Who hasn’t felt frustrated by not being able to access a piece of research online because of paywalls? The Open Access Button started their work in documenting paywalls late last year and have already tracked and mapped over 8300 paywalls since then. This week their launch coordinator Chealsye Bowley wrote a guest article for BioMedCentral, explaining what it is they do and how Open Access Button has progressed since their early beginnings. Read the full piece here. An introduction to BioMedCentral can be found here.

The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers published a set of open access licenses. According to the site “The licences on this page have been designed to provide easy to use, ready-made terms and conditions which publishers can adopt and/or adapt to the needs of their users.” Andrés Guadamuz was not so sure and took a look himself. Here’s what he found.

According to a headline of ITNEWS for australian business “Academics Get Personal Over Big Data”. The article explains how scholars are reacting to the big data movement and how data de-identification needs to be upgraded to protect academic research.

SPARC recognized the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) with the July 2014 Innovator Award. EIFL has partnerships in over 50 member countries, empowers libraries, negotiates with publishers for affordable access to e-resources, and leads advocacy campaigns for Open Access to research literature and fair copyright.

The University of Nairobi is not only the oldest in Kenya, it is also an active supporter of open access policies. BioMedCentral also spoke to Agatha N. Kabugu, Deputy Director, and Milkah Gikunju, Repository Administrator of the University of Nairobi Library about their role in the movement, the role of the library today and open access research at the university. Read the full article here

Scholarly Open Access takes a critical stand against OMICS Groups publishing techniques. According to the article, OMICS misplaces credit and violates publishing policies. Read all about their “Predatory Publishing” here.

Jeffrey Marlow of WIRED published an article on obstacles for open access science. In the article, he discusses academia.edu, open access and peer review. Read it in full here.

ResearchGate has published an open call to contribute to a googledoc on the importance of citations on research work. The question was posted by a researcher at scientificcitations.org. See his full request here

A new open access journal was launched this week on Big Data and Society, which is also its title. The journal is a SAGE open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal for social sciences with an interdisciplinary approach. Its main goal is to connect debates around big data practices. Check it out here.

Sara Morais


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