Open Access on Radio Campus

Following the many different actions which took place during the Open Access Week in October 2012, Alexandre Wajnberg, who is presenter of the radio programme “Sciences sans Conscience n’est que ruine de l’âme, oui mais Conscience sans science n’est qu’un vilain gros mot !” on Radio Campus (FM 107.2), hosted by Université libre de Bruxelles, invited Cécile Gass and Françoise Vandooren (ULB) to talk about Open Access on the radio.

During the discussion, many issues have been addressed, such as : what is Open Access? How was this movement born? What are the causes? What is at stake with Open Access ? Why is it important for the scientific community to regain control of scholarly communication? What can they do?

The programme was broadcasted on 27 and 28 November 2012. To know more about Open Access and better understand the stakes and challenges, listen to the programme (in French) here: Open Access on Radio Campus


Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

There’s been a lot of concern in some corners of the world about the Finch Report‘s preference for Gold open access, and the RCUK policy‘s similar leaning. Much of the complaining has focussed on the cost of Gold OA publishing: Article Processing Charges (APCs) are very offputting to researchers with limited budgets. I thought it would be useful to provide a page that I (and you) can link to when facing such concerns.

This is long and (frankly) a bit boring. But I think it’s important and needs saying.

1. How much does the Finch Report suggest APCs cost?

Worries about high publishing costs are exacerbated by the widely reported estimate of £2000 for a typical APC, attributed to the Finch Report. In fact, that is not quite what the report (page 61) says:

Subsequent reports also suggest that the costs for open access journals average between £1.5k…

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Brussels Declaration on Open Access, Signed by ministers Nollet, Magnette and Lieten

Brussels Declaration on Open Access, signed by Ministers Paul Magnette, Ingrid Lieten and Jean-Marc Nollet (English, French and Dutch version)

signed by

Paul Magnette, Ministre fédéral des Entreprises publiques, de la Politique scientifique et de la Coopération au développement, chargé des Grandes Villes/Federaal Minister van Overheidsbedrijven, Weten­schaps­beleid en Ontwikkelings­samen­werking, belast met Grote Steden

Ingrid Lieten, Viceminister-president van de Vlaamse Regering en Vlaams minister van Innovatie, Overheidsinvesteringen, Media en Armoedebestrijding

Jean-Marc Nollet, Vice-Président et Ministre du Développement durable, de la Fonction publique, de l’Energie, du Logement et de la Recherche du Gouvernement de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Don’t fall into the trap: this is not Open Access!

They call it Open choice, OnlineOpen, Universal Access, Author choice, Author solution

Starting in 2003, confronted by the range and scope taken by the Open Access movement, numerous publishers have decided to jump on the OA bandwagon by offering their authors the hybrid model. But this model (not to be confused with the reverse model) is especially pernicious. Behind the pro Open Access image the publishers wish to project hides a genuine swindle!Continue reading “Don’t fall into the trap: this is not Open Access!”

Green Publisher at ULB

The publishing imprint of ULB,  Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles, is a Green Publisher according to the colours used by SHERPA/RoMEO : the publisher deposits the articles written by ULB authors, immediately upon publication, in the ULB institutional repository DI-fusion, providing Open Access without any embargo. This is done with articles published in collective books since 2008. For articles published before 2008, the authors are authorized to deposit the published version of their article in DI-fusion and to provide Open Access to it. Today, 225 publications from Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles are available in Open Access in DI-fusion.

In addition, the publisher also provides Open Access to complete books as soon as they are out of print: 168 books are freely available online in the ULB digitized collections Digithèque, the most ancient dating from 1970 and the most recent ones published in 2010.

For all publications available online, users can freely read, copy, print, download and distribute the articles for research and education purposes provided that the authors and the publication are properly acknowledged and cited.