What the public wants is better science, not open science. Plan S has put those two forces in conflict, and it is driving everybody crazy.
Plan S implementation guidance has not provided reassurance to anxious society publishers
Over 1,400 researchers signed an open letter expressing concern about Plan S. Then Twitter came for them — and, more particularly, for the woman who organized the letter.
TRANSPOSE is a new crowdsourced resource that seeks to reduce the uncertainty of journal policies by providing a clear, structured summary in one place.
Now, of course copyright owners of “free” resources have the right to set the terms of access. They can put up a datawall that demands the exchange of personal information (and thus enables data tracking, reporting, and maybe even aggregation with other datasets) for the otherwise free article. I wonder how far we will see this extend.
Robert Harington argues that academic societies need to balance mission and business more effectively. There is nothing wrong with developing a mixed publishing economy that best suits a range of communities and types of business.
Plan S proposes to take a hammer to how we fund peer review and publication. The focus is currently on APCs, but submission fees are overall cheaper for authors, particularly at highly selective journals, and thus warrant serious consideration.
Thus the defining property of traditional publishing is editorial selection. That is what publishing is about.
Perhaps the academy has not taken control of scholarly publishing because it doesn’t want to.
The read-and-publish business model has been introduced to the U.S. by MIT and the Royal Society of Chemistry. It has implications for publishers, however, that must be studied carefully.
Libraries and legacy publishers are in an unholy embrace. They need not love each other to feel they should stick together.
Robert Harington addresses openness, and the widening divisions in the “Two Cultures” — which C. P. Snow would likely be appalled to find are as apparent as they ever were.
In 1940, the AAUP published a Statement on Academic Freedom. In 2018, it’s time for it to be updated–and some items clarified.
Organizations launching open access journals have many choices to make. What are their technology options?
It often seems that it is taken for granted that open access will accelerate scientific discovery, but how would we evaluate this? Do we even know that it is true?