Elsevier Cracks Down on Pirated Scientific Articles

“Academic publishing company Elsevier has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the SciHub.org search engine. The sites, which are particularly popular in developing nations where access to academic works is relatively expensive, are accused of pirating millions of scientific articles….”

Open Access Editor in Chief Search: The Gerontological Society of America Call for Applications

“The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) announces the search for editor in chief of a new journal to be launched in 2016 and published, alongside The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences and Psychological Sciences, The Gerontologist, and Public Policy & Aging Report, by Oxford University Press. As a fully open access journal, it will consider de novo submissions, as well as high-quality submissions out of the scope of the other GSA journals, both pre-review and post-review….”

Postdoctoral researcher for European Project ASTERICS

“The CNRS LAPP (Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules) institute is opening a postdoctoral research position to play a scientific leading role in the activities of ASTERICS (Astronomy ESFRI & Research Infrastructure Cluster), a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme….A background in…modern astrophysical open-access tools and frameworks such as the Virtual Observatory would be appreciated….The Cherenkov Telescope Array – CTA – …will serve as an open observatory to a wide scientific community, therefore the technical implementation of the CTA data management fulfils the requirements of an open science project and aims at guaranteeing reliable processing, ensuring quality of services for access, dissemination and transmission of data….”


“SCIENCE-CENTRAL is Centralized Institutional Repositories Hosting Service for DST-DBT Labs and a Harvester service for DST-DBT [Department of Science and Technology – Department of Biotechnology] Institutional Repositories.

Individual OAI-PMH Compliant Institutional Repositories have been configured and customized on the central server for the each of DST-DBT labs which do not have Institutional Repositories in their own data centre. All DST-DBT lab’s repositories are being regularly harvested by the central harvester. This value added service enables the research community to search and view the R & D literatures from different DST-DBT Institutes through one single console.

The sciencecentral.in is a main domain under which sub domains for each laboratory’s IR are created like http://nccs.sciencecentral.in/ and http://nabi.sciencecentral.in/. In addition two dedicated centrilized IR’s for DST and DBT have been installed namely http://dst.sciencecentral.in and http://dbt.sciencecentral.in. …”

OpenAIRE: Supporting a European open access mandate

“Research outcomes resulting from taxpayers’ investment in research are a common good and should be made openly available for all. According to the European Commission (EC), open access (OA) is defined as the “practice of providing online access to reusable scientific information that is free of charge to the end user.”1 The EC is a significant funder of research and facilitates collaborative and cross-disciplinary scientific activities. In 2008, the EC launched the Open Access Pilot,2 requiring beneficiaries of its previous funding program, the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), to make their best effort to ensure OA to peer-reviewed articles. Its new funding program, Horizon2020, will invest nearly €80 billion in competitive research.3 Here the mandate was strengthened to stipulate that the publication output of all EC-funded projects be made open.4 …”

Welcome to the updated Open Access Week website!

We’ve updated and simplified the Open Access Week website, which we hope will make it more useful and easier to navigate.  The homepage is the focal point of the revisions, and the new Featured Posts section will highlight curated content and resources to help plan and promote your Open Access Week activities.

While we’ve removed many of the feeds that populated the old homepage, you can view a consolidated feed in the Community Engagement tab that will display all activity on the Open Access Week network—from blog posts to events to photos and videos.  All of the content has been preserved in this transition, and the URLs for pages have remained the same.
We will continue to make tweaks and updates to the site now that we’ve transitioned to the new layout, and we welcome and thoughts or suggestions you have for how we can continue to improve this as a resource for the community.


Marketing Executive, Open Access

“Palgrave Macmillan and Nature Publishing Group have been brought together into one global science and scholarly group to better meet the needs of researchers in all disciplines around the world. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Open Research Marketing department for a Markting Executive to be responsible for the planning and implementation of tactical marketing activities for a number of multidisciplinary open research titles, including the flagship open access journal Nature Communications….”

Small Talk: When Bacterial Chatter Gets Invasive

Sticks and stones may break our bones but microbes’ “words” may hurt us. Breast cancer is a threat to men and women worldwide. Like all cancers, the known causes are attributed to genetics and carcinogens, but recently, scientists have begun … Continue reading »

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OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open!

This was originally posted at: http://opencon2015.org/blog/opencon-2015-applications-are-open

Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.

OpenCon seeks to bring together the most capable, motivated students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to cover travel costs.  In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support.  Due to this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only.

Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.  We want to support those who have ideas for new projects and initiatives in addition to those who are already leading them.  The most important thing is an interest in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking action. We also hope to use applications to connect applicants with opportunities for collaboration, local events in your area, and scholarship opportunities to attend other relevant conferences.

OpenCon is equal parts conference and community.  The meeting in Brussels serves as the centerpiece of a much larger network to foster initiatives and collaboration among the next generation across OpenCon’s issue areas.  Become an active part of the community by joining our discussion list, tuning in for our monthly community calls and webcasts, or hosting an OpenCon satellite event in your community.

