Transition from the closed publishing model to Open Access is becoming more fashionable. The last few years saw numerous examples of such changes – both large and small, and it is good news when another publisher decides to join this trend.
” width=”600″ height=”218″ />Funds for publishing Open Access journals are discussed on a daily basis and are a continued source of concern for researchers and academics. In Open Access, the financial burden lies on authors who want to publish their works and make them available to readers. Fortunately though, research institutions and universities are aware of these concerns and are trying to contribute to the costs of APCs by establishing special funds for that purpose. Almost every month another institution or university opens a dedicated program for academics that are thinking about publishing in OA.
Nature Publishing Group and Frontiers together? Why not. A couple days ago NPG, publisher of Nature, announced a majority investment in the Swiss-based OA publisher Frontiers. It can mean only one thing: it is time for Nature Publishing Group became more Open Access.
The Open Access movement has been struggling with the funding issues since its very beginning. The model is not cost-free, and requires appropriate funding to grow and expand. But the issues of funding does not only refer to its sources, but also to the question of which OA model receives the strongest financial support?
The new policy on Open Access pursued by the British government still raises a lot of controversy and inspires fierce debate. Nevertheless, it is impossible not to notice that the action taken by the government has borne fruit in the shape of newly launched funds for scientific publishing in OA model. Recently, one such fund was launched at the University of Warwick in collaboration between its Library and Research Support Services.
A few days ago I wrote about new Open Access development initiatives in Africa, including the recently introduced program by EIFL, and the OA policy at the University of Nairobi. Meanwhile, there has been an announcement of a new project called Hadithi – a platform for scientific content published in the Open Access model. The official opening ceremony will take place on January 24 in Nairobi, Kenya.