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…

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

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!

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers

Every year on January 1st, the copyright on any number of cultural texts lapses following intellectual property rights that often last the life of the author + 70 years (depending on the country and jurisdiction). The Public Domain Review - a project by the Open Knowledge Foundation - celebrates the authors whose works enter into the public domain as the class of 2014 (they even include the “class photo” below). Some names this round include Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikola Tesla, Simone Weil and Beatrix Potter.


Top Row (left to right): George Washington Carver; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Shaul Tchernichovsky
Middle Row (left to right): Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Nikola Tesla; Kostis Palamas; Max Wertheimer
Bottom Row (left to right): Simone Weil; Chaim Soutine; Fats Waller; Beatrix Potter

On the Open Access conspiracy: vs. Researchers and #ElsevierGate

Norway is digitizing all Norwegian Books

Helmholtz Association demands Open Access only publications from associated researchers with new directive (in German)

Hybrid Publishing LabWant to work with us? We are looking for nice and intelligent people that contribute to our plans hands-on. Now what are these plans? The Hybrid Publishing lab is researching how digital change affects the world of academic and independent publishing. The team you will join is a group of about 20 researchers, who are interested in the change of publishing and coordinate their efforts in Lüneburg.

The two jobs open at the moment are covering the area of entrepreneurship and project management. Among other things, we are planning to establish a closer contact to publishing houses. Also we need some help to organise thrilling events, bigger conferences and workshops.

Please send us your job applications and a CV to the email address you’ll find on the official job descriptions below. They are in German… Yes, for the jobs you’ll need both, English and German language skills. Contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hear from you!

Official Job description (german):

UK Higher Education: Gold open access preference is mistaken, say MPs

New study finds E-Readers are more effective than Paper for some with Dyslexia