Blogs

One year of MarXiv: Our first annual review

MarXiv (rhymes with "archive") celebrated its first birthday in early November 2018. Over the course of the last year, we've hit a number of important milestones.

Paying for Open Access does not increase your paper's impact, but self-archiving in a repository does

According to a report from the OECD, the citation impact driven by publishing your research Open Access is caused by papers that are Green Open Access — where the author "self-archives" their work in a central repository, commonly an institutional archive or a public, discipline-specific repository like MarXiv. The effect is largely not caused by papers that are Gold Open Access, where the paper is available for free directly from the publisher. Why might this be the case? Let's start by getting our terminology straight, first.

Sweden cancels all Elsevier subscriptions effective 30 June 2018

Sweden’s universities and research institutes have canceled all Elsevier subscriptions effective 30 June 2018, saving €12 million/year. This follows 250 French universities canceling subscriptions with Springer Nature, resulting in savings of €5 million/year.

How I Work Open: Nicole Baker

By Nicole Baker, Research Scientist, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science at the University of Washington

How would you describe your research?

SpringerNature makes it near impossible to email corresponding authors for copies of papers

By Nick Wehner, MarXiv Project Director

The primary method for obtaining full-text papers behind a journal’s paywall for those without institutional library access* is to email the author to ask for a free copy. But that cannot happen when you do not know the email address of the author, which SpringerNature does not offer.

The Many Fallacies Used to Defend Subscription Publishing

While not a blog written by the MarXiv Team, we think this post is required reading for all those with questions or concerns about the shift to making research free for everyone to access – not just those with university libraries paying for access. This article is a rebuttal to the "Fallacy of Open-Access Publication" which includes a number of factual inaccuracies and logical fallacies to attack Open Access.