A new thing started happening here at Duke this week; we began getting inquiries from some faculty authors about how to obtain a formal waiver of our faculty open access policy. We have had that policy in place for over three years, but for the first time a single publisher — the Nature Publishing Group [...]Continue Reading →
When I first saw the story about the conflict between the Social Science History Association (SSHA) and Duke University Press (DUP), I thought I had best not comment about it. But since then a number of my colleagues have gotten in touch with me and also made comments about the case that miss some [...]Continue Reading →
All of the presentations at the SPARC Open Access meeting this week were excellent. But there was one that was really special; an early career researcher named Erin McKiernan who brought everyone in the room to their feet to applaud her commitment to open access. We are sometimes told that only established scholars who [...]Continue Reading →
Later this year, the first in a new series of Scholarly Communication Institutes will be held here in the Research Triangle and we are looking for proposals from diverse and creative teams of people who are interested in projects that have the potential to reshape scholarly communications.
Last year the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation [...]Continue Reading →
There is a persistent problem with polemics. When writing to address someone else’s position with which one disagrees, it is easy to lose sight of the proverbial forest for the trees.
In my previous two posts, I was addressing a misunderstand that I am afraid might lead authors to be less attentive and assertive about [...]Continue Reading →
There has been a lot of attention given to the moves by publishing giant Elsevier to enforce its policy regarding authors’ rights to post his or her article on a personal website or in an institutional repository. Since Elsevier began sending take down notices last fall, first to Academia.edu and then to individual universities, it [...]Continue Reading →
Over the holidays I was contacted by a writer for Library Journal asking me what I thought about a study by Phil Davis, which was commissioned and released by the Association of American Publishers, that analyzed the “article half-life” for journals in a variety of disciplines and reported on the wide variation in that [...]Continue Reading →
I had thought that my two most recent posts reflecting on the future of research libraries would end the year for this blog. But I find two issues have arisen that I want to comment on. Since they both involve copyright — one is merely my observations and the other involves reporting on a recent [...]Continue Reading →
The American Association of University Professors is an important organization, and its emphasis on protection the intellectual property rights of academics is admirable. It is precisely because their work is so important, and because they often seem to be right on the verge of connecting all of the dots related to copyright, publishing and academic [...]Continue Reading →
UPDATE – Since I wrote this post, Professor Niva Elkin-Koren of Haifa University has kindly informed me that an English translation of the settlement agreement discussed below is now available on the Israeli A2K in Higher Education website. The direct link to the translated settlement is here.
Ever since the Georgia State copyright [...]Continue Reading →
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