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Relying on open access materials

(p2pnet.net): Cross-country licensing such as the Canadian Research Knowledge Network provide licenced database access to thousands of journals for 650,000 university researchers and students. Coursepacks are giving way to database-generated course reading lists that build on this form of licenced access. Beyond licenced databases, the growth of open access now means that there are over 5,000 open access journals and about 20 percent of the world's peer reviewed journals are open access. Supporters of Access Copyright often claim that they support the right of an author to choose where they publish and under what terms they make their work available. Yet when researchers make their work freely available, it is derided as a cheap alternative.
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Amazon e-book opens new chapter in publishing war

(thisislondon.co.uk): Amazon's 100 electronic book goes on sale this week amid claims it could change the way we read books and cause a major price war in the British publishing industry. The size of a paperback, the Kindle e-reader stores 3,500 books and can wirelessly download new titles online from a catalogue of more than 400,000. Amazon pledged it will undercut prices of paper books and e-book rivals such as Apple and Sony..
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Peer-reviewed journals aren't worth the paper they're written on

(independent.co.uk): Academic journals like to pride themselves on peer review, the process of sending out papers to other experts in the field for pre-publication checks. "Is it in a peer-reviewed journal?" journalists are meant to ask themselves before launching into another story about rice pudding causing cancer, or chocolate prolonging life.
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How Metadata Can Eliminate the Need for Pay Walls

(pbs.org): Pay walls represent both a practical and philosophical shift in the provision of news on the net. They represent a shift from the openness that has defined the early history of the web, to a closed world much more reminiscent of the 20th century's constrained media environment. Erect a pay wall and you immediately cut yourself off from much of the web community. You disable the vast majority of people from recommending, linking, commenting, quoting, and discussing.
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While Waiting for Mandates: The Fruits of Tireless Advocacy at the Open University

(openaccess.eprints.org): Much debate exists in the literature, on listservs, and in the blogosphere as to whether a successful and sustainable repository can be achieved solely through advocacy, management, and development, or whether this is only likely to happen if an institutional mandate is introduced. A much quoted figure is that a non-mandated repository is only likely to capture around 15% of its institution's research output, and at the very most (for an Incentivised Repository) 30% (Harnad, 2009).
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