by Jonathan H. Harwell, Rollins College
The Oberlin Group’s Lever Initiative (open-access consortial scholarly press) has posted some notes from their series of one-hour workshops with over 50 library directors. Lots of interesting comments, including “Shouldn’t be 8 years to publish a book” and “Students directed to read journals not monographs.”
“OAPEN-UK is a collaborative research project gathering evidence to help stakeholders make informed decisions on the future of open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.” Oxford University Press has signed on, and has also released some free content for the duration of the US government shutdown. Also, OAPEN is teaming up with OpenEdition. And EBSCO Information Services is now a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.
In Mother Jones, Michael Mechanic explains the radical history of the Public Library of Science. Meanwhile, Richard Poynder has a Q&A with neurogeneticist Björn Brembs on the state of open access (and how Brazilians have helped).
You’ve probably heard about the “sting” that exposed open-access publishers as willing to publish bogus articles. NPR talks to the person who did the experiment. At SPARC, Heather Joseph explains some problems with the way it was done. And paleontologist Michael Taylor makes it a teachable moment on “how to design and execute a really bad study.”