Offline: Scientific publishing - trust and tribulations
Scientific publishers as we know them today remain a threatened species. They will have to do more to prove their added value to science and society. Unless they do so, they may not deserve to survive.
The T&F Buyout of F1000 Neutralizes the Plan S Threat Infrastructures
I am tempted to think that Taylor & Francis's acquisition of F1000 should be critiqued on grounds of yet more gross for-profit consolidation in the scholarly publishing ecosystem. I believe this is true. But funders won't care. The EU wants to maintain its stance of market non-interference and I do not believe that the for-profit status of such entities bothers others like Wellcome or Gates.
New Report on Internal Cost Reallocation Models Within the Bibsam Consortium
Robert van der Vooren conducted a study commissioned by the National Library of Sweden about new ways of distributing publisher contract costs to Bibsam Consortium participants. The study is intended to be a basis when the Bibsam Consortium makes cost distribution future proof for full open access publishing.
UC Response to Publisher Letter Opposing Immediate Open Access to Federally Funded Research
Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC's publisher negotiations strategy, have provided the following response to a recent open letter in which a number of commercial and society journal publishers voiced their opposition to a policy, rumored to be under discussion by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, that would require federally funded research be made freely available to the public immediately upon publication, rather than within 12 months as current policy stipulates. The University of California believes the public should have access to publicly-funded research, freely and immediately upon publication. We are deeply …
Coalition of 135+ Scientific Research and Publishing Organizations Sends Letter to Administration
MORE THAN 135 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND PUBLISHING ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TOGETHER IN OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED ADMINISTRATION POLICY FORCING IMMEDIATE FREE DISTRIBUTION OF PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES Proposed Policy Would Undermine American Science, Research, Intellectual Property, and Global Competitiveness.
Publishers Announce a Major New Service to Plug Leakage
A group of leading publishers is announcing a major new service to plug leakage, improve discovery and access, fight piracy, compete with ResearchGate, and position their platform for the OA ecosystem.