open access

Continuing On

German research institutes are still negotiating with academic publisher Elsevier over cost and open-access polices, Nature News reports.

The Martinos Center, Envision Genomics, and startup RowAnalytics are building an open precision medicine platform called Giro Health on IBM architecture.

Still Talking It Out

German universities and the academic publisher Elsevier continue to negotiate over subscriptions and open access, Nature News reports.

Turned Against Them

The movement to improve reproducibility in science could be used against the field, Ed Yong writes at the Atlantic.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.

List Down

Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers is no longer at Scholarly OA, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Down to the Deadline

ScienceInsider says a consortium of German institutions and the publisher Elsevier are still working out a deal for journal access.

Open-Access Costs

A professor and American Physical Society public affairs director argues at The Hill that open-access publishing only shifts the cost on to researchers.

The Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will continue to support the open-access journal eLife, according to Nature News.

The European Union calls for all publicly funded scientific papers to be immediately freely accessible to the public by 2020.


360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.