White House expands Open Access

Published in The Hindu on February 28, 2013 At last, papers arising from research work funded by tax-payers’ money and published in subscription journals will become open access in about a year after they are published. The latest decision by the Obama Administration will be applicable to all agencies with over $100 million in annual … Continue reading White House expands Open Access

PeerJ journal: Path-breaking move

Published in The Hindu on February 14, 2013 Call it by whatever name — innovation, revolution or evolution — PeerJ , the new Open Access journal, which published the first 30 peer-reviewed papers on February 12, is breaking new grounds in academic publishing. Hold your breath, a scientific paper in the field of biology and … Continue reading PeerJ journal: Path-breaking move

Editorial: Right the wrong

Published in The Hindu on January 25, 2013 The world is a poorer place with the death of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old computer genius and zealous advocate of free public access to knowledge and content on the Internet. Among other things, he was a Robin Hood of modern times, who fervently believed that if information … Continue reading Editorial: Right the wrong

Editorial: Open, Sesame

Published in The Hindu on November 3, 2012 If in 2004, Nucleic Acids Research made an overnight switch from being a subscription-based journal to an open access (OA) one, 10 years later high-energy physics as a field will make such a shift when nearly 90 per cent of papers published in a dozen journals will … Continue reading Editorial: Open, Sesame

Open Access: ‘A few countries are outstanding, including India’

Published in The Hindu on October 25, 2012 Open access will soon get a big boost as the entire field of high-energy physics will make a switch to open access. As a result, about 7,000 particle-physics papers, accounting for 90 per cent of high-energy physics papers published in subscription journals, will soon become freely accessible … Continue reading Open Access: ‘A few countries are outstanding, including India’

On the Net, a scam of a most scholarly kind

First came the spam emails professing faith in the recipient and requesting the safekeeping of millions of dollars that the sender, located in some distant land, had fortuitously chanced up. Many “lucky” recipients walked into the trap only to lose money. The scamsters then moved on to hacking the email accounts of individuals and sending … Continue reading On the Net, a scam of a most scholarly kind

Editorial: A blow for open access

Published in The Hindu on May 2, 2012 Harvard University's decision to ask faculty members to make their papers available in the university's open-access repository and choose open-access journals or those with reasonable subscription costs is a sign that the movement for affordable research is gaining ground. Harvard spends close to $3.75 million a year … Continue reading Editorial: A blow for open access

Editorial: Open access is here to stay

Published in The Hindu on July 20, 2011 A recent announcement by three major biomedical funding agencies has given a booster dose to the open access (OA) model that provides free access to scientific literature. A freely accessible online journal, which will rival top-tier subscription-based journals like Nature , will be launched next summer by … Continue reading Editorial: Open access is here to stay

Editorial: Accessing publicly funded research

Published in The Hindu on July 25, 2009 In less than six months of U.S. President Barack Obama signing into law a bill that made the National Institutes of Health’s ‘public access policy’ permanent, a legislation has been introduced in the Senate aimed at expanding open access to all research funded by as many as … Continue reading Editorial: Accessing publicly funded research

Editorial: A boost to open access

Published in The Hindu on April 2, 2009 In yet another initiative favouring the scientific community, President Barack Obama recently signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Bill that includes a provision making the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) public access policy permanent. This overrides the annual renewal clause of the public access policy implemented … Continue reading Editorial: A boost to open access