Open Access

Two Google initiatives over the past few months resonate particularly well with information professionals. Google Scholar added a "Public access" section to track and manage public access mandates and Google Search can now detect when a topic is rapidly evolving and warn people to check back late.

Posted 06 July 2021

DeepDyve announced the availability of the DeepDyve Digital Library, a fully integrated platform aimed at helping research organisations discover, access and manage research papers. The Digital Library is a one-stop platform designed for small to medium-sized teams and organizations needing easy and affordable solutions for reading and organizing scientific papers. Although the press release states that this product doesn't need information professionals or IT staff, it should be on the radar screen of librarians, particularly those in smaller, poorly-funded institutions and companies.

Posted 04 May 2021

The European Commission launched Open Research Europe, a publishing platform for scientific papers that will be accessible to everyone. The platform will present the results of research funded by Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme for 2021-2027, and its predecessor, Horizon 2020.

Posted 06 April 2021

An unprecedented digitization program makes out-of-print works by George L. Hersey, Richard Freedman, Mark Jarzombek, Moshe Safdie, Peter Rowe, Galen Cranz, Arthur Pulos, Gilbert Hubert, and others now available as ebooks for the first time.

Posted 06 April 2021

Sci-Hub has been a thorn in the side of commercial publishers almost since its founding in 2011. Recent legal actions in India may succeed in curbing its activities, something that similar lawsuits in the U.S. have failed to accomplish.

Posted 02 February 2021

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. doubled down on its commitment to Open Access when, on 5 January 2021, it announced the acquisition of Hindawi Limited, one of the world's fastest growing OA scientific research publishers, for a total purchase price of $298 million. This is not a total surprise, as the companies have been publishing partners since 2016 and the OA movement has been growing in momentum. Wiley has a track record of recent acquisitions in the technology space, including zyBooks, Knewton Alta, and Atypon.

Posted 02 February 2021

[Editor's Note: If you heard Yvonne Campfens' inspiring keynote talk at Internet Librarian International 2019 all about creating, innovating, collaborating and what we can learn from startups, you won't be surprised to hear that she has taken her own advice and joined startup OA Switchboard as its executive director. I asked her to tell us about this new venture.]

Posted 02 February 2021

Readers in 39 countries across North Africa and the Middle East will have a new affordable option for accessing the latest research, following a new partnership between leading academic publisher Taylor & Francis Group and the information services experts at Knowledge E.

Posted 01 December 2020

ProQuest's investment in virtual conference venue Underline Science is a harbinger of making conference papers and presentations more findable for librarians and the scholarly community.

Posted 01 December 2020

The newly released draft Recommendation on Open Science by UNESCO is an important milestone towards establishing a global policy for openness in scientific research and dissemination of results.

Posted 03 November 2020

A freely available toolkit helps academic book authors to better understand open access book publishing.

Posted 06 October 2020

Over 50 publishers are participating in the initiative to allow unlimited numbers of users access to ebooks. The list is expected to grow.

Posted 17 March 2020

Springer Nature is the largest OA publisher of primary research.

Posted 16 March 2020

The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) has published a midway review of its five-year strategy.

Posted 06 March 2020

2019 figures reveal growing impact of OA works in its collection.

Posted 05 March 2020

Three-year agreement offers open access and publishing.

Posted 17 February 2020

Annual figure exceeds 10,000 for the first time.

Posted 17 February 2020

The deal will enable greater visibility, impact, efficiency, transparency and sustainability in the dissemination of German research.

Posted 13 January 2020

A major breakthrough for open science.

Posted 13 January 2020

Report highlights the distorting effect of hyper-authored articles on citation and impact analysis.

Posted 10 December 2019

Five UK-based society publishers have signed pilot transitional OA agreements courtesy of Jisc.

Posted 10 December 2019

OpenMonographs.org wants to change the landscape of scholarly book publishing.

Posted 04 December 2019

Oxford University Press has reached agreement with Iowa State University Library.

Posted 03 December 2019

Beta version of resource for six cultural and heritage organisations announced.

Posted 27 November 2019

The London Library is the largest independent lending library in the world.

Posted 20 November 2019

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