Last week the German Max Planck Society (MPG) cancelled their licensing agreement with Springer. Starting January 1st, MPG scientists no longer have access to the 1200 Springer journals through the SpringerLink interface.
This is an important announcement, because the MPG is one of the largest research organizations in Germany and Springer the second largest STM (Science, Technology, Medicine) publisher after Elsevier. Just a few weeks before this announcement, both the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of Göttingen announced that they will pay their authors for Open Access in Springer journals (Springer Open Choice).
Time will tell whether these announcements are coincidences or the part of a larger trend from a subscriber-pays to an author-pays model.
First InvenioRDM Long-Term Support (LTS) version released today – and Front Matter is joining as a participating partner
The open source research data management platform InvenioRDM today announced the first Long-Term Support (LTS) release, usable on production services. And I am joining the effort as a participating partner via Front Matter, ...
Announcing the DataCite Blog Relaunch
The DataCite blog has migrated to a new platform, from a hosted version at Ghost to a self-hosted version using Jekyll. The main reason for this change is that it gives us more control over the formatting of blog posts. ...