future_of_monographic_books_bunz_open_accessThe following open access article in Insights: the UKSG journal, written by Dr. Mercedes Bunz, Director of the Hybrid Publishing Lab at the Centre for Digital Cultures (Leuphana University), evaluates the current state of academic book publishing based on the findings of the Hybrid Publishing Lab’s business model research. Continue Reading…

Nature: “Funders punish open-access dodgers”

In the ever-changing digital world, it is not surprising that words are constantly created to describe new processes online. #platisher has been one of those words for a while, which makes this weeks link collection to be all about this mixture of publisher and platform.

This week starts off with Porter Anderson contemplating on the “Mystery of the Hybrid”. In his article on thoughtcatalog, Anderson discusses whether or not self-publishing seems to be the way to publish in future and if traditional publishing will soon be history.

Brands and prominent users like comedian Rainn Wilson are complaining about Facebook’s algorithm changes and how that forces them to pay money to reach their fans and followers. Mathew Ingram talks about what happens when companies can decide what is signal and what is noise. Read the full article on GigaOM.

In another article, Ingram also describes how non-profits and advocacy groups are expanding their ability to produce their own journalism in much the same way that brands and advertisers have been, calling them “almost journalists” – a term media-watcher Dan Gillmor introduced to describe agency-driven information curation. Read the full article here.

Karen McGray addressed the problem of separating content from form online. Inviting other users to comment she opened a discussion with questions of what that actually meant and asked for thoughts, examples, stories. Read the whole discussion here.

On Digiday, Ricardo Bilton writes about publishers welcoming a new era of visibility. The Media Rating Council in the US has now set a standard for something they call “viewability”, content, in this case advertising, is only “viewable” if at least 50% of it is seen for one second or more. What this means for the publishing world? Find out here.

Here are our favorite tweets from the second Day of the Science 2.0 Conference – make sure you don’t miss our #sci20conf-Review of the first conference day and our outtakes on the bottom of this post. Continue Reading…

More expensive than science allows. University of Konstanz cancels license negotiations with scientific publisher Elsevier

sci20conf_twitterBefore I go into the Twitter Review of the first international Science 2.0 Conference, I’d like to personally thank everyone that came out to support the Idea behind Science 2.0 during this event. So far the Science 2.0 Conference was certainly not my first conference this year, but it was definitely one of my favorite. I have also to mention the great PhD Spring School which was held just before the conference with good presentations and really inspiring discussions.

But lets start with our favorite pickings of the first Day – and don’t miss the outtakes on the bottom of this post:


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You find more information about the International Science 2.0 Conference, the Final Version of Programme and List of Speakers attending here. Hybrid Publishing Lab is part of the Leibniz Association Research Network “Science 2.0″, which is organizing the event.

Elsevier has released a statement on charging for open access papers. In the article they address the unnecessary payments that customers have had to make in the past and respond to allegations by building a new open access platform which will be available from summer 2014.

Neil Selwyn of Monash University in Melbourne has posted an essay on how the internet has changed education. He describes the internet as an educational tool and discusses how we should understand the potential gains and losses of what is being advanced when using it as such.

There has been a ChatLiteracy discussion on “navigating the complexities of open access” going on since Monday. It will continue with sessions exploring different experiences with open access today and tomorrow from 12.00 to 14.00 (GMT). Join in here.

Michelle Sidler has written a paper on how the Open Science movement has been successful in transforming disciplines traditionally associated with science. She connects the ‘three cultures’ of science with each other and demands open knowledge platforms that serve to include academic disciplines into these cultures that do not self-identify as science. Read all about it here.

The University of Waikato has become the first university in New Zealand to approve a mandate around open access to academics’ publications. Under the guidelines, academic staff can disseminate their research as widely as possible, bringing research results out from behind the subscription paywall to be accessed by all. Here are all the details.

Classic books scanned and available freely to read online via the U.S. Library of Congress

Scalar and watching reading write: About our “Rewiring the Future of Publishing” Workshop

Your chance to name the problems and rate the principles of academic/scientific publishing: the “Online-Konsultation Publikationssystem” by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Too bad that it’s only available in German!

