ORCID adoption in New Zealand
New Zealand is joining the wave of countries to support and adopt ORCID. On July 26 New Zealand's peak bodies representing the scientific and research community, along with funding agencies, released a joint statement of principle supporting the adoption and use of ORCID identifiers across the research and science system.
Internet New Zealand and Creative Commons Aotearoa
Internet New Zealand has announced a renewed partnership with Creative Commons Aotearoa which sees $50,000 of funding focused on education and research around Internet use and open access information. A focus will be on copyright and licensing of online content in primary and secondary schools.
Big Business rally's against data sharing
Australia's largest enterprises are lobbying against the possibility of new regulations governing the sharing of data, arguing they should be allowed to come up with such arrangements on their own.
New ALIA Open Access Hub
Called ALIA READ (Resources, Electronic and Archived Documents), it's designed to be an open access hub for ALIA (Australian Libraries Information Association) generated information.
Breast Cancer Now - OA policy released
After a recent reviewed of its OA policy, the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity group Breast Cancer Now will now support a Green OA model instead of a Gold OA model due to cost and the rapidly evolving OA landscape.
Call for OA study tenders
The European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) has published a call for tenders in relation to a study on open access to publications and research data management within ERC projects.
EU "link tax" concern
The “introduction in EU law of a related right covering online uses of news publications” is exactly what civil society groups like Save the Link are criticising as a link tax.
ERU posts guidelines under Horizon 2020
Guidelines on the Implementation of Open Access to scientific publications and research data in projects supported by the European research Council under Horizon 2020.
Springer makes national agreement with UK institutions with access to more than 2,000 of Springer’s subscription journals, to allow all (participating institution) authors to publish open access in subscription journals that offer the Open Choice option.
Elsevier patent shock
On August 30, the Patent Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,430,468, titled; “Online peer review and method.” The owner of this patent is none other than Elsevier, the giant academic publisher.
Publisher charged with deceiving researchers
The US Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
NASA launches OA portal
NASA is the latest of the US funding agencies to announce its policy on Access to Federally Funded Research– a list is maintained by SPARC. NASA's is especially interesting, as it is to be delivered via a repository managed by PubMed Central, and is called "PubSpace". They note specifically "Papers available through publishers’ web sites do not fulfil the authors’ obligations under the NASA Public Access Policy."
De Gruyter Open author survey
Examination of the attitudes of academic authors around the world towards open access publishing, including their experiences.
Sci-Hub website causing major controversy
Sci-Hub is viewed by the publishing community and many authorities as a major pirate of copyright protected material while at the same time, seen by the global scientific research community, especially those located in less affluent nations, as an essential source of information. This blog takes a look at it from a legal standpoint.
Open access papers always attract more citations
A study on citations by 1Science of 3.3 million papers indexed in Web of Science published between 2007 and 2009 found increased citations across all fields. In agriculture, for example, the average citations of OA papers was 35% higher than of non-OA papers.
Going beyond impact factors
While the "publish or perish" culture in science won't break bones, it does have a negative impact – the prevalence of scientific fraud. A view from an academic at the frontline of publishing
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's free, not-for-profit preprint service bioRxiv has received new financial support. BioRxiv hosts more than 5,500 manuscripts featuring the work of 23,500 scientists from more than 40 countries.
American Chemical Society to establish preprint server
The American Chemical Society has announced its intention to form ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, proposed as a collaborative undertaking that will facilitate the open dissemination of important scientific findings.
SpaceNet Open Data debut
SpaceNet is a collaboration between DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works, and NVIDIA. Images are now freely available as a public data set on Amazon Web Services.
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