March 23, 2018

U. of California, San Francisco Adopts Open Access Policy, Largest Scientific Institution in U.S. to Adopt Policy

From UCSF (University of California, San Francisco): The UCSF Academic Senate has voted to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public, helping to reverse decades of practice on the part of medical and scientific journal publishers to restrict access to research results. The unanimous vote of the faculty […]

Preprint: “Peer Reviewers of Academic Journals: Who is Responsible for our Professional Literature”

Title “Peer Reviewers of Academic Journals: Who is Responsible for our Professional Literature” Authors Mary Francis Reference Instruction Librarian Dakota St. University Source College & Research Libraries This article was accepted on May 9. 2012. It’s scheduled for publication in September 2013. Abstract Scholarly journals provide a record of the research, issues, and concerns of […]

Medical Heritage Library Awarded NEH Grant for Digitization of Historical Medical Journals

From NLM: The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, is among the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) member libraries participating in a project to digitize an estimated 6,000 volumes from 200 historical American medical journal titles published between 1797 and 1923. Funding for […]

Editor of an Elsevier Journal Resigns Over Open Access

From European Public Sector Information Platform: Associate editor Winston Hide of the Elsevier magazine Genomics has resigned from the editorial board, stating “I can no longer work for a system that puts profit above access to research” and that publisher Elsevier effectively denies the developing world access to research findings. Hide writes: “As associate editor […]

Now Available: Summary of Stanford Libraries “Rethinking the Future of Scientific Communication” Colloquium

On March 8-9, 2012, The Stanford Libraries hosted “The Future of Scientific Communication” colloquium. A summary (including list of participants) is now available online. Topics Discussed Included: + Web-Based Annotation + Scholarly Overload + Linked Data + Discovery + Peer-Review Bias + Much Much More! Direct to Summary (7 pages; PDF)

Medical Journals: JAMA Unveils Network Linking 10 AMA Journals

From American Medical News: The Journal of the American Medical Association and its specialty Archives journals are launching a new Web platform that makes it easier and faster for readers to navigate content from all 10 publications at once. Instead of each existing within its own virtual silo, The JAMA Network integrates the journals online. […]

eBooks: IFLA Releases Background Paper on e-Lending

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Announcement: As part of its work on the 2011-2012 Key Initiatives, the IFLA Governing Board appointed a working group to draft a background paper on digital lending. At its April meeting the IFLA Governing Board endorsed this paper, and we are now pleased to present a version […]

University of Minnesota Launches Catalog of Peer-Reviewed Open Source Textbooks

From Inside Higher Ed: [The University of] Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted […]

Scholarly Publishing: Versita Launches Largest Ever Open Access Journal Program

From a Versita Announcement: Academic publisher Versita [recently] announced the launch of a new program of Open Access journals. 100 Emerging Science Journals are being launched in 2012. The program’s focus is on young and rapidly developing fields of science, which have not yet been covered by a designated journal. The emerging topics have been […]

Search/Find Open Access Scholarly Articles, Reports Using New iOS Apps from CORE Project


The CORE (COnnecting REpositories) Project comes from the Knowledge Management Institute at The Open University in the UK. Here’s a quick intro to the project before we get to the latest news from the project. CORE aims to facilitate free access to scholarly publications distributed across many systems. As of today, CORE gives you access […]