Don't know what is? It allows academics to endorse research, and makes them available as open data. The aim is to reduce the reliance on journal brand names as an indicator of quality, and instead defer directly to the authority of one's peers.

Now live: the ability to mark scholarly works as robust, clear or exciting using!

Read more about the motivation here, and let us know what you think:

We just confirmed the first successful data export to CrossRef Event Data, so Plaudit research endorsements are now officially open data.

You can contribute! Install the extension:

I've just released a Plaudit browser extension! Plaudit is an attempt to simulate research by influencing the incentive structure for researchers: direct endorsements by their peers, rather than through being published in a paywalled journal.

Get it here:

That is not likely to be at risk when funders demand publication in OA venues, however. Rather, when the term is used in this context, academics are not afraid of their research being repressed, but for their career progression.

It is a legitimate worry. However, career progression being hampered is a different problem than suppression of research, and tolerating research behind paywalls is not the only possible solution.

Involving "academic freedom" when arguing against Plan S feels disingenuous.

Academic freedom is important because we do not want funders to suppress results of academic research that does not suit their world view.

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.

Know #python & #databases?

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?

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Scholar Social

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