December 14, 2017

New Online: PASTEUR4OA Project Releases Data Visualisations on Open Access Policies Worldwide

From the PASTEUR4OA Project Web Site: Most of the data visualisations are based on data taken from ROARMAP on 24th August 2015, though some use live data. The use of live ROARMAP data is an area the PASTEUR4OA team hope to carry out more investigation into over the duration of the project. The visualisations illustrate […]

A University of South Florida Class Begins Open Access Textbook Pilot

From The Oracle During his recent fall address to faculty, USF Provost Ralph Wilcox announced that the students enrolled in professor Jennifer Schneider’s Literature in Childhood Education course will use an open-access e-textbook to read digital literature collections, move through interactive lessons and visit children’s literature museums. [Clip] Schneider, an associate professor in the College […]

Two Guides on Open Access Monograph Publishing

Both guides are available for free and we believe will likely be of interest to a global audience. 1. Guide to Open Access Monograph Publishing for Arts, Humanities and Social Science Researchers This guide has been produced to assist arts, humanities and social sciences researchers in understanding the state of play with regards to open […]

Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society Announce New Open Access Journal Collaboration

From a Joint Announcement: [Yesterday,] The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society jointly announced a new collaboration on the Royal Society’s multidisciplinary open access journal Royal Society Open Science. The Royal Society of Chemistry will manage the commissioning and peer review processes for the chemistry section of the journal. Royal Society Open Science, […]

Open Access: NPG and Palgrave Macmillan Release Findings From Survey of 22,000 Authors

From Nature Publishing Group: A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has found that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications. The Author Insights Survey 2015 was originally carried out for internal research purposes in April 2015 among academics […]

University of California Press’s Open Access Mega-Journal Collabra Publishes First Article

Note: infoDOCKET first shared info about Collabra and again when the journal was formally announced in January of this year. Links to our three posts (incl. video) are found below. From UC Press: University of California Press’s open access (OA) mega-journal, Collabra, has published its first article in the field of social psychology—Implicit Preferences for […]

Roundup of Responses to Jeffrey Beall’s Post About Two Open Access Aggregators in Latin America

Here’s a quick roundup of several responses stemming from a blog post by Jeffrey Beall (University of Colorado-Denver) about two open access aggregators/meta-publishers in Latin America, SciElo and Redalyc. The post has caused a lot of conversation since it was first shared last Friday. Beall’s Post “Is SciELO a Publication Favela?” July 30, 2015) The […]

New Online: COAR Launches Draft “Resource Type” Vocabulary for Open Access Repositories

From the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Web Site: Open access repositories are evolving in terms of the roles they play and the attributes they aim to express in their records. Users want to know about additional metadata elements used for describing repository items, such as open access status, research funder, institutional affiliation, and […]

Open Access: U.S. Senate Committee Passes Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR)

Portions of two statements (and links to full text) follow. You can track the FASTR legislation (S.779) by using GovTrack.us. From SPARC: The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today passed S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, unanimously by voice vote and moved it to the full […]

Open Access: From the UK: “OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update: Spring 2015″

Note: The pathfinder linked below (produced by the UK’s JISC) targets those in the UK academic community we believe the Pathfinder initiative will be of interest to some of you regardless of location. Direct to Full Text Update OA Good Practice Pathfinder Update: Spring 2015: Supporting Universities’ Open Access Implementation Through Sharing Examples Of Good […]