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Opening up public access to scientific literature is a first step. Nyoman Budhiana/Antara Foto

Indonesia publishes the most open-access journals in the world: what it means for local research

Indonesia has seen progress in open research ecosystem development. More needs to be done.
For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals. Michelle/Flickr

University of California’s showdown with the biggest academic publisher aims to change scholarly publishing for good

The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It's a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires. Eric Chan/Flickr

University of California’s break with the biggest academic publisher could shake up scholarly publishing for good

Digital publishing hasn't resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars' labor.
Announced on May 15 2018, the government’s Research Investment Strategy directs $1.9 billion towards hard infrastructure. Kelly Barnes/AAP

What was missing in Australia’s $1.9 billion infrastructure announcement

"Soft" infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control.
Data should be open, shareable - but not at the expense of African researchers and communities. Shutterstock

Africa must keep its rich, valuable data safe from exploitation

A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access. Elizabeth

Academic journal publishing is headed for a day of reckoning

In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
Clinicians can do their jobs better when they have quick, open access to scientifically rigorous research. Penn State/Flickr

Open, free access to health evidence: a new precedent for Africa

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to purchase a national licence to the Cochrane library -- giving everyone access to evidence-based information about health care.
Opening up data and materials helps with research transparency. REDPIXEL.PL via Shutterstock.com

Research transparency: 5 questions about open science answered

Partly in response to the so-called 'reproducibility crisis' in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.

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