Results tagged “open access” from SciTechNews

Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) launched by UNESCO


 Global Open Access Portal launched at UNESCO meet - 07 Nov 2011

"The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) was launched at a special side event organised during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference at Paris headquarters. The portal is aimed at presenting a snapshot of the status of open access (OA) to scientific information around the world.

For countries that have been more successful in implementing OA, the portal highlights critical success factors and aspects of the enabling environment. For countries and regions that are still in the early stages of OA development, it identifies key players, potential barriers and opportunities.

The portal has country reports from over 148 countries with weblinks to over 2,000 initiatives/projects in member states. It is supported by an existing Community of Practice (CoP) on Open Access on the WSIS Knowledge Communities Platform that has over 1,400 members.

The GOAP, launched together with the revamped Open Training Platform (OTP) and the first UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Platform, provides the information for policy-makers to learn about the global OA environment. They can also view their country's status, and understand where and why OA has been most successful.

Development of the portal has been made possible with support received from the governments of Columbia, Denmark, Norway and the US. The portal will be a work in progress, and shall be further improved with the support received from the community of OA practitioners.

OA is reportedly at the heart of UNESCO's mandate to provide universal access to information and knowledge. The UNESCO Open Access programme shall continue to facilitate policy dialogue in member states, share knowledge and best practices in the field of OA, and build and share local capacities through North-South and South-South co-operation to build knowledge societies for sustainable development."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter (today)

Open Access Coalition


Today Kansas and 21 other universities and colleges announced that they're joining forces to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi. The new group will "collaborate and share implementation strategies, and advocate on a national level," it said in a statement. 


Read more:

Source:  Trevor Dawes, Circulation Services Director, Princeton Univ.

Open Access -- 1st North American Meeting


SPARC to host first North American meeting on Open Access in 2012

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) will host its first North American meeting on Open Access in 2012. The first of its kind, the event will expand on the successful biennial SPARC Digital Repositories meeting.

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter July 27, 2011

Cambridge Journals -- Open Access through August 30, 2011

" Cambridge Journals open access to online content published during 2009 and 2010 - 18 Jul 2011

Cambridge Journals, a division of Cambridge University Press (CUP), UK, is celebrating recent achievements by making all its online journals content from 2009 and 2010 free for six weeks.

Cambridge has enjoyed accelerating success in recent years with increasing numbers of journals published, improved impact factors and multiple enhancements made to Cambridge Journals Online (CJO). Usage has significantly increased with the digitisation of new and archive content, and more people are now able to access Cambridge Journals than before. Currently over 1.3 million articles are downloaded from CJO every month.

To celebrate these successes, and to reach out to new customers, Cambridge Journals has announced that it is making all online content published during 2009 and 2010 free between July 15 and August 30, 2011.

During the trial, the Cambridge Journals team will also be looking for feedback to help shape the future of the service. The CJO website is continually developing, informed by consultation with key customers in the academic and library communities. Users will be encouraged to give their feedback on CJO and content, to ensure the service keeps on developing according to their needs."

Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 18, 2011

American Physical Society offers Open Access option to authors

" APS announces new alternative for Physical Review journal authors to pay article-processing charges - 16 Feb 2011

The American Physical Society has announced that as of February 15, 2011, authors in most Physical Review journals will have a new alternative to pay an article-processing charge whereby their accepted manuscripts will be available barrier-free and open access on publication. These manuscripts will be published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (CC-BY). The most permissive of the CC licenses, CC-BY grants authors and others the right to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the work, provided that proper credit is given. This new alternative is in addition to traditional subscription-funded publication. Authors may choose one or the other for their accepted papers.

The new article-processing charges, which will cover all costs and provide a sustainable funding model, have been set at $1700 for papers in the Physical Review and $2700 for those in Physical Review Letters. The resulting open access articles will appear alongside and mixed in with subscription-funded articles, converting these journals into 'hybrid' open access journals. Revenue from the article-processing charges will decrease the need for subscription income and help to keep the APS subscription price-per-article among the lowest of any physics journals.

Also as of February 15, Physical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams (PRST-AB) and Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research (PRST-PER) will have their full archives and all future papers made available under the CC-BY license, thereby converting both of these journals to 'gold' open access journals. PRST-PER's publication-charge scheme has been realigned with the new programme. PRST-AB will continue to be funded by its sponsors. Finally, APS's Free to Read program will be phased out, and all of these papers covered by the CC-BY license.

These developments for existing APS journals follow the announcement in January of a new journal, Physical Review X (PRX), an online-only, fully open access, primary research journal covering all of physics and its applications to related fields."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter 2/16/11

Scientific Reports - Nature's open access journal coming in summer


"Nature's open-access offering may sound death knell for

subs model [Times Higher Education]"

Source: [LibraryLink] Library Link of the Day for 2011-01-31

" Study of Open Access Publishing project presents findings of two-year EC funded study on OA publishing - 17 Jan 2011

The SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing) project presented the results of its two-year European Commission (EU) funded examination of open access publishing at an open symposium on January 13, 2011, in Berlin, Germany. Over the two-year study duration, the SOAP project performed a comprehensive study of open access journals, publishers and business models, including analysis of publishing houses, learned societies and licensing along with the overall supply and demand for open access.

