SPARC enews/June 2013

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 1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
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2. SPARC Partner News
Please see the SPARC Web site for a complete list of news from SPARC partners.
3.   Highlights from the Open Access movement
All recent OA-related developments tagged by participants in the OA Tracking Project (OATP):
4. Authors & Researchers


Research is more valuable when it's shared

Sharing enables new research to build on earlier findings. It not only fuels the further advancement of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers. In the digital world, the ways we share and use scholarly material are expanding — rapidly, fundamentally, irreversibly.

 READ more More SPARC Resources for Authors.


5. Resources for Publishers
SPARC consultant Raym Crow is gathering information on the financial sustainability models used by no-fee open-access journals. If you have a notable example to suggest, or have any questions about the project itself, please contact Raym at
CONTACT: Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant (crow [at] arl [dot] org)
6. SPARC Resources for Students 
How did Open Access empower a 16-year-old to create a breakthrough cancer diagnostic?  To find out, watch our video interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Jack Andraka, the winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and inventor of a novel pancreatic cancer diagnostic that is 26,667 times cheaper, 168 times faster, and 400 times more sensitive than the current test.  Jack and Dr. Collins discuss the central role free, online access to research articles and repositories like PubMed Central played in enabling Jack's discovery as well as how making Open Access the norm could empower millions of others to make similar breakthroughs.
You can watch the video on YouTube at
CONTACT: Nick Shockey, SPARC Director of Student Advocacy (nick [at] arl [dot] org)
7. Upcoming events

June 29, 2013 - 3pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel – Grand A 

Open Access Week
October 21 - 25, 2013

2014 SPARC Open Access Meeting
March 3 & 4, 2014
Kansas City 

8.  Articles of Interest