Phys .org: To help protect research, experts agree on a definition of predatory publishing

Phys .org: To help protect research, experts agree on a definition of predatory publishing. “Leading scholars and publishers from The Ottawa Hospital’s Centre for Journalology, the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, and other institutions from around the world have agreed on a consensus definition of predatory publishing. Led by Drs. Agnes Grudniewicz, David Moher, Kelly Cobey, and Manoj Lalu, their commentary was published in Nature.”

Interesting Engineering: Internet Archivists Working Hard to Keep a “Pirate Bay of Science” Available Online

Interesting Engineering: Internet Archivists Working Hard to Keep a “Pirate Bay of Science” Available Online. “Scientific material is hard to come by online unless you’re ready to pay a pretty penny to access it. Many scientific papers and books are indeed available in an online format, however, they typically hide behind paywalls, leaving them unread by many. Two sites have been trying to remedy the situation by pirating scientific papers: Library Genesis (LibGen) and Sci-Hub. The issue is that sites like these have real problems staying online for legal and logistical hosting purposes. Now, a new project by data hoarders and freedom of information activists is trying to bring long-term stability to LibGen.”

BC Journal: Voices In Education Expands Access (Bernews)

Bernews: BC Journal: Voices In Education Expands Access. “Bermuda College’s BC Journal: Voices in Education was recently invited to be included in the University of Florida’s Digital Library of the Caribbean. ‘The achievement was made all the more gratifying because the university cited the Journal’s quality, and academic contributions as a factor in its decision to include the scholarly publication,’ the College noted.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Publishing Agreement Marks Open Access Milestone

Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Publishing Agreement Marks Open Access Milestone. “The university recently reached a transformative agreement with the scientific publishing giant Elsevier that prioritizes free and public access to the university’s research. This comes at a time when universities around the world are working to transition the current subscription system of scientific journal publishing to new open access business models. Under the terms of the agreement, which is the first of its kind between Elsevier and a university in the United States, Carnegie Mellon scholars will have access to all Elsevier academic journals. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, articles with a corresponding CMU author published through Elsevier also will be open access.”

Daily Bruin: The UC and Elsevier are refusing to compromise at unacceptable cost to students

Daily Bruin: The UC and Elsevier are refusing to compromise at unacceptable cost to students. “The UC and Elsevier must find a middle ground and come to a reasonable agreement to renew their annual subscription – one that both sides can feel content with. And that doesn’t mean one side or the other getting their way; it means compromise – in the fullest sense of the word. Because every day that goes by without an agreement means more students are getting swindled for something that’s beyond their own control.”

University of Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press to Publish Open-Access Journal

University of Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press to Publish Open-Access Journal. “The University of Arkansas Press has announced the acquisition of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. It is the first open access initiative by the press. First published in 2012, Artivate publishes original peer-reviewed scholarship that engages with arts entrepreneurship. From 2015-2018, Artivate was published by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.”