An Update to Elsevier’s ‘Mirror Journal’ Concept

A modest proposal: Given Coalition S’s recent Rights Retention announcement, what about embracing Elsevier’s cynical invention of the “mirror” journal concept? Recall that Elsevier has, in a stroke of evil genius, created over 40...

‘Coursera Raises $130 Million Amid Flurry of Ed Tech Deals‘

Kate Clark, writing for The Information [paywalled], reports on the major haul that Coursera, the for-profit higher-ed purveyor, received in a new VC round—valuing the company at about $2.5 billion. The pandemic has, of course, been wind to Coursera’s fire—a...

‘Open-access Plan S to allow publishing in any journal’

From Nature’s story on the Plan S “Rights Retention” announcement: “Very few” publishers allow the combination of both CC-BY and zero-embargo sharing of AAMs, says Bianca Kramer, a librarian at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Publishers often...

Students as a Promising Asset Class

From a Wired story on so-called income share agreements: ONE DAY IN 2017, Lauren Neuwirth sank into a chair in her university’s financial aid office feeling out of options. She was finishing her second year at Purdue University in Indiana, a school she’d chosen for...