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Industry Round-up is a feature of SPARC’s bi-monthly enews. To subscribe to enews and to read more industry news, visit the SPARC enews page. Some commentary is excerpted from the Open Access News Blog, authored by Peter Suber.

July 15, 2008
NIH Releases Transcripts for March 20th Meeting

July 15, 2008
Online 'open textbooks' save students cash
USA TODAY, July 10-As textbook prices skyrocket, college students and faculty seeking more affordable options increasingly are turning to "open textbooks" as an alternative.

June 25, 2008
Univ. of Calgary Is First in Canada To Establish Open Access “Authors Fund”
Library Journal Academic Newswire, June 24

June 24, 2008
University of Calgary Funds Open Access Fund

June 23, 2008
Caltech grad students draft a resolution on OA

June 16, 2008
Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research moves to BioMed Central

June 16, 2008
BioMed Central launches Journal of Hematology & Oncology

June 12, 2008
OA science channel on YouTube

June 12, 2008
Helping authors comply with the NIH policy

June 11, 2008

June 11, 2008
Collins resigns from Genome Institute

May 30, 2008
Publish AND Perish? Protecting Your Copyrights From Your Publisher
[PDF] By Jonathan Band. From the American Society for Cell Biology Newsletter (May 2008).

May 29, 2008
In New Job, Harvard Professor Downplays the Role of “Revolutionary”

May 29, 2008
Journals Find Fakery in Many Images Submitted to Support Research

May 29, 2008
Academic authorship, publishing agreements and open access: Survey Results

May 29, 2008
New-Media Scholars' Place in 'the Pool' Could Lead to Tenure

May 29, 2008
What can Bloggers do for Open Access?

May 28, 2008
New Beta version of the Ranking Web of World Repositories

May 28, 2008
OAN is six

May 25, 2008
“An Introduction to Health Commons” by John Wilbanks

May 23, 2008
Editorial: A New Approach to Scholarship Access

May 23, 2008
OA speakers bureau
The Open Access Directory (OAD) just opened an OA speakers bureau for community editing and enlargement.

May 21, 2008
CLA Position Statement on Open Access for Canadian Libraries

May 20, 2008
Six Australian universities have joined the CERN SCOAP3 project

May 18, 2008
Biotech Breakthroughs: 15 Developments That Will Eventually Affect YOUR Life

May 17, 2008
PubChemSR: A search and retrieval tool for PubChem

May 16, 2008
Study Warned of China Quake Risk Nearly a Year Ago

May 16, 2008
Strands of a Global Web of Knowledge Come Together at the Third International Open Repositories Conference 2008

May 15, 2008
University of Oregon senate encourages use of an author addendum

May 15, 2008
The LJ Academic Newswire Newsmaker Interview: Shawn Martin, Penn’s New Scholarly Communication Librarian

May 13, 2008
Student video on Open Access
Sean Kass, a third year Harvard law student, has released a 14 minute video, Open Access to Scholarly Publications.  The video is a project in the course, The Web Difference, taught by John Palfrey and David Weinberger. (Thanks to Open Access News)

May 8, 2008
New Open-Access Humanities Press Makes Its Debut
(The Chronicle, May 7) Scholars in the sciences have been light-years ahead of their peers in the humanities in exploring the possibilities of open-access publishing. But a new venture with prominent academic backers, the Open Humanities Press, wants to help humanists close the gap...

May 8, 2008
Open Access expands to humanities disciplines with a bold new publishing initiative in critical and cultural theory

May 7, 2008
Digital Libraries à la Carte
Ticer’s new, modular course for librarians and publishers "Digital Libraries à la Carte" will be held at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 25-29 August 2008.

May 7, 2008
How to use copyright wisely within scholarly communication

May 7, 2008
Chemists spin a web of data

May 7, 2008
Harvard Law faculty votes for 'open access' to scholarly articles

May 6, 2008
C&RL preprints go open access
College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the bi-monthly scholarly journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce the launch of an open access, pre-publication service for accepted articles.

May 6, 2008
Progress toward Public Access to Science

May 6, 2008
WHO IP And Health Group Concludes With Progress; Tough Issues Remain For Assembly

From Gavin Baker:

The article doesn't contain much news on the OA-related provisions of the plan, but it does contain a working link to the latest available draft (as of May 3). This permits comparison to the latest version available from the WHO (dated July 31, 2007). Of note is the language in element 2.4, not present in the previous version:

(2.4) Promoting greater access to knowledge and technology relevant to meet public health needs of developing countries ...

