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When Is Open Access Not Open Access?

As open access grows in prominence, so too has confusion about what open access means, particularly with regard to unrestricted use of content. According to the author, Catriona J. MacCallum, this confusion is being promulgated by journal publishers at the expense of authors and funding agencies wanting to support open access. Catriona J. MacCallum is Senior Editor at PLoS Biology.
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The First Annual PT Industry Survey

Publishing Trends (PT), a monthly newsletter featuring news and opinion on the changing world of book publishing, has released the results of its first industry survey online. In its first annual survey, PT has uncovered the secret aspirations of publishing people. Also, the survey inspired hundreds of respondents to write in their comments, offering insight that goes beyond the typical salary comparisons and demographic data garnered from other industry surveys. While two-thirds of the survey respondents are New York-based, 28.3 percent have been in the industry for at least 25 years.
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Public Policy and the Politics of Open Access

Today, open access (in the form of both self-archiving and open access journals) is routinely discussed and debated at an institutional-level, within research-funding bodies, nationally, and internationally. The debate has moved out of the library and publisher communities to take a more central place in discussions on the 'knowledge economy', return on investment in research, and the nature of e-science. This paper, authored by David C. Prosser from SPARC Europe, looks at some of the public policy drivers that are impacting scholarly communications. It describes the major policy initiatives that are supporting a move to open access.
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Open Access to Research and the individual responsibility of researchers

Open archives (the "green road") represent the most efficient way of providing full open access through authors' self-deposits. In this article, Thierry Chanier takes a short tour around the scientific publication world. According to him, though free / open access to research findings have been officially acknowledged, the traditional organisation of scholarly publication runs against the objective of allowing the entire annual set of 2.5 million papers to be freely accessed. Thierry Chanier is professor at the Université de Franche-Comté, France.
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From Peer Review to Fear Review

Are data and conclusions reported in peer review journals sound and trustworthy? According to Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, we can no longer assume that peer review journals are free of "junk science." Dr. Whelan is president of the American Council on Science and Health.
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