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This isn’t a library problem for libraries to solve

The Open Access Network is an ambitious project that plans to create a sustainable business model of OA publishing in the humanities and social sciences through collaboration. Be still my heart. (h/t Barbara Fister)

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When Elsevier attacks

From Scholarly Communications @ Duke: “Elsevier seems to want to broaden its ongoing attack on repositories, shifting from a focus on just those campuses that have an open access policy to now inhibiting green self-archiving on all university campuses.  But they are doing so using a distinction that ultimately makes no sense.”

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It’s snake-like and has tentacles

“Elsevier seems to want to broaden its ongoing attack on repositories, shifting from a focus on just those campuses that have an open access policy to now inhibiting green self-archiving on all university campuses. But they are doing so using a distinction that ultimately makes no sense.” Source: A distinction without a difference, by Kevin Smith

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On academic privilege

From Aaron Swartz’s Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto: “Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable. […]

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One student’s pledge to publish open access

This is brave. I fully support this: Source: What I Must Do I have come to the conclusion that my knowledge should and will be accessible. Therefore, I will only publish openly. I will only publish in open access journals. I will only review for open access publications. I will only sign book and chapter contracts […]

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Thinking more broadly about scholarship

Dan Cohen on Wired, “To Make Open Access Work, We Need to Do More Than Liberate Journal Articles“: “We need a sensible shift towards an acceptable form of post-publication, rather than traditional pre-publication peer review. This is especially true given the growing numbers of digital genres and options for scholarly publishing directly to the web […]