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cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy, or, the Embargo wars

[five minute read] Tensions surrounding scholarly publishing and the academic book market, already fraught, are increasing. Plan S has surfaced one area of stress, that relating to the rights of researcher-authors and their institutions over the research articles that they produce. Under a traditional subscription/'paywall' model, authors transfer essential copyrights in articles to publishers, which… Continue reading cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy, or, the Embargo wars

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Open Access Week 2020

[three minute read] Open Access Week is an annual event when the international scholarly communications community promotes universal free access to scholarly research. Defined technically, “open access” does not simply mean that content can be read without payment (gratis), but rather that research is permanently free and licensed in order to be meaningfully reused (libre).… Continue reading Open Access Week 2020

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UC-Elsevier: an open and shut case

Joseph Ripp (Cal, '89) [five minute read] At the end of February of this year, the University of California cancelled further negotiations to renew its lapsed “big deal” subscription with Elsevier, citing an unbridgeable gap between the negotiating positions of the two parties. This Wednesday (7 Aug. 2019), UC published a blog post noting how… Continue reading UC-Elsevier: an open and shut case