The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increasing pressure.
Emerging Trends in the Academic Publishing Lifecycle
The academic publication lifecycle has undergone radical changes over the past several years. These changes have a significant impact on how scholarship will be written, published, promoted, and read in the future.
Open Letter from History Journal Editors in Response to Consultation on Plan S
Concerns about some key aspects of Plan S and about their workability in practice, particularly within the landscape of the Humanities, are presented, along with a call for closer consideration of the differential impacts and possible unintended consequences of the ambitious plans laid out in the Guidance document.
UC Press Supports University of California's Stance on Elsevier
As the publishing arm of the University of California system, UC Press supports the UC libraries in their cancellation of the Elsevier "big deal" package. As small to medium-sized publishers of largely humanities and social sciences (HSS) journals, university presses (including UC Press) have had to compete for diminishing library resources to support our publishing programs.
Norwegian Research Institutions Have Decided Not to Renew Their Agreement with Elsevier
The offer from Elsevier is a long way from fulfilling the Norwegian requirements for open access to research articles. There is also no movement in transitioning the agreement from paying to read to paying for open publishing. Norwegian research institutions will therefore not renew the agreement with Elsevier for 2019.
What Do Countries in the Global South Stand to Gain from Signing Up to Europe's Open Access Strategy?
Plan S raises challenging questions for the Global South. Even if Plan S fails to achieve its objectives the growing determination in Europe to trigger a “global flip” to open access suggests developing countries will have to develop an alternative strategy.
The Open Tide - How Openness in Research and Communication is Becoming the Default Setting
The UK has benefitted from funder incentives that make Open Access appealing for authors, while US funders have taken a less interventionist approach to Open Access. This in turn has led to increased international collaboration for UK researchers.
UC Terminates Subscriptions with World's Largest Scientific Publisher in Push for Open Access to Publicly Funded Research
As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC's key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.
Open Access Escape Room: The Key to OA Engagement?
The Open Access Escape Room resulted in great engagement from students, academic staff and professional services staff, some of whom reported that they never knew how relevant OA was for them. It increased engagement and provided a positive environment for conversations around OA.
Open Access in China: Interview with Xiaolin Zhang of the National Science Library
China's programme of innovation-driven development, underpinned by research and technology, has placed new demands on the Chinese scientific community. What role for open access - and the Europe-led Plan S programme?