New regulations for consulting manuscripts of the British Library

„Applications to view restricted manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate, on parchment, written in medieval Latin. Readers are advised to write clearly, preferably in uncial script. Applications in cursive minuscule will be rejected.“

Evidence of Open Access of scientific publications in Google Scholar: a large-scale analysis

Working Paper by Alberto Martín-Martín et al.:

„This article uses Google Scholar (GS) as a source of data to analyse Open Access (OA) levels across all countries and fields of research. All articles and reviews with a DOI and published in 2009 or 2014 and covered by the three main citation indexes in the Web of Science (2,269,022 documents) were selected for study. The links to freely available versions of these documents displayed in GS were collected. To differentiate between more reliable (sustainable and legal) forms of access and less reliable ones, the data extracted from GS was combined with information available in DOAJ, CrossRef, OpenDOAR, and ROAR. This allowed us to distinguish the percentage of documents in our sample that are made OA by the publisher (23.1%, including Gold, Hybrid, Delayed, and Bronze OA) from those available as Green OA (17.6%), and those available from other sources (40.6%, mainly due to ResearchGate). The data shows an overall free availability of 54.6%, with important differences at the country and subject category levels.“

A non-documented method to search documents by their DOI in Google Scholar:

See also


„RootsFinder is a free family tree that makes research easy with hints to records on multiple websites, including FamilySearch and Findmypast, and a web clipper browser extension that saves data-entry time and increases accuracy by automatically copying web-based records directly into your tree.“


„Our current publication system is poorly set up to correct papers“


„Noora, the new main building of the National Archives of Estonia, opened in February 2017. It’s remarkable in many respects. Its walls contain a trove of archived pieces of the past, strung together in a web of storytelling and written records. But the historic records are just one piece of Noora’s appeal.“

By BirgitkibalOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Archives in Liquid Times”: a new Publication about Philosophy and Theory on Archives

„“Archives in Liquid Times” aims to broaden and deepen the thinking about archives in today’s digital environment. It is a book that tries to fuel the debate about archives in different fields of research. It shows that in these liquid times, archives need and deserve to be considered from different angles. “Archives in Liquid Times” is a publication in which archival science is linked to philosophy (of information) and data science. Not only do the contributors try to open windows to new concepts and perspectives, but also to new uses of existing concepts concerning archives.

The articles in this book contain philosophical reflections, speculative essays and presentations of new models and concepts alongside well-known topics in archival theory. Among the contributors are scholars from different fields of research, like Wolfgang Ernst, Geoffrey Yeo, Martijn van Otterlo, Charles Jeurgens, Anne Gilliland and Geert-Jan van Bussel. This book includes interviews with Luciano Floridi and Eric Ketelaar, in which they reflect on key issues arising from the contributions.

The editors are Frans Smit, Arnoud Glaudemans and Rienk Jonker.

The book is published by the Dutch Society for Archival Publications (S@P). It is available as free digital download in PDF and in E-pub format.

Archives in Liquid Times is available on:

the website of the Royal Dutch Association of Archivists: (PDF and EPub)
The website of co-editor Rienk Jonker: (PDF and EPub)
Open Access Library:;keyword=Archives (PDF) (PDF)“ (via HW)

Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel newspaper archives are back on the Web

„The Milwaukee Journal print editions going back to 1884, Milwaukee Sentinel papers going back to 1910, and the Journal Sentinel dailies from 1995 through 2007 are back online again. The online archives were a part of the Google News Archive project that has now ended.

The archives are available at:

Milwaukee Journal:
Milwaukee Sentinel:
Journal Sentinel:
Details are available in the Journal Sentinel web site at:“ (Eastman)

Big news from the Parker Library on the Web!

„The oldest surviving illustrated Latin Gospel book, known as the Gospels of St. Augustine (MS 286) can soon be seen by anyone with an internet connection. On the 10th of January, 2018, this codex, along with a further 555 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from the Parker Library will no longer require an institutional site license to access Parker on the Web.“

Realising the Budapest Open Access Initiative vision

Richard Poynder: „I have posted a number of responses to my question asking people what they think the stakeholders of scholarly communication should be doing now to fully realise the vision outlined at the 2002 meeting that led to the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

Below are the links to those responses:

Danny Kingsley: Open Access: What should the priorities be today?

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe: Achieving the BOAI Vision: Possible Actions for Realization

Richard Fisher: Open Access and its Discontents: A British View from Outside the Sciences

Alison Mudditt: Realising the BOAI vision: The view from PLOS

Dominique Babini: Realising the BOAI vision: A view from the global South

Peter Suber: Realising the BOAI vision: Peter Suber’s Advice

An Open Letter to the Leadership of the Peabody Essex Museum

„Regarding the recent admission that the Museum plans to consign nearly all of the collections of the Phillips Library, including manuscript and printed materials central and unique to the history of Salem, to a new Collections Center in Rowley, before the December 6, 2017 meeting of the Salem Historic Commission.“

„Please return Salem’s historical archives to Salem.“