Open Access

December 11, 2007

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has recognized five student leaders as the new SPARC Innovators. Hailed as “Agents of Change,” students point to the promise of a more open system for information sharing.

December 21, 2007

It is barely a drop of ink in the gargantuan omnibus spending bill that Congress just passed. But a provision that would give the public free access to the results of federally funded biomedical research represents a sweet victory for a coalition of researchers and activists who lobbied for the language for years.Under the bill's terms, scientists getting grant money from the National Institutes of Health would now have to submit to the NIH a final copy of their research papers when those papers are accepted for publication in a journal. An NIH database would then post those papers, free to the public, within 12 months after publication.

October 20, 2010

Numbered list of SPARC's favorite things on the 2010 Open Access site

July 24, 2007

Course check: A conversation with three open access publishers about the challenges of sustainability Saturday, June 23, 2007 4:00 - 5:30PM Washington, DC

January 25, 2010

David H. Carlson, Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), has been elected to the position of Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. Carlson has served as member of the Committee, which provides strategic advice and guidance to the SPARC staff, since 2008.

May 28, 2009

In follow up to the recent release of a new set of Frequently Asked Questions on the SCOAP3 initiative, SPARC and ACRL are pleased to host Dr. Salvatore Mele, Head of Open Access at CERN and spokesperson for SCOAP3, at a live Web cast to explore the process of committing to the consortium, establishing its governing board, the project's conditions for the call for tender, and to answer remaining questions. Please join us.

December 04, 2007

The 16th SPARC-ACRL Forum, "Working with the Facebook Generation: Engaging Student Views on Access to Scholarship," will be held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on January 12.

December 18, 2007

A provision mandating public access to research published by NIH-funded scientists has survived this week. The provision was originally part of a funding bill that President George W. Bush vetoed last month. It mandates that the NIH adopt a policy requiring agency-funded scientists to post their published research on the agency's publicly-accessible digital archive, PubMed Central within 12 months of appearing in peer-reviewed journals. The specifics of that policy are vague in the bill and will be left to the NIH to hammer out should the law be passed. For example, it remains unclear whether the law would affect previous grantees or just current and future grantees, Peter Suber,an open access advocate, told __The Scientist__. "It will take NIH a while to figure out which policy it wants to adopt."


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