SPARC enews/July 2008 - Harvard FAS and Stanford School of Education

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SPARC enews archives are online here

Published monthly


1. SPARC News




2. Partner News

Please see the SPARC Web site for a complete list of news from SPARC partners.

  • New pricing model for Euclid Prime introduced
  • BioOne News 2:3
  • BioOne and PCG Announce Marketing and Sales Partnership for North America
  • 2007 Impact factors for BMC journals
  • 2007 Impact factors for PLoS journals



Available in SPARC Podcasts & Media:

PUBLIC ACCESS: Federal Research Access Policies and How They'll Change Your Library (SPARC-ACRL Forum, January 2007)



3. Industry Roundup


Please see the SPARC Web site  and Open Access News for a complete listing of relevant industry news and details on these highlights, including selected commentary from Peter Suber. 

  • Stanford education faculty makes articles openly available
  • U Calgary first in Canada to establish OA fund
  • Caltech grad students draft a resolution on OA
  • GWLA joins SCOAP3
  • NIH Releases Transcripts for March 20th Meeting
  • US Department of Energy has launched the DOE Data Explorer (DDE)
  • ACRL supports SCOAP3

NIH Policy - rising author submission rates and statistics



4. SPARC Resources for Authors

  • NIH Public Access Policy Does Not Affect U.S. Copyright Law
    In response to the NIH's second request for information and public comment on the revised, mandatory public access policy, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) commissioned a legal brief to attempt to raise additional questions about the policy.  The brief falsely asserts that the NIH policy amends U.S. copyright law and adversely affects current international trade agreements. To make clear the misleading nature of AAP's assertions, and to help reiterate that the NIH policy has no affect on U.S. copyright law or international trade, SPARC and ARL, with advice from legal counsel, have prepared a detailed response to AAP's arguments. 
  • Also see Chris Boulton's new video on navigating rights.

More SPARC Resources for Authors.



5. SPARC Resources for Publishers

More SPARC Resources for Publishers.  



6. SPARC Resources for Students


New from

Read more on the SPARC-sponsored, Baker-authored Open Students Blog.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2008 SPARKY AWARDS - Competition showcases student productions, offers instructors a fun and thought-provoking class assignment 


 7. Upcoming events


Bring SPARC's Right to Research campaign to students on your campus! For information on scheduling an event, contact Gavin Baker at gavin [at] arl [dot] org



The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008November 17 and 18, 2008,  Baltimore, MD

 July 16-17, 2008 Euroscience Open Forum
SPARC/Science Commons Satellite Session
"Policy and Technology for E-Science"
Barcelona, Spain

August 15, 2008
Utah Academic Library Consortia Retreat
"Scholarly Communication and the Library"
Salt Lake City, Utah


These and other important events can be found on the SPARC Activities Calendar.



 8.  Articles of Interest


Education faculty to make articles available to allStanford Report, July 9, 2008

Innovative Choice: SPARC gives Innovator Award to Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Library Journal Academic Newswire, June 26, 2008

SPARC Forum: Harvard's Shieber Discusses OA Policy; UC Officials Recall Near Miss, Library Journal Academic Newswire, July 1, 2008

Open Access: Online archivesUniversity Times (from the University of Pittsburgh), July 10, 2008

Two new policies widen the path to balanced copyright management: Developments on author rightsC&RL News, July/August 2008.

Crowdsourcing the Flu VaccineWired Science, July 10, 2008.


SPARC Announces Lineup for 2008 Institutional Repository Conference, Library Journal Academic Newswire, June 24, 2008 



You can help open access to research.

 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.