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Mathieu Plourde

Unpaywall: a search-engine for authorized, freely accessible versions of scholarly jour... - 0 views

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    "Unpaywall is a service that indexes open access repositories, university, government and scholarly society archives, and other sources that make articles available with authorization from the rightsholders and journals -- about 47% of the articles that its users seek."
Mathieu Plourde

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That's Ludicrous - 0 views

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    "Elbakyan's civil disobedience has forced the issue on behalf of a society that continues to allow the knowledge it creates to be locked away from the public that pays for it. And it has the potential to disrupt academic publishing forever."
Mathieu Plourde

Researchers Are Pushing Back Against Elsevier's Open-Access Publishing Fees - 0 views

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    "After leaving their positions at Lingua, the editors started a new open-access journal called Glossa. The new journal charges a $400 APC to authors, and waives that fee for authors who do not have the funds. Lingua's APC, by contrast, is still $1,800, the same as it was before the previous editorial board's departure. "
Mathieu Plourde

Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South - 0 views

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    "I am ecstatic that one of my articles has been made officially free-to-access. I am excited that a publisher is willing to promote my article that challenges much of mainstream academic publishing. And I respect that a publisher already has systems in place to allow some form of openness (in the form of author manuscripts made open) beside the model that brings them money, and that moreover, they choose some articles to make them open access from their own site, at no cost to the author."
Mathieu Plourde

UNESCO's Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online | United Nations Educational, Scient... - 0 views

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    "Within the overall framework of the organization's strategy on OA, the recent launch of OA curricula for Researchers and Library Schools by UNESCO highlights its efforts for enhancing capacities to deal with Open Access issues. The carefully designed and developed sets of OA curricula for researchers and library and information professionals are based on two needs assessment surveys, and several rounds of face-to-face and online consultations with relevant stakeholders."
Mathieu Plourde

FOAM / FOAMed - Free Open Access Medical Education - 0 views

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    "FOAM is the movement that has spontaneously emerged from the exploding collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web with one objective - to make the world a better place. FOAM is independent of platform or media - it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, Google hangouts, online videos, text documents, photographs, facebook groups, and a whole lot more."
Mathieu Plourde

A recap of a successful year in open access, and introducing CC BY as default : Of Sche... - 0 views

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    Some authors will always prefer CC BY-NC-SA or CC BY-NC-ND, for a myriad of different reasons, and we support their choice to do so - but CC BY is widely considered to be the gold standard for open access, as it allows for maximum re-use and discovery. It is also preferred by many funders, and we continue to be compliant with all open access funder mandates.
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The Battle for Open - 0 views

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    "In this volume, Martin Weller examines four key areas that have been central to the developments within open education: open access, MOOCs, open education resources and open scholarship. Exploring the tensions within these key arenas, he argues that ownership over the future direction of openness is significant to all those with an interest in education."
Mathieu Plourde

Gates Foundation announces open-access policy for all grant recipients - 0 views

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    "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require grant recipients to make their research publicly available online -- a multibillion-dollar boost to the open access movement. The sweeping open access policy, which signals the foundation's full-throated approval for the public availability of research, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and cover all new projects made possible with funding from the foundation. The foundation will ease grant recipients into the policy, allowing them to embargo their work for 12 months, but come 2017, "All publications shall be available immediately upon their publication, without any embargo period.""
Mathieu Plourde

Your university is definitely paying too much for journals - 0 views

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    "There is an interesting study out in the journal PNAS: "Evaluating big deal journal bundles". The study details the disparity in negotiation skills between different US institutions when haggling with publishers about subscription pricing. For Science Magazine, John Bohannon of "journal sting" fame, wrote a news article about the study, which did not really help him gain any respect back from all that he lost with his ill-fated sting-piece. While the study itself focused on journal pricing among US-based institutions, Bohannon's news article, where one would expect a little broader perspective than in the commonly more myopic original papers, fails to mention that even the 'best' big deals are grossly overcharging the taxpayer. Here is the figure of the article, apparently provided by the PNAS authors:"
Mathieu Plourde

CC BY 4.0 required on U.S. Department of Labor $150M grant - 0 views

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    To ensure that the Federal investment of these funds has as broad an impact as possible and to encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials, as a condition of the receipt of a Ready to Work grant, the grantee will be required to license to the public all work (except for computer software source code, discussed below) created with the support of the grant under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license. Work that must be licensed under the CC BY includes both new content created with the grant funds and modifications made to pre-existing, grantee-owned content using grant funds.
Mathieu Plourde

Willetts calls for publisher offsetting to encourage open access | News | Times Higher ... - 0 views

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    "Publishers should encourage adoption of gold open access by reducing individual universities' subscription charges as they pay more in article fees."
Mathieu Plourde

Students Launch "Button" to Put Denied Access to Research on the Map - 0 views

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    "The Open Access Button is a browser-based tool that lets users track when they are denied access to research, then search for alternative access to the article.  Each time a user encounters a paywall, he simply clicks the button in his bookmark bar, fills out an optional dialogue box, and his experience is added to a map alongside other users.  Then, the user receives a link to search for free access to the article using resources such as Google Scholar. The Open Access Button initiative hopes to create a worldwide map showing the impact of denied access to research."
Mathieu Plourde

Open Educational Resources: Aladdin's Cave, or Pandora's Box? - 0 views

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    The promises of Open Educational Resources (OER) include increased access to education, reduced costs for education, enhanced collaboration, and efficient course design. Whilst these are all certainly possible, there are strong practical considerations to Open Educational Practice (OEP). This session will consider the role of OEP in teaching and learning at USQ, explore the challenges of engaging with openness, and offer some practical starting points.
Mathieu Plourde

Open access: six myths to put to rest - 0 views

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    "Open access to academic research has never been a hotter topic. But it's still held back by myths and misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better. The good news is that open access has been successful enough to attract comment from beyond its circle of pioneers and experts. The bad news is that a disappointing number of policy-makers, journalists and academics opine in public without doing their homework. Here, at the start of the sixth global Open Access Week, are the six most common and harmful misunderstandings about open access:"
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