A Research Agenda on Open-Access Publishing

The Reality of Open-Access Journal Articles, from The Chronicle of Higher Education Cutting right to the chase: It is time to move beyond rehashing tired arguments about whether open access poses a threat to publishers, professional societies, or research budgets. We should begin to discuss how best to use what open access gives us: the unfettered availability of scholarly literature. The authors, from PLoS, practically spell out a research agenda… Read More


I got an email yesterday that the paper I submitted to the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference was accepted! I’m more excited about this than I usually am about getting a paper accepted to a conference because this one is in Croatia. The first part of LIDA 2005 will be held in Dubrovnik and for the second part, the conference will move to island Mljet, less than a.. Read More

Elsevier gives back some rights

I ride the bus to campus in the mornings with a man who is the Assistant Editor of an Elsevier journal here at UNC. I don’t know if he’d want me to name him, so I won’t. We’ve been talking over the course of a few months about scholarly publishing and Elsevier and predatory pricing and institutional repositories and the scholarly communications convocation. Anyway, this morning he hands me a.. Read More

Convocation: Conclusions

These are the conclusions that we’ve come to at the Convocation on Scholarly Communication, as I hear them: We, the faculty, have a lot of power. We need to get off our asses and change how we do things. Tenured faculty have to get off their asses especially. They owe it to their untenured junior colleagues, or they’ll very soon find themselves without any junior colleagues. We have to actually.. Read More

We Love Our Audience

I received my first comment recently from a reader who I can’t identify. I think I know who Trish is, but I can’t be sure. On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog. Trish, that was not meant about you, it was a statement about anonymity online. Which is the whole point of this post. But before I get to that, let me write one more thing. Scott IM’ed me.. Read More

Acknowledging Acknowledgements

One of our Ph.D. students, with whom I’m writing a paper, asked me the other day to edit the Acknowledgements section of our paper, and this got us into a conversation about the “rules,” such as they are, for including acknowledgements in a paper. I’m of the opinion that one should acknowledge everyone who will hold still long enough: the funding agency, personal contacts at the funding agency, the study.. Read More