For the week of 28 August 2017
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Marine Policy has published, A global snapshot of marine biodiversity offsetting policy. "This paper presents a systematic review of documents evidencing the application or inclusion of biodiversity offset principles in policy frameworks concerning the marine environment, and in marine development projects. Biodiversity offsetting policies applicable to marine environments were found to exist in six countries (US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Colombia) and have been actively considered in at least 27 others. Outside of these, a wide range of other approaches promoting uptake of biodiversity offsetting principles in a marine context were identified."
As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at abrown [at] openchannels.org.
Estimated cost to rent or purchase all pay-walled articles included in this issue from their respective publishers: US $856.25.
P.S. We have some exciting news: starting October 1st, we'll be working to launch a preprint service for marine conservation and marine climate science research. MarXiv (rhymes with "archive") will help expand access to scientific discoveries beyond academic institutions with the means to pay for costly journal subscriptions. As some of you may have seen on Twitter, initial data analysis from this newsletter shows that freely-available papers (either via Open Access licenses or preprints) get 2-3 times the readership of pay-walled papers, on average. This should come as no surprise as the vast majority of you reading this do not have free access to subscription journals or databases. We are very thankful to the David and Lucille Packard Foundation for supporting this effort, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to help you get access to the research you need to help protect our oceans. We'll be sure to update you all as the project moves forward.
-Allie Brown & Nick Wehner