Digital badging spreads as more colleges use vendors to create alternative credentials

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More colleges are issuing digital badges to help their students display skills to employers or graduate programs, and colleges are tapping vendor platforms to create a verified form of the alternative credentials.

Amid declining book sales, university presses search for new ways to measure success

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Amid declining book sales, university presses search for new ways to measure success.

Critics protest handling of rights to hacktivist Aaron Swartz's writings

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Decision to grant a publisher the right to print the writings of Aaron Swartz -- viewed by some as a martyr of the open-access movement -- sets off a debate about copyright.

Study finds huge increase in articles published by 'predatory' journals

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Study suggests open-access journals with questionable peer-review and marketing processes now publish hundreds of thousands of articles a year, a huge jump in only a few years.

Academic, library and technology groups criticize new Elsevier sharing and hosting policy

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A coalition of academic, library and technology associations criticizes Elsevier's new sharing and hosting policy, saying it undermines open-access initiatives.

U. of California Press builds open-access publishing model around 'paying it forward'

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U. of California Press builds a new open-access publishing model around paying reviewers and subsidizing research from disciplines with less grant funding.

Self-publishing an option for academics, but on periphery

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Self-publishing is still rare for academics. But a few scholars are trying it out.

HighWire Press, after 19 years with Stanford U., spins off

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After 19 years as an auxiliary of the Stanford University Libraries, the technology company HighWire Press spins off.

U. of Nebraska Press regains control of one of its most acclaimed books

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5 years after SUNY Press raised eyebrows with the way it obtained book rights that had been held by U. of Nebraska Press, the work is returning to the Plains.

Amazon restricts students from bringing certain textbook rentals across state lines

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A new restriction from Amazon prevents students from bringing some of their rented textbooks across state lines.


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