News Archives - 2012

March 19, 2012
By:
Michael P. Taylor, TheScientist
Academic publishers are currently up in arms about the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA)—a bill that has the perfectly reasonable goal of making publicly funded research available to the public that funded it. Tom Allen, president of the American Association of Publishers, described it rather hysterically as “intellectual eminent domain, but without fair compensation.” Why are he and his colleagues so desperate to retain the current business model?
March 19, 2012
American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael presented Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) with one of the association’s highest honors – the James Madison Award. Lofgren received the award today during the National Freedom of Information Day Conference held at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
March 18, 2012
By:
David Hill, Singularity Hub
Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free…well, more free than it has been.
March 12, 2012
By:
SPARC
On April 12, please join us as we host Pete Binfield, Publisher of PLoS One, for an in-depth look at the the current status of Article Level Metrics, a discussion of what has been learned to date, and a glimpse into what is on the horizon for their further development and wider adoption.
March 12, 2012

List of Open Access Program and Speaker Slides

March 07, 2012
By:
Miranda Neubauer, techPresident
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been answering questions on Reddit today, particularly in his capacity as a member of the House Judiciary Committee where he has been outspoken against SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. In his introduction to the community, he called himself an "Internet defender and techie." Which led nearly immediately to questions about his support of the Research Works Act.
March 05, 2012

Proponents of Open Access have long criticized the business practices of Elsevier, the largest publisher of academic journals in the world. But in late January, Timothy Gowers, the accomplished Cambridge mathematician, took things to a new level, issuing a call for researchers to enact a boycott of Elsevier-run journals in his blog.

March 01, 2012
By:
Richard Poynder
An Interview with Claudio Aspesi, Senior research analyst at the sell-side market research firm Sanford-Bernstein. Aspesi tracks Elsevier for investors, and comments here on the boycott, the roll back of the Research Works Act and the company's latest prospects.
March 01, 2012
By:
Nancy Scola, The American Prospect
The Research Works Act keeps the battle started by SOPA and PIPA in the headlines.
March 01, 2012
1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access

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