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Avoiding Hijacked Journals and Predatory Publishers

Predatory publishers who attempt to take financial advantage of academics seeking a home for their research have been a growing concern in the scholarly publishing world. In a recent post from from Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing, the issue predatory publishers and hijacked journals was raised. From the site:

Fall for a new book! Speed Reading event brings together book lovers this Saturday at Leddy Library

Event Info:

Speed Reading: Kind of like speed dating, but for book-lovin’ readers! An event hosted in collaboration with Broken City Lab and Leddy Library

Date: Saturday March 1st, 2014 Time: 1:00pm Location: Space behind Williams Cafe, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.

Increased public access to US taxpayer funded research on the horizon

Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public

Similar to the National Institutes of Health open access policy that requires all the research they fund to be made publicly available within 12 months, other federal agencies in the US will soon require the research they fund to be made available open access.

Report on the impact of OA books released

A report from the Netherlands was released discussing the impact of Open Access (OA) Books. The study intended to investigate the impact of OA books on conventional academic book sales.

"Between June 2011 and November 2012, fifty Open Access monographs in various subject areas were published in Open Access by nine participating publishers. For every Open Access title, the publishers provided a similar title that was published in the conventional way. Data were collected about usage, sales and costs, to study the effect of Open Access on monographs."

International Symposium on Arab Youth in Scholarship at UWindsor

On May 29-30th 2013 the University of Windsor played host to the International Symposium on Arab Youth: Developmental Pathways for Identity. The conference organizers, Julie Hakim-Larson and Rosanne Menna, have worked with the Leddy Library to help provide access to the posters and presentations from the event. The results are now starting to be made available in the Scholarship at UWindsor institutional repository and can be found at the link below. Take some time to take a look or even explore the contents from other departments on our campus.

File Sharing, Open Access and the Pace of Change in Academic Publishing

Digital file sharing has undoubtedly altered the landscape of music distribution. However, similar changes have not occurred within the realm of academic publishing. What might be dubbed as academic piracy was rarely heard of until the recent death of Aaron Swartz. Before his death Swartz was facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence for allegedly unlawfully downloading roughly 4 million journal articles from JSTOR.

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