The study surveyed over 50,000 researchers for their opinions on open-access journals, which make all their papers freely available online and usually charge authors a fee for each published paper. According to the study, while scientists like open-access papers as readers, as authors, they are still skeptical. The study found overwhelming support for the concept, with 89 percent of respondents stating that open access is beneficial to their field. However, this support did not always translate into action, the study noted. While 53 percent of respondents said they had published at least one open-access article, overall only about 10 percent of papers are published in open access journals.

The study found two main reasons as to why researchers do not submit their work to open-access journals. About 40 percent said that a lack of funding for author fees was a deterrent, while 30 percent cited a lack of high-quality open-access journals in their field.

Requiring authors to make sure the results of their work are freely available has reportedly had only partial success. Robert Kiley, head of digital services at the Wellcome Trust's Wellcome Library in London, said at the symposium that open-access rates had risen from 12 percent to 50 percent since the funder began requiring its grantees to publish in open-access journals or deposit their papers in a freely available repository. However, Kiley acknowledged that Wellcome Trust had not imposed sanctions on researchers who failed to comply.

The study also makes it clear that open-access journals are proliferating, especially among small publishers. It was observed that one-third of open-access papers were published by the more than 1600 open-access publishers that publish only a single journal. The study also identified 14 'large publishers' that publish either more than 50 journals or more than 1000 articles per year. The group accounts for roughly one-third of open-access publications, the study noted."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, 1/17/11

Open Access Week, October 18 - 24, 2010 (4th Annual)

"Leading the event is O[pen] A[ccess] advocate Dr. Harold Varmus, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who currently directs the US National Cancer Institute. He is joined by Dr. Cameron Neylon, a biophysicist and open research advocate; Dr. Mona Nemer, professor and vice-president for research at the University of Ottawa; Dr. Roger Wakimoto, Director of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research; and a host of other researchers from around the globe.

"Presenters are expected to paint a clear picture of how OA has contributed to changing the research landscape and point to opportunities that lay ahead. Dr. Varmus has described OA as an 'incredibly important development in the history of science'. Dr. Neylon noted how popular news stories now highlight a growing amount of research published in OA journals, which make that material directly available to people who want to dig deeper."
Open Access Week is organised by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with guidance from an international panel of OA leaders."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter Oct. 19, 2010

National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus -- new features


The National Library of Medicine announced today that their MedlinePlus websitefor consumer health went live today with a new look and new features.  One of the more interesting features is here:

There are videos available on topics such as human anatomy, surgical procedures and health news. "Test your knowledge with the interactive tutorials and games."  NLM has employed social networking connections, and provides a medical dictionary.

Source:  Terri Ottosen, M.L.I.S., AHIP Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator,  National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Baltimore


BMC Biology + Journal of Biology = BMC Biology


"BMC Biology and Journal of Biology are joining forces as a single journal committed to the publication of high-quality commissioned content and research articles of exceptional
importance. The combined journal will operate under the name BMC Biology, reflecting the strong relationship with the subject-specific BMC-series journals, and will be edited by Miranda Robertson, who explains in an inaugural editorial how she sees the fusion combining the strengths of both journals, with continuation of the re-review opt-out experiment initiated by Journal of Biology."

Read more at the BioMed Central Blog.


PubMed adds citations to books and chapters -- from "Bookshelf"



The National Library of Medicine  Week of Apr 5, 2010

 *NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2010, Book Citations Added to PubMed and Changes to Displays

It's new and books are not retrievable labled as such in PubMed, but they will be retrieved in Medline searches.  Bookshelf is separately searchable.

For example, if you search (in PubMed/Medline) feingold syndrome in the title, you will retrieve the book, chapter, or document, as well as articles, too.  NIH is now using color highlights to clearly indicate full text availability.

Feingold syndrome searched in the field labeled book, will retrieve 0.

The following search terms can be used to retrieve the Bookshelf citations in PubMed, e.g.,    pmcbook feingold syndrome:

 To retrieve books and chapters:pmcbook
 To retrieve books:pmcbooktitle
 To retrieve book chapters:pmcbookchapter

MIT's open access policy supported by scholarly publishers


"Scholarly publishers confirm support for MIT’s open access policy - 22 Mar 2010

The faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced that a year after the faculty adopted a policy to open access to their scholarly articles, many scholarly publishers have confirmed their support. More than 850 articles have been added to the MIT Open Access articles collection in the MIT Libraries’ digital repository, DSpace@MIT, where they are freely available on the web.

Publishers who are supporting the MIT policy include American Economic Association, American Institute of Physics, American Mathematical Society, Beilstein-Institut, BioMed Central, Hindawi Publishing, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), The Optical Society of America (OSA), Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the University of California Press, among others. Many of these publishers allow the MIT Libraries to capture copies of the final published PDF for deposit, so that authors do not need to take any action in order to have their articles openly accessible.

