2018/sep/13: Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done to the state security complex, the young Kazakhstani scientist Alexandra Elbakyan has done with Sci-Hub to the multibillion-dollar industry that traps knowledge behind paywalls.
Last week, a consortium of European funders, including major research agencies in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy, published their “Plan S”. It insists that, from 2020, research we have already paid for through our taxes will no longer be locked up. Any researcher receiving money from these funders must publish her or his work only in open-access journals.
The publishers have gone ballistic. Springer Nature argues that this plan potentially undermines the whole research publishing system. Yes, that’s the point.
The conference on 'Protracted Conflict, Aid and Development' that I wrote about on Friday was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, a massive (1941631.5bn) UK research programme that is funding, among other things, the LSE's new Centre for Public Authority and International Development, where I'll be putting in a day a week over the
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A recent Wall Street report declares the death of open access. What can we learn from their analysis?
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Imagine an industry where a few companies make billions of dollars by exerting strict control over valuable information -- while paying the people who
Publishing scholarly papers with, and on, Wikipedia
The Wellcome Trust recently published details of how much it spent on open access publishing in the year 2012-2013 in an attempt to make the debate around the costs of open access publishing more evidence-based. The data we released fuelled much discussion online and Robert Kiley, Head Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, gives an
The Open Movement has made impressive strides in the past year, but do these strides stand for reform or are they just symptomatic of the further expansion and entrenchment of neoliberalism? Eric K
Government deserves credit for innovation in the U.S. But it needs to register a return.
Facts about Flu - Today, we consider the long-running attempt to evaluate whether the antiviral drug Tamiflu works. There's a dispute going on at the moment, a war of words with lots of public relations
Robert Gebbia says it is alarming that more middle-aged Americans are taking their own life.
Shi-min Fang tells us how risking his life and libel writs to expose scientific misconduct in his native China has just won him the inaugural Maddox prize
And retractions don't always mention when data's fraudulent (43% of the time, in fact).
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This week, we celebrate open access week - an event aimed at bringing attention to this rapidly emerging form of scientific publication and its ethical imperatives. Traditionally, knowledge breakthroughs
The pressure is on. More and more universities and academics are working in a culture that is untenable and cracks in the ivory tower have already begun to appear. The work environment is now characterised