Bloomsbury Academic Initiative

September 5, 2008 at 9:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bloomsbury Academic Initiative

Bloomsbury unveils academic imprint The Bookseller reports
on 5th September 2008.

Bloomsbury is making a bold move into academic publishing with the launch of an “on demand” imprint that will publish titles online for free … The imprint will use Creative Commons licences to allow non-commercial use of all its titles on publication. Pinter described it as ‘a major commitment to spreading knowledge more easily throughout the world, with a sustainable business model’.

Open Humanities Press

May 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Electronic Publishing, Journals Publishing, Open Access, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open Humanities Press

The Open Humanities Press will launch next Monday. From today’s announcement:

On May 12, 2008, the Open Humanities Press (OHP) will launch with 7 of the leading Open Access journals in critical and cultural theory. A non-profit, international grass-roots initiative, OHP marks a watershed in the growing embrace of Open Access in the humanities.

‘OHP is a bold and timely venture’ said J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, a long-time supporter of the Open Access movement and OHP board member. ‘It is designed to make peer-reviewed scholarly and critical works in a number of humanistic disciplines and cross-disciplines available free online. Initially primarily concerned with journals, OHP may ultimately also include book-length writings. This project is an admirable response to the current crisis in scholarly publishing and to the rapid shift from print media to electronic media. This shift, and OHP’s response to it, are facets of what has been called ‘critical climate change.’’

‘The future of scholarly publishing lies in Open Access’ agreed Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and fellow member of OHP’s editorial advisory board. ‘Scholars in the future should give careful consideration to the where they publish, since their goal should be to make the products of their research as widely available as possible, to people throughout the world. Open Humanities Press is a most welcome initiative that will help us move in this direction.’ …

(Via Open Access News.)

AHRC announces its OA policy

September 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on AHRC announces its OA policy

The long-awaited new AHRC guidelines are now published at :

Here’s the relevant section on self-archiving:

Self-archiving – added to Terms and Conditions of Award

The AHRC requires that funded researchers:

ensure deposit of a copy of any resultant articles published in journals or conference proceedings in appropriate repository
wherever possible, ensure deposit of the bibliographical metadata relating to such articles, including a link to the publisher’s website, at or around the time of publication
Full implementation of these requirements must be undertaken such that current copyright and licensing policies, for example, embargo periods and provisions limiting the use of deposited content to non-commercial purposes, are respected by authors.

So … deposit of the full text is now mandated, but without a time limit. This puts no pressure on publishers to relax embargos.

Peter Suber’s response to PRISM’s press release

August 24, 2007 at 8:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Peter Suber’s response to PRISM’s press release

Peter Suber, Open Access News: A superb riposte to the press release issued by the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science & Medicine

“The free market of scholarly publishing is responsive to the needs of scholars and scientists and balances the interests of all stakeholders.” Calling the current system a “free market” is also a distortion. (So is the claim that it balances the interests of all stakeholders, but I’ll leave that to one side here.) Most scientific research is funded by taxpayers. Most researcher salaries are paid by taxpayers. Most TA journal subscriptions are paid by taxpayers. And publishers receive both the articles and the referee reports as donations from authors and referees. Publishers don’t actually say that government money and policymaking should keep out of this sector, because that would really undermine their revenue. What they want is government intervention in all these areas except public access to publicly-funded research. What they want is the present arrangement of government subsidies for the work they publish, government subsidies for their own subscription fees, volunteer labor from authors and peer reviewers, double-payments from taxpayers who want access —and the label “free market” to wrap it all up in.

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