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Problem of content quality is essential for scientific publishing. John Bohanon’s and Jeffrey Beal’s [...]

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Open Access (free to read) archaeology articles for everyone:Excavation at Lintshie Gutter Unenclose [...]

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Aplogies for yesterday’s links to Central and Eastern European Online Library which were corrupt and not, for the most part, open access. [...]

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Open Access Archaeology Digest #95

Lots of great Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:

[STUDIES IN THE ETHNOGENESIS OF INDO-PACIFIC POPULATIONS] Further considerations of the hypothesized Austronesian Neolithic migration from South China to Taiwan and Luzon
http://journals.lib.washington.edu/index.php/BIPPA/article/view/11403/10042

Remarks on the Painted Glass at Lichfield Cathedral
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/archjournal/contents.cfm?vol=21

Contributions to the Ancient Geography of the Troad: On the Site and Remains of Colonoe; On the Site and Remains of Ophrynium
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/archjournal/contents.cfm?vol=17

Field boundaries or funerary enclosures — a new look at Old Ford
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/london_arch/contents.cfm?vol=11:01

Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: http://bit.ly/YHuyFK

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Wi-Phi: Open Access philosophy from YouTube

Open Access and the Internet are almost inseparable. Without the Internet, OA would have not spread and developed as fast as it had, or perhaps not at all.  However, the Internet is not only a tool of dissemination; it also impacts the shape of the development of OA and forms that it takes. Open Access [...] [...]

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Seven Open Access Turkish Archaeological Journals

[First posted in AWOL 13 May 2010. Updated 17 June 2013]

Seven periodicals from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Türk Arkeoloji Dergisi (1933-1997)

Türk Etnografya Dergisi (1956-1997)

Türk Arkeoloji ve Etnografya Dergisi

Müze Çalışmaları ve Kurtarma Kazıları Sempozyumu Yayınları

Kazı Sonuçları Toplantıları

Arkeometri Sonuçları Toplantıları

Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantıları

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Open-Access-Statement der G8-Staaten

Die Wissenschaftsminister/innen der G8-Staaten verabschieden Pro-Open-Access-Erklärung. [...]

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Open Access Archaeology Digest #91

Lots of great Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles:Charter of Confirmation by Ralph de Mortimer of a Grant to the Monks of Worcesterhttp://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/archjournal/contents.cfm?vol=25Analysis of the readiness to… [...]

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G8 Science Ministers support Open Access

G8 Science Ministers met in London on Wednesday 12 June with Presidents of their respective national science academies, as part of the UK’s G8 Presidency. At this unique meeting they discussed how their nations could lead efforts to improve the transparency, coherence and coordination of the global scientific research enterprise in order to address global challenges and maximise the social and economic benefits of research.

They discussed global challenges, global research infrastructure, open scientific research data and expanding access to scientific research results.

Read the full statement

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Peer Access vs. Public Access: OA Pragmatics vs. Ideology

The (shared) goal of open access advocates is presumably open access (OA), not abstractions.

If papers are made OA, it means they are freely accessible to everyone online: both peers and public. If not, not.

So the only problem is getting the papers to be made OA — and that means getting their authors (peers) to make them OA.

If all or most peers made their papers OA of their own accord, that would be it: The OA era would be upon us.

But most peers don’t make their papers OA of their own accord — for a large variety of reasons, all of them groundless, but nevertheless sufficient to have held back OA for over 20 years now.

The solution, fortunately, is known, and already being adopted, though not quickly or widely enough yet: OA has to be made mandatory. The peers have to be required by their funders and their institutions to provide OA.

The only other thing that is needed, then, is to persuade all research funders and institutions to mandate OA.

To do that, you have to give them a reason that is sufficient to convince funders, institutions and peers that all research needs to be made OA, hence that OA needs to be made mandatory.

So it all comes down to what is a sufficient reason for funders and institutions to mandate and peers to provide OA.

The public’s need for access is a reason for providing OA, to be sure, but not a sufficient reason. Fortunately, it need not be, because peer access is a sufficient reason, and peers are part of the public too, hence OA provides access to both peers and public.

So why all this empty shadow-boxing about ideology and elitism, when the only thing that matters is pragmatics?

What will successfully get all peers to provide OA? Telling them that it’s because the public has a burning need to read their papers certainly will not, since they all know perfectly well that in most (not all!) fields of research hardly anyone needs or wants to read their papers. The few exceptions do not make it otherwise.

Nor do they need to. For making research accessible to all of its potential users (of which the overwhelming majority are of course peers), rather than just to subscribers, as now, is reason enough for funders and institutions to mandate OA, and for peers to provide it.

Anyone is free to say to funders and institutions who mandate OA primarily to ensure peer access: “No, no, you must do it in order to ensure public, not just peer access access!”

But it’s a pointless exercise. And will not get OA provided for all of us sooner; it will just distract us from pragmatics (yet again) in favor of idle ideology. [...]

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Oxford University Research Archive

David Gimbel brings the news that his doctoral dissertation is now available to the public in PDF form through the Oxford University Research Archive.

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Gimbel, David Nelson, (2002). The Evolution of Visual Representation: The elite art of early dynastic Lagaš and its antecedents in late Uruk period Sumer and predynastic Egypt. D. Phil. University of Oxford.

A quick search indicates that many other useful open access publications are also available in the Oxford University Research Archive. Go and see for yourself. [...]

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Open Access Archaeology Digest #88

Get some Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles here:Notice of two Bronze Masks, dug up at Kanajor, in the Province of Maisur, India, and now presented to the Museum by Mr R C Sanderson, through Dr James Sanderson, F.S.A., Scot.http://archaeol… [...]

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Open Access Journal: Collectanea Christiana Orientalia

Collectanea Christiana Orientalia (CCO)ISSN: 1697-2104 Collectanea Christiana Orientalia is an International Journal related to Christian Studies (Arabic, Coptic, Syriac, Ethiopic, Greek, Armenian, Georgian, etc.), which includes articles … [...]

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