The Open-Access Wars: Bullies Square Off on Library Listserv

June 3, 2014
Klaus Graf

Klaus Graf, the world’s meanest open-access advocate (in my opinion).
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Lately I have been hearing the term “open access wars” to describe the strident debate that occurs between and among those with differing views on scholarly open-access publishing and open-access policies. An email battle that occurred on an academic library listserv during the last week of May, 2014 exemplified these wars.

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A Medical Publisher with Some Problems

December 26, 2013


Proceed with caution here

InnoVision Health Media, Inc. is an Eagan, Minnesota-based publisher of six online medical journals. The journals are supported by advertising and subscription fees, but they do have some open-access content. The journals appear to target health professionals and health care consumers.

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Green OA is Better than Publishing in a Predatory Journal

October 17, 2013

Green open access

I think that using the green open-access publishing model is better for authors and readers than publishing in a predatory or questionable open-access journal. Green open-access refers to publishing in a non-open-access journal and then uploading a postprint of the article to an institutional or disciplinary repository.

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A Publisher with no Website: Science and Engineering Publishing Company

September 26, 2012

One of their journals … with a title that appears to be lost in translation.

Virtually all the publishers on my list of predatory publishers maintain a website for the publisher with links to, among other things, their predatory journals.

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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:

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

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