Copyright & A2K Issues - 20 February 2020

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Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

Trump Might Do Something Genuinely Good for Science

Rethinking the Journal Impact Factor and Publishing in the Digital Age

Researchers call on EU institutions to ensure free circulation of scientific knowledge


Open Research Handbook: Introduction

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (Wiley free resources)

Eight publishers to reveal details of their cost base in new Plan S pilot

Open Access Price Transparency

Free eBooks (in the public domain)

Know Your Rights as an Author in Open Access Publications

Mass resignations at Wiley journal over academic independence

Why Bruce Perens Is Proposing ‘Coherent Open Source’

ACM’s New Open Access Agreements: A Q&A with Scott Delman

Guest Post — An Update to OhioLINK’s Affordable Textbooks Initiative

Advancing Research Data Management

3D Printing is Changing the World

Guest Post: A Plea for Fairer Sharing of the True Costs of Publication

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet


Open Data:

The risks of not sharing data are greater than the costs

Recommended Data Repositories

Open Data Repositories: Current risks and opportunities

Rutgers, Google Partnership To Provide Online Access to 190,000 Books


Conference alerts:

Open Repositories 2020

1-4 June 2020 – Stellenbosch, South Africa


IFLA Conference

15-21 August 2020 – Dublin, Ireland


Call for presentations - Collaborate, Connect, Transform: A partnership of world experts in media and audiovisual archives”

2020 IASA - FIAT/IFTA conference

26-29 October 2020, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland



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