German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

Read the full story in Science. Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes. The researchers want Elsevier to accept a new …

New IMLS-funded project: Opening access to 20th century public domain serials

Read the full post from Everybody's Libraries. I’m happy to report that over the next year, I and others at Penn will be working on a project that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has just funded to help open access to the vast public domain of 20th century serials.  We’ll be developing and demonstrating data …

Open Knowledge Maps

An Open Knowledge Maps visualization presents you with a topical overview for your search term. It is based on the most relevant papers in the chosen library. Currently searches PubMed and the Directory of Open Access Journals. The tool uses text similarity to create the knowledge maps. The algorithm groups those papers together that have …

What Open-Access Publishing Actually Costs

Read the full story in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In academe, ideas cost money. But how much? Advocates for open-access journals say that academic research should be free for everyone to read. But even those proponents acknowledge that publishing costs money — the disagreement is over the amount. The issue was highlighted last month, …

“Predatory” journals are distorting the brave new world of open science

Read the full story in the New Statesman. The modern, digital era of peer-reviewed science is changing the way high-quality research is being released. As soon as a study has been validated for accuracy, it’s almost immediately published online and covered by a dozen websites before the end of the working day. It can create …

New Toolkit Promotes Open Licensing of Publicly-Funded Resources

Read the full post at Shareable. If your tax dollars help create a resource, shouldn't it be shared freely? Yes, of course, but that's not always the case. Creative Commons is doing something about this with their Open Licensing Policy Toolkit to “support the education of government staff creating, adopting and implementing open licensing policies.”

Making a Difference with Open Source Science Equipment

Read the full story from Michigan Tech. Science can be expensive. But making customized scientific equipment doesn’t have to be. Researchers at Michigan Technological University have compiled economic data on the effectiveness of open source hardware in the laboratory—and the process looks promising. The new study,  published in Science and Public Policy, was led by …