Fair deal online? It's coming

A government strategy promises more access to digital material and more freedom to use it. Zoe Corbyn reports The proliferation of online resources and the digitisation of source material have revolutionised many aspects of academics' working lives. But researchers who work with online content have been frustrated by the UK's copyright laws, which have not kept up with the changing online environment. The Government now has a new high-level strategy to update the legal framework…

Learning to Share

"Free, immediate and permanently available research results for all - that's what the open-access campaigners want. Unsurprisingly, the subscription publishers disagree. Zoë Corbyn weighs up the ramifications for journals, while Matthew Reisz asks how books will fare Stephen Hicks, a reader in health and social care at the University of Salford, has just uploaded nine of his journal articles to his university's online open-access repository of institutional papers, and has another ten in the pipeline.…