UTS ePRESS announces the release of a new eBook, Lace Narratives, written by Cecilia Heffer and designed by Zoë Sadokierski. Lace Narratives documents Cecilia Heffer’s innovative lace-making practice over a decade,
Open Access (OA) provides the world with free, unrestricted access to research materials. Making research free gives everyone equal access to current, high-quality knowledge and provides researchers with the opportunity to increase the visibility and impact of their work.
Hopefully below you'll find the slides of a talk that I gave on 15 October to some UTS first year Information and Knowledge Management students. I was on a panel of speakers with some academics, a colleague from eResearch and other colleagues from the Library.
You may be aware of recent controversy over the latest Elsevier publishing agreements.
And so Part 2 begins ...
Do we really have a problem with low quality academic journals? This post by Witold Kieńć from openscience was made in late January, but I only found it this morning. He discusses the problems surrounding the hunt for better impact factors and the imperative to publish or perish in order to improve academic reputation. Witold asks whether low quality journals are really that much of a problem, but recognises the issue with predatory and poor quality journals. Whilst some see the latter as a waste of public money, Witold says they do no harm to knowledge development. Furthermore, if such publications are blocked we may well be preventing the development of excellent quality journals for years simply because they are new or innovating in new ways. Witold says the "noise" created by such journals can easily be filtered.
I've been reading a few pretty thoughtful and useful articles of late about open access publishing, traditional academic publishing and what might be wrong with and improved in these systems. So, I decided to bring all the links together here and offer you a wee comment on each for your viewing pleasure ...
UTS ePRESS launches a new eBook, History, Power, Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies, edited by Timothy Neale, Crystal McKinnon and Eve Vincent.
To celebrate this year's International Open Access Week, join us for a talk by Associate Professor Alex Holcombe.
DATE: Friday, 24 October, 2014
TIME: 12pm - 1pm
VENUE: Learning Commons, Level 3, City Campus Library
To celebrate International Open Access (OA) Week, UTS Library will be running a series of excellent OA-related workshops.