100 New Open Books from Hopkins

From the press release announcing the first 100 books unlocked in the Mellon + NEH-funded effort to rescue out-of-print books: The Encore Editions include works in American and European history, literary studies, and philosophy, and represent some of the most...

‘At first, Plan S looked like it might have some teeth’

Sam Moore, in an intervierw on DARIAH Open: At first, Plan S looked like it might have some teeth to intervene in the publishing market through APC caps and outright bans on hybrid open access. Yet these conditions have been watered down significantly and we have been...

‘The State of Open Data Report 2019’

Emily Farrell of MIT Press has an interesting essay tucked in to Figshare’s State of Open Data Report 2019 report: As an institutionally-based mission-driven publisher, the MIT Press (MITP) stands in a unique position to promote open data. The Press is seeking...

‘Academics should stop fixating on the editorial power fallacy’

Richard Sever, writing for the Times Higher Education Supplement, with the argument that the tyranny of journal impact factors—with all their career-determining arbitrariness—is a symptom of a bigger problem: The small number of academic jobs for PhDs in the life...

‘The open access needle in the discovery haystack’

Neil Grindley, head of resource discovery at Jisc, on challenges surfacing open content in large library collections, on: Yet another (perhaps surprising) issue is that there has not historically been a standard way of flagging whether something is open access in a...