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Review of African Political Economy supports Open Access

The Open Access statement from the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) published March 12, 2013 on the H-Africa list via Humanities and Social Sciences Net Online (H-Net) discussion network concludes: ROAPE has…determined that, for the time being, it will not support gold or other OA initiatives currently being launched by its publisher Taylor & […]

Cultural Anthropology journal: Open Access in 2014

According to a press release: The Society for Cultural Anthropology (a section of the American Anthropological Association) is excited to announce a groundbreaking publishing initiative. With the support of the AAA, the influential journal of the SCA, Cultural Anthropology, will become available open access, freely available to everyone in the world.  Starting with the first issue […]

Predatory publishing

Following up re: the Downside of Open Access Publishing is this entry from the bOING bOING blog: “Random House launches ebook imprint that’s run like a predatory vanity press” by Cory Doctorow today (Wed, Mar 6). Hydra‘s deal is much, much worse than the one you’ll get from a real DIY option like BookBaby or […]

Mellen drops lawsuit against McMaster librarian

Mellen Presss has dropped its lawsuit against a McMaster University librarian, according to a CBC blog: A U.S.-based publishing company says it is dropping at least one of its lawsuits against a McMaster librarian after scholars across North America came to his defense. Edwin Mellen Press (EMP) had filed two lawsuits against Dale Askey and […]

Can Children Teach Themselves?

Observations: Opinion, arguments & analyses from the editors of Scientific American. Guterl, Fred. 2013. “Can Children Teach Themselves?” Scientific American blog, February 27. Sugata Mitra gave street kids in a slum in New Delhi access to a computer connected to the Internet, and found that they quickly taught themselves how to use it. This was the […]

Expanding access to the results of US government funded research

The US White House today directed federal agencies to develop open-access policies within the next six months. The directive on Public Access Articles and Data comes from John Holdren, President Obama’s chief Science Advisor. Read more: White House announcement and the Directive itself. See also: Official reaction from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). From a […]

Mellen Press sues librarian for libel

In a serious affront to academic freedom, Dale Askey, an Associate Librarian at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) has been sued for libel by the Edwin Mellen Press (which has lost similar cases in the past). From the Leiter Reports: A professional librarian at McMaster University’s library complained, in a 2010 blog-post, that Mellen was a poor publisher […]