Open Access

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 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

CARL releases statement on benefits to society of Open Education.

Posted 15 November 2019

Collaboration with Google announced.

Posted 08 November 2019

Aim is to provide links between citations and digital content.

Posted 02 November 2019

The International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) welcomes the move towards the open access environment for journal articles.

Posted 31 October 2019