Nader Ale Ebrahim: Open Access Repositories Start to Offer Peer Review Services

Categories: Access
Nader Ale Ebrahim

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Open access repositories start to offer overlay peer review services

Converting open access repositories into functional evaluation platforms 
Bringing back quality control to the scientific community

The use of journal hierarchy for assessing the reputation of research works and their authors, has contributed to a competitive environment that is having a detrimental effect on scientific reliability. Open access repositories administered by Universities or research organizations are a valuable infrastructure that could support the transition to a more collaborative and efficient scholarly evaluation and communication system. Open Scholar has coordinated a consortium of six partners to develop the first Open Peer Review Module (OPRM) for institutional repositories. The module integrates an overlay peer review service, coupled with a transparent reputation system, on top of institutional repositories. It is provided freely as open source software.

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Apr 5

Yoda: Death of Elsevier & Thompson Reuters…

Categories: Access

yoda with light saberThis student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free.

Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.

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“While we don’t condone fraud and using illegal sources, I will say that I appreciate how she is shining a light on just how out of whack the system is of providing easy access to basic information that our universities and scholars need to advance science and research,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC, an organization that advocates for open access to research. “This has been a problem for decades.”

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Apr 1

Robert Steele: Can Thompson Reuters [or Bloomberg] Be a $20B+ per Year World Brain?

Steele-with-Logo-CroppedCan TR Be a $20B+ per Year World Brain?

As delivered to TR executives on 18 February 2016. There is no evidence anyone brought this memorandum to the attention of the TR CEO. It merits comment that when Michael Bloomberg was Mayor of New York, he answered my letter and hence got it — all evidence suggests that his mail at Bloomberg LP is being filtered to his detriment. These ideas were offered to Bloomberg via mail over a year before J.P. Morgan cancelled their Bloomberg Box contract.

Executive Summary

This memorandum offers a roadmap for taking TR toward $20B a year or more as a World Brain generating revenue from 20% or more of the online and offline knowledge that exists, instead of the current 1%, while creating the standard open source information-sharing and sense-making tool-kit that does not exist today. Instead of premium pricing for access to entire articles in a limited set, TR can achieve an order of magnitude increase in revenue and profit by achieving fractional pricing at the paragraph level from a much greater whole.

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Apr 1