Category Archives: Science Communications Research

ResearchGate Sued in the United States

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/04/publishers-accuse-researchgate-mass-copyright-infringement

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Historians of Economic Thought Illustrate Problems of Journal Rankings for Small Fields

Alberto Baccini, Professor of Economics at the University of Siena, points out difficulties posed for smaller academic disciplines, using the example of three history of economic thought journals now excluded from Journal Citations Report (JCR): There are dozens of open … Continue reading

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Worries about “Lock Ins” and “Lock Outs”: Recent Mergers Highlight Library and Smaller Publisher Concerns

My colleague Alena, as promised, attended the recent Anywhere Access (AA) webinar. AA aims to become “as fast as Sci-Hub” and to streamline the search-to-PDF workflow for researchers. Marketing heavily to researchers directly, AA aims to lock libraries in to … Continue reading

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Open Science on Both Sides of the Atlantic

A helpful Open Science MOOC (core partners: Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation and the German National Library of Science and Technology): https://opensciencemooc.github.io/site/Resources/ 2. …& a brand new resource from the US National Academies: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25116/open-science-by-design-realizing-a-vision-for-21st-century

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Who Owns Digital Science (Makers of Overleaf)?

…and the answer is: Holtzbrinck. Holtzbrinck also holds a majority share in SpringerNature, as Roger Schonfeld detailed for The Scholarly Kitchen in October 2017 together with an analysis of a possible scholarly publishing “duoply”: Any kind of acquisition of Digital … Continue reading

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California Joins Germany, Finland, & Others in Championing Journal Subscription System Change

The University of California system has issued a strong statement championing further development of open access publishing infrastructures, in the spirit of Germany’s Projekt DEAL and Finland’s “No Deal No Review“: It has become increasingly clear that the problem of … Continue reading

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The Movie You’ve Been Waiting For…

Coming September 2018 to NYC – October 9 to Rotterdam (Erasmus University, Netherlands) – is Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. Featuring interviews by academics and publishers alike. Trailer List of interviews filmed to date (nice to see Kamran Naim, my … Continue reading

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Springer Nature IPO Withdrawn

Why Was Springer Nature’s IPO Withdrawn?

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Towards an Access and Discovery “Supercontinent”?

Roger Schonfeld paints the current picture of access and discovery in a must-read article for everyone interested the so-called researcher experience: Will a supercontinent emerge for discovery and access? Time will tell. Meanwhile, users have long become impatient of the … Continue reading

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Springer Nature Announces IPO

From Reuters: Springer Nature, the publisher of science magazines Nature and Scientific American, is planning to raise 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) by selling new shares in an initial public offering (IPO).  

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