21 ديسمبر 2014

Take Advantage of Open-Access Publishing

Take Advantage of Open-Access Publishing

Open access has special significance for those of us here in the Arab world.
We feel the argument for open-access publishing stems from both an orientation towards the public good and an objection to injustice. We hope that researchers’ main aim in conducting research is to benefit others and so they should want to reach as wide an audience as possible when publishing. Second, there is an extreme injustice in the financial model of academic publishing—for electronic versions of journal articles, at least. As Curtis Rice correctly points out in “Open Access Will Make Research Better,” publishers get the money from subscription-based journals, but the publishers pay nothing to the authors of those articles or the peer reviewers who ensure their quality—the people at the heart of academic publishing.
Why should Arab researchers (or any researcher, really) care?

18 ديسمبر 2014

Four Hundred Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals

Open Access Scholarly Journals

OMICS Group International through its Open Access Initiative hosts over 400 leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organizes over 300 International Conferences annually all over the world. OMICS Group signed an agreement with more than 1000 International Societies to make healthcare information Open Access. 

These 400 open access journals covers almost 22 subjects. These journals can be browsed or can be searched by the keywords.

To access these journals follow the link

17 ديسمبر 2014

مبادرة "#بكتب-بالعربي" من "سامسونج" لإثراء المحتوى العربي

      • طرحت سامسونغ خلال المبادرة رسومات خاصة بحروف اللغة العربية لمشاركتها كصور لملفاتهم الشخصية
          مع اقتراب الاحتفال باليوم العالمي للغة العربية الذي يصادف 18 كانون الأول (ديسمبر)، تطلق سامسونج الكترونيكس المشرق العربي، مبادرتها "#بكتب_بالعربي" والتي تعنى بإثراء المحتوى العربي، وتدعو من خلال هذه المبادرة جميع مستخدمي قنوات التواصل الاجتماعي والأفراد إلى استخدام اللغة العربية.
          وتهدف مبادرة سامسونج إلى حرصها على دعم اللغة العربية وتمكين المستخدمين من لغتهم الأم، وتعد المبادرة استكمالاً لحملة "بقلم عربي" والتي أطلقت مسبقاً للتعريف بخاصية قلم S Pen الذي يتعرف على الكتابة باللغة العربية على أجهزة نوت الذكية، لتعمل على إثراء المحتوى العربي على منصات التواصل الاجتماعي كافة.

Science Direct offers Open Access Journals

Science Direct Open Access Journals

Science Direct provides access to 279 open access journals from around the world.
These journals can be searched or browsed.

The open access journals list can be filtered by the subjects covered as

  • Physical science and Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Follow the link below to get an access of these open access journals


15 ديسمبر 2014

Conference on Open Access: Get Free Registration

Open Access to Research Data as a Driver for Open Science : RECODE Final Conference

Time: January 15, 2015 to January 16, 2015                             
Location: National Documentation Centre      
Street: 48, Vassileos Konstantinou Ave.   
City/Town: Athens, Greece                           
Event Type: conference
Organized By: RECODE Project                           

Registration is open. You can Register yourself free by following the link below

The conference  aims to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on open science and open access to research data in particular by providing a forum for discussion that brings together an excellent line-up of international experts and key stakeholders. The Conference is designed around the following key themes:
  • Policies for open access to research data
  • Good practices in enabling re-use of research data
  • Open research data and research cultures
  • PSI as research data and vice versa
  • Grand challenges in opening access to research data
The conference will showcase the results from RECODE and officially launch the RECODE Policy Recommendations. The key impact of RECODE will be to reduce fragmentation in the open access ecosystem by providing practical and evidence based advice to the organisations involved in facilitating open access to research data. This will be achieved through the production of overarching recommendations as well as specifically targeted at the following stakeholder groups:
  • Data managers
  • Funders
  • Publishers
  • Research institutions
The RECODE final conference provides an opportunity for learning as well as taking part in a rich dialogue regarding open access to research data within the current European research landscape. The Agenda and location information can be found on the RECODE website.
The conference is organized by the National Documentation Centre and will take place at the National Hellenic Research Foundation in the heart of Athens.  Attendance is free but registration is required. The conference will be broadcast through live streaming.

14 ديسمبر 2014

Open Access Research Database

Open Access Research Database OARD:           

International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications provides an Open Access Research Database (OARD) for Scientists, Scholars, Researchers and Engineers to exchange their research work, technical notes, & surveying results among professionals through out the world.

International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP) is a quality publication of peer reviewed and referred international journals from diverse fields in sciences, engineering and technologies that emphasizes new research, development and their                       applications.

