Need help negotiating publishing rights (or simply retaining your authorial rights) for your article? CARL just released an update of its Canadian Author Addendum to Publication Agreement along with two guides on using it. carl-abrc.ca/news/updated-cana :OpenAccess:

Do you have some thoughts on what :OpenAccess: to knowledge means? The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking your short films, visual art, poetry, short fiction, & creative essays for an anthology (also there's a prize). Deadline: 30 April 2019 wikimediafoundation.org/2019/0

The New England Journal of Medicine seems to be spreading odious commentary on issues. Good rebuttal from Lenny Teytelman protocols.io/groups/protocolsi

Also, although protocols.io is not about publishing articles, that platform is an excellent concept for sharing specific methods from your research work :OpenAccess: . I went to a talk from the CEO (author of the article) last year and was really impressed with the thinking that went into building the platform.

University of California couldn't get Elsevier to agree to universal to UC research so they're not renewing their contracts with Elsevier. Fascinated to see How this plays out. (go bears) news.lib.berkeley.edu/elsevier

Although Elsevier hasn't come around yet, Wiley made an publishing :oa: deal with Germany. Sounds interesting, the universities essentially pay for publishing services but all their authors' works will be available. It includes launching a new journal too. I haven't read through the details but this sounds really positive at first glance. hrk.de/press/press-releases/pr

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) published its response to Europe's Plan S (pushing publishers on ). COAR supports Plan S generally but makes some good critical points on where it should be revised to improve it (mostly dealing with technical processes in repository systems).
coar-repositories.org/activiti

We just finished up a really nice discussion, inspired by . Thanks to everyone that participated! paywallthemovie.com

It's :oa: - Here's the Concordia Library web pages to find out how you can take advantage of resources & contribute to the research ecosystem: library.concordia.ca/help/open

Watch this new documentary "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" (, free stream) paywallthemovie.com It covers a fair amount of ground. Could be an eye-opener for many people but also if, like me, this is a subject you're familiar with, you might still appreciate the variety of points it makes. I especially was interested in some of the voices speaking about the issues in countries that cannot afford Elsevier, etc. & how that access (lack thereof) directs their research.

Reading this article called "Leveraging Elsevier’s Creative Commons License Requirement to Undermine Embargoes" by Josh Bolick doi.org/10.17161/jcel.v2i2.741

Pushing scholarly toward a 100% model. aeon.co/ideas/scholarly-publis

This Aeon article includes discussion on improving the way peer review, etc. works. The author (Tennant) says" "All of the technology and traits to build a hybridised scholarly commons infrastructure already exists. It is up to academic communities themselves to step away from their apathy and towards a fairer and more democratic system for sharing our knowledge and work."

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