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Xenophobic scientific publishers: open access aids foreign enemies

(michaeleisen.org): The American Association of Publishers and the anti-open access DC Principles group have sent letters to both houses of Congress outlining why they oppose the Federal Research Public Access Act, which would make the results of all federally funded research publicly available. They largely trot out the same tired "not all publishers are alike, so don't impose a single model on all of us" baloney they've been using for years.
   
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Open equation, but perhaps it is 'unintelligible'

(timeshighereducation.co.uk): The future of open access to academic work was high on the agenda as researchers and leading scientific publishers came face to face at a debate in Oxford. The Scientific Evolution: Open Science and the Future of Publishing, held on 29 February, took place in the aftermath of the decision by publishing giant Elsevier to withdraw its support for the (now-abandoned) US Research Works Act, which would have prevented the US government from making the results of publicly funded research available via open-access repositories..
   
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Is the Open Science Revolution For Real?

(wired.com): The researcher rebellion against the closed research-and-publishing system, tallied most explicitly in a petition boycotting publisher Elsevier, continues to expand. (The Economist covers it here, and I covered the complaints last year in a feature.) The big question, of course, is whether this noisy riot will engender something like a real revolution. Will it replace the old regime with a new?
   
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Is bundling ebooks with print books a good idea?

(mhpbooks.com): Is bundling - selling a print book together with its digital version for one price - a good idea? Is it, indeed, an idea whose time has come? Digital would cease to be a threat, and instead it would be a shot in the arm for the traditional physical book, adding value at no actual cost to the publisher or the author.
   
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Has Social Media Made Search-Driven Publishing Less Relevant?

(adweek.com): The growing importance of social media, coupled with the powerful wrath of Google, have shaken the once-hot world of cheap search-driven publishing. About.com recently dumped its CEO. Yahoo's $100 million acquisition of Associated Content (now Yahoo Voices) has yielded a network of 700,000 freelancers who produce secondary content on sites like Yahoo Sports and OMG, but advertisers say they haven't heard about it in more than a year.
   
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