The following update on what has been happening in the OpenAccess universe is mostly taken from the openaccessbutton blog.

Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, reviewed Dr. Erin McKiernan‘s talk from SPARC 2014, saying that, “After listening to her expression of such a heartfelt commitment … I began to realize that, in reality, OA is the only choice.”

Hebrew Studies is now open access with content after 1990 being made available through the Free Library platform.

Dr. Peter Murray-Rust blogged “Elsevier are still charging THOUSANDS of pounds for CC-BY articles.”Murray-Rust found that many open access CC-BY articles were labeled as “All rights reserved” and users would be charged hefty sums for permission to reprint the articles.

Dominque Babini discussed open access initiatives in the Global South.

MIT celebrates the fifth anniversary of their Faculty Open Access Policy. Readers regularly download MIT authored articles from DSpace@MIT. 38% of the access is from the United States, with heavy use from China, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Republic of Korea, Japan, and France, in that order.

PLOS clarified part of their new data sharing policy.

The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Japan) and IOP Publishing are have announced that Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) has adopted the Creative Commons license (CC-BY 3.0) for all articles published in the journal.

Times Higher Education reviewed PeerJ’s first year of the $99 open access model.

The American Sociology Association Council has voted to launch a new open access journal called Sociology Open with their publishing partner SAGE. The news has been met with an interesting discussion and criticism about the partnership and the possible “cloning” of the open access sociology journal Sociological Science.

Google’s anti-copyright stance is just a way to de-valuate content. That’s bad for artists and bad for consumers, says Kurt Sutter in a critical article published in slate magazine.

We wrote about the business model of Knowledge Unlatched a while ago, an initiative that seeks to link libraries with publishers in order to ‘unlatch’ scholarly monographs, i.e. to publish them as Open Access titles in a financially sustainable way.

Now Knowledge Unlatched has released its pilot collection: 28 monographs across the humanities and social sciences from publishers such as Bloomsbury and de Gruyter will soon be published an Open Access mode using a Creative Commons licence.

Here is a snippet of the press release:

The KU Pilot Collection is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences books. Support from a minimum of 200 libraries willing to participate in the KU Pilot was required in order to achieve this goal.This target was exceeded by almost half, with close to 300 libraries from 24 countries joining KU in support of its shared cost approach to Open Access for specialist scholarly books.

Knowledge Unlatched is a truly global initiative, involving 137 participating libraries from North America, 77 from the UK, 27 from Australia & New Zealand and 55 from the rest of the world all working together to make the Pilot Collection Open Access.

Because the target number of 200 participating libraries was exceeded, the amount that each library is paying per title was reduced from the target average price of $60.00 to under $43.00.

The pilot collection will be made available via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.

Marcus HauerAs part of our interview series with our tandem partners we are speaking this time with Marcus Hauer a consulting designer, who is currently helping with new products and design of the Hybrid Publishing Lab.

Julia Rehfeldt: Marcus Hauer, can you introduce yourself and tell us what you are currently working on?
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In this weeks hot links, PLOS – the largest scientific journal in the world – now requires that authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. The new data policy will apply from this month onwards and has received great support from the scientific community. read the full article here.

PLOS’ very own Martin Fenner is also holding a talk titled “Scientific Publishing: How to fix a broken system” in Berlin this month. He will be talking about article-level metrics on the 11th of March at the MDC-Berlin. See full details here.

A new open-access journal has been founded called episciences.org. The main idea is to provide a technical platform of peer-reviewing; its purpose is to promote the emergence of epijournals, namely open access electronic journals taking their contents from preprints deposited in open archives such as arXiv or HAL, that have not been published elsewhere.

Even startups have now added to the open access pool, with massive development in projects like coursera and udacity gaining momentum every day. Tech Crunch has released an article discussing the startup experiments with academic research, stating that the university golden age might not be over, it may have just begun. read the full article here.