Nature has recently opened up its vast treasure trove to all those who know someone with access to them. Here I wonder at the irony of the fact that they are raising more barriers in the name of access!
One of the first open access, online journals I started reading was Open Medicine, not because I was a crusader for open science of anything, but simply because I had Googled "open access medicine journal" and had happened to land on that particular site! Subsequently, as I got familiarised with the terrain of open access … Continue reading “Open Medicine” Closes Down Raising Questions on Sustainability of Open Access Journals
In the last couple of days, an article from Science has literally gone viral in the scientific circles. It is yet another indictment of what Jeffrey Beall has termed as Predatory Open Access. In a series of posts, I shall comment on this issue. In the first post of this series, I talk about briefly regarding … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model
When TechCrunch reported that there were talks going on between Elsevier and Mendeley this January, I did not want to believe it. Being an ardent user and advocate of the platform, I wanted it to stay out of the clutches of Big Pub. But it is now official, Mendeley has been acqui-hired by Elsevier for … Continue reading Another Start-up Bites the Dust: Elsevier Buys Mendeley
Largely credited to Aaron Swartz, this has also found an in depth criticism in Peter Suber’s now archived, Earlham.edu blog on Open Access. I am reproducing it, in memory of the deceased Swartz, as a reminder of the duty that befalls us all. Guerilla Open Access Manifesto Information is power. But like all power, there … Continue reading Aaron Swartz’s Guerilla Open Access Manifesto