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Publishers and societies take action against ResearchGate’s copyright infringements

05 October 2017

Following unsuccessful attempts to jointly find ways for scholarly collaboration network ResearchGate to run its service in a copyright-compliant way, a coalition of information analytics businesses, publishers and societies is now left with no other choice but to take formal steps to remedy the illicit hosting of millions of subscription articles on the ResearchGate site.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany will open on June 27th

27 June 2017

OpenCon is a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system of research and education. OpenCon 2017 will be held in November, with satellite events around the world. OpenCon will convene students and early career academic professionals from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas.

Elsevier won a copyright infringement lawsuit against Sci-Hub

21 June 2017

One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier, won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub, the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project and related sites.

Unpaywall finds free versions of paywalled papers

04 April 2017

An online widget that trawls the Internet searching for free-to-read versions of paywalled papers has been installed more than 10,000 times since its prerelease debut on 10 March, its inventors say. Officially launched on 4 April, Unpaywall is a free web-browser extension that hunts for papers in more than 5,300 repositories worldwide, including preprint servers and institutional databases.

Predatory publishers may threaten academic integrity

27 March 2017

The Medical Center Hour’s annual A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture Wednesday featured Brandon Butler, the Director of Information Policy for the University Library. Butler discussed the role of fake, “predatory” journals and conferences in the modern academic world of medical research. He stressed the relevant consequences of these predatory publishers and deemed them a distraction, suggesting that academic research faces crucial threats as it grapples with the need to share knowledge quickly and honestly.

AAU, ARL, AAUP to Launch Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative—Project Will Share Scholarship Freely, More Broadly

16 March 2017

The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are implementing a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.

AAAS Forms Partnership to Expand Access to High-Quality Scientific Publishing

14 February 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a partnership to advance scientific communication and open access publishing. The partnership will also ensure open access to research funded by the Gates Foundation and published in the Science family of journals.

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