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Religious studies scholars not readily adopting open access, according to new Ithaka S+R report

Ithaka S+R, the research arm of Ithaka.org—which includes the well known JSTOR academic journal and monograph database, ARTSTOR image database, and PORTICO digital preservation service—has just released (February 8, 2017) a new report entitled Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Religious Studies

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs, Open Repositories & Digital Libraries, Peer Review

Report on Livestream 3: OA Beyond APCs International Symposium, November 17-18, 2016

See my previous two reports on the livestream from the “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs” international symposium held November 17-18, 2016 at the University of Kansas here and here. (You can view recordings of the livestream on the KU MediaHub here and here.)

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs

Report on Livestream 2: OA Beyond APCs International Symposium, November 17-18, 2016

Although the subscription-based business model is still dominant in academic journals publishing, open access is finding its way into the mainstream. Most of the large journal publishers that have adopted open access, however, utilize article processing charges (APCs) as their

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs

Report on Livestream 1: OA Beyond APCs International Symposium, November 17-18, 2016

The theme of last year’s Berlin 12 Conference (December 8-9, 2015),* was developed around a white paper published by the Max Planck Digital Library in April 2015 entitled “Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Libraries & OA, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs

Blog hand-off: Some reflections before shifting to occasional contributor mode

I started Omega Alpha | Open Access late in 2011 in response to a troublesome trend I was witnessing in my library—an increasing number of longstanding, highly regarded, and reasonably priced not-for-profit society and institution theological and religious studies journals were being

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Open Access, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

New year, new Omega Alpha

A very happy 2015 to all our readers. To welcome the new year, Omega Alpha | Open Access has both a new look and an expanded scope. Up to now, the blog has been closely focused on Open Access (capital O,

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Open Access, Open Access Journals, Open Access Monographs, Open Data, Open Peer Review, Open Repositories & Digital Libraries, Open Scholarship, Open Tools, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology, Scholarly Journals

“The public domain is … a disgrace to the forces of evil”

A Fair(y) Use Tale (2007) is a short film by Eric Faden, Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA). Faden mashed-up clips from several Disney animated movies to create this transformative (and therefore, legal) work to inform about copyright and fair

Posted in "The Hat Tip", Commercial Publishing, Intellectual Property & Copyright

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