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This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free

“Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers. Elbakyan has kept herself beyond the reach of a federal judge who late last year issued an injunction against her site, noting that damages could total $150,000 per article — a sum that Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, a journal in her database, could help calculate. But she is not hiding from responsibility.” (via The Washington Post)

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Library curates journal availability as prices rise

“Researchers at some universities have become dependent on illegal sources for journal articles because of how expensive subscriptions have become, Heather Joseph, an advocate for legal open access, told National Public Radio last month. “When there is a journal article I need but Brown does not subscribe, I just ask a colleague to send me a PDF,” said a professor in the social sciences, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of legal repercussions. “But this is for research purposes only.”While most professors did not report that they share journal articles with researchers at other universities, the recent introduction of the two-step verification process is a security measure that protects against this sort of illegal activity.” (via Brown Daily Herald)

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University of Missouri libraries face cuts to academic journals because of budget shortfalls

“The failure of a proposed student library fee and a potential decline in enrollment means University of Missouri libraries will have to cut back on subscriptions to academic journals and databases, Rabia Gregory, chairwoman of the Campus Library Committee, wrote Friday in a memo to campus department heads.The libraries have worked to find temporary solutions to a $1.3 million shortfall this year and anticipate another $1 million gap in the fiscal year that begins July 1, Gregory wrote. Because final budget figures will not be available until late April or May at the earliest, she wrote, departments are being asked to rank their priorities for retaining subscriptions before the summer break.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Falling Canadian dollar raises longstanding issue of journal costs

“Academic libraries strive to provide their university’s faculty, researchers and students with broad access to international scholarship, recognizing that reported research is the critical starting point to inform new research, which in turn leads to new knowledge that advances science, culture and society. Much of the world’s research is reported in articles published in journals, most of which are accessed online by subscription.” (via CARL-ABRC)

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University libraries struggle to stock journals priced in U.S. dollars

Students and faculty at some of Canada’s post-secondary schools may soon have a tougher time doing research because the low loonie is forcing libraries to rethink what journals and books they stock. “The drop in the loonie has definitely decreased our purchasing power,” Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, the associate university librarian for collections management at the University of British Columbia library, said in an interview.” (via Canadian Business)

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Cut ‘administrative excess’ not libraries, MUN grad students say

“Graduate students at Memorial University are calling for salary cuts to MUN executives, instead of cost savings at the library. The university is cancelling its subscription to 2,500 academic journals because of a budget crunch, a move condemned by professors who said it will hurt Memorial’s reputation, and hinder student recruitment. The cuts are part of “a troubling trend to put research and graduate studies on the chopping block when budgets are tight,” said the Memorial University Graduate Students’ Union in a news release Thursday.” (via CBC)

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Memorial University to cancel thousands of journal subscriptions

Memorial University’s library will be cancelling its subscription to thousands of academic journals in order to deal with a tight budget and increasing costs—a cut that faculty members say could seriously damage the university’s credibility. “I think it will be very, very bad for our reputation,” said Scott Matthews, MUN political science professor. “This is essentially gutting our ability to fulfill those core missions of teaching and research.” (via CBC)

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The Web Will Either Kill Science Journals or Save Them

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IS awesome—we read it, we build upon it, we innovate with it, and we love it. But the process of getting research from the scientists who spend months or years with their data to the academics who want to read it can be messy. It takes a long time. It’s expensive. And the researchers involved give their work away for free—as do the peer-reviewers who approve it. Many researchers have long believed publishing power has evolved to lie in the hands of a few big companies, like, say, Reed-Elsevier and Springer. But none had ever done a study to see if that was true.” (via Wired)

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CU-Boulder libraries ‘treading water’ in face of annual subscription price increases

“Every spring, Dean Jim Williams holds his breath and hopes that the University of Colorado will provide the Boulder campus libraries with an “inflation fighter,” or a budget increase to offset the dramatic cost increases for academic journals and other subscription-based publications. This year is no different. As the Boulder campus prepares to make its budget recommendation to the Board of Regents this week, Williams and other library administrators will be waiting to see how many journal subscriptions they’ll need to cut next year—even with a funding increase.” (via Colorado Daily)

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Crowdsourcing old journals

“From the time he was 10 a century and a half ago, William Brewster searched the woods and fields of New England for birds, eventually becoming a noted ornithologist and spending half his life curating the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology’s bird collection. In addition to his passion for fieldwork, Brewster was a diligent note-taker. When he died in 1919, he left behind a collection of 40,000 birds, nests, and eggs, but also thousands of pages of diaries and journals that provide valuable insights on both the birdlife of his era and, through his writing on other subjects, the times themselves. At least, they would if people could read them.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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