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Flexible models for funding open access in journal publishing

One of the main challenges that the Open Access movement faces is to explore (more) economically sustainable models to embrace and support an inclusive openness (not only for a few). In this post we present a work-in-progress including nine remarkable cases that pursue OA and flexible funding models. An overview of this benchmark comparing these… Read More »

The opposite of open isn’t closed but broken

Wiley (publishing) conducted a survey on ‘sharing data’ inviting 90,000 researchers across a wide array of disciplines. They received more than 2,250 responses from individuals engaged in active research programs. Here an excerpt of the results recently published. Source. Although the advocates of Creative Commons seems to be more than those who challenge this licenses, there… Read More »

Hacking Open Access: Sustainable publication for Humanities

Open Access in Humanities and Social Sciences, from Eelco Ferwerda provides a remarkable compilation of this discussion.   Although the open access movement has been going strong for over 10 years in the areas of natural sciences and medical sciences, the humanities and social sciences have lagged behind. However, OA is not only an exclusive STEM approach anymore,… Read More »

Collaborative Commons: Why cheap e-books won’t beat copyleft publications

20 October 2014 0

In this series of post we have explored to what extent can we rethink the licensing instruments (perhaps beyond Creative Commons); alternative forms of economic sustainability (freemium); as well as new incentives mechanisms (non-traditional knowledge currencies) into the Open Access movement. Here we will add some arguments to the two first aspects. Alternative forms of economic sustainability: On its recently published book,… Read More »

Criticism to Creative Commons: Why open access is not enough?

Q – What has Open Access in common with Creative Commons, U2 or Radiohead? A– All contents (either academic or artistic) are affected by CopyRight laws obsolete in the digital world. At least within the academic world (as in many others probably) to embrace the principles promoted by Creative Commons it is something increasingly accepted, which just to be… Read More »

How to make #OpenAccess in Science more sustainable? 30 possible answers

  Open Access and Sustainability: Exploring business models for academic Open Access based on the Cross-subsidy model of Anderson from Cristobal Cobo Romaní [also available in Google Drive].   As many others probably,  I always thought that the confusion between free and libre was problematic and likely to cause a great deal of confusion (English adjective “free” does… Read More »

A smarter accountability: combining ‘traditional’ and social impact metrics in #OpenScience

10 October 2014 1

digital scholarship: how open publication and co-creation could transform science from cristobal cobo   Wikipedia defines Open Science as: “… the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. It encompasses practices such as publishing open research, campaigning for open access, encouraging scientists to practice open notebook science,… Read More »

In transition to a sustainable Open Access?

8 October 2014 0

Higher education institutions are operating in an altered context now with the advent of digital, networked technologies. The IT Revolution had resulted in new dysfunctions and inequalities in scholarly communication. Authors, such as Hopkins (2009), among others, suggest that Higher Education requires resilience, to face this changing landscape of knowledge dissemination. Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new… Read More »

The shifting ecology of online scholarly communication

22 August 2014 0

The expansion of the Internet as well as other digital technologies has brought a great deal of interest as well as new opportunities to our society, one clear example of that is how open access initiatives have already diversified the alternatives to access and share academic peer-reviewed scholarly information (papers, reports, books, data base, etc.)… Read More »

Delivering higher education in the digital age

Plenary panel, at the What does it mean to be an expert in the Web Era? #digicurrency pic.twitter.com/J7W9Awm4ZK — Cristobal Cobo (@cristobalcobo) May 28, 2014   See also the great report from By Simon Knight. The workshop for the Oxford Internet Institute, “What does it mean to be an ‘expert’ in the web age”, took place on Wednesday… Read More »