German Publishing Giant Claims Blocking Ads Is Copyright Infringement, In Yet Another Lawsuit Against The Industry Leader | Techdirt

Of course, big publishers don’t let little things like losing court cases at every level of the legal system stop them from pursuing their attack. As the Heise Online site explains (original in German), Axel Springer is suing Eyeo yet again, this time for alleged copyright infringement (via Google Translate):

“Advertising blockers change the programming code of websites and thus directly access the legally protected offerings of publishers,” explains Claas-Hendrik Soehring, Head of Media Law at Axel Springer. “In the long run, they will not only damage a central financing basis for digital journalism but will also jeopardize open access to opinion-forming information on the Internet “

As Eyeo’s company spokesperson pointed out to Heise Online, this claim is ridiculous. Adblocking software operates within a person’s browser; it simply changes what appears on the screen by omitting the ads. It’s no different from resizing a browser window, or modifying a Web page’s appearance using one of the hundreds of other browser plugins that are available. It’s completely under the control of the user, and doesn’t touch anything on the server side. …”

Change ahead: How do smaller publishers perceive open access? | Impact of Social Sciences

“Small and medium-sized publishers also tend to operate much less profitably than large global publishers, which makes it difficult for them to to build new infrastructures and develop innovative offerings….

More than three quarters of all small and medium-sized publishers who took part in the survey published books and journals in the humanities and social sciences, reflecting the fact that global publishing companies dominate the market in natural sciences….[W]hilst all the participants in the survey publish scholarly books (usually fewer than 100 per year), most of them publish academic journals as well….

A vast majority (90%) of the 33 survey participants reported a slow or significant increase in Open Access requests from their authors. One third believed that Open Access will become the future standard of scholarly publishing; another 60% assumed that it will complement existing services….

Nearly half of respondents preferred Gold Open Access as a business model to Green and Hybrid Open Access. This cohort, as to be expected, also turned out to be more open-minded towards and experienced with Open Access publishing than the circa 30% who prefer Green Open Access….

Only a third of respondents reported making their Open Access publications accessible via established platforms such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and no more than 27% say they have a self-archiving policy. Only 20% of the publishers rated their staff’s knowledge of Open Access as “very good” and there are considerable differences depending on disciplines and publishing programmes….

Most expect a decline in sales as a consequence of the free availability of “their” works and associate Open Access with legal uncertainties, unclear business models and pressure from politicians and funders. However, a considerable number of publishers apparently have also not yet paid much attention to the issue. Only 67% of the participants state that they are familiar with the content of the “Berlin Declaration“, a fundamental document of the Open Access movement, and 43% say the requirements for Open Access publications are unclear to them….

Overall, “traditional” publishers are more open-minded than might be expected about the topic of Open Access and for good reason: funder announcements, such as Plan S, that they will move to only accepting Open Access publications are rapidly becoming more effective. Scholarly Publishers who do not adapt their services to this changing demand, or who are unaware of it at all, are likely to have a rude awakening in the future.”

Acta Physiologica announces: publishing for nothing, open access for free for all German authors! – Persson – – Acta Physiologica – Wiley Online Library

“Dear authors, readers and friends of Acta Physiologica. How much has been written about the pros and cons of open access, also with regard to Acta?  Like it or not, the future may be  open access in one form, or another. Projekt DEAL may go into history as one of the first steps in this direction.  Germany, represented by the Max-Plank-Gesellschaft and Wiley, represented by Verlag Chemie reached an agreement to provide all authors from German institutions with open access at no [cost] to the authors. A milestone agreement in the eyes of many. What does this mean for Acta Physiologica? If you are currently affiliated with a German institution, you will be offered open access at no cost to you. In addition, in Acta authors of every country can enjoy free publishing.”

Cambridge University Press reaches major Open Access agreement in Germany – STM Publishing News

“Cambridge University Press has reached a major Open Access agreement with the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, BSB) on behalf of higher education and research institutions across Germany.

The three-year ‘read and publish’ agreement has been concluded with the German academic library consortium, which represents research universities, universities of applied sciences, non-university research institutions and academic libraries.

The agreement was negotiated and coordinated by BSB with financial support from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Read and publish agreements pay for an institution to access a publisher’s journals and also cover the Article Processing Charges authors from that institution would normally pay to publish their work Open Access with that publisher….”

Open Access Officer (m/f/x) | Digital Society Blog

“Are you passionate about open access, love to network, and want to put your academic work to the test in practice as well as one paper? Then share your enthusiasm – and application – with us!

For its journal Internet Policy Review, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is seeking a motivated Open access officer (m/f/x).

