Open access / Copyright, Academic Publishing and Open Research

12 Dec 2019
Aileen Fyfe. What the history of copyright in academic publishing tells us about Open Research. LSE Blog, June 2019.
Abstract : It has become a fact of academic life, that when researchers publish papers in academic journals, they sign away the copyright to their research, or licence it for distribution. However, from a historical perspective this practice is a relatively recent phenomenon.
In this post Aileen Fyfe, explores how copyright has become intertwined with scholarly publishing and presents three insights from the history of the Royal Society that inform ongoing debates around openness in research and scholarly communication.

Academic Publishing (OA) / Why are some articles more cited than others?

29 Nov 2019
Quico Marin Anglada. Research on sharing economy: why are some articles more cited than others? Economic Research, 2019. (Open access)
Abstract : The present article seeks to identify the reasons why some articles are more cited than others, with a specific focus on the recent and innovative research area of the sharing economy. To determine how characteristics of the research drive citations, we carry out a systematic analysis of articles published from 2012 to 2018 in high-impact social science journals. Comparative analyses were conducted to visualise what features relate to higher citations.
The results show that citations vary depending on the approach, field, unit of analysis, and the data analyses used in the research. Our contributions will be useful both for authors when deciding the type of analysis to undertake and the journal to which to send their papers, as well as for editors setting editorial policy.

Open Access / Open access to teaching material – how far have we come?

27 Nov 2019
Elizabeth Gadd, Chris Morrison, Jane Secker. Open access to teaching material – how far have we come? LSE Blog, 16 Sept 2019.
One of the foundational aims of the open access movement, set out in the Budapest Open Access Initiative, was to provide access to research not only to scholars, but to “teachers, students and other curious minds” and in so doing “enrich education”. However almost two decades on from the declaration access to the research literature for educational purposes remains limited.
In this post Elizabeth Gadd, Jane Secker and Chris Morrison present their research into the volume of open access material available for educational purposes, finding that although much research is now available to read, a significant proportion is not licensed in a way that allows its use for teaching.

Open Access / Citation Contamination

30 Oct 2019
Rick Anderson. Citation Contamination: References to Predatory Journals in the Legitimate Scientific Literature. The Scholarly Kitchen, 28 October 2019.
Citation contamination means references to Predatory Journals in the Legitimate
Scientific Literature. How many articles from predatory journals are being cited in the legitimate (especially medical) literature? Some disturbing findings.

Open Access / MIT Open access task force releases final recommendations

26 Oct 2019
Brigham Fay. Open access task force releases final recommendations.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology News, 17 October 2019.
The Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research has released its final recommendations, which aim to support and increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software, and educational
Report urges MIT community to openly share the products of its
research and teaching.

Initiative / Working Group on Open Access in Kerala Studies (OAKS)

List Editor Ashok R Chandran 22/10/2014


This is Open Access Week. In recent years, academics in different parts of the world have got together and established low-cost Open Access academic presses/imprints. We can do the same for Kerala studies if academics are willing.

Technology is available. Society is waiting for academics to take charge of their own scholarship!

I am putting together a multi-disciplinary Working Group to increase open access scholarship on Kerala in the social sciences and humanities. If you would like to be a part of this Open Access in Kerala Studies (OAKS) initiative — as author, journal/series editor, peer reviewer, librarian, technology developer, or general volunteer — for producing open access journals, monographs, etc, please write to me at ashokrc… . Together let us work to increase good, freely accessible scholarship on Kerala.

(For an introduction on Open Access, please read this or watch this video.)

Inviting your thoughts, concerns, expression of support, etc on open access, especially for studies on Kerala,

Warm regards,

Ashok R. Chandran
Book editor, Palakkad (Kerala)

University of California Press offers free, public access to 700+ titles of e-books

List Editor Ashok R Chandran 10/02/2014

From: List Editor (via UC Press website)

University of California Press offers free, public access to 700+ titles of e-books;rights=Public;style=eschol;brand=eschol

Here’s one in Kerala Studies

Stuart Blackburn. 1996. Inside the Drama House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India;brand=ucpress

Publisher’s Description: Stuart Blackburn takes the reader inside a little-known form of shadow puppetry in this captivating work about performing the Tamil version of the Ramayana epic. Blackburn describes the skill and physical stamina of the puppeteers in Kerala state in South India as they perform all night for as many as ten weeks during the festival season. The fact that these performances often take place without an audience forms the starting point for Blackburn’s discussion – one which explores not only this important epic tale and its performance, but also the broader theoretical issues of text, interpretation, and audience.Blackburn demonstrates how the performers adapt the narrative and add their own commentary to re-create the story from a folk perspective. At a time when the Rama story is used to mobilize political movements in India, the puppeteers’ elaborate recitation and commentary presents this controversial tale from another ethical perspective, one that advocates moral reciprocity and balance.While the study of folk narrative has until now focused on tales, tellers, and tellings, this work explores the importance of audience–absent or otherwise. Blackburn’s elegant translations of the most dramatic and pivotal sequences of the story enhance our appreciation of this unique example of performance art.