Elsevier Progresses in Open-Access Deal Making | The Scientist Magazine®

“Last summer, dozens of academic institutions in Sweden let their Elsevier subscriptions lapse, forgoing permission to read new content in the scholarly publisher’s journals. Like other groups in Europe and the US, they were pushing for increased open access and contained costs—and had reached a deadlock in negotiations with the publisher. On Friday (November 22), the two sides announced that they had finally come to an agreement, establishing a so-called transformative deal that includes access to paywalled articles and open-accessing publishing into one fee….”

[Quoting] Wilhelm Widmark, the library director at Stockholm University and a member of the steering committee for the Bibsam consortium, which negotiates on behalf of more than 80 Swedish institutions. “I think Elsevier has become more flexible during the last couple of months.”

Just a day before the Swedish deal was made public, Elsevier and Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania announced a similar deal. These are the latest of several agreements Elsevier has forged to pilot open-access elements since the beginning of 2019. Earlier this year, for example, Hungary and Norway—both countries that had cancelled their subscriptions with the publisher after stagnant negotiations—also announced new contracts with the publisher….

As Elsevier is successfully forging deals on both sides of the Atlantic, there are still two major academic groups missing from these announcements: the University of California (UC) system, which includes 10 campuses, and Project DEAL, which represents around 700 academic institutions in Germany….”

The Unstoppable Rise of Sci-Hub: How does a new generation of researchers perceive Sci-Hub? | Impact of Social Sciences

“How do early career researchers (ECRs) use Sci-Hub and why? In this post David Nicholas assesses early career researcher attitudes towards the journal pirating site, finding a strong preference for Sci-Hub amongst French ECRs. He raises the question, will Sci-Hub prove the ultimate disruptor and bring down the existing status quo in scholarly communications?…”

Portico announces the trigger of 70 Open Access publications

“I’m pleased to share the news that 70 Open Access e-journals formerly hosted through De Gruyter are now available through the Portico archive. The content includes titles published by De Gruyter Poland as well as six publishers in Poland, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic. Download the full title list, which includes the metadata and URL for each journal.

The content for these titles is no longer available through any online platform; therefore, it has “triggered” and is available to the community via the Portico archive. These titles were originally published on an Open Access basis, and will remain Open Access through Portico.

 

To date, Portico has had 118 trigger events—96 of them Open Access….”

Nasze publikacje – Platforma Otwartej Nauki [Open Science in Poland 2014. A Diagnosis]

“The aim of the raport “Open Science in Poland 2014. A Diagnosis” is to present a comprehensive overview of the current state of openness in Polish science. In chapter 1, the authors present the institutional context of Open Science in Poland. In chapter 2, they analyse its selected legal aspects. In chapter 3, the current e-infrastructure of Open Access is described. Chapter 4 summarizes the results of desk research and a survey of Polish scientific journals conducted for the purpose of the report, while chapter 5 is devoted to the survey involving Polish scientists. Chapter 6 is concerned with forms of Open Science other than Open Access and open data. The report, edited by Jakub Szprot, was prepared as part of the Open Science Platform activities. It’s available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 PL licence….”

Open Science in Poland 2014. A Diagnosis

“The aim of the raport “Open Science in Poland 2014. A Diagnosis” is to present a comprehensive overview of the current state of openness in Polish science. In chapter 1, the authors present the institutional context of Open Science in Poland. In chapter 2, they analyse its selected legal aspects. In chapter 3, the current e-infrastructure of Open Access is described. Chapter 4 summarizes the results of desk research and a survey of Polish scientific journals conducted for the purpose of the report, while chapter 5 is devoted to the survey involving Polish scientists. Chapter 6 is concerned with forms of Open Science other than Open Access and open data. The report, edited by Jakub Szprot, was prepared as part of the Open Science Platform activities. It’s available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 PL licence….”