Author: Pablo Markin

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…

Open Access May Involve Hidden Costs for Journal Publishers, as Conflicts over Subscription Agreements Indicate

Elsevier’s hard line in negotiations with German and Swedish universities over journal access and publishing contracts can follow from the limited financial attractiveness of Gold Open Access in the long term. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. Since late July, 2018, Elsevier had cut off German university libraries that have…

The Role of Open Access at Scholarly Conferences as Platforms for Scientific Development Might be Underappreciated

As academic conferences become increasingly important vehicles for scientific collaborations and partnerships, Open Access can further the dissemination of cutting-edge findings, especially in the Global South. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. Non-profit scientific...

Open Access in Education Goes Beyond Textbooks, to Encompass Online Courses, International Partnerships and Journal Publishing

While the potential of online learning and open educational resources continues to unfold in developed and developing countries, in the field of education Open Access experiences dynamic development, as universities mandate Open Access to research results, integrate free online textbooks and launch online courses and programs. A Blog Article by…

Open Access Projects in Digital Humanities Win Prestigious Prizes, Tackle Social Problems and Spark Intellectual Debates

Given that digital humanities, as a minor but growing academic domain, promote scholar collaboration, cross disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate public-mindedness, the celebration of its achievements, such as in research, underlines the centrality of Open Access to its public relevance. A Blog Article by Pablo Markin. While digital humanities can be…

Capitalism, Secularization and Identity in Contemporary Turkey: Everyday Life Between Modernity and Tradition

A recent article by Volkan Ertit on secularization in Turkish society published in Open Theology on May 17, 2018, discusses the findings of qualitative and quantitative inquiries in recent decades, to argue that between 2002 and 2017 this Muslim-majority country has remained on the modernization course, despite its Islamic sensitivities.…

Understanding Andean concepts of death and renewal: new insights to Prehispanic sacrality and sepulchral culture

Research in the Andes has yielded evidence for a complex association between settlement sites and mortuary monuments, tied to concepts of death, ancestor veneration and water. A Blog Article by Eric Merkel-Sobotta. In the case-study Carved Rocks and Subterranean Burials at Kipia, Ancash, AD 1000 – 1532 published in De…

African-American Artists and Performers between Camp Aesthetics and Racial Identity: Black Camp as a Critical Category

This article presents a blog version of Anna Pochmara and Justyna Wierzchowska’s panoramic introduction to “Notes on the Uses of Black Camp”: A special issue of Open Cultural Studies published in its inaugural, first issue in 2017. A Guest Article by Anna Pochmara and Justyna Wierzchowska. On Uses of Black…