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Two milestones for the Open Access Tracking Project.

Over the weekend, the Open Access Tracking Project (+OATP) passed the milestones of 30,000 tagged resources in the project database and 20,000 tagged resources in the primary project feed.

The difference between the two is that the primary project feed is limited to items that were new at the time they were tagged, as part of the OATP alert service for those following the progress of OA. The project database overall includes OA-related resources tagged retroactively, as part of the OATP effort to classify OA developments with OATP tags and make them available through the OATP search engine.

If you're reading this in Google+, then circle +OATP to follow an abridged version of the OATP primary feed right here in G+.

For the reasons why the G+ version is abridged, and five ways to follow an unabridged version (RSS, Atom, JSON, Email, and HTML), see our post <goo.gl/vtTDrW> from February 2014.

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"Higher priced titles do have higher Impact Factors and Eigenfactors, but the increase in the metrics is small when compared to the increase in costs, since the average price ($5,188) for the most expensive journals was 30 times higher than the average price ($158) for the least expensive journals. The increase in prices for the lower cost titles was lower than for the more expensive titles. Article Influence Score did not show a strong correlation between higher scores and prices...."
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Congratulations to Ethan Zuckerman.

"We’re delighted to award the fourth annual Zócalo Book Prize to +Ethan Zuckerman for Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection. In the view of our distinguished panel of judges, Zuckerman wrote 2013’s most illuminating and compelling nonfiction book about community and human connectedness...."

Good quote from Ethan in the subsequent interview: "It’s easier to write a book saying the Internet is stupid or the Internet is giving us superpowers than it is to write a book that says the Internet is complicated. I think there’s a case to be made that this is the best tool for international understanding. There’s also a case to be made that we’re really far from using the Internet in that way."
We’re delighted to award the fourth annual Zócalo Book Prize to Ethan Zuckerman for Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection. In
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"A specific and mandatory exception to remove text and data mining [TDM] for scientific purposes from the reach of European copyright and database law should be drafted....In considering various possible forms of legal exception from copyright and database law for text and data miners, the argument is made that from an economic perspective it makes little sense to propose a distinction between commercial and non-commercial TDM. A well-designed copyright regime should provide appropriate stimulus for all types of research and, at the same time, an appropriate level of protection for all rights owners. Once this balance has been reached, there is no reason to distinguish between commercial and non-commercial research...."

h/t to Maël Brunet 

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"The National Institutes of Health generates [$2.21] in economic growth for every taxpayer dollar it receives. 'That is an over-100-percent return on the investment,' [Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut] assured her legislative colleagues...."

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You know that open data has made it into the pantheon of obviously good things when people fight over who deserves credit for it.

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Kudos to the Human Frontier Science Program.

"The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)...expects that...publications arising from HFSP funded projects are made freely available as soon as possible after publication and licensed in ways which allow others to build upon and re-use this content. Therefore HFSP funded scientists are encouraged to maximize the dissemination of their research output by opting to publish their research articles using the Creative Commons Attribution license CC-BY to guarantee unrestricted open access as early as possible after acceptance of a manuscript. Awardees are free to choose to make the article open-access by 1) publishing in an open-access journal, 2) posting to an online repository, or 3) paying an open access fee to a hybrid journal. In order to meet the above criteria, HFSP awardees...may pay these charges from the research portion of their HFSP funds...."

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This isn't the whole of post-publication peer review, but it's a piece. At the same time, it's a piece of evidence that the basic idea works:

Online exposure ‘leads to higher research paper correction rate’
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/online-exposure-leads-to-higher-research-paper-correction-rate/2012415.article

If you call it the sunlight principle, or the eyeballs principle, then it doesn't sound new or trendy. But that's good. Exposing work to criticism is not new or trendy. It lies at the heart of what we mean by science, at the heart of what we mean by the self-correction of science, and at the heart of the epistemological argument for open access (as opposed to the moral, pragmatic, and economic arguments). I say more in this 2008 article.
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4391168

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This is another summary, I think a little better job.

http://www.nature.com/news/publicly-questioned-papers-more-likely-to-be-retracted-1.14979

Or better yet read the original in PeerJ

https://peerj.com/articles/313/


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"Research on new medicines and other innovations in health care may be hampered if access to scientific publications and journals is restricted or curtailed. Incorporation of appropriate copyright exceptions and limitations would facilitate access to scientific publications and journals, as well as other educational material, and is justifiable on the grounds of protecting the public interest in promoting both research and education...."

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From Peter Murray-Rust: "ACS, remove your spider traps.  We really are in Orwellian territory where the point of Publishers is to stop people reading science."

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Introduction
I work for the free circulation of science and scholarship in every field and language. In practice that means research, writing, organizing, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. I wear several hats:
I'm the founder of the Open Access Tracking Project, co-founder of the Open Access Directory, and co-developer of TagTeam.

My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). The book itself is OA, and I've created a book home page for linking to OA editions, reviews, and translations, and for posting updates, supplements, and other notes. Also see my other writings on open access, the backfile of my newsletter (the SPARC Open Access Newsletter), and my publications on deposit in the Harvard institutional repository.

For more detail, see my home page.

Here's an RSS feed of my G+ posts. I pipe this feed to my Twitter account, and rarely post to Twitter manually. I don't use FB or LinkedIn at all. For now, I'm on what Mike Elgan calls a Google+ diet

Most of my G+ posts are about open access (OA), but most of what I want to share about OA doesn't yet make it to G+. I tag new OA developments for the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP). You can follow complete versions of the OATP feed on the web or by RSS, Atom, JSONP, or email. There are also Twitter and G+ versions of the feed, but unfortunately they are both abridged (details here and here respectively). 
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