate access to Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), it is possible find Open Access journals analyzed by a variety of status criteria. For instance, start  out at the opening search page and select “View a group of journals by Publisher”: After displaying the list of publishers, select [...]

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Tue, March 23 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Scientific Quality Assurance- An important by-product of open access?

Ulrich Pösch, writing in LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of European Research Libraries,  reminds the readership that traditional scientific publishing and peer review was already falling  behind in the maintenance quality assurance for a broad, diverse and evolving  competitive research and discovery environment. He suggests the notion of scientific quality assurance needs to be  advanced by [...]

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Sun, March 21 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Duke University Chooses Open Access Mandate for Faculty

According to the Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog On March 18th the Academic Council at Duke University unanimously adopted an Open Access policy for scholarly articles written by the Duke faculty. Faculty members will make a copy of their scholarship available to their Provost, and that copy will end up in an institutional repository under [...]

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Fri, March 19 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open Access can help define health costs…

I tuned into the American Public Media radio show MarketPlace© the other night and listened to a well-formed discussion of the difficulties of defining health care costs .  As the year-long debate on health care has evolved, discussion of choices based on cost have evaporated. In the broadcast, there is a real patient needing stroke [...]

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Thu, March 18 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Need a break from Google-Apple brawl? Microsoft launches an Open “Fourth Paradigm”

What happens when Apple and Google decide to settle a grudge match in public over the future of the mobile phone? My recommendation: Take a break….and download Microsoft Research‘s first open access monograph, The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery. This book is currently available as separate PDF files for online reading or downloading, and print and [...]

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Mon, March 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

SciTopics- Well intentioned, but….

I saw a link to SciTopics on the SCIRUS database search page, below the search box. SCIRUS is an admirable effort the the publishing house of Elsevier to provide a globally accessible portal to open access research information found  in a variety of sources, such as open access journals and institutional repositories SciTopics are intended [...]

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Fri, March 12 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

A Cornerstone of Open Access Belief: the OA Boost

Alma Swan has posted a draft summary of citation advantage studies and the methodological and interpretive aspects of each study.  She also describes the basis for a notion of the OA Advantage or Boost: (a) A General OA Advantage: the advantage that comes from citable articles becoming available to audiences that had not had access [...]

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Thu, March 11 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments