open access

  • Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October

    Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October

    Facebook could begin testing a paywall for subscription news stories as early as October, according to a top company executive. Campbell Brown, who heads up the social network’s new partnerships business, made the reveal at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit on Tuesday, The Street reported. We have independently confirmed that, too. Read More

  • Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers

    Unpaywall scours the web for free versions of scientific papers

    The science publishing world is a complex one, but the pendulum is currently swinging away from the paywalled mega-journals of the last decade to a more open model — but it can still be hard to find a full copy of an article you need on short notice. Unpaywall is a browser plug-in that identifies the paper you’re looking for, then checks whether it’s available for free… Read More

  • EU mandates open access for all publicly funded research by 2020

    EU mandates open access for all publicly funded research by 2020

    European Union officials announced today that, starting in 2020, any research that owes its existence in some way to public funding must be freely accessible and reusable. Recommendations were also made to encourage investment and ease the passage of startup founders between various European states. The decision arose from a meeting of EU ministers at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels; in… Read More