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[23 Dec 12: 13:20]
Inbox zero! I don't even remember the last time I could say that!

[06 Aug 12: 14:21]
Phew! Done with nine 20min oral exams, three more to go. To be continued tomorrow...

[14 Oct 11: 11:45]
Just received an email from a computer science student - with an AOL email address?

[03 Jul 11: 22:26]
Google citation alerts suck: I just found out by accident I rolled over h-index of 13 and 500 citations

[21 May 11: 18:14]
6.15pm: Does god have Alzheimer? No #rapture in Europe...

[01 May 11: 11:31]
w00t! Just been invited to present at OKCon 2011! #OKCon2011


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Libraries have all it takes to replace publishers

I've written a few times already about why I think (university) libraries are in a perfect position to take over scholarly communication from corporate publishers. Among other things I've mentioned that they already publ...[more]
open access   publishers   publishing   scholarly communication   
Posted on Friday 22 June 2012 - 14:52:31

Are journal prices going up or down?

When I describe the behavior of corporate publishers with regard to scholarly communication and tight library budgets, I usually illustrate my point with the following graph:


Clearly, subscription costs have increased exo...[more]
open access   publishing   costs   profits   publishers   libraries   
Posted on Thursday 17 January 2013 - 15:00:07

Scientists, the White House seeks your opinion on Open Access

Now, it's impossible to know if the following two events are related, but it sure is some strange coincidence. The internet right now is abuzz with talks about a new piece of legislation being introduced in the US, appar...[more]
Open Access   OSTP   RFI   publishing   policy   politics   
Posted on Friday 06 January 2012 - 17:29:40

Open Access needs better 'Government Relations'

Apparently, the Open Access movement is falling behind and needs better 'Government Relations'. Today, everyone has their "Vice President for Government Relations" or some other office like that: Universities (e.g., ...[more]
open access   rwa   OSTP   RFI   
Posted on Sunday 08 January 2012 - 19:48:40

Publishers successfully lobbying UK Lords committee?

Today, the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee released their report on the new RCUK open access policy. Commenting on the report, the chairman of the committee, Lord Krebs, said: ...[more]
open access   rcuk   publishing   
Posted on Friday 22 February 2013 - 14:57:35

A fistful of dollars: why corporate publishers have no place in scholarly communication