open access, publishing

The cost of transforming scholarly publishing in the UK

Dan Croft [10 minute read] Many transformative ‘read & publish’ or ‘publish & read’ deals are being signed around the world with scholarly publishers. There are many variables in what a transformative agreement might contain, but essentially they combine the previously separate services of reading, publishing, and Open Access into one contract. Jisc, the national… Continue reading The cost of transforming scholarly publishing in the UK

open access, publishing

Achieving Full Open Access Across Higher Education

This is a report based on notes taken at the Inside Government event Achieving Full Open Access Across Higher Education on 11th June at Prospect House, London. The speakers referred to below are as follows (please note, this is not a complete list of speakers at the event): Chris Banks, Assistant Provost & Director of… Continue reading Achieving Full Open Access Across Higher Education

copyright, publishing

The Day Copyright Affected the Real World (or at least Middle-Earth)

Joseph Ripp ~ [seven minute read] We tend to view copyright like a dragon (just go with it, it's thematically apt). Frightening, yes, but sufficiently remote or arcane that it is unlikely to trouble most of us. But there will always be those with a thirst for adventure, a willingness to test their strength and cunning… Continue reading The Day Copyright Affected the Real World (or at least Middle-Earth)

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‘Plan S’ and turmoil in scholarly publishing

Dan Croft ~ In early September 2018 a number of European national research funders - including our own UKRI - joined together into cOAlition S to announce a bold new set of Open Access requirements for how the research they fund must be published. This scheme, quickly branded ‘Plan S’ by commentators, started with 10 principles… Continue reading ‘Plan S’ and turmoil in scholarly publishing

open access, publishing

Another Golden Age…but for who?

Paul Harwood, Associate Director of Learning Resources, Oxford Brookes University ~ Next year will mark my 30th year working in the scholarly publishing world, spent mostly  in the middle ground between publishers and libraries. It has been something of a privileged position, following the powerplay that has been a feature of their relationship over this… Continue reading Another Golden Age…but for who?