Open Access terminology (bis)

A previous post shed some much needed light on the complex world of OA terminology. It certainly helps to be familiar with these names, although we cannot claim that all possible questions can be answered with one post. What about Black OA, Rogue OA, Radical OA and Platinum OA? Can Bronze OA actually be called OA? And is Elsevier really talking about the same approach to Diamond OA as the early advocates for community-driven, APC-free OA do when they plan…

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Not Only Transformative Agreements

More and more institutions and consortia of libraries conclude so-called read-and-publish deals or transformative agreements with legacy publishers. But this new incarnation of the big deal is not without its critics. The hard line opposition argues that transformative agreements hamper  progression and should therefore be avoided at all cost. A less radical approach is to make sure that the available budget is not spent exclusively on transformative agreements but is also used to support alternatives, fostering diversity of business models…

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The Open Access color palette

When navigating your way through the Open Access publishing landscape you will quickly learn that a color system is used to distinguish between the different types of business models for OA publishing. But what does each color stand for and what does it allow in terms of publicly sharing your work? In this blog post I will give a quick recap of the most commonly used “color categories”. This information is based on the definitions you will find on the…

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What’s in a number? A closer look at Open Access readership data

Whereas academic journals that offer Gold OA options have become widespread in the last decade, the transition to Open Access for academic books is lagging behind, despite the fact that monographs are still the leading publishing format in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to boost the publication of OA books, KU Leuven Libraries reserved a substantial part of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, established in 2018, to help finance OA books published by Leuven University Press (LUP). We…

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Interview: Why Open Science? There can be no public trust in scholarship without openness

Mathematical engineer Joos Vandewalle, emeritus professor at the Faculty of Engineering Science (ESAT-STADIUS), is the very first Open Science ambassador at KU Leuven. Katrien Bollen, from KU Leuven’s Press Office and Policy Communications, interviewed Prof. Vandewalle about his views on Open Science. The general public needs to trust scientists, and that requires openness. “In fact, without public trust, science loses much of its value. The corona crisis is a good example of this, but the same goes for research into,…

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