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Announcing the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool

The Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool provides a concrete, quantifiable mechanism to independently analyze publications' policies. It offers unprecedented insight and transparency into scholarly journals’ degree of openness.

Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA

Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform

NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

Updated HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum Guide

SPARC is pleased to join with PLOS and OASPA in announcing the release of an update to the popular HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum (OAS) guide. The guide, initially released in late 2012, is used by authors, libraries, research funders, and policy makers, among others, to map publisher policies against a grid of Open Access considerations, including – reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, automatic posting, and machine readability.

California Passes Open Access Legislation

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB609, The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act, into law. This first-of-its-kind legislation requires that articles reporting on research funded by the California Department of Public Health be made openly available to the public through online repositories no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Don’t Muddy the “Open” Waters: SPARC Joins Call for STM Association to Rethink New Licenses

For the past decade, SPARC has made it our mission to communicate a clear, concise definition of Open Access – the free, immediate online availability of scholarly articles, coupled with the rights to use those articles fully in the digital environment. These reuse rights are neatly expressed in the widely-used suite of open licenses supported by Creative Commons (CC), which have become the de-facto standard for Open Access journals.