Cost of open access publishing in otolaryngology?head and neck surgery – Kim – 2023 – World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – Wiley Online Library

Abstract:  Objective

Open access (OA) publishing makes research more accessible but is associated with steep article processing charges (APCs). The study objective was to characterize the APCs of OA publishing in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS) journals.


We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of published policies of 110 OHNS journals collated from three databases. The primary outcomes were the publishing model, APC for original research, and APC waiver policy.


We identified 110 OHNS journals (57 fully OA, 47 hybrid, 2 subscription-only, 4 unknown model). After excluding 12 journals (2 subscription-only, 4 unknown model, 5 OA with unspecified APCs, and 1 OA that accepts publications only from society members), we analyzed 98 journals, 23 of which did not charge APCs. Among 75 journals with nonzero APCs, the mean and median APCs were $2452 and $2900 (interquartile range: $1082–3520). Twenty-five journals (33.3%) offered APC subsidies for authors in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and/or on a case-by-case basis. Eighty-five and 25 journals were based in high-income countries (HICs) and LMICs, respectively. The mean APC was higher among HIC journals than LMIC journals ($2606 vs. $958, p?<?0.001).


APCs range from tens to thousands of dollars with limited waivers for authors in LMICs.

Introducing Wikifunctions: first Wikimedia project to launch in a decade creates new forms of knowledge – Wikimedia Foundation

“Currently, functions on Wikimedia projects are complex, siloed, and vary by language versions of various projects (Wikipedia alone has over 300 language versions). Wikifunctions will place functions in a single shared space, simplifying the work of the volunteers who maintain them and increasing their accessibility. Wikifunctions will eventually integrate with Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, opening new opportunities for knowledge creation….

Wikifunctions was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2020. The project went live as a read-only site earlier this year, and it is now available so that anyone, anywhere can use it. It is the fourteenth Wikimedia project — the first new project in a decade. Learn more about the project at….”

“If buying isn’t owning, piracy isn’t stealing” (08 Dec 2023)

“The ability to change features, prices, and availability of things you’ve already paid for is a powerful temptation to corporations. Inkjet printers were always a sleazy business, but once these printers got directly connected to the internet, companies like HP started pushing out “security updates” that modified your printer to make it reject the third-party ink you’d paid for…

This is the root of all the right to repair shenanigans. Sure, companies withhold access to diagnostic codes and parts, but codes can be extracted and parts can be cloned. The real teeth in blocking repair comes from the law, not the tech. The company that makes McDonald’s wildly unreliable McFlurry machines makes a fortune charging franchisees to fix these eternally broken appliances. When a third party threatened this racket by reverse-engineering the DRM that blocked independent repair, they got buried in legal threats…

20 years ago, Chris Anderson told me that it was unrealistic to expect tech companies to refuse demands for DRM from the entertainment companies whose media they hoped to play. My argument – then and now – was that any tech company that sells you a gadget that can have its features revoked is defrauding you. You’re paying for x, y and z – and if they are contractually required to remove x and y on demand, they are selling you something that you can’t rely on, without making that clear to you….”

Seed Awards | open&

“Our call for the Second Round is now live!

Submit your proposal before December 15, 2023

Open scholarship can speed up discoveries, close information gaps, and promote reproducibility and innovation.

However, it’s not evenly distributed. To address this, the ORFG created the Open Scholarship Seed Award to support open scholarship activities within under-resourced contexts….”


