Blogs selected for Week August 3 to August 9, 2020

1. The Frontier beyond open access publishing? Commoning Author: David Bollier Academic publishers have shown themselves adept at adapting to open access publishing models while consolidating their proprietary market power and control. The benefits to scholars, students, academic disciplines, university budgets, and freedom of expression have not been what they were cracked up to be. […]

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Blogs selected for Week Jul 27 to August 2, 2020

1. University research should be free to all Author: Janet Napolitano Since the novel coronavirus struck, scientific research has been shared, and built upon, at an unprecedented pace. An open and deeply collaborative academic enterprise has emerged, with scientists from around the world sharing data and working together to map the SARS-CoV-2 genome and develop […]

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Blogs selected for Week Jul 20 to July 26, 2020

1. Is public accountability possible in algorithmic policymaking? The case for a public watchdog Author: Daan Kolkman Despite algorithms becoming an increasingly important tool for policymakers, little is known about how they are used in practice and how they work, even amongst the experts tasked with using them. Drawing on research into the use of […]

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Blogs selected for Week Jul 13 to July 19, 2020

1. Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal Funding agencies behind the radical open-access (OA) initiative Plan S have announced a policy that could make it possible for researchers to bypass journals’ restrictions on open publishing. The change could allow scientists affected by Plan S to publish in any journal they want — […]

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Blogs selected for Week Jul 6 to July 12, 2020

1. Scientific publication – Is it for the benefit of the many or the few? Since the end of the 17th century, new scientific knowledge has been disseminated mainly through scholarly journals, usually controlled by researchers grouped within learned societies, such as the Royal Society of London and its journal founded in 1665. Scholarly journals […]

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