e-news - June/July 2007
1. SPARC News
Public Access Achieves Key Milestone. In an important step forward for scientific communication, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved language supporting public access to the results of research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Bill directs NIH to require its funded researchers to deposit copies of eligible manuscripts into PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance by a peer-reviewed journal, to be made freely accessible to the public no later than 12 months after publication.
SPARC announces Institutional Repositories meeting. Baltimore, Maryland, November 17 - 18, 2008.
SPARC recognizes Ted and Carl Bergstrom as SPARC Innovators.
Join the SPARC Facebook group, now online.
2. Partner News
BioOne. 2006 ISI Journal Citation Report confirms BioOne's high impact status. BioOne now boasts 81 ISI-ranked titles, or 68% of its total holdings of 126 journals. In addition, BioOne is a new participant in the SERU (Shared Electronic Resource Understanding) pilot program, sponsored by NISO (http://www.niso.org/committees/SERU/).
BioMed Central. Malaria Journal Ranks First in Field of Tropical Medicine.
Directory of Open Access Journals. DOAJ Membership Program Needs Library Support.
Public Library of Science. PLoS has launched the PLoSONE user rating system for its articles.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. SEP now needs only $850,000 to close the funding gap.
3. Industry Roundup
Nobel prize-winning scientists renew call for access to publicly funded biomedical research. Twenty-six Nobel laureates have written an open letter to the U.S. Congress in support of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees' recent directives to the NIH to enact a mandatory policy that allows public access to published reports of work supported by the agency.
Canadian Library Association moves open access forward. The CLA Executive Council has approved some recommendations from the Open Access Task Force that move CLA toward providing virtually all of its intellectual property free of charge, in digital form, online and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
New European Commission report needs input. The European Commission is funding a study into "e-Science digital repositories" to provide policy recommendations to the EU and guide funding, action, and priorities. The study will include a chapter on open access.
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Scholarly Publishing Conference has posted outcomes and blogs from its July meeeting.
The new publication Open Access in the Nordic Countries is now available.
4. SPARC Resources for Authors
This new section for authors will highlight new and featured material from the SPARC web site.
New Create Change profile on Dr. Gordon Guyatt, physician and professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. On the Create Change site, leading scholars talk about the future of digital scholarship in their fields.
SPARC Podcast: "An Attorney's Perspective on Negotiating Licenses and Copyright." Mike Carroll, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law; Board Member, Creative Commons. (Midwinter 2006 SPARC-ACRL Forum.)
More SPARC Resources for Authors.
5. SPARC Resources for Publishers
This new section for publishers will highlight new and featured material from the SPARC web site.
SPARC Podcast: "Course check: A conversation with three open access publishers about the challenges of sustainability." (Annual 2007 SPARC-ACRL Forum.)
More SPARC Resources for Publishers.
6. Upcoming Events
More SPARC activities and events on the web site: http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/calendar.html
August 27-31, 2007
Digital Libraries a la Carte 2007, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
September 19-21, 2007
Berlin 5 Open Access: From Practice to Impact. Padova, Italy
7. Articles of Interest
Accessing NIH research: Congress should grant taxpayers free access to the medical studies they fund. (Editorial) Los Angeles Times. July 27, 2007.
Albanese, Andrew. At ALA, SPARC Forum Details Economic Stability of Open Access. Library Journal Academic Newswire. June 28, 2007.
Caldwell, Tracey. Commons copyright targets scientists: Common touch for scientific authors keen to share their information. InformationWorld Review. June 5, 2007.
Keim, Brandon. One Small Vote for House, One Giant Leap for Open Science. Wired Science. July 20, 2007.
Pulliam, Daniel. Bill to Require NIH to Publish Research Online. Government Executive. July 10 2007.
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