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Elsevier’s gold, green, and hybrid open access…a triple play to change perception?

Tweet I noticed a press-release article announcing a new Elsevier open access journal, Molecular Metabolism, that will feature one of my Yale faculty colleagues, Tamas Horvath,  as an  editor.  Because of the competition with new top tier journals like eLife that have waived article processing charge (APC) for their first three years, Molecular Metabolism  has waived the APC [...]

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Thu, January 31 2013 » Uncategorized » 2 Comments

My soft spot for Elsevier: provides free or low-cost access through HINARI

Tweet Today Elsevier publicly withdrew their support for the misbegotten Research Works Act (RWA), and they threw a few bones to the mathematicians that started the cost of knowledge petition (currently up to 7518 signatures, 1397 mathematicians, 0nly 471 from medicine, 1115 from biology) in the form of opening the archives of 14 core mathematics [...]

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Tue, February 28 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Do any unhappy Elsevier editors want to jump ship for eLife?

Tweet As the Cost of Knowledge Elsevier  boycott petition crashed through the 4500 total this afternoon and continues to add signatories (another 50 six hours later), it seems there are many former Elsevier authors, reviewers, and editors that might be looking for a prominent role in a credible open access competitor.  What kind of protesters [...]

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Wed, February 8 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The Maginot Line Moment: Which side to be on?

Tweet “When World War I finally ended, France vowed never again to let Germany, the so-called “beast that sleeps on the other side of the Rhine,” violate its territory. French politicians and generals conceived the Maginot Line, a network of forts and blockhouses, as an obstacle to any future invasion. Although it has become notorious [...]

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Wed, February 1 2012 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Are we open access fanatics… or PTSCB survivors?

Tweet There are actually observers and players in scholarly communication  that think the 100 or so open access blogs out there are merely a bunch of shrill malcontents bent on breaking up the marriage of convenience between overburdened faculty and experienced publishers that have historical precedent to prosper and profit from selling it right back to the institutional libraries of [...]

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Thu, January 12 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Free SCImago Journal Rank + green publishing support: Elsevier puts its $$$ behind open access

Tweet Stevan Harnad alerted me earlier this  year that Elsevier is a fully green open access publisher. Authors can archive pre-print or post-print copies (the one exception for Elsevier, according to SHERPA/RoMEO, is The Lancet:  only a word-processed version of a peer-reviewed, accepted, and edited article from The Lancet can be placed on a personal [...]

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Sun, August 14 2011 » Uncategorized » 3 Comments

Elsevier entry into fee-based open access: Not exactly the best evidence

Tweet I read with great interest Peter Suber’s account in the watershed events section of SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #155 of Elsevier’s first author fee-based (gold) open access publication, the International Journal of Case Surgery Reports (IJSCR).  After all, I am the Library Liaison for Surgery at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, and this might [...]

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Sat, March 12 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Elsevier is pale green: Encouragement to self-archive pre-prints for public access

Tweet [I have received the comment below from Stevan that pale or not, Elsevier is fully green. I stand corrected. ] Green open access refers to self-archiving pre-prints and post-prints of research articles, essentially freeing research results from the closed silo of subscription access. Here is Stevan Harnad’s graphic depiction of maximized research access and impact through [...]

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Thu, January 13 2011 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Elsevier tests new peer-review….we want open peer review

Tweet I noticed in a tweet of a Research Information posting about Elsevier’s new peer-review experiment for Chemical Physics Letters called PeerChoice. On the scale of news,  PeerChoice is a murmur.  Reviewers for  one journal will now have the freedom to choose which articles they would like to review, hopefully matching their expertise and interest, [...]

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Sat, July 3 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

SCIRUS- drilling into Open Access primary and secondary sources

Tweet Scirus, the Elsevier-produced web index targeting the retrieval of over 380 million science-related Web pages, has always been a credible free alternative to the imprecision and paid-advertising  that comes with attempts at scientific retrieval  with basic google. (of course, Google Scholar is where you could go for better peer-reviewed scientific access). It is important to recognize [...]

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Sun, April 18 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment