Monday 26 February 2024

Making AI an opportunity for open access


Interesting White Paper from Wiley on both the potential and the challenges of AI within scholarly publications:

Making AI an Opportunity for Open Access (

Thursday 19 October 2023

Open Access Week 2023 (October 23-29, 2023)


This year’s theme is 'Community over Commercialization' and seeks to encourage a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community - and which do not.

See more information here:

International Open Access Week

Monday 4 September 2023

Monday 17 July 2023

The Platformisation of Scholarly Information and How to Fight It

Abstract of article on current issues within Open Access by 
Lai Ma:

The commercial control of academic publishing and research infrastructure by a few oligopolistic companies has crippled the development of open access movement and interfered with the ethical principles of information access and privacy. In recent years, vertical integration of publishers and other service providers throughout the research cycle has led to platformisation, characterized by datafication and commodification similar to practices on social media platforms. Scholarly publications are treated as user-generated contents for data tracking and surveillance, resulting in profitable data products and services for research assessment, benchmarking and reporting. Meanwhile, the bibliodiversity and equal open access are denied by the dominant gold open access model and the privacy of researchers is being compromised by spyware embedded in research infrastructure. This article proposes four actions to fight the platformisation of scholarly information after a brief overview of the market of academic journals and research assessments and their implications for bibliodiversity, information access, and privacy: (1) Educate researchers about commercial publishers and APCs; (2) Allocate library budget to support scholar-led and library publishing; (3) Engage in the development of public research infrastructures and copyright reform; and (4) Advocate for research assessment reforms.

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Thursday 1 December 2022

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a unique and extensive index of diverse open access journals from around the world, driven by a growing community, committed to ensuring quality content is freely available online for everyone.

DOAJ's mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language.

Click here to search DOAJ

Monday 24 October 2022

International Open Access Week (October 24 - 30, 2022)

The 2022 theme is Open for Climate Justice and its aim is to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries.

More information here: English — International Open Access Week