I love Nature: Open access comes of age: Publishing model enters phase of slower but steady growth.

OPening Up
Open access comes of age. By: Whitfield, John. Nature, 6/23/2011, Vol. 474 Issue 7352, p428-428, 1p; DOI: 10.1038/474428a

On June 21, 2011 Nature published the article: ‘Open access comes of age: Publishing model enters phase of slower but steady growth’ by John Whitfield – The article focuses on a recent study by Mikael Laakso, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. (2011) “The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009”. PLoS ONE 6(6). Available at : http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020961

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Lancet gets it!

If you have ever wondered about the case for Open Data… just read this article that appeared in the comment section of the Lancet …

Science as a public enterprise; the case for open data. By: Boulton, Geoffrey; Rawlins, Michael; Vallance, Patrick; Walport, Mark. Lancet, 5/14/2011, Vol. 377 Issue 9778, p1633-1635, 3p

“The past half-century has seen a breathtaking surge in scientific discovery. We have put satellites into orbit and probed the universe; we have discovered the chemical structure of living organisms and learned to manipulate it; we have been able to read the Earth’s history in minute detail from ice-sheet and ocean cores; and we have improved human and animal health through increasingly large epidemiological studies and clinical trials. All of these achievements have necessitated new ways of collecting, storing, manipulating, and transmitting information that far surpass anything previously dreamed of. ….

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Fair use! Stronger and better than ever before

“As fair use protections and potentials continue to expand, how can nonspecialists help shape a more rational future for fair use? ”

On February 25th, an EDUCAUSE Live event took place called “The Future of Fair Use” delivered by Steve Anderson.

The event is available for download at adobeconnect here. The session is a wonderful simple to digest discussion on ethics and strategies for overcoming institutional roadblocks related to publishing and teaching with copyrighted media. Topics included the myths and realities of fair use, best practices, exemptions, and the practicalities of working with copyrighted media across a full spectrum of scholarly and pedagogical activities.

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Guelph Research Shop adopts Open Access guidelines

With assistance from the Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communications Team a part of the University of Guelph Library, the Research Shop adopts Open Access guidelines!

The Research Shop is another name for the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES). ICES fosters collaborative and mutually beneficial community-university research partnerships. ICES draws on strong traditions of community engagement and socially responsive research within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) at the University of Guelph.

ICES builds capacity for community-engaged scholarship by strengthening faculty and student engagement with local, national and international communities of interest, addressing faculty reward development, and training faculty and students in knowledge mobilization.

The guidelines read:

To maximize the impact of research, outputs need to be made as broadly accessible as possible by enabling free universal access.
The Research Shop encourages researchers to endorse the concept of open access by depositing scholarly output in an open access repository such as the University of Guelph’s institutional repository, the Atrium.

For assistance contact: lib.research@uoguelph.ca


“Climategate’ was PR disaster that could bring healthy reform of peer review

Peer-review was meant to be a safeguard against the publication of bad science but the balance is shifting towards open access

The Guardian has published online the full manuscript of its major investigation into the climate science emails stolen from the University of East Anglia, which revealed apparent attempts to cover up flawed data; moves to prevent access to climate data; and to keep research from climate skeptics out of the scientific literature.

If you have ever wondered if the peer-review system is itself was in jeopardy, read this story published in The Guardian . it was written by Fred Pearce, an environment writer and author of The Last Generation: How nature will take her revenge for climate change.
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