September 21, 2017

Ebooks Examined from All Angles at Digital Shift Virtual Conference

LJ’s third annual Ebook third annual ebook summit “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks, and Beyond” featured insightful presentations and lively discussions on topics ranging from ebook discovery, how ebooks have affected collection development strategies, the growth of etextbooks, and a post-mortem on the industry’s response to the Research Works Act early this year.

Wiley Extends Open Access Option to 81% of Journals

John Wiley & Sons has announced that OnlineOpen, Wiley’s hybrid open access model for subscription journals that allows authors to publish an open access paper in their journal of choice, is now available in over 1,200 of the journals that Wiley publishes.

New OA Journal, Backed by O’Reilly, May Disrupt Academic Publishing

An open access academic publishing company called Peer J Inc. launched today, and its notable co-founders are promising that the company’s business model will revolutionize the field.

Open Access Movement Finds New Ally in University of California, San Francisco

The open access movement received another major boost on May 21 when the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), one of the leading public, scientific institutions in the country, adopted an open access policy.

Open Access Advocates Cheer New Bill Seen as Slayer of Research Works Act

U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced a bill today that is a direct counterpart to the proposed Research Works Act (RWA), which has stirred deep opposition among researchers, librarians, and advocates of open access.

California Digital Library Partners with Public Knowledge Project on Open-Access Software Development

The California Digital Library (CDL) on February 7 announced a “major development partnership,” on behalf of the University of California system, with the Public Knowledge Project to help develop its open-source software suite aimed at easing open-access journal publication. The CDL announcement comes as discussion of open access issues is resurging across academia.

Open Access Week Gets Under Way

Open Access Week, the annual event celebrating the global movement towards Open Access (OA) to research and scholarship, began its fifth annual event today, October 24. According to a press release from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which coordinated the event,  the week provides an opportunity to learn about the benefits of […]