A transformative shift has redefined how scientific research is conducted and shared in the digital era. Open Science is emerging as a transparent, collaborative, and accessible paradigm at the forefront of this revolution. This study undertakes a comprehensive Bibliometric analysis to explore the multifaceted landscape of Open Science, addressing key aspects such as prevalent topics, top-cited papers, leading journals, productive countries, and active institutions. Utilising a robust dataset from the Scopus online database, which encompasses scholarly literature, scientific publications, and open-access journals across diverse disciplines, the research employs advanced quantitative techniques to delineate the contours of Open Science. The findings reveal critical areas and topics, influential authors and works, prominent journals, and pioneering countries and institutions that shape the discourse. A geographical analysis further emphasises the importance of both national and international collaboration in the Open Science movement. Beyond contributing to academic understanding, this research provides essential insights for a wide range of stakeholders, from researchers to policymakers, and reflects on the broader implications of the findings. The paper concludes by projecting a path for future explorations, including emerging topics such as artificial intelligence, metadata, and ethics in Open Science, and offers lessons from the Open Science practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it a valuable guide for the ongoing evolution of scientific research and collaboration.

15 ways LLMs could ruin scholarly communication – and what we can do about it

Abstract:  Despite the dreams of science-fiction fans worldwide, the thing being marketed as “artificial intelligence” is no more than high-powered predictive text. What it gets right is thanks to its input data created by billions of humans, and to an invisible and underpaid workforce of content moderators. What it gets wrong threatens privacy, exacerbates sexism, racism and other inequities, and may even be environmentally damaging. There are situations that are well enough defined that machine models can be useful, but scholarly communication by its nature is full of new and unique information, relying on precisely reported data, that algorithms based on probabilities can’t deal with. So as a community we need to come with ways to prevent machine-generated fake papers from poisoning the well of science – and we need to be healthily sceptical of vendors selling us machine-based solutions to problems that can still only be addressed by human intelligence.

Public Domain Day 2024 Remix Contest: The Internet Archive is Looking For Creative Short Films Made By You! | Internet Archive Blogs

“We are looking for filmmakers and artists of all levels to create and upload short films of 2–3 minutes to the Internet Archive to help us celebrate Public Domain Day at our celebrations on January 24 (in-person screening & party) & January 25 (virtual celebration), 2024!

Our short film contest serves as a platform for filmmakers to explore, remix, and breathe new life into the timeless gems that have entered the public domain. From classic literature and silent films to musical compositions and visual art, the contest winners draw inspiration from the vast archive of cultural heritage from 1928. We want artists to use this newly available content to create short films using resources from the Internet Archive’s collections from 1928. The uploaded videos will be judged and prizes of up to $1500 awarded!! (see details below)….”

Sorbonne University unsubscribes from the Web of Science | Sorbonne Université

“Sorbonne University has been deeply committed to the promotion and the development of  open science for many years. According to its commitment to open research information, it has decided to discontinue its subscription to the Web of Science publication database and Clarivate bibliometric tools in 2024. By resolutely abandoning the use of proprietary bibliometric products, it is opening the way for open, free and participative tools.”

Frei zugänglich und kulturell hochwertig? Zur Zugänglichkeit von Libre- und Open-Access-Quellen in der Kunst, der Kunstgeschichte sowie im kulturellen Umfeld · Herausforderungen für Kunstbibliotheken im Digitalen Zeitalter / Challenges for Art Libraries in the Digital Age

On the accessibility of Libre and Open Access sources in art, art history and the cultural environment

The Nelson Memorandum: How two HELIOS members are responding | Carter | College & Research Libraries News

“The Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS) responded right away, convening members for a virtual briefing by Alondra Nelson, who at the time served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy director for science and society of the White House OSTP, and Christopher Marcum, then-assistant director for open science and data policy at the OSTP. Both contextualized the public access guidance within the Biden Administration’s larger priorities and described how climate change, social inequity, and COVID-19 are compelling, real-world examples of the critical and urgent need for release of data. Additionally, the policy is an important part of upholding and supporting research integrity to protect and restore public trust in scholarship, to help keep track of investments, and maintain accountability through a public record. The Nelson Memorandum offers higher education the opportunity to promote equity and transparency in research through public access compliance. However, colleges and universities are responsible for implementing changes (to infrastructure, policies, training, and more) to comply with new and changing requirements.”