enews - April/May 2007
In this issue:
1. SPARC News
SPARC-ACRL Forum to Explore Progress of Open Access Publishing Models. "Course check: A conversation with three open access publishers about the challenges of sustainability," to be held at ALA Annual in Washington, DC on Saturday, June 23, 2007, 4:00 - 5:30PM in the Georgetown Room, Hilton Washington (1919 Connecticut Avenue NW).
ACRL/ARL/SPARC Joint Webcast on Author Rights. Final Webcast to run June 18. Facilitators will cover ways authors can amend publisher copyright transfer agreements to keep key rights to journal articles. (More SPARC resources for authors below.)
Join the SPARC Facebook group, now online.
2. Partner News
BioOne. BioOne announces free society member access; offers societies the option to provide their members free access to their publications on BioOne.
BioMed Central. BioMed Central Brings Open Access Publishing to Physics and Math.
Directory of Open Access Journals. DOAJ Membership Program Needs Library Support.
eIFL. eIFL broadcasts to the world. Rima Kupryte, eIFL Director, was joined by two librarians from Uganda to discuss the changing face of libraries in Africa on BBC World Service.
Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan University Library. SPO releases online version of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, the official journal of the American Society of Papyrologists.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Help Close the Funding Gap.
3. Industry Roundup
Two U.S. Government reports call for public access to agency-funded research. Energy Department and Centers for Disease Control documents call for open public access to research.
Faculty Senate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Approves Resolution for Authors. Faculty has unanimously approved a resolution supporting university authors in managing their publishing rights and agreements. [PDF]
Scitopia Offers New Search Capacity. Over a dozen science and technology society publishers have launched a no-cost, aggregated search service across resources including access to three million documents and peer-reviewed journal content.
Open Medicine launches. New peer-reviewed, general medical journal publishes independently of a commercial publisher or medical association; uses PKP software.
Free Thesis Project Allows Harvard Students to Upload Theses Under Creative Commons Licenses. OAI-compliant site encourages seniors to upload theses; rollout to other universities planned.
Georgia State University Library blogs "Subscription costs for Elsevier's hybrid OA titles." The goal of the blog is to deliver news and information of interest to the Georgia State University community regarding issues in scholarly communication.
UK Report Suggests New Direction for Research Libraries. New report, "Researchers' Use of Academic Libraries and their Services," points to areas of opportunity. [PDF]
Information Access Alliance (IAA) has redesigned and updated its web site. Site now features more information about the IAA, a resource guide, and up-to-date FAQs.
Genetic Alliance Introduces New Web Resource. Allows patients, care givers, health professionals, and others to easily locate and navigate information on genetic disorders from the National Library of Medicine.
4. SPARC Resources for Authors
New Create Change profile on Martin Osborne, Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto. 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.)
5. SPARC Resources for Publishers
Sponsorships for Nonprofit Scholarly & Scientific Journals: A Guide to Defining & Negotiating Successful Sponsorships. Guide describes how nonprofit publishers can evaluate whether a corporate sponsorship program might be appropriate for their journal and develop a sponsorship program as a component of the journal's income stream. (August 2005)
6. Upcoming Events
June 7, 2007
June 13 - 15, 2007
June 18 - 19, 2007
June 18, 2007
July 11-13, 2007
August 27-31, 2007
September 19-21, 2007
7. Articles of Interest
Geist, Michael. Science and Tech Strategy a Missed Opportunity. Toronto Star. May 28, 2008.
Price, Gregory N., and Elizabeth M. Stark. Access for All. The Harvard Crimson. April 27, 2007.
Swan, Alma. Open Access and the Progress of Science: The power to transform research communication may be at each scientist's fingertips. American Scientist. May-June 2007.
Van Orsdel, Lee C. and Kathleen Born. Serial Wars: LJ's 2007 Periodical Price Survey.
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SPARC membership is open to North American and international academic and research institutions that share an interest in creating a more open and diverse marketplace for scholarly communication. Visit the SPARC Web site to learn how.