November 30, 2015

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Releases “Strategy and Workplan 2016-2018″ Document

From the COAR Strategic Directions 2016-2018 Plan: To realize our mission and achieve this vision, COAR will focus on community, leadership and engagement at the international level. Four strategic directions will guide COAR’s activities: Promote the development of a sustainable, global network of open access repositories as key elements of international research infrastructures in support […]

Archived Video (Webcast): SPARC’s Heather Joseph on “The State of Open Access”

Below is a webcast recorded earlier today (November 9, 2015) featuring a respected and longtime leader in the open access movement, SPARC’s Executive Director, Heather Joseph. The webcast was sponsored by the Right to Research Coalition which includes 77 student organizations from around the world and receives support from SPARC. Presentation Description In the run […]

New Research Article: “Library Support For Open Access Journal Publishing: A Needs Analysis”

The following article is found in the latest issue of UKSG Insights. Title Library support for open access journal publishing: a needs analysis Author Alice Keller Zentralbibliothek, Switzerland Source UKSG Insights Vol 28 No 3 (November 2015) Abstract The aim of this study was to establish the role of academic libraries in the context of […]

Open Access Books: Google Scholar Now Indexing Titles Hosted by OAPEN

From KU: The length of monographs and their level of treatment pose unique challenges in a search environment. Monographs generally describe mature work unlike journal articles, which usually describe early stage work. As a result, it can be hard to achieve a successful search experience for restricted access monographs, according to Anurag Acharya of Google […]

University of California Extends Open Access Policy To All Scholarly Articles Written by University Employees

From the University of California: Today [October 26, 2015] the University of California expands the reach of its research publications by issuing a Presidential Open Access Policy, allowing future scholarly articles authored by all UC employees to be freely shared with readers worldwide. Building on UC’s previously-adopted Academic Senate open access (OA) policies, this new […]

The Iowa Review Launches Free Full Text Digital Archive & “Walt Whitman Quarterly Review Goes Open Access”

Two items! 1. From The Iowa Review Blog: [The new Iowa Review archive] contains the full text of virtually all the writing published in The Iowa Review from its founding in 1970 through 2011. The archive comprises 130 issues of the magazine and 5,752 individual poems, essays, and stories, searchable by volume, author name, and […]

Senate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Approves Open Access Policy to Research Articles

From the University of Illinois Library: On October 19, 2015, the Senate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus approved a University Policy on Open Access to Research Articles. This policy grants the University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise all rights under copyright to the scholarly articles produced by faculty members. In […]

National Library of Sweden Signs Open Access Petition From League Of European Research Libraries (LERU)


From the National Library of Sweden (via Google Translate): Research funding should go to research, not to the publishers! That is the message in the call for Open Access as the organization League of European Research Universities, LERU, initiative. The signatories want the EU and the future Dutch Presidency of the EU will work with […]

Several Linguistic Journals Going Open Access

UPDATED November 12, 2015 ARL, CARL, SPARC, COAR, EDUCAUSE and Others Show Support of “Lingua” Editors and Open Access UPDATED November 10 2015 Editors of Lingua Take a Stand for Open Access (via Authors Alliance) UPDATED November 4, 2015 Elsevier’s VP and Head of Global Corporate Relations Issues Statement on Resignation of the Lingua Editorial […]

UK: Springer and JISC Sign a Licensing Deal For Open Access Publishing and Journal Access

Note: We recently posted that the type of agreement announced today (see below) in the UK was also signed on a national level in Austria (September 2015) and the Netherlands (November 2014). Yesterday, Springer announced an institution-wide agreement with the Max Planck Institute in Germany. From Springer: Starting today, researchers in the UK will be […]