Norway and Elsevier Agree on New Open-Access Deal
A new nationwide licensing agreement has been successfully established between Norway and academic publisher Elsevier, reports The Scientist. Earlier this year, unsuccessful negotiations between the publisher and a coalition of Norwegian organizations led to cancelling subscriptions. However, the new deal is a pilot program that should cover a period of two years, during which authors from Norway will be able to publish open access articles in most of Elsevier’s journals.
Turkmenistan’s list of ”accepted universities” angers students
A new government decision to recognize diplomas from ertain foreign universities and not to recognize it from others angered young Turkmen studying abroad, reports Radio Free Europe. It is believed that recent actions have a goal of preventing young students from studying abroad. Some students reported that they had issues with transferring money from their bank accounts to the countries in which they are studying. Additionally, many were prevented from leaving the country after visitng their families during vacations. The Education Ministry created a list of universities whose diplomas will be accepted after September 1. The list includes universities in Russia, India, Belarus, Georgia, China, Kazakhstan, and other countries.
Former deputy PM says Romania should invest more into research
Former Romanian deputy PM Dan Nica stated that his country should make more effort to reach the EU target of spending 3 percent of GDP on research, reports Science Business. He added: ”I think the Romanian government has to put some more money in. The same is true for some other governments.”Many domestic researchers complained that national regulations obstruct better collaboration. Romania is currenty the lowest R&D spender in European Union, with only 0.5 percent of GDP being spent on research in 2017.