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Monday, September 24, 2007

October issue of Learned Publishing

The October issue of Learned Publishing is now online.  Only abstracts are free online, at least so far.  Here are the OA-related articles (to judge only from their titles and abstracts):

  • Chris Armbruster, Moving out of Oldenbourg's long shadow: what is the future for society publishing?  Abstract:   "The Internet and the rise of e-Science alter the conditions for scholarly communication. In signing declarations against open access mandates, society publishers indicate that they feel most threatened by the emergence of institutional repositories and the self-archiving mandates that these make possible. More attention should be paid to the impact of e-Science, the rise of Internet-based guild publishers, and the entrance of players from the new economy. Society journals should stop aspiring to such functions as registration and archiving and should shed electronic dissemination, while enhancing certification and investing in (new) navigation services." [PS: Armstrong has archived an OA edition of this article.]

  • Pierre Baruch, Open access developments in France: the HAL Open Archives System.  Abstract:   "This article presents an overview of open access publishing and open access archiving in France. In natural sciences, most articles are published in international journals; authors must therefore comply with the policies of their publishers, irrespective of their nationality. For humanities and social sciences, where publication tends to be distributed among many small journals, portals have been created to provide electronic publishing, with varied access policies. Open archives repositories have been in existence in France since 2001; from 2006, a proactive policy led the main research agencies and universities to coordinate their actions towards a common archiving platform, HAL (Hyper Articles on Line), operated by CNRS (Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique), with individual portals, either thematic or institutional. HAL stores now the majority of open access records - presently some 10-15% of French output - and is growing almost exponentially."