In a move aimed at broadening access to the institution’s research and scholarship, MIT faculty, in March 2009, voted to make their scholarly articles available to the public for free and open access on the web. The MIT Libraries, with the guidance of the Faculty Committee on the Library System, continue to work with MIT faculty to help further the policy’s goal of broadening access to MIT’s research and scholarship.

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Source: Knowledgespeak Newletter 3/22/10

DSpace at Princeton University is open for business!


DataSpace can now be used to store papers and data.  From the homepage:

"DataSpace is a digital repository meant for both archiving and publicly disseminating digital data which are the result of research, academic, or administrative work performed by members of the Princeton University community. DataSpace will promote awareness of the data and address concerns for ensuring the long-term availability of data in the repository."

There are papers from 2 groups or communities available so far: 

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

There is a useful "About" page, and the "Help" page gives you the mechanics of running searches using the Jakarta Lucerne search engine, which bears lots of similarities to Google.

Contact:  Mark Ratliff, Digital Repository Architect, Phone: (609) 258-0228.

The goal of BioTorrents is to allow easier and faster exchange of science-related open-access software and datasets.
BioTorrents allows scientists to rapidly share their results, datasets, and software using the popular BitTorrent file sharing technology.   (The BioTorrents website)

From Alain Borel (Bibliotheque Scientifique, Lausanne) on the CHMINF Listserv, 1/18/10,  in response to the introduction of the subject by Egon Willighagen at Uppsala Univ.:

"The distributed nature of BitTorrents sounds nice (it doesn't matter that zillions of users start downloading stuff, since they rapidly all become data sources themselves). However, I wonder how the updates will be treated? OAI-PMH feels like a much better protocol from this point of view. Maybe OAI-PMH could be used as a wrapper for publishing and harvesting BitTorrent seeds (one seed par article)?" (A.B.)
From the website:
"The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) is a low-barrier mechanism for repository interoperability. Data Providers are repositories that expose structured metadata via OAI-PMH. Service Providers then make OAI-PMH service requests to harvest that metadata. OAI-PMH is a set of six verbs or services that are invoked within HTTP."
...offering Interoperability through Metadata Exchange

Open Access "propaganda"


U.S. Government invites comments on Open Access Policy


 US US government launches interactive public forum on Public Access Policy - 11 Dec 2009

"The US’ Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has launched a public consultation on its Public Access Policy. The Administration is seeking public input on access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.

OSTP launched an interactive, online discussion on December 10. The discussion is focused on three major areas of interest. These include: Implementation (Dec. 10 to 20): Which Federal agencies are good candidates to adopt public access policies? What variables (field of science, proportion of research funded by public or private entities, etc.) should affect how public access is implemented at various agencies, including the maximum length of time between publication a public release?; Features and Technology (Dec. 21 to 31): In what format should the data be submitted in order to make it easy to search and retrieve information, and to make it easy for others to link to it? Are there existing digital standards for archiving and interoperability to maximise public benefit? How are these anticipated to change; and Management (Jan. 1 to 7): What are the best mechanisms to ensure compliance? What would be the best metrics of success? What are the best examples of usability in the private sector (both domestic and international)? Should those who access papers be given the opportunity to comment or provide feedback?

Each of these topics will form the basis of a blog posting that will appear at and will be open for comment on the OSTP blog.

Search for more Public funded research information in K-Store"

Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter

'Open Science' report -- part of the UK's "Research 3.0"


JISC releases ‘Open Science’ report - 13 Nov 2009

"The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), UK, has released a report as part of its ‘Research 3.0 – driving the knowledge economy’ activity, which launches at the end of November. The new ‘Open Science’ report trails key research trends that could purportedly have far-reaching implications for science, universities and the UK society."

"The report looks at how technologies can support the open movement to share data, workflows, methods and research outputs. It also illustrates the vital role librarians could have in supporting these new trends and the recognised need to build relationships between researchers and librarians to support the research of the future."

"Open Science -- the future for research?"  Link to this press release:

From KnowledgeSpeak Newsletter

Google Books now has magazine content


Many popular magazines are now included in Google books cover-to-cover.  One can search the whole lot, or within individual titles.  Two of the titles which might be of interest to readers of this news are Popular Mechanics and Popular Science.  The listing by title (cover) is here:

Don't expect the very latest issues!  The inclusive dates differ for each title.

Source: ResearchBuzz []

Open Access to research is coming -- eventually!




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



Here is the link:


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.

Open Access Repositories joined by the UK's JISC


UK JISC becomes founding member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories - 26 Oct 2009

"The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has become a founding member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). COAR is an international not-for-profit association that aims to promote greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access (OA) digital repositories.

Inspired from the European DRIVER repositories project, which helps to enhance repository development, COAR takes this vision to an international scale. Founding members of the Confederation include members from North America, China, Japan and Europe. Joining COAR at the early stage of its development means members will be able to contribute to shaping the organisation’s objectives which will look at interoperability, raising awareness and promoting OA repositories, supporting the repository community and working with partners in closely related fields such as research management and publishing.

Open Access repositories seek to offer researchers and universities the chance to significantly increase the impact of their research outputs, with the potential for significant benefits for UK higher education and the economy and society more widely. The aim of COAR is to enhance and progress the provision, visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access repositories."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Oct. 26, 2009

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