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Roger Clarke, Dancing with Wolves: How to Negotiate for a Fair Deal for Academic Authors, Roger Clarke's Web-Site, December 18, 2009. Abstract:
Following the efforts of the open access and repositories movements, many (but not all) refereed journals have reasonable copyright terms. Publishers of academic books have been subject to less direct pressure, and in at least some instances the copyright terms they try to dictate are highly unfair to authors, and should not be accepted. This document summarises the interactions between a chapter-author and one such book-publisher, which culminated in a fair deal for the author.
Fred Pearce, Climategate: Anatomy of a Public Relations Disaster, Yale Environment 360, December 10, 2009.
Gary Richmond, Open Science and climategate: The IPCC/CRU needs to take a leaf out of CERN's Book, Free Software Magazine, December 16, 2009.
George Monbiot, Pretending the climate email leak isn't a crisis won't make it go away, The Guardian, November 25, 2009.
George Monbiot, The climate denial industry is out to dupe the public. And it's working, The Guardian, December 7, 2009.
See also our past post on the controversy.
OA journal announcements, launches, and conversions spotted in the past week or so:
Fiona Godlee, We want raw data, now, BMJ, December 10, 2009.
John Timmer, US government looks to expand scientific open access policy, Ars Technica, December 14, 2009.
Richard Poynder, Open Access in 2009: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Open and Shut?, December 16, 2009.
Remedios Melero, et al., The situation of open access institutional repositories in Spain: 2009 report, Information Research, December 2009. Abstract:
Péter Jacsó, DOAJ — Directory of Open Access Journals, Péter's Digital Reference Shelf, December 2009.
Scott Sayare, France to Digitize Its Own Literary Works, New York Times, December 14, 2009.
Also see comments by Thomas Gideon.
Open Law Journals Group, Justification and Draft Principles for an Open Law Journals Group, SCRIPTed, December 15, 2009.
Cornell University Library Partners with the Internet Archive, press release, December 15, 2009.
Comment. Compare, e.g., Yale, where digitization funded at the same time under the same Microsoft program but whose books have yet to find their way online.
Groupement Français de l'Industrie de l'Information (French Association of Electronic Information Industry), Recommendations of the GFII Working Group on Open Access, December 4, 2009. (Also available in French.)
Steve Kolowich, Open Access Encyclopedias, Inside Higher Ed, December 14, 2009.
The director of the university library responded in a blog post, including the statement that
... [The principles of OA] are the best defense of scientific authors against publishers who would impose contracts that seriously harm their intellectual property. ... [translation, and any errors, mine]
According to the results posted by the university, the group won 2 seats out of 7.