Category Archives: Open access

European Commission: Towards better access to scientific information

The European Commission emphasises open access as a key tool to bring together people and ideas in a way that catalyses science and innovation. To ensure economic growth and to address the societal challenges of the 21st century, it is … Continue reading

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National Open Access and Preservation policies in Europe

Open access – the practice of granting free-of-charge access over the internet to research results – is central to knowledge circulation. Studies show that open access leads to better visibility and better impact of research results and that it has … Continue reading

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Open science part of our non-linear world

Open Science can only have a positive impact on the exchange of ideas within the scientific community. So what can we learn? Practices in the open source software community offer a model for encouraging large-scale scientific problem solving. Open up … Continue reading

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The Cost of Knowledge

The Cost of Knowledge is a protest by academics against the business practices of academic journal publisher Elsevier. Among the reasons for the protests are a call for lower prices for journals and to promote increased open access to information. … Continue reading

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R&D and Open Access – The Mendeley Report

A low spend on research and development (R&D) by a country may be limiting researchers’ access to academic papers, and could be undermining their productivity and achievements, a report has found. Limited access to scholarly content, which is a particular … Continue reading

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Reusing, Revising, Remixing and Redistributing Research

The initial purpose of Open Access is to enable researchers to make use of information already known to science as part of the published literature. One way to do that systematically is to publish scientific works under open licenses, in … Continue reading

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More Than Just Access: Delivering on a Network-Enabled Literature

We need to move from controlling access and permissions to assuring people that they have access and permission with systems that don’t require our intervention. The focus should be on enabling and encouraging unexpected uses and re-uses of our research. … Continue reading

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ORCID – Connecting Research and Researchers

ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, … Continue reading

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Open science

Open science is the umbrella term of the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. It encompasses practices such as publishing open research, campaigning for open access, encouraging … Continue reading

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Science as an open enterprise

Open inquiry is at the heart of the scientific enterprise. Publication of scientific theories – and of the experimental and observational data on which they are based – permits others to identify errors, to support, reject or refine theories and … Continue reading

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