May 6, 2008Open Access Directory: A wiki to organize information about the open access movement
Peter Suber and Robin Peek have launched the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki where the open access community can create and maintain simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. Suber, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and Peek, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, conceived the project in order to collect OA-related lists for one-stop reference and searching. The wiki will start operating with about half a dozen lists --for example, conferences devoted to open access, discussion forums devoted to open access, and journal "declarations of independence"-- and add more over time.
May 1, 2008Irish Research Council moves to improve access to research findings
From Peter Suber's Open Access News blog:
This may be the best funder mandate anywhere. All the strengths of the exemplary September 2007 draft policy have been preserved in this final version. Here's what I said about it at the time:
I particularly applaud the mandatory language, the firm six month deadline with no loopholes for resisting publishers, the equal standing of central and distributed repositories, and the full implementation of the dual deposit/release strategy (or what Stevan Harnad calls immediate deposit / optional access).
May 1, 2008You wrote it; You own it!
Authors of papers published in Rockefeller University Press journals (The Journal of Cell Biology
, The Journal of Experimental Medicine
, or The Journal of General Physiology
) now retain copyright to their published work. This permits authors to reuse their own work in any way, as long as they attribute it to the original publication. Third parties may use our published materials under a Creative Commons license, six months after publication.
April 22, 2008Jorum to move to open access
It was announced today that Jorum, the UK national repository for learning and teaching materials funded by JISC, is to offer open educational resources. This will make it easier for lecturers and teaching staff to share and re-use each other's teaching resources.
April 15, 2008Periodicals Price Survey 2008: Embracing Openness
Global initiatives and startling successes hint at the profound implications of open access on journal publishing
April 11, 2008Publishers' policies on the NIH Public Access Policy
The University of Rochester Medical Center has a page of Publishers' Policies on the NIH Public Access Policy.
April 10, 2008Theses For All
April 9, 2008NIH compliance/Author self-archiving policy
From Peter Suber's Open Access News blog:
- It appears that authors may self-archive to their own web sites without delay. That's good, especially if the author's "own web site" --nearly always hosted by the institution-- includes his/her segment of the institutional repository. If Springer insists on a distinction between the author's web site and the author's niche in the IR, then it's retreating from full green and from its previous self-archiving policy.
- Demanding the full 12 month embargo at PMC is permitted by NIH and mitigated by the option for immediate OA through the author's web site.
- I'm a little surprised that Springer wants a link to the generic Springer home page rather than a deep link --preferably, a DOI-based deep link-- to the published version of the article itself. Doesn't it want to help readers of the self-archived edition find the published edition?
April 8, 2008Stirling research goes global
From Peter Suber's Open Access News
Blog: The Stirling policy is not only the first university-level OA mandate in the UK, but the second worldwide (after Harvard's) to be adopted by faculty rather than administrators. Moreover, it's detailed and strong. I'm especially glad to see that it requires deposit "immediately upon acceptance for publication" even if it permits delayed OA "until the item has been published, and until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired." Kudos to all involved.
April 8, 2008Free Online College Courses Are ProliferatingWall Street Journal
on open educational resources
April 8, 2008Microsoft Word add-in for NLM format
Prepares articles in the XML format of the National Library of Medicine
April 8, 2008Clinical knowledge: from access to actionThe Lancet,
*Available to subscribers only
April 8, 2008Information LiberationThe Wall Street Journal
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