It has been providing the open access to the databases covering the following subjects

  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Medical & Health Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology

You can browse or search OARD by the following link


11 ديسمبر 2014

Islamic Heritage Material freely Available


Through the Islamic Heritage Project (IHP), Harvard University has 
cataloged, conserved, and digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections. These rare—and frequently unique—materials are now freely available to Internet users worldwide. IHP is made possible with the generous support of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.

For the IHP, Harvard’s Open Collections Program (OCP) has produced digital copies of over 280 manuscripts, 275 printed texts, and 50 maps, totaling over 156,000 pages. Users can search or browse online materials that date from the 10th to the 20th centuries CE and represent many
  • regions, including Saudi Arabia, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and South, Southeast, and Central Asia;
  • languages, primarily Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish; also Urdu, Chagatai, Malay, Gujarati, Indic languages, and several Western languages; and
  • subjects, including religious texts and commentaries; Sufism; history, geography, law, and the sciences (astronomy, astrology, mathematics, medicine); poetry and literature; rhetoric, logic, and philosophy; calligraphy, dictionaries and grammar, as well as biographies and autobiographical works.

10 ديسمبر 2014

The cost of complying with OA

The Cost of Complying with OA: Survey

The study, commissioned by SPARC Europe and London Higher, aims to explore both the financial and administrative implications to researchers and administrative staff of complying with funder OA policies.

Expected outputs include indicative costs to institutions of making articles OA through gold and green routes; and the estimated cost to UK HE institutions of complying with RCUK and HEFCE policies.

The research is being undertaken by Research Consulting. 
You can read more information about the research on the Research Consulting blog.  The Survey can be found here.

09 ديسمبر 2014

What are Authors’ Attitudes to Open Access Publishing in 2014

The Results of the 2014 Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey

What are authors’ attitudes to open access publishing in 2014? With open access continuing to have a high profile, is all the debate and discussion helping to inform researchers and influence their thinking? Released for the first time today, the 2014 Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey asked researchers a series of questions on their perceptions of open access; their attitudes, values and understanding of it; and what they believe the future of research communication to be. Having previously surveyed their authors in 2013, Taylor & Francis are now able to offer some intriguing shifts in opinions, placing responses from both years next to each other to show how views have changed, and to what degree.

Responses showed that positive attitudes towards open access, when discussed in general, are growing. There were significant increases in the proportions strongly agreeing that open access offered a wider circulation than publication in a subscription journal (from 38% to 49%), and that it offered higher visibility (27% to 35%). 70% of respondents also disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement ‘There are no fundamental benefits to open access publication’, an increase of 10% year-on-year and a strong indicator that open access continues to be viewed as a force for good.
This positive picture blurs though when contrasted against authors’ future intentions on publishing their own work. When authors were asked about their future plans for publishing more articles as gold open access, 47% were unsure (the largest group). When asked if they plan to publish more articles as green open access, 46% said yes, with 41% unsure. Could understanding how to deposit their work be one of the causes of this uncertainty? Half of respondents report making their last article green open access, whether depositing it in a repository, uploading it to a website, or giving permission for someone to do this on their behalf. Lack of understanding of publishers’ policies on repositories was given as the single most important factor in deciding not to deposit.  Other reasons, in descending order, were lack of time, lack of technical understanding, concerns around discoverability, and around longevity. 
Licences continue to be a contentious issue, with 53% of authors showing a first or second preference for the CC-BY-NC-ND licence. Despite strong advocates for CC-BY, it remained the ‘least preferred’ option in this survey. However, there is evidence that opinions on this are softening as understanding increases, with this proportion dropping from 52% in 2013 to 35% this year.
Dr David Green, Global Journals Publishing Director, said of the survey,
“This year’s follow-up survey builds on the largest OA author survey undertaken by any publisher, and provides us with more evidence that we are on the right track in the transition to Open Access.  We clearly have much work left to do in simplifying our policies and documentation so that our author communities are in no doubt as to what their OA options are. We will also continue to inform and work with global research funders and those societies for whom we publish, so that we can continue to improve the services and products that author communities require of a professional research publisher."
The full survey results and top level report is now available on Taylor & Francis Online, with findings on open access mandates to be published soon. 

07 ديسمبر 2014

Emerald Offers Free Access

Emerald Group Publishing offers Free Access 

Emerald Group of Publishing offering free access until 31 December 2014. 

There are some selection of articles from Emerald which can be accessed absolutely free of charge within the specified period of time.

To access the free articles from Emerald please follow the link below