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



October 24, 2014
Scott Richard St. Louis
Sometimes when you hear people talk about open access in the humanities, they’ll say “open access is completely different in the humanities than in the sciences.” But I think this argument is painting with too broad a stroke. If you talk to scientists, you learn there are very different scholarly communications practices even within the sciences; high energy physicists don’t necessarily publish in the same way as zoologists or computer scientists. There may be more similarities between some scientific and some humanities disciplines than you might think.
October 20, 2014
Nick Shockey
This year’s Generation Open theme for International Open Access Week celebrates these significant contributions that students and early career researchers are already making within the Open Access movement and highlights their importance as future faculty, administrators, publishers, and policymakers. Just as Open Access Week has continued to grow since students partnered with SPARC to found it in 2007, it will be exciting to watch the impact the next generation of scholars and researchers has in making Open Access the new default as they launch their careers, publish their own work openly, and make their voices heard.
October 17, 2014
Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power that Open Access has to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the seventh annual Open Access Week taking place from October 20-26, 2014.
September 30, 2014
Kumar Garg and Colleen V. Chien, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
“Because we know that education is a cornerstone for progress…we’re going to do more to help citizens in other countries, especially students, access the incredible online educational tools and resources we have in the States.”
September 26, 2014
The Economist
IN 2001 a meeting on scientific publishing held in Budapest by what was then called the Open Society Institute (now the Open Society Foundation) coined the phrase “open access”. The gathering’s official statement asked the world to “share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation”—in other words, to make scientific papers free to users.
September 17, 2014
The 2014 International Open Access Week Kickoff Event aims to provide a forum for students and early career researchers to have a lively conversation with an expert panel representing research funders, university administrators, and scholarly societies, exploring how the transition to Open Access affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.
September 15, 2014
View a map of the 125 countries represented by the applicants to attend OpenCon 2014.
August 08, 2014
Ann Carrns
Costs for textbooks and related course materials remain significant — textbooks and supplies cost about $1,200 a year, according to the College Board.
August 07, 2014
Research Information
Several society journals published in partnership with BioMed Central (BMC) have seen significant increases in their Impact Factors (IFs) since making the transition to open access (OA), reports the publisher.


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