The newly-discovered book-length text by Walt Whitman, Manly Health and Training, has very kindly been published in full today in open access at the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.
A new Medium article, from the head of Ingenta Connect, “Is the Open Access discoverability problem solvable? And whose problem is it?”. It’s a cursory look at the problem, but even then it’s interesting for what it doesn’t say…
* For “institutional librarians” the author seems to imply that their future role is only to be in one-to-one “mentoring and facilitation” of researchers. No mention of anything else, like the big publishers working with librarians to craft and adopt universal OA-status tagging code for discoverability.
* For “scholarly authors” he only suggests academics might become marketeers for their own papers. Frankly, this seems like a waste of their valuable time. Given the salaries that full-time research academics get, they can afford to hire a virtual assistant. To promote four or five papers a year outside of one’s own disciplinary niche, simply go to UpWork (or similar) and hire your personal marketeer at $180 a paper (to get someone of quality, for a day and-a-half of work). One could probably find a way to write the $900 bill off against tax each year. Of course that assumes one is publishing something worth reading, rather than academic shovel-ware intended to tick boxes inside one’s own institution.
* For the big “publishers” the article vaguely suggests they need to embrace openness. Though perhaps only in order to capture it for their own purposes, via a… “drawing-together of all the dispersed OA content silos into one place”. Well, for their own limited set of OA content, the big publishers can solve that on Monday morning if they really want it. They just have to allow the seemingly-stalled Paperity to import the OA-only article feeds of Elsevier, Brill, Degruyter, Wiley and others, so that Paperity has full coverage of all OA articles from the big publishers.
Added NASA’s Spaceport Magazine. The magazine’s Web page also has links to the earlier title Spaceport News, and a 1962 to 2010 index for that title. Also has Web links to all the other free magazines and newsletters from NASA.
The latest Developer version of the Opera browser offers a built-in free VPN with 256-bit encryption. This is very easy to set up and use and enables users to pretend to be in the U.S., Canada or Germany, and thus to get around region-blocking of Web content. The Developer version is 38.0, compared to the mainstream 36.0. Seems to work fine on a quick test — getting me to a version of Bing with German language news insets, via a German IP address.
1.2Mb, just to load Bing’s front page? Ooof.
Update, 12th May:
The new VPN now only works when you open a “Private Window” in Opera…
Bulletin of the National Institute of Ecology (National Institute of Ecology, India)
International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (National Institute of Ecology, India)
GRAFT has updated. 105 new repositories added, since my March update. GRAFT now enables search across 4,749 repositories, records and fulltext alike. Please access via the page linked above, rather than a bookmark, to enjoy the added range.
“Google wins long US court battle” over Google Books…
Google’s massive book-scanning project has cleared what may be its final legal hurdle, with the US Supreme Court denying an appeal that contended it violates copyright law. The top US court on Monday denied without comment a petition from the Authors Guild to hear the appeal of a 2013 federal court ruling seen as a landmark copyright decision for the digital era. […] Google said in a statement after Monday’s decision, “We are grateful that the court has agreed to uphold the decision of the Second Circuit [appeals court] which concluded that Google Books is transformative and consistent with copyright law.”
Frontiers of Biogeography (International Biogeography Society. Not to be confused with a journal from the publisher Frontiers)
JURN’s A-Z List of eco/nature journals now lists over 700 titles, open access or otherwise free to the public. That total does not include the additional lists of hybrid OA titles and mapping titles, found at the foot of the main A-Z list.
Victorian, The (Victorian period)
PaleoBios (University of California, Museum of Paleontology)
Palaeohistoria (archaeology and carbon dating)
eJIM : ejournal of Indian Medicine (traditional medicine, history of plant use)
Alexander Street Press’s new Open Music Library has launched in beta. I gave it a 30 minute test. The OML uses a very odd definition of “Open”, once one gets to the actual fulltext link on a purportedly OA item. To the OML “Open” seems to mean either “erm, actually it’s behind a paywall” or “hey, it might be on Google Scholar, go look there…”. I’m guessing that this may be due to the curators building the OML from within an academic campus office. So perhaps they see items as open, whereas the outside world only sees a paywall?
The OML icons also contribute immediately to the sense that something is awry with the OML. People going to a public site called Open Music Library will expect to see friendly orange Open Access symbols, not forbidding black padlock-key signs (which are on the majority of the journals listed) indicating paywalls…
Of the 94 journals listed on OML, 28 lack the padlock-key symbol. JURN indexes all of the latter, and a few hundred more on aspects of music and musicology.
More vaccine-conspiracy nuttiness has been published by the OMICS Publishing Group, aka OMICS International. Galalae, K. (2016) “Turning Nature against Man: The Role of Pandemics, Vaccines and Genetics in the UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth. Epidemiology, 2016 6:232. The article claims a total global eugenics conspiracy by the U.N….
“All epidemics and pandemics of the past 30 years are fabrications of the UN system and its partners in crime at the national level for the purpose of lowering births below the magic line of replacement level fertility and, more recently, also for limiting life to an economically acceptable and environmentally sustainable age.”
The last such article got pulled by OMICS after a while (I hear the whining about such things, regrettably, because I take a daily glance at the raw feed for “open access” via Twitter Live) so I guess this article may also be pulled soon. Although it seems to have been up for a month now, judging by the dates on the PDF.
There are no OMICS journals indexed in either the DOAJ or JURN, though it appears that their journals are indexed in JournalTOCs and Google Scholar in substantial numbers, and “Turning Nature against Man” is currently discoverable via Google Scholar.
Thanks to The Register for pointing out a search-engine that’s new to me, the Russian Lukol.com. Lukol claims to be a wholly anonymous search engine. So how is Lukol different from the non-tracking and privacy measures offered by DuckDuckGo? Lukol claims that…
“When we obtain enhanced results from Google, we tunnel your search query through our proxy servers, without exposing your search data.”
I’ve given it a quick test, and it seems to work fine and supports filetype:pdf. Basically it seems to be Google Search + URL-matched pictures + news down the side. I’m thinking Lukol might be useful for academics who want to search the Google Search index, in-depth and in very complex ways, without triggering anti-robot countermeasures from Google’s bots?