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See below for chronological listing of news items reporting on SPARC, and on issues of interest to the SPARC Community.



July 29, 2015

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2015

Contact: Ranit Schmelzer
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July 27, 2015
Heather Joseph, SPARC
After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.
June 25, 2015
Lisa Peet
However, SPARC executive director Heather Joseph pointed out, “The initial practice of Elsevier [in 2004] was to allow not only immediate deposit of authors’ manuscripts and repositories, but immediate accessibility. We’d like them to go back to that.”
June 16, 2015
COAPI Steering Committee
As evidence of the continued importance of open access in contemporary research culture, several prominent colleges and universities have recently adopted open access policies or resolutions, maximizing the reach and impact of their faculty’s scholarship: Pennsylvania State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Dartmouth Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
June 10, 2015
Heather Joseph, SPARC
Yesterday, during the annual meeting of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) National Advisory Committee, NIH staff noted that they were working to include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded articles into the PMC database. It turns out that very quietly, in early March, the VA released its plan for policies ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive. The plan provides mechanisms for the agency to broadly share articles and research data while fully respecting the Agency’s ethical and legal obligations to safeguard the privacy of veterans and other VA research subjects.
June 01, 2015
Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.
May 27, 2015

In its recently released “Sharing and Hosting Policy FAQ”, Elsevier “recognize(s) that authors want to share and promote their work and increasingly need to comply with their funding body and institution's open access policies.” However there are several aspects of their new policy that severely limit sharing and open access, in particular the lengthy embargo periods imposed in most journals- with about 90% of Elsevier journals having embargo periods of 12 months or greater.

May 21, 2015
Carl Straumsheim