SPARC representatives are available to discuss and offer comments on: the Federal Research Public Access Act; taxpayer access to publicly funded research; open access; copyright issues and author rights; and scholarly communication issues, including those related to academic journals and pricing. We can also put you in touch with library directors who are SPARC members in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
For contacts, visit our Staff page or contact: Andrea Brusca Higginbotham, SPARC Communications Manager, SPARC - andrea [at] arl [dot] org or (202) 296-2296 ext 121.
May 13, 2013 Education democratization The Daily Californian, Editorial, May 13, 2013
CAMPUS ISSUES: The university needs to ensure academic research is openly accessible to members of the general public regardless of status.
Today, SPARC released a new community resource delving into Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) an emerging hot topic in the scholarly publishing arena. Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used.
To close Open Access Week 2012, we’re excited to announce our video collaboration with PhD Comics to produce “Open Access Explained!”. The comic-style animated video is a great resource to explain the basics of Open Access and why it’s important to friends, family, and colleagues. Take a look, and help us spread the word about Open Access throughout the research community and to the public at large!
June 29, 2011 Project Euclid receives 2011 PAM Division award Project Euclid, jointly managed by Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, received the 2011 Division Award from the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association.
Today, SPARC released a new community resource for research funders entitled, “Implementing an Open Data Policy”. This primer addresses key issues that these organizations encounter when considering the adoption and implementation of an open data policy. The guide covers big-picture topics such as how to decide on the range of activities an open data policy should cover.
On Monday October 22nd SPARC and The World Bank Co-sponsored an event entitled “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls” at the World Bank. This event served as a kickstart to the sixth Open Access Week.
October 19, 2012 HowOpenIsIt? New Guide Released On behalf of PLOS, SPARC, and OASPA I want to thank everyone who contributed during the open review process of the Open Access Spectrum guide. In preparation for Open Access Week (October 22-28), we are issuing the final version today so that people can download and print it for their use next week and beyond. This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”.
October 8, 2012 “HowOpenIsIt?” Now Closed for Public Comment On behalf of PLOS, SPARC and OASPA I want to thank everyone who provided comments on the open access resource guide, “HowOpenIsIt?” We received more than fifty comments and are reviewing all the feedback. To date, your feedback is prompting changes to 17 of the original 27 openness components. We plan to release a final version during Open Access Week (October 22-28, 2012). We will also share a high level summary of the comments.
September 25, 2012 HowOpenIsIt? - Request for Public Comment Not all Open Access is created equal. To move beyond the seemingly simple question of “Is it Open Access?” PLOS, SPARC and OASPA have collaborated to develop a resource called “HowOpenIsIt?” This resource identifies the core components of open access (OA) and how they are implemented across the spectrum between "Open Access" and "Closed Access". We recognize there are philosophical disagreements regarding OA and this resource will not resolve those differences.
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank have announced the speakers for their co-sponsored kickoff event for Open Access Week 2012. The event will take please Monday, October 22, in Washington, D.C. at the World Bank.
Speakers represent a large range of stakeholders in Open Access: researchers, students, scientists, diplomats, and academics. The following speakers will touch upon how Open Access is imperative to their work:
September 7, 2012 Webcast Invitation: Connecting the Dots between Open Access and Open Educational Resources September 27, 2012 From textbooks to course materials, videos to software, journals to digital collections, Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain, or carry a license that permits their free access and use by all users. Like the Open Access movement, the aim of many OER proponents is for anyone, anytime, anywhere to be able to access and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.
August 27, 2012 SPARC and the World Bank Announce Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast – “Set the Default to Open Access” SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank have announced they will co-sponsor the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2012 on Monday October 22nd in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the state of the art World Bank facilities and will host a Liveblog and Webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events.
November 1, 2011 Publishing Services a Major Growth Area for Academic Libraries, Suggests New Research Report Publishing services provided by libraries are expanding and professionalizing, suggests a new report released for comment today by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, on behalf of a team of researchers from the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. The report is the result of a year-long study of library publishing services made possible by a collaborative planning grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with additional support from Berkeley Electronic Press and Microsoft Research.
June 10, 2009 PLoS Progress Report, June 2009 [PDF] The Public Library of Science releases their progress report detailing their current financial statement, impressive statistics and more.
June 9, 2009 Index of campus-based publishing partnerships - now online The Scholarly Communication Program, based at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, now offers an index of campus-based publishing partnerships. The index employs framework and data from "Campus-based publishing partnerships: A guide to critical issues" by Raym Crow, and is part of the Campus-based Publishing Resource Center organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).