Author: Pablo Markin

Cloud Atlas, Global Cinema and Transculturalism

On March 22, 2019, Stephen Trinder has published an article entitled “Encounters with the Other: Transcultural Possibilities in the Wachowskis’ and Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas” in Open Cultural Studies. A Blog Post by Pablo Markin....

Big Data, Search Algorithms and Philosophical Inquiry

On January 18, 2019, Clark Glymour, Joseph D. Ramsey and Kun Zhang have published an article entitled “The Evaluation of Discovery: Models, Simulation and Search through “Big Data”” in the Open Access journal Open...

The Emergence of New Global City Hierarchies in Recent Decades, as Development Paths Diverge

The dynamics of urban center rankings shed light on the place of non-global cities in international economic relations. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. In his article, entitled “Cities as command and control centres of the world economy: An empirical analysis, 2006–2015” and published the Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series…

Open Access Promotes Scientific Discovery by Overcoming the Copyright Limitations of Conventional Publishing

In the year 2018, Open Access has experienced rising support levels in Europe and elsewhere, due to its positive impact on scientific and knowledge discovery internationally. This is starkly illustrated by its licensing terms in contrast to the public domain restrictions of copyright-protected works. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.…

Marx and Lacan’s Perspectives on Economic Factors, Collective Consciousness and Political Developments in the United States

The article by Claudia Leeb, entitled “Mystified Consciousness: Rethinking the Rise of the Far Right with Marx and Lacan” and published in Open Cultural Studies on November 10, 2018, uses the theory of psychoanalysis to explain why white working-classes in the United States and elsewhere turned to the far right…

The Scientific Community Supports Funders Mandating Open Access, Adds Balance to the Discussion of the Plan S

More than 1,800 researchers have endorsed the plan by science funding bodies to transition to Open Access their models of disbursing funds to researchers, as the European Plan S continues to garner international backing, such as from China. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. Launched on November 28, 2018, an…

In Response to Criticism the Plan S Adopts a Flexible Stance Toward Paywall-Based Journals and Hybrid Open Access

In its recently published implementation guidelines, the Plan S has translated its initial vision of the transition to Open Access into alternative pathways that create room for different journal publishing models. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. On November 27, 2018, the cOAlition S, which is behind the Plan S…

Though the Plan S May Significantly Affect Open Access Journals, it Can also Reduce the Publishing Market Concentration

As a formal complaint over the anti-competitive impact of Elsevier, a globally dominant scientific publisher, on the journal publishing market has been placed with the European Commission, such as due to the lacking transparency of its pricing practices, the Plan S is likely provide incentives to scholarly journals to change…

As Support for the Plan S for Open Access Ramps Up, Global Scientists Draw Attention to its Risks and Possible Implications

Whereas the British Wellcome Trust and the American Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation increase the financial heft of the Plan S by almost 30%, scientists from research and educational institutions in Europe and around the world have publicly expressed their concerns that this Open Access initiative may have severe negative…

During the Open Access Week Universities and Libraries Confronted Barriers to Open Access and Benefits of its Models

As the Open Access Week unfolded around the globe in the last week of October, 2018, university libraries have considered the obstacles to Open Access adoption, while concentrating on its advantages, possible misinterpretations and local applications. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. For universities, such as the Penn State University,…

The European Union Promotes Open Access Amid Concerns Over Publishing Industry and International Policy Implications

As the European Commission seeks to obtain broad international support for its Plan S, such as in the United States, publishers may be significantly affected by the elimination of Open Access embargo periods on which Green and hybrid Open Access models critically depend for economic sustainability. A Blog Article by…

Open Access Publications Become Increasingly Important for Libraries and Publishers to Include into Databases

As partnerships between national libraries and global publishers, such as the British Library and Elsevier, on the one hand, and Unpaywall, on the other hand, indicate, the significant growth in the Open Access sector also makes it imperative for publishing and scholarly institutions to enter into partnerships with non-profit indexing…