Monday, July 16, 2012

UK to support open access for publicly funded scientific research

The Gardian reports that the UK government will unveil controversial plans to make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for anyone to read for free by 2014. The controversy stems from the plan that ensures the financial security of journal publishers by swapping their revenue from library budgets to science budgets.

"Though many academics will welcome the announcement, some scientists contacted by the Guardian were dismayed that the cost of the transition, which could reach £50m a year, must be covered by the existing science budget and that no new money would be found to fund the process. That could lead to less research and fewer valuable papers being published. 
British universities now pay around £200m a year in subscription fees to journal publishers, but under the new scheme, authors will pay "article processing charges" (APCs) to have their papers peer reviewed, edited and made freely available online. The typical APC is around £2,000 per article."

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ian Horrocks appointed an Editor in Chief of the Journal of Web Semantics

Dr. Ian Horrocks has been named as an editor in chief of the Journal of Web Semantics, replacing Dr. Riichiro Mizoguchi. Dr. Horrocks is a Professor in the Oxford University Department of Computer Science, where he conducts research on knowledge representation, ontologies and ontology languages, description logics, automated reasoning, and applications in areas including e-Science and the Semantic Web.  He is recognized for his contributions to description logic reasoning algorithms and techniques, and the development of the OIL, DAML+OIL and OWL ontology languages.  He served as the co-chair of the W3C Working Group that developed the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language which became a W3C recommendation in 2009.  Dr. Horrocks is a BCS Fellow, an ECCAI Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society.  Dr. Horrocks has been a member of the JWS editorial board since the journal's inception in 2003 and has also served as the area editor for reasoning.

The Journal of Web Semantics thanks Dr. Riichiro Mizoguchi for his considerable service as an member of the editorial board since 2003 and as an editor in chief from 2007 to 2011.  Professor Mizoguchi continues to lead an active research program at Osaka University as the director of the Department of Knowledge Systems in the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research.