News Archives

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
February 29, 2012
By:
Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Times
Call it the white-coat revolution. But instead of a Tunisian man burning himself about his vegetable cart, it’s research scientists protesting the high cost of the Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation journal.
February 28, 2012
By:
Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed,
In an apparent concession to thousands of academics who have rallied against its “exorbitantly high pricing,” the scholarly publishing juggernaut Reed Elsevier on Monday withdrew its support of the Research Works Act, a bill that would have preempted the government from mandating public access to federally funded research published by commercial publishers.

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