ATG Hot Topics of the Week: Publishers Appealing Against Georgia State, New Open Access Platform, and a University Library Canceling ACS E-Journals as a “Public Example”

by Jonathan Harwell, Rollins College

The plaintiffs (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press USA, and SAGE) have decided to appeal the decision in the e-reserves lawsuit against Georgia State University.  The Copyright Clearance Center is continuing to provide half of the legal fees for the plaintiffs.  Andrew Albanese has the rundown in Publishers Weekly.

The Public Knowledge Project, who brought us Open Journal Systems as an open-access journal publishing platform, have now launched one for monographs.  Check out the Open Monograph Press.

Meanwhile, Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries at SUNY-Potsdam, has blogged an explanation of their decision to cancel the current e-journal package from the American Chemical Society due to pricing.  (They kept the archival package covering up to 1995, which they could more easily afford.)  They talked with the chemistry faculty and opted to replace the current ACS deal with a different publisher’s e-journal package.  She’s publicizing their decision as a “call to action” for other librarians, and they’re using the disappearance of the previous resources as a teachable moment for their chemistry students.

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