1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
Michael Carroll on Copyright and Open Access
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
Peter Suber-tagged OA-related developments:
All recent OA-related developments (thanks to all participating OATP taggers).
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
Publishing Services a Major Growth Area for Academic Libraries, Suggests New Research Report
Publishing services provided by libraries are expanding and professionalizing, suggests a new report released for comment today by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, on behalf of a team of researchers from the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. The report is the result of a year-long study of library publishing services made possible by a collaborative planning grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with additional support from Berkeley Electronic Press and Microsoft Research.
More SPARC guides, tools, and links for publishers are available on the SPARC Web site.
CONTACT: Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant (crow [at] arl [dot] org)
6. SPARC Resources for Students
This month, Europe's leading medical and psychological student associations joined the Right to Research Coalition, adding more than 300,000 students to the coalition’s network. These two organizations join a dozen other leading national and international student organizations to become members of the Right to Research Coalition since January. A full press release can be found at http://www.righttoresearch.org/blog/leading-european-medical-and-psychological-student.shtml
The Immediate Past President of the European Medical Students' Association (EMSA), Tin Kneevi, has written a guest post for the Right to Research Coalition blog. In it, Kneevi provides insight into EMSA's decision to join the Right to Research Coalition and outlines why he sees Open Access as a crucial issue for both medical students and the field of medicine writ large. This guest post can be found at http://www.righttoresearch.org/blog/open-access-as-a-healthcare-investment.shtml
CONTACT: Nick Shockey, SPARC Director of Student Advocacy (nick [at] arl [dot] org)
7. Upcoming events
SAVE THE DATES:
January 21, 2012 - 4-6pm
Dallas Convention Center, A201/202
SPARC 2012 Open Access Meeting
March 11-13, 2012
Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel
8. Articles of Interest
- From Peter Suber’s December 2011 Issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, " Open access journals from society publishers", December 2011.
- Peter Suber, December '11 Issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, December 2011.
- Amy Dockser Marcus, " Citizen Scientists," The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2011.
- Michael Carroll, " Why Open Access Matters," PLoS Biology, December 1, 2011.
- Paul Allen, “ Why We Chose 'Open Science'”, The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2011.
- Michael Nielsen, " The New Einsteins Will be Scientists Who Share: From Cancer to Cosmology, Researchers Could Race Ahead by Working Together-Online and in the Open," The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2011.