title 13/02/2015

The Eigenfactor website has submitted an interactive graph which displays the link between the publication costs (APC) of Open Access GOLD journals and their prestige (or Cost Effectiveness).

This graph cross-checks and plots the data concerning the cost of APCs (Authors Processing Charges) produced by journalprices.com, with the data on the number of citations collated by Journal Citation Reports, which allocated the Impact Factor (IF). All the journals considered here thus have an IF.

Thanks to filtering by domain, this graph enables authors to rapidly see which journals with Impact Factor offer the best service (visibility, prestige, quality, etc.) for the best prices in their discipline. Cost and quality are not necessarily linked! Try it!


title 30/01/2015

The release of the January 2015 Webometrics Open Access repository rankings sees ORBi classed in 26th position globally out of 2158 repositories, all categories combined.

A jump of over 30 places which is not down to luck but the result of, amongst other things, referencing work carried out with Google and Google Scholar and which has allowed us to significantly increase our visibility on the Web!


title 09/01/2015

A fake website has recently been set up, posing as ISI Thomson Reuters (an international publisher of academic and scientific databases which administers the Impact Factor) and offering to attribute impact factors to reviews which wish to become clients.

The imposter identifies itself as being the Institute for Science Information and uses a deliberately ambigous url (http://isi-thomsonreuters.com/main now disabled), making the detection of the fraud a lot more difficult than is usually the case:

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title 10/12/2014

The project MatheO, Master Thesis Online, has been on the web since Monday.

This project, which is run by the Libraries, aims not only at providing a solution to the problem of ‘paper’ archiving and perennial preservation, but also offering much greater accessibility and visibility to these student research projects, of which a great many are of high quality.


title 28/11/2014

1 million. That is the number of downloads of the integral texts of ULg authors’ publications from the institutional repository, ORBi (ULg), since January 1, 2014!

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title 05/11/2014

"Où se situe l’Open Access par rapport au mode d’édition et de diffusion classique?", "Quels sont ses avantages et inconvénients ?", "Vais-je perdre tous mes droits d'auteur si je dépose un article sur ORBi?", "Pourquoi et comment les chercheurs peuvent-ils devenir acteurs de ce mouvement ? »

Si la renommée de l'ULg en matière d'Open Access n'est plus à faire, beaucoup de nos chercheurs restent encore mal ou peu informés de ce qu'est exactement l'Open Access et notamment des enjeux pour la recherche scientifique.

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title 07/10/2014

On the occasion of the opening ceremony of the 27th edition of the Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier, on Sunday October 5, 2014, the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on Bernard RENTIER, the ULg’s outgoing Rector.

This title honours a brilliant career in the field of virology and immunology, but it equally rewards Bernard Rentier’s commitment to Open Access.


title 19/09/2014

On September 17 the University of Liège’s Board of Directors decided to strengthen the mandate by which depositing on ORBi is compulsory.

Not only has the procedure for depositing references and documents been consolidated, but so has that concerning the evaluation of dossiers, and in particular publication lists, for any application for a job appointment, promotion or the attribution of credit. In addition it was decided that BICTEL/e, the ULg thesis repository, will very soon be integrated into ORBi.


title 04/07/2014

20 years have passed since Stevan Harnad (ULg Honorary Doctorate, 2013) published his Subversive proposal. This 1994 call to researchers to self-archive their scientific publications remains one of the most significant benchmarks of a time when researchers began to be aware of the need to take back control of the publication of their own scientific productions.

This anniversary is an opportunity to take stock of the progress which has been made and examine current developments in the subject, discussed in this interview with Stevan Harnad by Richard Poynder. Here, he once again stresses the importance of self-archiving at a time when Open Access Gold (publication by the publisher in Open Access) remains, in the majority of cases, too costly in comparison with the current real costs of publication (Fools Gold).

This interview also highlights the fact that our Open Access model (the Liège model policy) is held up as exemplary: proof that we are on the right road (the green one).