The entire board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics surrendered on Thursday to protest over high open-access fees, confining access to data and information commercial control of academic work.
Today, a similar group is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies. The journal will be for and by the academic community and will be owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI). It will be distributed mutually with MIT Press.
The conflict between Elsevier, the world’s biggest publisher of scientific journals, and Germany’s entire university system has dragged on since 2015. However, recently Elsevier has approved continuous access to its paywalled journals for researchers at around 200 German universities and other research institutes that had refused earlier to renew their individual subscriptions. The nationwide deal sought by scientists includes an open-access option, under which all corresponding authors affiliated with German institutions would be allowed to make their papers open to read and share by anyone in the world. This would be a signpost for global efforts to make the results of publicly funded research immediately and freely available to scientists.
Cambridge University Press has reached a major Open Access contract with higher education and research institutions in Sweden. The three-year ‘read and publish’ deal has agreed with Bibsam – an association of 85 higher education and research institutions, led by the National Library of Sweden. It indicates that the authors from institutions affiliated to Bibsam can publish their publicly-financed research articles in the Press’s hybrid and fully Open Access journals. It also gives Bibsam members full access to the Press’ full collection of nearly 400 journals from 1 January 2019.
With Open Access turning into the shared vision of various governments worldwide and a specific concentration inside some European research funders, this extended joint effort permits both Wiley and Hindawi to help the continuous improvement of top-notch open access titles and giving creators extra choices for where and how to publish. This collaboration is an extraordinary case of how Open Access is an intense and powerful driving force of the Open Science landscape, supporting an open and energizing worldwide space of sharing and associating the effect of research for the future generations.
Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/wiley-and-hindawi-expand-open-access-publishing-collaboration/
On 9th March, the publisher, Peter Lang has announced plans to make 11 of its subscription-based journals full open access. IngentaOpen, the new Open Access platform, will provide free online access to these journal articles, starting with each journal’s first issue of 2018 with a CC-BY license. Kelly Shergill, CEO of Peter Lang, has expressed his happiness about the step and hoped that the transition would benefit all parties.
Reference link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/peter-lang-converts-eleven-journals-to-open-access-publications/
According to the report commissioned by Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group the share of UK research which is freely available is increasing at a considerable rate. 37% of UK outputs are available via open access to public view either through Gold or Green OA within 12 months. The trend of UK-authored articles published open access went up from 12% in 2012 to 30% in 2016, an annual growth rate of over 30% sustained throughout the period.
Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/37-of-uk-research-outputs-freely-available-immediately-at-the-time-of-publication-says-new-report/
De Gruyter and United Nations mutually decide to work on publication of two open access books on mathematics. The books are authored for physicists and engineers and will serve as the foundation mathematics course under the syllabus of the Regional Centres. Both books are accessible to everyone and from everywhere. The first volume includes Linear Algebra and the second volume focuses on Probability and Statistics.
Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/de-gruyter-and-united-nations-cooperate-on-open-access-book-project/
Michael Eisen, an acclaimed biologist at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Public Library of Science, has resolved to change the way scientific findings are circulated. His PLOS publishes some of the widest and most prestigious academic papers in the world. He aims to provide open access, meaning anyone having internet connection can read them for free. Currently, most research papers are locked behind paywalls, and unlocking those documents costs hundreds of dollars per article. This prevents the general public and scientists from being updated about new researches although they are funded by U.S. taxpayers. PLOS has started an initiative called open science movement to break up the academic publishing conglomerate.
Reference link: http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/11/30/open-access-science-publishing-plos
The latest in the battle over open-access and subscription policies of Elsevier and an association of German libraries, universities, and research institutes is the resignation of five leading German scientists from the editorial board of journals published by Elsevier. The researchers want Elsevier to accept a new payment model that would make all papers authored by Germany-based researchers open access.
Reference Link: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/german-researchers-resign-elsevier-journals-push-nationwide-open-access
JAMA Network is in the process of launching a new fully open-access journal containing clinical research across all medical disciplines, JAMA Network Open. It is planned to be launched in early 2018.
Reference Link: https://wire.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/jama-network-launch-fully-open-access-journal