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OA publishers: just use HTML!

I was reading the latest issue of the Journal of Digital Information today, and I found myself wishing I could turn the Readability bookmarklet loose on half its PDF-only articles. I’m sorry, authors. I know you tried, but those PDFs are terrible-looking. Times New Roman, really? (The one in Arial is the worst, though.) Could…

Thank you, OASPA

OASPA is starting to get its act together, posting a concise summary of its membership procedures and making a new procedure for complaints relevant to the quality measures OASPA wishes to maintain among its members. I think OASPA is right not to offer to police every OA journal in existence. There isn’t enough money in…

Battle of the Opens

I’m committed to a lot of different kinds of “open.” This means that I can and do engage in tremendous acts of hair-splitting and pilpul with regard to them. “Gratis” versus “libre” open access? Free-speech versus free-beer software code? I’m your librarian; let’s sit down and have that discussion. Unfortunately, out there in the wild…

Cognitive dissonance

One of the latest institutional open-access policies comes from Harvard Business School (hat tip to Stuart Shieber). This is the same school that plays horrendous anti-library, anti-education games with their flagship Harvard Business Review. My head hurts.

So the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is mired in a rapidly heating controversy over a report that apparently let some dubious information slip through the cracks. Here’s the money quote: The discovery of the glaciers mistake has focused attention on the IPCC’s use of so-called grey literature: reports that do not appear…

So the backstory of the truly horrific murders at the University of Alabama at Huntsville has taken an open-access turn: the perpetrator (not being a journalist, I don’t think I need to say “alleged”) got a rather dubious-looking article published in an open-access journal. Further investigation into the journal only heightens concern; while we’re not…

Academic samizdat

Since early days indeed, it’s been possible to bypass journal publishers and libraries in a quest for a particular article by going directly to the author. Some publishers have even facilitated this limited variety of samizdat by offering authors a few ready-made offprints. I’ve even had publishers give me e-offprints (which to me, preprint disseminator…

Perhaps shockingly, I don’t plan to so much as try to wade through all seven-hundred-odd pages of this report on scholarly-publishing practices. It’s thorough, it’s well-documented, it’s decently-written? and based on the executive summary (itself weighing in at a hefty 20 pages), it won’t tell me a thing I don’t already know. Academia is conservative.…

Back in the day, Time Warner merged with AOL. It turned out to be one of the worst merger ideas in the history of merger ideas, and I believe the evidence suggests that most mergers actually turn out to be clunkers! AOL was simply at the top of its orbit, nowhere but downhill to go.…

More on serials

It’s odd to wake up in the morning to discover that I’ve earned a new Nerd Merit Badge. I for one welcome our new Boing Boing overlords readers, and I thank the marvelous Jessamyn West for the shout-out. Now. To clear some things up. It was pointed out in a lengthy comment to the BoingBoinged…