Open Access Knowledge?

The sciences may be embracing open access, but the humanities remain cool to the idea. Paul Jump investigates Many observers have hailed the recent surge of open-access titles launched by commercial publishers as evidence that science is firmly on the road to a fully open-access future. But it's a different story in the humanities and social sciences, and the jury is still out on the wisdom of SAGE, the US social science publisher, in launching…

Submission fees could pave way to open-access future

Defray scholarly journals' peer-review costs with per-paper charge, study advises. Paul Jump writes Major journals could move to an open-access model if they charged a fee for every paper submitted to them, a study has suggested. Most open-access journals are currently funded solely via charges to the authors of papers accepted for publication. However, high-profile journals such as Science and Nature do not offer open-access options on the grounds that their high rejection rates would…

You want to go to the library at 3am?

The University of Bath pioneered all-day opening during term-time when its library was refurbished in 1996. Gavin Rea, the deputy librarian, said that for the past two years "it has been open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, as many overseas students are unable to go home for Christmas". Since the library security desk doubles as the university reception, and there is sometimes only a single member of staff on duty, the…

Brian Lamb calling for open access

It is almost "criminally irresponsible" to hoard academic knowledge in the digital age, according to a Canadian specialist in the field. Brian Lamb, manager of emerging technologies and digital content at the University of British Columbia, also said that open educational resources (OERs) could help to reassert the academy's role as a "leader and guardian of free and open enquiry". He made the comments at the Open Educational Resources International Symposium in London, which was…

Open-access campaigner told to back off by US blog

A fervent campaigner for open-access journal publishing has been asked to stop posting comments on a new open-access blog by both supporters and opponents of his cause. Stevan Harnad, professor of cognitive science at the University of Southampton, has said it is his personal mission to "ram open access down everybody's throats". But his postings on a blog launched by the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss ways to improve public…