For Open Access advocates using reddit: I made a subreddit that is automatically populated with links from the Open Access Tracking project.

It's here:

Proud to announce a new collaboration with eLife and the Center for Open Science on a new project: Plaudit!

More information here:

@trunk Please add me to Academia, Open Education, Science, Social Innovation.

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Apply to this sweet job with ImpactStory, a very cool nonprofit that works on open scholcomm.

The job is the lead dev on Unpaywall, the index of all the free-to-read scholarly papers in the world.

#Job ad:

Big news in :

- No more embargoes
- No more copyright transfer
- No hybrid journals
- A cap on APCs

...for practically all European-funded research from 2020 onwards. It's called , and it's fantastic!

Just realised that visually impaired users were not entirely catered for when I put search live just now. My apologies - a fix is now live. is important!

New on Flockademic: search! Want to find a researcher's freely available articles? Simply curious to see what your profile looks like? Give it a try now:

My recent tootstorm (sorry for the spam! I didn't know about the "Unlisted" option) in blog form: To fix scholarly publishing, decouple credentialing from publishing

My message to researchers is similar: find ways to promote your academic work that are independent of the journal it’s published in. I’m working on one such method with Flockademic: by bundling your research together on your academic profile, your research promotes you instead of the journal it’s published in.

For the scientific policy advisors at the OECD, my answer to that question is that we should decouple the evaluation of researchers from the publishing process. If researchers are evaluated on the quality of their research instead of the journal it was published in, that would remove their need to pay whatever amount of public money a publisher asks of them just to obtain career credentials.

The question then is: how can we bring down the costs of scholarly publishing?

Another example of this playing out is that, despite providing practically identical services at a higher price, Nature’s Scientific Reports has overtaken PLOS One as the largest journal. Its primary differentiator? The Nature brand.

This indicates that the primary value of a journal — one that researchers are willing to pay good public money for — is credentialing. It’s the brand that they pay for. And when businesses do not compete on price or services provided, but on brand, prices rise and affordability decreases.

In other words: the article has already been archived and distributed, it has already received peer review, and yet the author *still* feels the need to submit it to a journal!

When — and this is the kicker — the author then considers the work “good enough”, it is submitted to a journal.

In some disciplines, authors first share their work on arXiv. Fellow researchers can then immediately read this work, albeit with a critical eye — it has not been peer reviewed yet. If they notice potential improvements to the work, they can report it to the author, who then incorporates that in a new version uploaded to arXiv.

So why is the price of scholarly publishing so high? To answer that, let’s look at another excerpt of the workshop description:

> already, in some disciplines, publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals is no longer the main mechanism for communicating scientific results

1. Unlike practically every other publishing industry (movies, music, etc.), the price of scholarly publishing has only increased with the advent of the internet.

2. The major scholarly publishers report profit margins of 30–40%, year after year. These numbers are typical (or even at the high end) of luxury brands — in other words, of exclusive goods, which are not inclusive by definition.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant for: researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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