Author: Sara Morais

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.

This week, the Accelerating Science Awards Programme brings us a best practice video showing several exceptional real-world application of open access. These examples demonstrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole. watch the video here.

Another best practice example for open access is the responsive EPUB reading system called The system takes advantage of the abilities of modern web browsers to allow an attractive reading experience on all manner of devices. It is free for all to use and adapt.

Also, PLOS has a new blog called PLOS Opens. The blog focusses on how scholarly communications is changing, and how it should be changing. The big announcements will still be on the official PLOS blog and but at PLOS Opens policy, evidence, and opinion of how our world is changing will be put into focus.

Stuart Hall has died. And because of the great importance of his work, it seems necessary to at least mention him in our weekly linklist. In his obituary and tribute to Stuart Hall, Jeremy Gilbert reflects Halls achievements, as well as noting that the jamaican-born british theorist saw great importance in digital commons and open democracy. As Laurie Taylor, sociologist, broadcaster and Times Higher Education columnist says: “He was a committed and influential public intellectual of the New Left, who embodied the spirit of what the OU [Open University] has always stood for: openness, accessibility, a champion for social justice and of the power of education to bring positive change in peoples’ lives.” Read Jeremy Gilberts tribute here.

And as if to underline that there is still a long way to go, Turkey has passed a new law that, according to experts will only increase internet surveillance and enable the government to track down cyber dissidents more easily. Furthermore, it is believed that the turkish internet will increasingly become a channel for the government to channel knowledge, the exact opposite of the once envisioned never-ending open access paradise it was once envisioned as. Read on in the OpenDemocracy report.

A positive outlook is offered by Mark Carrigan who reports on the Participation Now project, “a new resource for exploring development and innovation in public participation initiatives.” Participation Now is collaborating with the OpenUniversity and OpenDemocracy. Carrigan has written a short summary of all your need-to-knows here.

This weeks hot topics in Open Access: What are the problems with peer review, open knowledge and open access, and can they be overcome?

Marjatta Sikström features two articles on peer review. The first by Richard Price, founder of critiques the small number of researchers per article that actually perform peer review. The second article has Randy Schekman calling out academic journals for “distorting the scientific process”. Sikström shortly discusses both articles and quotes further reading material here.

In the article Why I Don’t Care About Open Access to Research – and Why You Should Michael White discusses whether there are actual benefits to the scientific community in making work freely available and asks the question who open access really is for.

Lastly, Casey Brianza takes a critical look on what it means to publish open access, when all it actually generates is more costs for the public. In the article, she does not critique the praxis itself, but asks whether open access is actually successful at what it was set out to do. Follow up on her arguments here.

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