Sold: Mary Queen of Scots’ Prayer Book

„[A]t Christie’s in London, a sixteenth-century prayer book that once belonged to the doomed Mary Queen of Scots sold for £311,250 ($400,000). The lavishly illuminated manuscript had been given to Mary by her great-aunt Louise de Bourbon, abbess and head of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud from 1534 to 1575.“

State of Open Access

Robinson-Garcia N, Costas R, van Leeuwen TN. 2020. Open Access uptake by universities worldwide. PeerJ 8:e9410

„The purpose of this study is to present a global view of the state of OA uptake at the institutional level. For this, we have included all universities appearing in the 2019th edition of the Leiden Ranking and retrieved all their publications from Web of Science. These have been crossed with Unpaywall, a database which identifies evidences of OA for publications under the requirement that they have a DOI assigned to them. An important limitation of this tool is that it is dependent on DOIs, which means that we underestimate OA penetration overall, and especially in the Arts and Humanities fields (Gorraiz et al., 2016). Based on evidences of OA presence, we classified OA publications into four types: gold, green, hybrid and bronze. Overall, we find that around 41% of all publications contained in our data set are openly accessible. Green OA is the most common type of OA (77%), followed by Gold OA (33%).“

„Wie gut, dass Archivfachkräfte zurzeit Mangelware sind“

Angeblicher Serienkiller-Experte ein Serienlügner

„Stephane Bourgoin galt bis dato in Frankreich als Experte für Serienmorde: Der 67-Jährige interviewte laut eigenen Angaben Dutzende der berüchtigtsten Täter, veröffentlichte über 30 Sachbücher zu dem Thema, trat regelmäßig in Dokumentationen auf. Doch kürzlich wurde nach einer Recherche bekannt, dass der Autor große Teile seiner Biografie einfach erfunden hat – inklusive der vermeintlichen Ermordung der eigenen Freundin.“