Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas

Ever since the Science paper came out earlier this week, the world of academia has been a-flutter with excitement and controlled outrage. In the midst of all this, I decided to do a series of posts examining the situation at hand. This is the third and concluding portion of the series and prior to this: Predatory Open … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas

Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”

Ever since the Science article about a sting operation to reveal the murky business that goes on in the name of Open Access journals came out, the academic world has been thrown into a tizzy. I decided to do a series of posts exploring the issue of predatory open access and the issues surrounding them. The first post … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”

Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model

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

Another Start-up Bites the Dust: Elsevier Buys Mendeley

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

Aaron Swartz’s Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

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