(b) promote public access to the results of government funded research, by strongly encouraging that all investigators funded by governments submit to an open access database an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts ...

May 6, 2008
Open Access Directory: A wiki to organize information about the open access movement
Peter Suber and Robin Peek have launched the Open Access Directory (OAD), a wiki where the open access community can create and maintain simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship. Suber, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, and Peek, an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, conceived the project in order to collect OA-related lists for one-stop reference and searching. The wiki will start operating with about half a dozen lists --for example, conferences devoted to open access, discussion forums devoted to open access, and journal "declarations of independence"-- and add more over time.May 1, 2008From Peter Suber's Open Access News blog:

This may be the best funder mandate anywhere.  All the strengths of the exemplary September 2007 draft policy have been preserved in this final version.  Here's what I said about it at the time:

I particularly applaud the mandatory language, the firm six month deadline with no loopholes for resisting publishers, the equal standing of central and distributed repositories, and the full implementation of the dual deposit/release strategy (or what Stevan Harnad calls immediate deposit / optional access).

May 1, 2008
You wrote it; You own it!
Authors of papers published in Rockefeller University Press journals (The Journal of Cell Biology,The Journal of Experimental Medicine, or The Journal of General Physiology) now retain copyright to their published work. This permits authors to reuse their own work in any way, as long as they attribute it to the original publication. Third parties may use our published materials under a Creative Commons license, six months after publication.

April 29, 2008
You pay... and now they display

April 28, 2008
Reminder About the NIH Public Access Policy

April 25, 2008
That Book Costs How Much?

April 23, 2008
Nguyen on keeping data open and free

April 22, 2008
EC recommends OA for publicly-funded research

April 22, 2008
Jorum to move to open access
It was announced today that Jorum, the UK national repository for learning and teaching materials funded by JISC, is to offer open educational resources. This will make it easier for lecturers and teaching staff to share and re-use each other's teaching resources.

April 15, 2008
Announcing a new BioMed Central journal

April 15, 2008
Open Textbooks Statement to Make Textbooks Affordable

April 15, 2008
Periodicals Price Survey 2008: Embracing Openness
Global initiatives and startling successes hint at the profound implications of open access on journal publishing

April 12, 2008
University of Southampton announces institutional Open Access mandate

April 11, 2008
Maine InfoNet has joined SCOAP3

April 11, 2008
Publishers' policies on the NIH Public Access Policy
The University of Rochester Medical Center has a page of Publishers' Policies on the NIH Public Access Policy.

April 10, 2008
Repository66 map updated

April 10, 2008
Theses For All

April 9, 2008
NIH compliance/Author self-archiving policy

From Peter Suber's Open Access News blog: 

  • It appears that authors may self-archive to their own web sites without delay.  That's good, especially if the author's "own web site" --nearly always hosted by the institution-- includes his/her segment of the institutional repository.  If Springer insists on a distinction between the author's web site and the author's niche in the IR, then it's retreating from full green and from its previous self-archiving policy.
  • Demanding the full 12 month embargo at PMC is permitted by NIH and mitigated by the option for immediate OA through the author's web site.
  • I'm a little surprised that Springer wants a link to the generic Springer home page rather than a deep link --preferably, a DOI-based deep link-- to the published version of the article itself.  Doesn't it want to help readers of the self-archived edition find the published edition?

April 8, 2008
Stirling research goes global
From Peter Suber's Open Access News Blog:  The Stirling policy is not only the first university-level OA mandate in the UK, but the second worldwide (after Harvard's) to be adopted by faculty rather than administrators.  Moreover, it's detailed and strong.  I'm especially glad to see that it requires deposit "immediately upon acceptance for publication" even if it permits delayed OA "until the item has been published, and until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired."  Kudos to all involved.

April 8, 2008
Free Online College Courses Are Proliferating
Wall Street Journal on open educational resources

April 8, 2008
Microsoft Word add-in for NLM format
Prepares articles in the XML format of the National Library of Medicine

April 8, 2008
Clinical knowledge: from access to action
The Lancet, *Available to subscribers only 

April 8, 2008
Information Liberation
The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2008

April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008
The Audacity of SCOAP3


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