by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College
JSTOR has officially launched its Register & Read program, which allows the public to access a limited number of articles free of charge, in exchange for their personal information. JSTOR has also published a statement about activist Aaron Swartz, whose death has sparked a flurry of articles and actions among supporters of open data. Political fallout from Swartz’ criminal investigation continues.
Nicholas Carr published a Wall Street Journal piece about a perceived decline of e-book popularity, and David Ulin at the LA Times has some comments on it. (Editor’s note: This article was our ATG Article of the Week: Has the e-book bubble burst?)
New guidelines from the National Science Foundation are spurring more discussion of altmetrics for valuing research products.
And finally, who’s the worst publisher?