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The predatory open access seal of approval goes to… intechweb

I found a previously undetected open access publisher with a website, blog, youtube channel, and even a twitter feed called intechweb.org.  The also have a selection of open access textbooks, including one on medical robotics. I went to their web site and confirmed that the publisher used a gold open access model of an author [...]

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Mon, October 4 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Who pays for open access? A video primer from CUL

The Big Think site brought this video to my attention.  As this is a teaching blog, I think it is worth watching, if you are unfamiliar with this notion of who pays and what are the most sustainable models of open access.   Panelists: Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press; Ivy Anderson, Director [...]

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Tue, August 31 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Another open access predator, or just a social way of doing business?

At first this blog from iMedPub or oMedPub (take your pick, they seem to be used interchangeably) seemed attractive, at first glance,  and also seemed to be highlighting promising articles from a new open access publisher. My skepticism began to grow as I conducted an excruciating search for a real person behind “a social publishing house which has [...]

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Sun, August 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Cancer patients are taxpayers, and JCO could afford an open access experiment

The Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO), is considered a top shelf medical journal, ranked 4th for impact in oncology by the current Journal Citation Reports.  JCO follows the historical standard of requiring assignment of author’s copyright to the publisher upon article acceptance.  Authors submit manuscripts with the [...]

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Wed, July 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

More on predatory open access from Jeffrey Beal and the Charleston Advisor

Back in May I highlighted Jeffrey Beal’s article in the Charleston Advisor open access archive (the OA archive  is open, unlike the rest of the journal) , an entertaining exposé about several open access publisher websites that don’t describe or respond to questions about peer review or anything else…just register as an author, insert your [...]

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Fri, July 16 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

UTK’s Office of Research and the University Libraries Support OA with $$$

When a library tweets about open access funding, I sit up and listen.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and University Libraries have renewed a fund of $20,000 for FY 2009-2010 to support publishing in open access journals.  Credit must be given to the Library Scholarly Communication unit, which guides digital library initiatives, [...]

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Fri, July 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The Journal of Neurotrauma open option: A tipping point in critical care medicine?

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has decided to offer an open access option for publications like the Journal of Neurotrauma.  Most, if not all Liebert journals offer authors of accepted articles the opportunity to post their work  free online with immediate unrestricted open access for a $3,000 fee. Subsequent articles using the open access option will receive a [...]

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Fri, June 4 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

An Open Access Reading List — Open Access @ UNT

The University of North Texas at Denton hosted an Open Access Symposium on May 18, 2010, part of their ongoing initiative to establish a campus open access policy.  UNT would be the first public university in Texas, and only the second public university in the U.S., after the University of Kansas, to formalize a requirement for [...]

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Fri, May 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

In our Madoff age, are there open publishing imitators?

Remember a couple of years ago when there were smart and careful investors that nevertheless were tempted by the promise of easy money and a facade of offices and statements that masked a scheme that only truly rewarded the perpetrator? Now we have a term for a possible confidence game being played on scientists seeking a [...]

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Tue, May 11 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open access publishers’ code of conduct attracts scrutiny

The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a young organization just about to hold their 2nd annual meeting on August 22-24 in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.  The have already assembled a  large membership roster of international publishing organizations, scholarly society publishers, and independent open access journals.   There is also [...]

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Fri, April 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments