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Revolution in academia: Copyright and open access

November 29, 2015

Tags: open access, academic journals, copyright, Elsevier, work for hire

(updated 1-29-17, 3-5-16, 3-19-16)
In academia a wide-ranging discussion about open access is weakening academic journals' monopoly on profiting from publishing research findings. Different interest groups view this differently, of course. Meanwhile, as the publishing landscape changes, are academic authors, who have long abandoned claims to copyright on many of their scholarly articles (in the "public or perish" world of university faculty-making), less docile about publishing rights, with tenured faculty positions scarcer and scarcer? This round-up of relevant pieces starts with

Elsevier Mutiny: Cracks Are Widening in the Fortress of Academic Publishing (Mathew Ingram, Forbes, 11-2-15) "All six editors and the entire editorial board of the well-respected linguistics journal Lingua have resigned to protest the companys failure to embrace open access. (more…)

The Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative

November 16, 2015

Tags: Authors Guild. writers' rights, book contracts

Updated 3-10-16. Book Authors: Study the contract alerts the Authors Guild has spelled out in its Fair Contract Initiative. The main contract issues are spelled out briefly below, with links to the full Authors Guild argument on each issue. Here are the main issues, once over lightly:
The Authors Guild Fair Contract Initiative: A Preview