Open Access

July 14, 2006

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) strongly supports the recent commitment by Research Councils UK (RCUK) to ensure access to publicly funded research. The RCUK statement, which says that “ideas and knowledge derived from publicly funded research must be made widely available and accessible for public use, interrogation and scrutiny, as widely, rapidly and effectively as possible,” requires deposit of research articles in open access repositories. Three individual Research Councils have announced policies mandating this to date.

November 29, 2011

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced the program theme for its next meeting, to be held in Kansas City, March 11 through 13, 2012. With a focus on “Collaborative strategies for advancing scholarship,” the program will examine recent developments and track key trends in the growth of open-access practices and policies in the scholarly and scientific research arenas.

November 05, 2007

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the first SPARC Discovery Awards, a contest that will recognize the best new short videos illustrating the importance of sharing information and ideas.

October 29, 2007

Open access advocates got good news in October when the U.S. Senate passed the FY 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill with the NIH open access mandate intact. Given that publishers opposed to the mandate lobbied strongly against it and two last minute amendments to the bill that would have weakened or killed the mandate were introduced then withdrawn by Sen. James Inhofe, its intact passage was hardly certain.

August 11, 2010

Michael Nielsen, a quantum computation pioneer, and Dr. George Strawn, Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, will headline the fall 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The international gathering, organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, will take place November 8 & 9.

October 15, 2009

The student Right to Research Coalition, a group of national, international, and local student associations that advocate for governments, universities, and researchers to adopt Open Access practices, has now grown to include some of the most prominent student organizations from the United States and across the world. The recent addition of 8 new organizations brings the number of students represented by the coalition to over 5 million, demonstrating the broad, passionate support Open Access enjoys from the student community.

May 17, 2007

Today, Science Commons and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) announce the release of new online tools to help authors exercise choice in retaining critical rights in their scholarly articles, including the rights to reuse their scholarly articles and to post them in online repositories.

February 01, 2006

When I stepped into the role of SPARC director in July 2005, I thought I was reasonably familiar with this dynamic, action-oriented organization. From my vantage point in helping to launch and to lead BioOne—a collaborative publishing venture that was among the first projects founded by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Acadmic Resources Coalition)—I thought I was well versed in SPARC’s founding principles and proactive agenda. But as the realities of leading our day-to-day activities have become clear, I have been reminded time and again of the challenges inherent in the unique role that SPARC plays—identifying opportunities to effect positive change in the scholarly communication system and creating and supporting programs that advance those changes.

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