The largest share of open-access articles belongs to a new category described as “bronze”: articles are available on websites hosted by their publisher - either immediately or following an embargo - but are not formally licensed for reuse.
Decolonising knowledge and democratising information is the great promise of our times. With universal access to knowledge, we can begin to achieve the potential of the Internet and provide a better world for future generations.
It's Time to Stand up to the Academic Publishing Industry: Here’s How
Academia is unique in that professionals with highly specialized expertise, who are paid by public institutions, write articles and provide peer reviews to corporations who profit greatly without giving back to the research enterprise.
SpringerNature Hurries 7 Billion Euro Frankfurt Listing
SpringerNature, the publisher of science magazine Nature, has brought forward a listing which may value it at more than 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) including debt, to reduce the risk from volatile stock markets.
Insights from Authors’ Editors Can Help Journal Editors Define and Refine Their Core Competencies
Journal editors should be able to ensure that authors are given useful feedback on the language and writing in submitted manuscripts. Journal editors should be able to deal effectively with inappropriate text re-use and plagiarism.
Authorial and Institutional Stratification in Open Access Publishing: the Case of Global Health Research
New axes of stratification are emerging in academic publishing, adding to the already complex tapestry of inequality in science. Authors working at lower-ranked universities are more likely to publish in closed/paywalled outlets, and less likely to choose outlets that involve some sort of Article Processing Charge (APCs; gold or hybrid OA).
Libraries Reject Taylor & Francis Opportunistic Change of Contract
More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis: the academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis "big deal" will now have to be purchased as a separate package.
Interactivity in Scientific Figures Is a Key Tool for Data Exploration and the Scientific Process
Last summer we launched our interactive figures initiative with plotly. Since then, we have published 22 interactives figures in seven articles across two platforms. In this post authors describe their figures and share why they wanted to make them interactive.