The open access officer (50% TVL 13, plus support for family, literature, and travel expenses, fixed to 18 months) will join the English-language open access journal Internet Policy Review’s team. They are responsible for implementing the project “Innovatives Open Access im Bereich Small Sciences (InnoAccess) – Infrastrukturkonsolidierung und Pilotierung von alternativen Finanzierungsmodellen am Beispiel des Internet Policy Review” [Innovative open access in small science (InnoAccess) – Infrastructure consolidation and testing of alternative financing models using Internet Policy Review as a case study] in cooperation with project lead Christian Katzenbach and managing editor Frédéric Dubois as well as further partners. …”

As Elsevier Falters, Wiley Succeeds in Open-Access Deal Making | The Scientist Magazine®

“Over the last few years, Project DEAL, a consortium that represents around 700 academic institutions in Germany, has been in negotiations for nationwide licensing agreements with three of the largest scholarly publishers—Elsevier, Springer Nature, and Wiley. Most of the news surrounding the effort has focused on disputes with Elsevier, which have led to lapses in subscriptions and lost access to the publisher’s journals. But the tune changed in January when DEAL announced its first triumph: a deal with Wiley.

Under the new agreement, which lasts for three years and commences in July, researchers at DEAL-represented institutions will be able to both publish open-access articles and read any papers in the publisher’s journals for a single fee. The final sum will depend on the total number of articles published by German researchers, which, according to the contract, is expected to amount to 9,500 papers per year and cost €26,125,000 (around $29.5 million USD) annually….”

Mixed reactions to Wiley German deal | Research Information

Concerns have been raised over a new publishing deal between Wiley and a German consortium of 700 research institutes, libraries and universities. 

The deal, which is being described as the first country-wide agreement in a leading research nation, was announced at the APE conference in Berlin, Germany in January but the details have only recently been made public. The deal is described as ‘publish and read’, a system that is seen by some as a move towards open access….

Commentators have pointed out that the deal protects German researchers from ‘double-dipping’ – they will no longer have to subscribe to Wiley’s journals as well as paying to publish in them – but there have also been complaints that researchers in the Netherlands are paying a significantly lower fee (1,600 euros) to publish with Wiley.

Jon Tennant, founder of the Open Science MOOC, tweeted: ‘I find it impossible to see this as a success in any way. Public funds are being directly converted into private profits. This is absurd. The per-article cost is more than buying a brand new MacBook pro. For publishing a paper. Zero goes to authors, zero to reviewers.’ “

Scientific Manager (f/m/d)

“The European project ‘OpenAIRE-Advance – Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe towards 2020’ is seeking a Scientific Manager (f/m/d) to support the ongoing OpenAIRE-Advance project….

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Assume a strategic role on behalf of the scientific coordination, with a focus on matching the needs of research communities to the development of Open Science infrastructures as well as support for the implementation of funder policies and good practices
  • Coordinate a work package with focus on support and advocacy for the human-technical implementation of Open Science at various levels, working closely with all relevant stakeholders and the coordinators of the project
  • Oversight of topical scholarly communication task groups to increase capacity and knowledge among the network, contributing to training materials and advocacy programmes including technical interoperability guidelines for repositories and publishing platforms and OA monitoring (e. g. dashboards)
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the OpenAIRE legal entity (OpenAIRE-LE) and securing national Open Science partnerships from EU Member States and Associate Countries and other sectors, in alignment with the European Open Science Cloud
  • Manage the implementation and support the governance bodies of the OpenAIRE-LE, in close collaboration with the OpenAIRE-LE Office, including the maintenance and further development of the principles and rules of engagement and solicit participation within the LE working groups
  • Manage the strategic planning of the OpenAIRE-Advance network, manage networking tasks and establish coordination activities, ensuring successful support for the implementation of Open Science policies
  • Contribute to collaborative activities between OpenAIRE-Advance and e-infrastructures namely communication issues, service provisioning and strategic alignment activities….”

Project Manager (f/m/d)

“The European project ‘FAIRsFAIR – Fostering FAIR data practices in Europe’ is seeking a Project Manager (f/m/d) for supporting the forthcoming FAIRsFAIR project. …

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • contribute to the analysis of FAIR data policies and practices, and the creation of recommendations and guidance on data policy enhancements
  • contribute to a landscape analysis, a survey and focus groups to understand the FAIR data education landscape, as well the development of a competence framework and briefing educators
  • manage the development and piloting of FAIR data model courses and curricula for different disciplines and professional profiles, resulting in a handbook for universities, establish strategies for the involvement of the wider Open Educational Resources community …”