The Week In Links, 7 November 2014

Negotiations between Dutch universities and scholarly publishing giant Elsevier regarding unaffordable subscription fees and open access have ‘ground to a halt’.

In other Elsevier news, two of its major brands, Cell Press and The Lancet, have joined forces to launch a new open access journal, EBioMedicine. The broad-spectrum journal will publish research papers covering the entire breadth of life and health sciences, ranging from basic research to clinical and public/global health science.

Independent Canadian open access journal Open Medicine has closed, with the editors citing a small team and lack of funding as major factors in the move. Published articles will be archived on the journal’s website, on PubMed Central, and MEDLINE.

A prominent University of New South Wales quantum physicist, Michelle Simmons, has been selected to head a new open access quantum physics publishing venture from the Nature Publishing Group called NPJ Quantum Information. The journal is now open for submissions.

In response to the Ebola crisis, some publishers, such as BMJ and OUP, have made papers on the Ebola outbreak open access. Let’s hope that other major publishers follow suit.

LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries) is searching for an Open Access Project Officer to implement its current and future portfolio of open access projects.

And lastly, OpenCon London 2014, The Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data, is fast approaching! Register for your free tickets now.