"We study the hybrid open access (HOA) citation effect. Under HOA pilot agreements, HOA is assigned for all articles of eligible authors. We use unique data on 208 (1,121) HOA (closed access) economics articles. We control for the quality of journals, articles and institutions and citations to RePec pre-prints. Performing Poisson quasi-maximum likelihood regressions, HOA turns out to be a signi cant predictor of citations with marginal effects ranging between 22% and 26%. However, once we additionally control for institution quality and citations to RePec pre-prints, the marginal HOA citation advantage turns out to be insignifi cant and drops to 0.4%."
"No good can come from single people who set themselves up as self-appointed arbiters, be they Beall or Harnad."
"It is right that there should be a list of irresponsible journals and publishers. It should be run by an Open organisation, not Beall. Maybe OASPA? Maybe SPARC? I don’t know. It is wrong that a single person can destroy a publisher’s reputation."
"Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders"
"The Royal Society has announced the launch of Royal Society Open Science, a new open access journal publishing original research across the entire range of science on the basis of objective peer review."
"The aftermath and my conclusion is that we now start to see the scholarly publishing system divide into two different services; one traditional subscription service selecting readable and sensational research findings for the reader, and a new service focusing solely on peer review for the publishing researchers. This development may not be a bad thing as such, but I think we should be aware of what is happening and keep an eye on the publishers, so we don’t keep on paying twice for the same services."
"The US federal government has a new set of OA mandates. They were adopted as part of the new Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (HR 3547), which was introduced in Congress two days ago, passed by the House the same day, passed by the Senate the next day, and signed by President Obama today, less than one hour ago. The new OA mandates apply to all agencies in the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, that spend $100 million or more per year on research and development."
"The year 2013 showed a healthy growth rate of Open Access Publications in the Netherlands. In the overarching repository Narcis a total of 365,698 publications were registered compared to 310,144 at the beginning of the year. We therefore noted an 18% increase in Open Access publications in the Netherlands."
"Two weeks ago I was in Florence giving a talk about journal-independent peer review at the librarians of the European University Institute. They have a very well-organized institutional repository for published articles, but also for preprints authored by their scholars. At some point during the talk I mentioned that the only thing differentiating University repositories from publishers is that publishers offer quality control through journal peer review. A discrete murmur propagated through the audience and one of the librarians interrupted me to say that they actually have a board of peers that evaluates preprint manuscripts before accepting them for “archiving” in the repository! So, you see there are already Universities that offer a “complete” publication service to their authors, including peer review, without even realizing that they themselves are “academic publishers”. Universities not only have the infrastructure, but also the competent personnel to curate, publish and disseminate manuscripts at zero cost for authors and readers."