In the article, Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature, researchers from Greene Lab found that nearly all scholarly literature is available gratis to anyone with an Internet connection. Sci-Hub’s scope suggests the subscription publishing model is becoming unsustainable.
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The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers from the 2017 licence year. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process. The effects of a consortium agreement at the national level should relieve the financial burden on individual institutions and bring wide-scale, lasting improvements in access to scholarly literature for academics. An open access component is also planned.
Click here to read more about the progress of the negotiation.
To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, Cambridge University Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication has announced Professor Hawking’s permission to make his thesis freely available and Open Access in Apollo. By making his PhD thesis Open Access, anyone can now freely download and read this historic and compelling research by the then little-known 24-year-old Cambridge postgraduate.
You can access the thesis here or the high-resolution one here.
You can also read a summary on Discover Magazine.
Springer Nature has launched a new, free-to-use research solution, Springer Nature Experiments, to help researchers in the life sciences by accessing the relevant protocols and methods to support their research projects.
Protocols are “recipes” used in laboratory research to support the design and implementation of reproducible experiments. The step-by-step instructions help researchers recreate an experiment by typically including information on the materials required, equipment and set-up. Methods are new scientific procedures for solving existing problems. Together, these two different types of content are the cornerstone for scientists to successfully conduct their research.
Springer Nature publishes one of the largest available collection of protocols and methods for the life sciences with content from SpringerProtocols, Nature Methods, Nature Protocols and Protocol Exchange – the free repository for scientists to share their protocols with the scientific community. Springer Nature Experiments provides access to all of these through a single easy-to-use platform, designed to save researchers’ time.
The platform uses advanced knowledge models to categorise content based on techniques and organisms – the two most commonly used search categories identified in user research. With the help of artificial intelligence and text mining technologies, these terms are recognised and extracted from the content, enabling users to perform searches and narrow down their results quickly and easily.
In addition, users can evaluate and compare protocols prior to accessing the full-text with the help of protocol landing pages. These summarize key information such as the keywords mentioned, article history and citations which gives an indication of whether the protocol has been used successfully in other research projects.
To access Springer Nature Experiments, click here.
ResearchGate, a popular social network and papers sharing site, may have to remove thousands of papers from their site.
Five publishers have formed the Coalition for Responsible Sharing and will be issuing takedown notifications to ResearchGate. According to the coalition statement, ResearchGate has about 7 millions papers which have infringed copyrights.
Publishers who have joined the coalition so far are American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Elsevier, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer. These publishers are mindful that the issuing takedown notices is not a viable long-term solution, hence ACS and Elsevier have since filed a lawsuit against ResearchGate.
This is not the first time a publisher has taken action against copyright infringement by academic network sites. According to Nature News, Elsevier sent 3,000 takedown notices in 2013 to scholarly networks including Academia.edu.
There are legitimate ways to freely share your works and research articles without breaching copyrights. Contact your library for more information.