News Archives - 2007

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.

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."

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 11, 2007
By:
Library Journal Academic Newswire
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has recognized five student leaders as its latest SPARC Innovators.
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.

November 06, 2007

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), have released interviews and analysis exploring in depth the views of three major open access publishers on the challenges of sustainability. The materials were produced in conjunction with the 15th SPARC-ACRL Forum on Emerging Issues in Scholarly Communication, which took place on June 23, 2007.

November 06, 2007

Faculty aren’t the only users of the schol-arly communication system. Students alsodepend on it for their education, research,and to disseminate their own ideas. Andstudents, like faculty, have taken action tobroaden access to the academic literatureand maximize the value of this importantresource. Libraries should seek to engagestudents as change makers in the scholarly communication system.

November 06, 2007

- for the Third Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications Award to Honour Leaders in Field of Scholarly Communications

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.

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