Sometimes it is easy to forget that there may still be people who are not informed about this issue.
- A nice summary by Samuel Gershman. He doesn’t mention one reason for the status quo being so hard to change: each journal has a monopoly on papers, and publisher packages (“the Big Deal”) make it hard to cancel individual journals – in any case, authors are insulated from having to make decisions about publication venues based on price.
- Peter Murray-Rust is rightly angry about devious/incompetent publishers getting in the way
- A great title: Causes for the persistence of impact factor mania
- Meanwhile, Elsevier (anagram of Evil Seer) just keeps on going, with rising profits
- The University of Waikato now has an open access “mandate” (a bit toothless for that name, really a policy, but a reasonable start). I have seen claims that it is the first in NZ, but it seems Lincoln University beat them to that. I know the University of Auckland has a working group on this issue. So, some slow progress, and maybe in my lifetime we will get where we ought to be already.