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I like the new Clarivate-Impactstory partnership for several reasons.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/clarivate-analytics-announces-landmark-partnership-with-impactstory-to-make-open-access-content-easier-for-researchers-to-use-300478715.html

I like the Impactstory oaDOI initiative, and the Unpaywall tool built on it. I like the idea that Clarivate data will now help users click through to much more OA content than before. I also like the fact that Clarivate is funding this initiative and not just supporting it with data. Congratulations to all.

However, the Clarivate PR team couldn't just describe the benefits of the new partnership. It inserted this passage into the press release:

Researchers conducting online searches for scholarly articles frequently get unreliable results that can compromise their work. This is typically because the results omit journal articles behind paid-subscription paywalls or because "web-scraping" utilities return versions of articles that are not peer-reviewed or are in violation of copyright laws....

It's true that search results can be unreliable because they omit paywalled articles. But there are a few problems with the rest of the passage. I'm sorry to qualify my applause for the announcement by highlighting these problems, but I must say a few words about them. Note that they're about a careless passage in the announcement, not about the partnership itself.

* The sentence on web-scraping utilities is obscure. Because it mentions articles that are not peer-reviewed, it seems to be an oblique criticism of preprint repositories. But preprint repositories depend on voluntary author deposits, not web scraping. Moreover, finding preprints in a search is a feature for people who know how to use them, not a bug. It doesn't make the search less reliable. The criticism misses the target.

* Perhaps the reference to web scraping is an oblique criticism of Sci-Hub. But Sci-Hub focuses on refereed postprints, indeed versions of record, not unrefereed preprints. Moreover, it depends on downloads, even if illicit, not web scraping. The criticism misses the target.

* The final part implies that finding illegal copies of peer-reviewed articles in a search makes the search unreliable. This is false. The writer probably meant to criticize these copies for infringement, but instead criticizes them for unreliability. The criticism misses the target.

#oa #openaccess #preprints #sci-hub #copyright #clarivate #impactstory

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Thanks to Helen Wong for updating the Open Access Directory list of #openaccess publication funds.

http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/OA_publication_funds

See whether your institution has a fund to pay APCs at fee-based OA journals, or BPCs at fee-based OA book publishers.

If your institution has a fund and we don't yet include it, or if our information isn't up to date, please let us know or add the information yourself. The OAD is a wiki and depends on the community to keep it accurate, current, and comprehensive. It's crowd-sourced and distributed under a CC-BY license. To limit spam, editing is limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy. Reading and reuse are free for all.
http://oad.simmons.edu


#oa #openaccess #oad


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Dear +UNESCO,

I wanted to visit your Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Library Schools at this URL:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/publications-and-communication-materials/publications/publications-by-series/oa-curricula-for-researchers-and-library-schools/

But my security software warned me of a risk:

Threat found....
Threat: HTML/SEOSpam.A trojan

I don't have the time or expertise to figure out whether this is a false alarm, and so far I've had no reason to distrust this security software (Endpoint from ESET, picked by my employer). So I'm erring on the side of caution, and not clicking through.

UNESCO: Please fix this. The last thing you want to do is exclude conscientious users.

Readers: If you want to see a copy of the UNESCO Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Library Schools at a safe site, here's one that doesn't trigger a security alert.
https://surchandrasngh162.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/open-access-curricula-for-researchers-and-library-schools-unesco/

#oa #openaccess #trojan #malware #unesco

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Thanks to Helen Wong for updating the Open Access Directory list of declarations in support of #openaccess.

http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Declarations_in_support_of_OA

#oa #openaccess #oad

For the latest news and comment on the takedown notices sent by the +American Psychological Association, see the items tagged with "oa.takedowns" in the Open Access Tracking Project (+OATP).
http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/oatp/tag/oa.takedowns

If you already subscribe to the primary OATP feed (which is free of course), then you're already receiving all these items.
http://tagteam.harvard.edu/remix/oatp/items
https://cyber.harvard.edu/hoap/OATP_feeds

Like all OATP tag libraries, these are crowd-sourced and you can make them more complete by taking part as an OATP tagger.
http://bit.ly/oatp-start-tagging

See the OATP home page for more detail.
http://bit.ly/o-a-t-p

#oa #openaccess #takedowns 

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Thanks to Helen Wong for updating the Open Access Directory list of advocacy organizations for #openaccess.

http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Advocacy_organizations_for_OA

#oa #openaccess #oad

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Thanks to Helen Wong for updating the lists of blogs and Twitter feeds at the Open Access Directory (+OAD).

* Blogs about OA
http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Blogs_about_OA

* Twitter feeds about OA
http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Social_media_sites_about_OA#Twitter

Remember that the OAD is a wiki and depends on the community to keep it accurate, current, and comprehensive. It's crowd-sourced and distributed under a CC-BY license. To limit spam, editing is limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy. Reading and reuse are free for all.
http://oad.simmons.edu

Helen is the 2017 summer intern with the Harvard Open Access Project at +The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

#oa #openaccess #oad


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Great example of reusing old data for new purposes.

From Chris Lee in +Ars Technica:

"Observing orbits around a black hole would take a career's worth of measurements and, frankly, who has the time? It is also a rare benefactor who will fund a couple of decades worth of telescope time. Luckily, telescopes have been collecting data for a while, and some of that happens to include the vicinity of some black holes. Recently, some scientists decided to dig up the data and test general relativity in the vicinity of a supermassive black hole....

"After all of this, what have we learned? General relativity is still right, and it predicted the stellar motion accurately. These measurements tested general relativity in a way that was distinct from all previous ones—in high gravitational fields over long periods of time....

"This silent [open data] revolution is spreading to every branch of science, but we are only really scratching the surface of what might be hidden in the vast reams of digitized data. Scientists can now imagine conducting experiments that, a decade ago, might have taken an entire career of observations for one data point. Today, the data may already exist and, most importantly, be accessible. In this respect, the open data movement is probably one of the more important recent developments in science...."

Lee is summarizing and commenting on this article by Hees et al. in Physical Review Letter, May 25, 2017.
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.211101

#oa #openaccess #opendata
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