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From +The Institute of Physics: "The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Japan) and IOP Publishing are delighted to announce that Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) has adopted the Creative Commons license (CC-BY 3.0) for all articles published in the journal...."

Kudos to NIMS, STAM, and IOP for this useful move.

#oa  #openaccess   #libre
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embargoed open access is NOT open access in the sense of the (amended ) Budapest declaration and does not serve science nor scientists nor society.
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While embargoes themselves certainly do not serve science nor scientists nor society, depending on the discipline embargoed OA is still better than no OA at all.
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The test tube regarding Schizophrenia is false.
It's based on a 50 year old hypothesis that the disorder is caused by too much dopamine. Both typical and atypical antipsychotics are created to inhibit dopamine receptors.

Big pharma makes billions creating medications that barely work for 20% of the people that take them. They do more to inhibit ones ability to act on the symptoms than actually remove the symptoms themselves.. 

We have learned in the past 10 years that dopamine over-production is not the cause. Single-bit errors in gene expression that affect the prefrontal cortex (the seat of reason) function, are what seem to cause the disorder. Not an overproduction of dopamine.
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The Berlin 10 year anniversary conference had many excellent presentations. Slides and audio should be online this month. Here I highlight some of the most captivating talks and include speaker's links to their slides where possible. Topics on the conference included open access embargoes and new ways of quality assessment. Many interesting developments were reported in the latter area and the topic is now also discussed in mainstream newspapers
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just bought this book as Kindle version. Truly fantastic reading. The society that Rifkin describes is definitely not science fiction. Open science. open access to knowledge, and open technology like open hardware are already shaping the future of the Collaborative Commons
I hadn't heard about this, but I think it will be worth paying 12 bucks for the Ebook, which I would normally object to.  Pre-ordered.  Anyone up for a book club?

+Jeremy Rifkin is the author of "The Third Industrial Revolution" and has a reputation that speaks for itself.

"In his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now slowly taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that relentlessly drives productivity up and marginal costs down. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure—the Internet of Things (IoT)—is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead, making a wide range of goods and services available for nearly free, allowing prosumers to bypass capitalist markets altogether.


Billions of sensors are already being attached to natural resources, production lines, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. The Big Data is being processed by advanced analytics and turned into predictive algorithms to speed efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and distributing products and services to near zero across the global economy. As a result, observes Rifkin, profits are beginning to dry up, property rights are weakening, and the conventional notion of economic scarcity is giving way to the possibility of abundance as more and more sectors of the economy are drawn into the zero marginal cost web. The wildcard is insuring data security and the protection of personal privacy in an open, transparent, and globally connected world.


The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons—with far reaching implications for society. Rifkin describes how hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. “Prosumers” are making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance humane businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and “exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by “sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons.


Rifkin concludes that capitalism will be with us for the foreseeable future, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. However, it will no longer reign over the economy by the second half of the 21st Century. We are, Rifkin says, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons."
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@RHDijkgraaf compares toll access scientific publishers with dinosaurs and #OA with impact that destroyed these in Dutch newspaper NRC
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Elsevier still doesn't get it
A prominent French scholar writes:

In France, the present negotiations we face with Elsevier concerning subscriptions are also fierce. Yesterday all academic French institutions received the announcement that negotiations have broken down, and we will no longer be able to access their journals on December 31st.

If you could provide me details about similar negotiations with Elsevier you have heard about, I will forward them to colleagues in charge of the present negotiation. I am also looking for information concerning the fact that Elsevier pays some of us in an obscure way (there is no contract, other editors are not informed, etc.). This might explain why some of our colleagues are supportive of Elsevier.

If you contact me, I can arrange to have information passed on to this scholar - while maintaining your anonymity if you like.  You can send me a private message on G+.  Or, my email address can be found on my webpage.   (There's a slight intelligence test involved.)
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Consultant tropical diseases.
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Scientist and open access advocate
I am a molecular microbiologist researcher, I have lived and worked in Berlin, Algers and Nairobi. My expertise is in research and control of exotic diseases and development of disease control strategies both nationally and internationally (Africa, EU).
At the moment I am working with Malariaworld as an ass. editor of the MalariaWorld Journal and scientific consultant. I am also Coordinator of a new initiative @ccess at the Open Knowledge Foundation. The promotion of open access takes up a large part of my time.
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