Are commercial publishers wrongly selling access to openly licensed scholarly articles?

Ross Mounce, a postdoc at the University of Bath, recently wrote about how Elsevier charged him $31.50 for an “open access” research article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (BY-NC-ND) license. Mounce was understandably upset, because the article was originally published by another publisher – John Wiley  – and was made available freely on their … Read More “Are commercial publishers wrongly selling access to openly licensed scholarly articles?”

Public access to research language retained in U.S. spending bill

Last year, the U.S. Congress included a provision in its appropriations legislation that would ensure that some research conducted through federal spending would be made accessible online, for free. It mandated that a subset of federal agencies with research budgets of at least $100 million per year would be required provide the public with free … Read More “Public access to research language retained in U.S. spending bill”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to require CC BY for all grant-funded research

Philanthropic foundations fund the creation of scholarly research, education and training materials, and rich data with the public good in mind. Creative Commons has long advocated for foundations to add open license requirements to their grants. Releasing grant-funded content under permissive open licenses means that materials may be more easily shared and re-used by the … Read More “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to require CC BY for all grant-funded research”

Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open Africa

As promised last week, here are the details around the formal launch event for School of Open Africa taking place in Nairobi tomorrow morning. SOO logo here. Earth CC BY by Erin Standley, Noun Project. Our Creative Commons and School of Open volunteers in Kenya, including CC Regional Coordinator Alex Gakuru, are hosting a formal … Read More “Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open Africa”

Open Access Week 2014 is underway

Today begins the 8th annual Open Access Week. Open Access Week is a week-long celebration and educational opportunity to discuss and promote the practice and policy of Open Access to scholarly literature–“the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Open Access Week … Read More “Open Access Week 2014 is underway”

California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research

On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 609–the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law requires that research articles created with funds from the California Department of Public Health be made publicly available in an online repository no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. AB … Read More “California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research”