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Harvard University pushes for Open Access

Open Access publishing is ever proving the  future for scholarly publications, both books and journals. The Australian reports that Harvard University has had enough of paying exorbitant journal subscriptions: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/journals-too-expensive-go-open-access-harvard-decree/story-e6frgcjx-1226339169404

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Making a killing out of journals

Around universities world-wide more and more scientists are asking how much they need Elsevier and other huge publishers making a fortune publishing their journals.  For example, in 2011 Elsevier reported a bigger profit margin than Apple.  Unlike Apple, they are not paying for the core product they are selling: scientific research. Worse still, they often […]

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Bona fide or after your money?

Publishing scholarly books and articles directly online is one of the great innovations of the digital age. There are some scamsters out there, however, who take advantage in particular of young researchers under pressure to publish. The most recent Chronicle of Higher Education (9 March, page A6) discusses the strategy employed by one company who contacted a young […]

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Is a book a book if it’s not printed?

The book that we know and trust, with printed paper pages and bound in any number of covers, began life around 1439 when Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type. The impact was immediate and long-lasting.  Suddenly texts that could only be hand-copied in small numbers and circulated among a tightly controlled few could be reproduced by […]

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Launch of Digital Identity by Clare Sullivan

Digital Identity: an emergent legal concept was launched by the ANU College of Law’s Dr Gregor Urbas on Wednesday, 10 November 2010, in the Adelaide Law School’s Moot Court. Dr Urbas said in his speech that :”Clare’s central insight, if it is permissible for me to summarise it in far fewer words than it really merits, is the […]

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