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An Opportunity for Your Campus to Support Open Access: Encourage your Provosts to sign Open Letter in Support of FASTR

Fresh on the heels of last week's (September 10, 2013) well-attended Congressional briefing exploring the issue of public access to taxpayer funded research, a groundswell of support is taking shape in the academic community for the proposed Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) bill.

Guest Blog: Potential of Ebooks Stifled by Restrictions

This spring 65 directors of liberal arts college libraries—all members of the Oberlin Group—adopted a statement about ensuring that electronic information flows freely between institutions.

FIRST Act Severely Undermines U.S. Public Access Policies

Earlier this week, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced the H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act.  It’s a bit surprising that there has been so little coverage of this very controversial bill.  Among many troubling provisions, the bill includes language on public access that SPARC strongly opposes. 

Walking the Open Access Talk

Note: This blogpost by Current SPARC Steering Committee Member, Kevin Smith, originally appeared on his Duke University Scholarly Communication Blog.

The White House Directive: One Year in, Time for Further Action

One year ago today, Open Access advocates, researchers, librarians, technology leaders, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, students, and every-day Americans celebrated as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a landmark directive requiring that the results of all publicly funded research be made freely available. SPARC was among those cheering the loudest.

In Aaron Swartz's Memory

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet icon, web activist, and computer genius, who fought tirelessly for open access to information and the free diffusion of knowledge. Aaron believed that knowledge should be freely available to everyone across the globe, and although we have by no means reached this lofty goal, by any measure, 2013 was a watershed year for the Open Access movement. 

Good News: The Long Awaited Launch of SCOAP3

Word from CERN today is that the long-awaited launch of the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will officially happen on January 1, 2014.  As SPARC members are well aware, SCOAP3 (The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) is an international collaboration of more than a thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations who have banded together to collectively provide full Open Access to the majority of articles published in the discipline of high-energy research.

Turning Paywalls into Opportunity: The Open Access Button has Arrived

Earlier this week, at a satellite meeting of the Berlin 11 Open Access Conference, an innovative new tool to help enable access to research was unveiled.

Science Magazine’s Open Access “Sting”

Yesterday, Science Magazine published an article reporting on a “sting” exercise designed to expose the flaws in the editorial processes of Open Access journals. The article Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” by self-proclaimed “gonzo” scientist John Bohannon recounts his experience in submitting a deliberately flawed scientific paper under a pseudonym to 304 Open Access journals over a ten month period.

Speakers Announced for the SPARC/World Bank Global Open Access Week kickoff event – RSVP today to attend in person!

We are pleased to announce the lineup of speakers for the SPARC/World Bank Global Open Access Week kickoff event, which will take place on Monday, October 21st starting at 3pm at the World Bank in Washington D.C.