Book review: Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access

May 28, 2012
Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access

Published by UNESCO.

Swan, Alma. (2012). Policy guidelines for the promotion of open access. (Open guidelines series). Paris: UNESCO. ISBN: 978-92-3-001052-2 Available: http://bit.ly/LXaiKK

This is a book about using mandates and sanctions to promote open-access publishing. Read the rest of this entry »



New Mega Open-Access Scholarly Journal Publisher

May 10, 2012
Global Journals™ Inc. (US)

Global Journals™ Inc. (US)

Global Journals™ Inc. (US) is a brand-new publisher of scholarly, academic journals. Or at least it aims to be. Its website first appeared only recently, and the publisher is now involved in an intense spam email campaign to recruit editors, editorial board members, and most importantly, article submissions.   Read the rest of this entry »


Defining Platinum Open Access

May 8, 2012
platinum nugget

A platinum nugget.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Alchemist-hp and used according to the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

Recently I used the term “platinum open access” in an email I sent to several scholarly communication listserves.

I was immediately castigated by Stevan Harnad, one of today’s more bellicose open access advocates.

He blasted, “There is no “Platinum” Road to OA,” reflecting the now little-used “road” metaphor do describe the different types of scholarly open-access publishing.

To back up his claim, he threw in a link to an email he penned five years ago. The email simply stated that there is no such thing as platinum open access.

Platinum open access is a model of scholarly publishing that does not charge author fees. The costs associated with scholarly publication are covered by the benevolence of others, such as through volunteer work, donations, subsidies, grants, etc.

The term has been used for many years in numerous open-access publications, including books and blog entries, and on websites.

Platinum open-access is mentioned in Walt Crawford’s 2011 book Open Access: What You Need to Know Now. ¹

A selection from the book "Open Access: What You Need to Know Now" by Walt Crawford.

A selection from the book “Open Access: What You Need to Know Now” by Walt Crawford.

I think the distinction between gold (author-pays) and platinum open access is significant and the distinction between the two worth maintaining. I’ll continue to make that distinction by using the two terms.

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[1]. Crawford, Walt. (2011). Open Access: What You Need to Know Now. Chicago: American Library Association.


OMICS Publishing Launches New Brand with 53 Journal Titles

May 5, 2012
SciTechnol

The logo for OMICS Publishing Group’s new brand SciTechnol.

India-based OMICS Publishing Group has just launched a new brand of scholarly journals called “SciTechnol.” This new OMICS brand lists 53 new journals, though none has any content yet. Read the rest of this entry »


New Open-Access Publisher with a Clever Name: I See

May 2, 2012

I discover a new open-access scholarly publisher based in India almost every week. The most recent find is the Indian Society for Education and Environment, cleverly abbreviated as “I See.” Read the rest of this entry »


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