Apply now, and join the OpenCon community today!

About OpenCon:

Hosted by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2015 will bring together students and early career academic professionals from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.  OpenCon 2015 will be held on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium.

OpenCon 2015’s three day program will begin with two days of conference-style keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops, drawing both on the expertise of leaders in the Open Access, Open Education and Open Data movements and the experience of participants who have already led successful projects.

The third day will take advantage of the location in Brussels by providing a half-day of advocacy training followed by the opportunity for in-person meetings with relevant policy makers, ranging from the European Parliament, European Commission, embassies, and key NGOs. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the conference’s three issue areas, stronger skills in organizing local and national projects, and connections with policymakers and prominent leaders across the three issue areas.

OpenCon 2015 builds on the success of the first-ever OpenCon meeting last year which convened 115 students and early career academic professionals from 39 countries in Washington, DC.  

Speakers at OpenCon 2014 included the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States for Legislative Affairs, the Chief Commons Officer of Sage Bionetworks, the Associate Director for Data Science for the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and more than 15 students and early career academic professionals leading successful initiatives. OpenCon 2015 will again feature leading experts, and the program will be announced in the coming months.



Early Career Researchers,

Open Access,

Open Data,

Open Education,



Digital Scholarship Librarian

“The Digital Scholarship Librarian leads the planning, coordination, analysis and implementation of new service models that focus on the provision of scholarly communication services for the College of William & Mary community.

This position provides expertise and leadership on the library’s goals, objectives, and projects for educating the campus community about digital publishing, intellectual property rights, open access and open scholarship initiatives, and connections between information literacy and scholarly communication….”

APS is hiring a new Publisher

“Prestigious nonprofit science organization [American Physical Society] seeks a Publisher to lead business growth….The Publisher will serve as a member of the executive team, reporting to the CEO. The Publisher is responsible for developing and managing publishing strategy, new product and business development, marketing, sales, and publishing services….Key Responsibilities: …Representation of the organization in the scholarly publishing industry, and monitoring and advising the organization on shifts in publishing policies and practices globally on, for example, open access….”


William Gunn (Mendeley) wrote:

?[E]verything you could post publicly and immediately before, you can do so now. There’s a NEW category of author manuscript, one which now comes with Elsevier-supplied metadata specifying the license and the embargo expiration date, that is subject to the embargo. The version the author sent to the journal, even post peer-review, can be posted publicly and immediately, which wasn’t always the case before??

Actually in the 2004-2012 Elsevier policy it was the case: Elsevier authors could post their post-peer-review versions publicly and immediately in their institutional repositories. This was then obfuscated by Elsevier from 2012-2014 with double-talk, and now has been formally embargoed in 2015.

Elsevier authors can, however, post their post-peer-review versions publicly and immediately on their institutional home page or blog, as well as on Arxiv or RePeC, with an immediate CC-BY-NC-ND license. That does in fact amount to the same thing as the 2004-2012 policy (in fact better, because of the license), but it is embedded in such a smoke-screen of double-talk and ambiguity that most authors and institutional OA policy-makers and repository-managers will be unable to understand and implement it.

My main objection is to Elsevier?s smokescreen. This could all be stated and implemented so simply if Elsevier were acting in good faith. But to avoid any risk to itself, Elsevier prefers to keep research access at risk with complicated, confusing edicts.

Cross Purposes

No, the purpose of ?repository-focused green open access? is not — and never has been — “to prompt libraries to cancel journal subscriptions, forcing publishers to restrict themselves to coordinating peer review at a vastly reduced price from that currently charged for journal-focused ?gold? open access” (though that is indeed what I think will be the eventual outcome).

The purpose of green open access, mandated by universities and funders, is (and always has been) open access.

Open access (Gratis) means immediate (un-embargoed), free online access to the final peer-reviewed drafts of peer-reviewed journal articles.

Berners-Lee, T., De Roure, D., Harnad, S. and Shadbolt, N. (2005) Journal publishing and author self-archiving: Peaceful Co-Existence and Fruitful Collaboration.

Harnad, S. (1995) A Subversive Proposal. In: Ann Okerson & James O’Donnell (Eds.) Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads; A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing. Washington, DC., Association of Research Libraries, June 1995.

Houghton, J. & Swan, A. (2013) Planting the Green Seeds for a Golden Harvest: Comments and Clarifications on “Going for Gold”. D-Lib Magazine 19 (1/2).

Sale, A., Couture, M., Rodrigues, E., Carr, L. and Harnad, S. (2014) Open Access Mandates and the “Fair Dealing” Button. In: Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online (Rosemary J. Coombe & Darren Wershler, Eds.)

Vincent-Lamarre, P, Boivin, J, Gargouri, Y, Larivière, V and Harnad, S (2015) Estimating Open Access Mandate Effectiveness: I. The MELIBEA Score. JASIST (in press)