Last weekend was the 20th anniversary of cognitive scientist Steven Harnad publishing what he called “A Subversive Proposal”. This open letter posted on a mailing list called upon all researchers to make their published papers freely available online. “Today the Subversive Proposal is viewed as one of the seminal texts of the open access movement” writes Richard Poynder on his blog Open and Shut. He got to ask Harnard nine questions, which the research answered here.

Anne-Marie Green spoke with Francis Pinter, founder of Knowledge Unlatched and CEO of Manchester University Press about the future of the publishing industry. Read the Interview on the Wiley Exchanges Blog, and see what she has to say on changes in publishing, being a woman in the industry and the future of scholarly communication.

Neuroscientist publishes photos on Vice to demonstrate problems of academic publishing and open access. Vice’s technology sub-magazine motherboard spoke to the researcher to highlight the conundrum many researchers still face: If the researcher “publishes figures or images online first, even if only to solicit advice, he may inadvertently preclude his ability to publish those images in a journal later. And by first publishing them in a journal, he may lose the rights to reproduction, and at the very least the chance to look for wider comment on his work.” Read the full article and find out why he published the pictures anyway here.

Science Daily published new information on Open Access provided by Taylor & Francis publishing group, who asked researchers a series of questions on their perceptions of open access; their attitudes, values and understanding of it; and what they believe the future of research communication to be. The survey offers an outlook in comparison to a prior survey taken by the group in 2013. Read all about it here.

Sara Morais


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