October 24, 2014

U. of Kansas: “Open Access to Research, Long a Focus at KU, Now Grabbing National Headlines”

From the Lawrence Journal World: Lorraine Haricombe, KU’s dean of libraries, in February became the chairwoman of the steering committee for a group with representatives from academic libraries from around the world that pushes for better access to scholarly research, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Commission, or SPARC. [Clip] KU spends about $3.5 million, largely from state […]

Two Science Journals Join Wiley’s Open Access Program

From Wiley: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced [Tuesday] that Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Microbial Biotechnology have joined the Wiley Open Access publishing program. All articles in these two journals are now open access and free to view, download and share. [Clip] Since its launch in 1996, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine has […]

Research Libraries: RLUK Submits Evidence to House of Commons Inquiry into Open Access

From a RLUK Announcement: RLUK has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee into Open Access.  The evidence gives support for the move towards stronger funder mandates and shorter embargoes. Access the submission (5 pages; PDF) here. We’ve also embedded a copy of the submission below. On a related note, […]

Another Publisher Has Serious Problems with a Blog Post Written by a Librarian

Here we go again? Earlier this week we posted a roundup of coverage about lawsuits re: Dale Askey and McMaster University. Today,  Inside Higher Ed. is reporting about the Canadian Centre for Science and Education sending a letter to Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and scholarly initiatives librarian at the University of Colorado Denver saying they have […]

OA: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress

Update (Feb. 21, 2013). Added link to Statement from ALA’s DC Office Update (Feb. 15, 2013): We’ve added links to statements by the Association of American Publishers and ACRL at the bottom of this post. From infojustice.org: Today the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research ACT (FASTR) was introduced in both the House and […]

Max Planck Society and De Gruyter Partner to Publish Open Access Books

From Research Information: The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter will cooperate to publish open-access (OA) books. The agreement covers texts intended by scholars at the more than 80 individual Max Planck institutes working around the world today in all the disciplines in which the Max Planck Society is active. These include the natural sciences, […]

UK: Jisc Collections and Open Access Key to Collaborate on UK Gold OA Article Payments Pilot

From JISC Collections: Jisc Collections, the UK academic community’s shared service for content licensing and administration, has entered into an agreement with Open Access Key (OAK), the online payment platform for open access publishing, to run a 12 month pilot project, Jisc APC, to test its role in managing and processing Gold OA article payment […]

The Episciences Project: A New Open Access Initiative From the Mathematics Community

From an Open Knowledge Foundation Blog Post by Sam Leon: Last week Tim Gowers, Cambridge University mathematician and open access advocate who led the recent boycott of Elsevier, announced an exciting new open access initiative for mathematicians on his blog. The project, called the Episciences Project, will make it super quick and easy to set […]

New Research Article: Mandated Data Archiving Greatly Improves Access to Research Data

The following article was added to the arXiv database on January 16, 2013. Title Mandated Data Archiving Greatly Improves Access to Research Data Authors Timothy H. Vines University of British Columbia Rose L. Andrew University of British Columbia Dan G. Bock University of British Columbia Michelle T. Franklin University of British Columbia Kimberly J. Gilbert […]

LibraryThing’s OverCat Now Includes All 12.3 Million Open Access Bibliographic Records from the Harvard Library

That’s the word in a recent post on the LibraryThing Blog. Big Kudos to LT! From the Blog Post: It took a while to process, but we’ve finally completed adding all 12.3 million MARC records (3.1GB of bibliographic goodness!) to LibraryThing. They’ve gone into OverCat, our giant index of library records from around the world—now […]