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On SciELO and RedALyC

Posted on 5th August 2015 by

“They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force — nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.” —Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness I was recently made aware of a post by Jeffrey Beall, librarian at the University of Colorado Denver,
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From an interview with Paul Ginsparg

Posted on 26th March 2015 by

Last summer I had the privilege of interviewing arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg extensively during two lovely days at Cornell. We are currently in the last stages of using this material to write what will be a series of papers on the ecology of physics knowledge and publishing practices, but for now I’ll share an interesting bit towards the
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Las políticas públicas de Acceso Abierto en México

Posted on 4th June 2014 by

Gracias a varias solicitudes en los últimos días y a la relevancia del tema, ahora que está fresco, decidí hacer una versión en Español de mi último post. [This is a Spanish translation of my last post given multiple requests for it since it appeared a few days ago.] La semana pasada, el Presidente de
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Mexican policy-making on OA: a bitter-tweet state of affairs

Posted on 2nd June 2014 by

Just last week, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto announced via his official webpage the enactment of reforms to several federal law frameworks concerning science, technology and education that will allegedly “insert Mexico into the Information and Knowledge Society”. The legislation changes, he claimed, would: Give access to Mexicans open access to the scientific and academic
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The confused academic’s guide to the problem(s) with Open Access

Posted on 8th May 2014 by

In my field of research, sociology of science, I get to talk to a lot of academics from very diverse areas. Mostly, I interview people from the ‘hard’, natural sciences (particularly physicists), but also biologists, chemists, astronomers, mathematicians, etc. In addition to this, the larger field of Social Studies of Science (STS) within which sociology
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I publish, therefore I am

Posted on 25th February 2014 by

Open access here, open access there, open access everywhere. Google Scholar will return over 3 million hits if ‘open access’ is used as a search input, with the majority of papers referring to the topic covered in this blog. So what is open access? I ‘ll try my best to give as straightforward an answer
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Hello, (Open) world

Posted on 20th February 2014 by

This will be – if I am consistent about it – the blog for my three-year British Academy Post Doctoral Fellowship research programme on Open Access based at the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. The official title of the project is The social boundaries of scientific knowledge: a case study of ‘green’ Open Access. To
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