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PaleorXiv: Post-launch update

Initial success It’s been almost 2 months since paleorXiv launched! Since then, 35 papers have been published on the platform. We maintain a database of them all here. We have also created a Code of Conduct and a Diversity Statement, developed with the help of the wider community. These are to help foster paleorXiv as a welcoming community […]

The Rise of Big Publishers in Development and What is at Stake – The Knowledge G.A.P.

The Rise of Big Publishers in Development and What is at Stake A Development Perspective By: Denisse Albornoz, Research Associate at OCSDNet Earlier this year, I attended Publishers for Development (PfD), a conference that gathers librarians, researchers, development officers Source: The Rise of Big Publishers in Development and What is at Stake – The Knowledge G.A.P.

Trust me, I’m a scientist.

Why should people trust the published scientific record? Imagine this hypothetical, but potentially very real, conversation with a non-academic: 1: “This research paper has been published, and therefore is scientifically valid.” 2: “But it’s paywalled, I can’t access it. How do I know it’s valid?” 1: “Because it has been peer reviewed.” 2. “Can you […]

Got Open Access?

The last iteration of this post made the assumption that ‘gold’ Open Access meant you had to pay for it. I of all people should know that this is what  us English scientists call ‘pish-posh’. It turns out that in reality, around 70% of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have […]

Illegal file hosting site, ResearchGate, acquires massive financial investment

ResearchGate is a platform where its users, primarily researchers, routinely engage in massive-scale copyright infringement of published works. It was announced this week and covered in a series of high profile venues, including the New York Times, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Research Information, that the platform had acquired $52.6 million in funding from a range […]

Finally..

“Today, along with Stuart Lawson and Jon Tennant, I have submitted the below as a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority, making good on the advice of Ann McKechin, MP at the BIS Inquiry into Open Access in 2013. The document is also available as a PDF.“ Yeah we did. Original post via Martin […]