1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
Campus OA Policies: Interviews from the Berlin 9 Conference
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):
The subset of recent OA-related developments tagged by Peter Suber as "roundup-worthy":
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
The Right to Research Coalition strongly encourages students in the United States to contact their representatives to express their opposition to the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699), a new bill which would ban NIH-style public access policies. More details on H.R. 3699 and resources for contacting your representatives -- including a template letter -- can be found on our blog
Also this month, two new national medical students' associations, the Association of Medical Students in Bulgaria and the European Medical Student Association -- Turkey, have joined the Right to Research Coalition.
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
- Adrienne Burke, “Democrat Maloney and Republican Issa Ally to Hurt Science and Help Companies", Forbes, January 17, 2012.
- Jennifer Howard, “University Presses Disagree with Publishers Group on Bill to Curb Public Access", The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 17, 2012.
- Thomas Lin, “Cracking Open the Scientific Process", The New York Times, January 16, 2012.
- Lena Groeger, “New Bill Would Put Taxpayer-Funded Science Behind Pay Walls", ProPublica, January 12, 2012.
- Michael Eisen’s letter to the editor, “Research Bought, Then Paid For", The New York Times, January 10, 2012.
- Michael Kelley, “Librarians, Open Access Advocates ‘Vehemently Oppose’ Research Works Act", The Digital Shift blog, January 9, 2012.
- AnnMaria De Mars, “Research Works Act: Latest Congressional Lie About Helping Small Business", January 7, 2012.
- Heather Morrison, “In Lieu of Flowers: An Open Letter to the American Association of Cancer Research", The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics blog, January 6, 2012.
- Kevin Zelnio, “Scientists, Fight for Access", EvoEcoLab blog, January 6, 2012.
- Mita Williams, “Academic Publishers Acting Badly", New Jack Librarian blog, January 6, 2012.
- Maura Smale, “Stop Making Sense (Scholarly Publishing Edition)", ACRLog blog, January 6, 2012.
- Rob Simmons, “Why Does the ACM Act Against the Interests of Scholars?", Request for Logic blog, January 5, 2012.
- Christine Ross, “A Case of Open and Shut", Copyright on Campusblog, January 5, 2012.
- Jason Baird Jackson, “Behind the Research Works Act: Which U.S. Representatives are Receiving Cash from Reed Elsevier", Shreds and Patches blog, January 5, 2012.