Brisbane Times Timothy McCallum April 28 2016
Australia spends more than $30 billion a year on projects which produce “grey literature” – documents which are produced by government departments, academic institutions, private companies and more. But despite all this effort, Australia lacks a standardised mechanism to curate and freely distribute grey literature.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/public-service/australia-produces-30-billion-worth-of-grey-literature-that-we-cant-read-20160428-gogx8o.html
The Conversation October 23, 2015
Open access means making peer reviewed works freely available in digital form, so that anyone with internet access can use them, without financial, legal or technical barriers. It allows users to download, copy, print and distribute works, without the need to ask for permission or to pay.
To the mark the eighth annual Open Access Week, we asked what readers wanted to know about the initiative.
Science is best when the data is an open book
EurekAlert 21 September 2015
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces that Heliyon, its new open access journal publishing research across all disciplines, has today published its first eight papers since the journal opened for submissions earlier this year.
Covering topics as diverse as Yard-long beans in Sri Lanka and cattle in Western Germany, the newly published papers span multiple research disciplines from authors across four continents.
Visit the website http://www.heliyon.com for more information, submission guidelines, and to register for email alerts.
Radio National Background Briefing Hagar Cohen 2 August 2015
Predatory publishers are exploiting academics by getting them to pay fees—sometimes thousands of dollars—to publish their papers in low-grade journals, alongside anything from harmful junk science to flat out dangerous ideas.
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(BioMed Central 3 July 2015) A total of 175 journals in BioMed Central’s publishing portfolio now have impact iactors in the recently published Journal Citation Report 2015, of which 104 journals rank in the top half of their categories.
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The Conversation Virginia Barbour 21 May 2015
Delegates at the The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference on the Gold Coast last week heard from futurist Bryan Alexander about four possible scenarios for the future of knowledge.
Three of them sounded engaging: there was one where “open information architecture has triumphed”; another where automation is the primary driving force; and a third which is a renaissance of “digitally enabled creativity”.
However, one was chilling. This was where the drive for “open” has failed, and content is locked up in walled gardens.
EurekAlert | 24 April, 2015 | Mary Ann Liebert
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (http://www.liebertpub.com/), is dedicated to the scientific, medical, and psychosocial exploration of clinical cannabis, cannabinoids, and the biochemical mechanisms of endocannabinoids. Launching in fall 2015, the Journal will be the premier open source for authoritative cannabis and cannabinoid research, discussion, and debate. The Journal will publish under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation. Continue reading…