Open Access to research is coming — eventually!



Open Access to Research Is Inevitable, Libraries Are Told [The Chronicle of Higher Education]



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From "Library Link of the Day" October 19th.


ArXiv, the physics open repository, is mentioned as the exception, and even this doesn’t get all of the papers  researchers should, or would want to see.  The Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, says that the U.S. lags way behind Europe and other countries.

On a more hopeful note, the Johns Hopkins Data Conservancy project Director, Sayeed Choudhury, envisions a time when huge amounts of data will be available to researchers everywhere.

An Association of Research Libraries panel admits that progess is slow-going, but will come to pass.

UK PubMed Central catching up with US version

"Research institutions to further develop the UK PubMed Central website – 18 Sep 2008

Eight leading biomedical research funding organisations, including Government bodies, Research Councils and Charities, have approved funding to further develop the UK PubMed Central website ( over the next three years. The development will be carried out by the British Library, the University of Manchester and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), in close consultation with the UK’s biomedical and health researchers.

Since being launched in January 2007, the UKPubMed Central has expanded to offer 1.3 million full-text, peer-reviewed research papers through its online digital archive. The new and improved features will include direct links to the 18 million records currently available on the US version of PubMed as part of the European Bioinformatics Institute’s CiteXplore bibliographic tool; new ways to extract biological information from research papers using text analysis and data-mining tools; an easy-to-use, intuitive interface; and access to content not included in traditional journal literature – clinical guidelines, technical reports and conference proceedings. These developments are projected to significantly enhance UK PubMed Central’s accessibility and make it a valuable first point of call for the UK’s life sciences researchers.

UK PubMed Central is part of a network of PubMed Central (PMC) International repositories. Based on PMC, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, UK PubMed Central provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications.

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