Nature journals now free, as open access model gains steam

The public now has unprecedented access to dozens more research journals, including the prestigious Nature, as publisher Macmillan announced that 49 of its titles will be available through a free content-sharing model starting today.

Is it a good thing that Elsevier bought Mendeley?

The rumored takeover is now reality, at a reported price of $69 million. But, given Elsevier’s reputation and Mendeley’s open access ethos, will this deal turn out to be a harmonious success?

A victory for science as Britain opens research up

The controversial world of paywalled academic publishing has been hit by a major shift, with the British government saying it will make open access to scientific research a condition of public funding by 2014.

Why do we need academic journals in the first place?

The same disruption that is occurring in the traditional media industry is starting to affect academic publishing, with many scientists boycotting publisher Elsevier because of its control over the industry — which raises the question: why do we need expensive, paywalled academic journals at all?

Poll: Should Google take a stand against Verizon over Wallet?

Has Google betrayed its principles? In 2008, Google convinced the FCC to impose ‘open access’ requirements on Verizon’s future 4G spectrum, requirements Verizon now appears to be flouting. Should Google fight back or should it take a more diplomatic approach. Vote your answer in our poll.

FCC’s Net Neutrality Push to Boldly Go Where Congress Has Failed Thrice Before

jgJulius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to propose a set of rules to define network neutrality in a speech Monday at the Brookings Institution, according to the Wall Street Journal. The proposed rules would require carriers to treat all traffic across both wired and wireless networks equally, the Journal said. Carriers, especially those in the wireless realm, are likely to oppose such an effort, which they have consistently portrayed as the government interfering with their ability to manage their networks.
Monday would be an ideal time for Genachowski to initiate the debate, something Congress has done three times since 2006 with eight different bills. Genachowski is set to speak presumably as part of a release of a report by the institution that sings the praises of open networks. (We covered this report on Tuesday.) An FCC spokeswoman declined to comment, but affirmed that Genachowski was making a speech. Read More about FCC’s Net Neutrality Push to Boldly Go Where Congress Has Failed Thrice Before