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Chemistry Central is a new service publishing peer-reviewed open access research in chemistry, from BioMed Central – the leading biomedical open access publisher. This site features chemistry-related articles published in Chemistry Central Journal, BioMed Central journals and independent journals utilizing BioMed Central’s open access publishing services. All original research articles published by, or in cooperation with, Chemistry Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

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Source:  BioMed Central Update 11 March, 2009

Open Access publishing could generate savings — a UK study

 Open access publishing offers economic benefits, says UK research – 29 Jan 2009

The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has commissioned a new research project to study the economic and social implications of new models for scholarly publishing. According to the findings of the research, sharing research information via a more open access (OA) publishing model would bring millions of pounds worth of savings to the higher education sector apart from benefiting corporate UK. Prof. John Houghton from the Centre of Strategic Economic Studies at Melbourne’s Victoria University and Prof. Charles Oppenheim at Loughborough University were asked to lead the research.

The research centred on three models – subscription or toll access publishing which involves reader charges and use restrictions; OA publishing where access is free and publication is funded from the authors’ side; and OA self-archiving where academic authors post their work in online repositories, making it freely available to all Internet users.

The research and findings reveal that core scholarly publishing system activities cost the UK higher education sector around £5 billion in 2007. Using the different models, the report shows what the estimated cost would have been. When considering costs per journal article, the researchers believe that the UK higher education sector could have saved around £80 million a year by shifting from toll access to OA publishing. They also claim that £115 million could be saved by moving from toll access to OA self-archiving.

In addition to that, the financial return to the UK industry from greater accessibility to research might result in an additional £172 million per annum worth of benefits from government and higher education sector research alone.

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Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Jan. 29, 2009

Open Access Day, 1st International — October 14, 2008

Open Access Day   October 14 is Open Access Day
The first international Open Access Day will be held next week on Tuesday, 14 October. Founded by SPARC, Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science, the aim is to broaden awareness and understanding of open access.


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Cal (Berkeley) to pay for authors to publish in Open Access journals

"enews feature: Berkeley steps forward with bold initiative to pay authors’ open-access charges 


It’s one thing to say you support open-access publishing. It’s another to provide authors with a pot of money to actually pay for it. That’s what’s happening at the University of California Berkeley. In January, the university launched the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative, a pilot program co-sponsored by the University Librarian and the Vice Chancellor for Research to cover publication charges for open-access journals… "


From SPARC enews, May, 2008


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