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 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.

Sara Morais


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