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[News] Open Access/Content Gains, Springer Joins the Fold

  • Subject: [News] Open Access/Content Gains, Springer Joins the Fold
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:45:10 +0100
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Springer Announces New Open-Access Journals

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| The Springer publishing company today 
| announced that it is setting up a new open-
| access journal program. Called 
| SpringerOpen, the program will initially 
| include 12 new online-only, peer-reviewed 
| journals in science, technical, and medical 
| fields.
| The Chronicle sat down with Eric Merkel-
| Sobotta, Springer's executive vice 
| president for corporate communications, and 
| Bettina Goerner, the company's manager of 
| open access, to talk about the program. 
| (They were in town for the annual meeting 
| of the American Library Association.) They 
| emphasized that all SpringerOpen journals 
| will be published under a Creative Commons 
| Attribution license, which allows reuse of 
| articles as long as the authors are given 
| credit. So if you're an instructor who 
| wants to use a SpringerOpen article in a 
| course you're teaching, "you can include it 
| in course packages without e-mailing 
| Springer's rights department," Mr. Merkel-
| Sobotta said.


Open access publishing & open peer review 

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| I have never previously submitted a paper 
| to JMIR or other open access journals, 
| because the university I work for has no 
| way of paying the submission and 
| publication charges (although they spend a 
| fortune on subscriptions to journals - some 
| of which I and my colleagues have published 
| in). This changed a few weeks ago when I 
| persuaded my doctoral supervisors that the 
| high impact factor and relatively fast 
| review process of JMIR meant this was the 
| right journal to submit my latest paper to. 
| I had to make a special case (largely based 
| on completing my doctorate before the next 
| assesment under the Research Excellence 
| Framework) and it was agreed that the 
| university would pay the fees - but that 
| this wouldn't set a precedent for the 
| future.


Speaker interview: Rufus Pollock

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| Rufus Pollock, founder, The Open Knowledge 
| Foundation
| How, in your experience, have web 
| technologies been employed to make the 
| world a better place?
| The internet and new digital technologies 
| have had and will continue to have a huge 
| impact on the way that knowledge is 
| disseminated in society. Sharing knowledge 
| more effectively has the potential to 
| improve the world in all kinds of ways -- 
| from closing the loop between citizens and 
| public bodies, allowing for greater 
| accountability and improved service 
| provision, to improving large-scale 
| collaboration in science, e.g. on the 
| development of life-saving drugs and 
| treatments. Better knowledge sharing 
| enables us to understand some of the 
| world's biggest problems -- from our 
| changing climate to our troubled economies 
| -- and to respond to them more effectively. 
| In addition to these extrinsic merits, 
| digital content can also be intrinsically 
| valuable -- such as in the case of classic 
| literary or musical works which have 
| entered the public domain or recordings of 
| lecture courses which anyone can freely 
| listen to and share. 



Open Access Science ?= Open Source Software

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| As a software engineer who works on open
| source scientific applications and
| frameworks, when I look at this, I scratch
| my head and wonder "why don't they just do
| the equivalent of a code review"? And
| that's really, where the germ of the idea
| behind this blog posting started. What if
| the scientific publishing process were
| more like an open source project? How
| would the need for peer-review be balanced
| with the need to publish? Who should bear
| the costs? Can a publishing model be
| created that minimizes bias and allows
| good ideas to emerge in the face of
| scientific groupthink?


Blind Students Get Free Access to Cambridge U. Press Books

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| Texts for visually impaired college students
| are hard to come by. But a new agreement
| between Cambridge University Press and
| Bookshare, a nonprofit organization that
| converts books and journals into formats that
| blind people can read, may enlarge this
| library.

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