1. The dark side of open access

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    November 30, 2018 by Town Peterson

    Guest post by Daniel Romero-Alvarez http://www.romerostories.com @vakdaro Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity Institute University of Kansas, Lawrence, …
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  2. In Solidarity with UC System Librarians


    September 11, 2018 by joshbolick

    Yesterday my colleagues in the University of Kansas Libraries’ Library Faculty Assembly (3 of the authors of this blog are …
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  3. To the Editors, Diversity and Distributions, and Wiley Publishers:


    September 4, 2018 by Town Peterson

    4 September 2018 To the Editors, Diversity and Distributions, and Wiley Publishers: We write to you as a large group …
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  4. Of Elsevier and Embargoes 2.0

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    August 28, 2018 by joshbolick

    Last year I presented a poster at the Kraemer Copyright Conference in Colorado Springs, titled “Exploiting Elsevier’s Creative Commons Licensing …
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  5. Should I Publish in Parasitic Open Access Journals?


    February 15, 2018 by Town Peterson

    In academia, we are all under intense pressure to publish our work, and this pressure is increasingly quantified in terms …
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  6. Right Points, Wrong Title…about Open Access


    December 21, 2017 by Town Peterson

    A recent commentary in the Chronicle of Higher Education offered interesting reflections on the state of “open access” as a movement …
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  7. Envisioning a Global, Open Publishing System without APCs: Report of an International Symposium


    November 21, 2017 by Brian Rosenblum

    Much thinking remains on how Open Access (OA) is best achieved in a globally coordinated and equitable manner. Will it be built on shared copies of some version of the work via an open repository (“green” OA) and/or on journals with contents that are entirely open (“gold” OA)? To what extent do these contrasting models complement each other (Guédon, 2017, p.8)? Other questions include how to fund such a system both globally and equitably, how to empower current and primary stakeholders in shaping an open future, how to transition from the currently dominant subscription model to a fully open model, and how roles of current stakeholders may change in the process.


The opinions here emerge from work done by OA advocates at our university in the Midwest. The opinions are those of the authors themselves and not necessarily of our home institution.


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