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Correction (June 21, 2007). A colleague points out that the new fees represent a significant decrease from last year. For example, compare the prices above with the prices reported in this article from June 2006. My apologies to the RS for not noticing or mentioning that the new fees are lower than the old fees. On the other hand, the RS price announcement doesn't mention this fact either.
The Summer issue of the INASP Newsletter is now online. Excerpt:
Starting on July 1, all scientific publications of the Hamburg University Press will be OA. The press will also sell print-on-demand editions from its own web site and and through traditional booksellers.
From elsewhere in the body of the report:
Andy Powell, Repository Plan B? eFoundations, June 15, 2007. Excerpt:
The presentations from ElPub 2007, Openness in Digital Publishing: Awareness, Discovery and Access (Vienna, June 13-15, 2007), are now online.
The right to know, Austin American-Statesman, June 15, 2007. An editorial. Excerpt:
And it added this paragraph to its page on publication fees:
The presentations from the CRIA meeting, Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America (Atibaia, Brazil, May 8-10, 2007), are now online. (Thanks to EPT.)
From the DRIVER news page:
Charlotte Webber, Summary of BioMed Central’s Workshop at MLA ’07 conference, BioMed Central blog, June 15, 2007.
Australasian Digital Theses Program: Membership survey 2006, February 2007. (Thanks to CAUL.) Excerpt:
Comment. This is very good news. For ETDs, mandatory digital submission is essentially equivalent to OA. Here's how I put it last year:
Update. Also see Arthur Sale's comments on the report:
Adam Hodgkin, Open Archives (4): Citeability and Moving Walls, Exact Editions Blog, June 15, 2007. Excerpt:
Tove Iren S. Gerhardsen, Negotiators Agree To Add Access To Knowledge To WIPO Mandate, IP Watch, June 14, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. Also see James Love on the KEI Policy Blog:
Questions Emerge as Terms of the CIC/Google Deal Become Public, Library Journal Academic Newswire, June 14, 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, On Patience, and Letting (Human) Nature Take Its Course, Open Access Archivangelism, June 14, 2007.
Ulrich Herb, Open Access: Soziologische Aspekte, Information Wissenschaft & Praxis 58, 4 (2007). Self-archived June 14, 2007. In German but with this English-language abstract:
Karen Herland, Librarian poster forum opportunity to share research, Concordia Journal, June 14, 2007. Excerpt:
Back on April 18, I blogged an EC press release on a meeting of the EC's High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries. The meeting was supposed to discuss (among other topics) "how to ensure more open access to scientific research...." But I never saw anything about the meeting's outcome.
Here, finally, are the summary minutes from that meeting. (Thanks to Gary Price.) Excerpt:
PS: For more information on members of the Expert Group named in the minutes, see the group's membership page.
James Love, U.S. Government Opposition to Term "Access to Knowledge" in Key WIPO Negotiation, The Huffington Post, June 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Yao Mereku has blogged some notes on the Open Access and Institutional repository sensitization workshop in Ghana (Accra, June 12-13, 2007). Excerpt:
Poornima Narayana is the Deputy Head of the Information Centre at India's National Aerospace Laboratories and writing a doctoral dissertation on institutional repositories in India and policies to fill them. To collect data, she has created an online questionnaire for repository managers. If you can speak for an IR, in any country, I hope you can find the time to fill out her questionnaire.
Stevan Harnad, The Gap between OA Precept and OA Practice, Open Access Archivangelism, June 13, 2007.
Presentations from the DINI meeting Technische und rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für die Betreiber von Open-Access Repositories
Larry Sanger, What Strong Collaboration Means for Scholarly Publishing, Citizendium Blog, June 12, 2007. Excerpt:
From the page for content producers:
Comment. Good move. This process should be as easy as possible. Next steps: (1) don't require PDFs, (2) when students choose OA, encourage them to use CC licenses or the equivalent, and ultimately (3) mandate OA for ETDs even if the university also accepts or requires a printout.
Siân Harris, Training increases HINARI and AGORA benefits, Research Information, June/July 2007. Excerpt:
Siân Harris, Is physics the new biomedicine? Research Information, June/July 2007. Excerpt:
Siân Harris, Physicians and researchers have different needs, Research Information, June/July 2007. An interview with Alex Williamson, publishing director at the BMJ Group. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Get the Institutional Repository Managers Out of the Decision Loop, Open Access Archivangelism, June 12, 2007.
Stephen Pinfield announced at the June 6 ARMA conference that the University of Nottingham had set up an OA publishing fund to help cover publication fees charged by fee-based OA journals. See his slide presentation, Setting up central funds and processes for open-access publishing and dissemination.
From Natasha Robshaw's summary of Pinfield's presentation:
The presentations from the ARMA conference, Open Access Publishing: Funding Mechanisms and Institutional Collaboration (Cardiff, June 6, 2007) are now online via the BioMed Central blog. BMC's Natasha Robshaw summarizes each presentation and links to the PPT slides.
The Research Information Network (RIN) has announced a new study, Publication and quality assurance of research data outputs. From the description:
Whenever a US government web site sells public domain content, Public Resource asks citizens to buy one copy and donate it to Public Resource for OA distribution. To make this work, it has set up an online store stocked with content from 54 federal agencies. From the store's about page:
The Public Resources store is based on the US National Technical Information Service (NTIS), which sells government information to the public. For example, see the Gov.Research Center, the NTIS division devoted to science and technology research.
Dean Giustini, Doing Medical Journals Differently: Open Medicine, UBC Academic Search - Google Scholar Blog, June 11, 2007. Excerpt:
Libertas Academica has added four new titles to its list of OA journals:
The first journal has an editor (Erich Bornberg-Bauer) but the other three are still hiring. All four are still recruiting members for their editorial boards.
Update (June 20, 2007). Add a fifth title to this list: Clinical Medicine: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders. The editor-in-chief will be Tariq Haqqi, but the journal is still recruiting the editorial board.
PS: Rising submissions help a journal improve its quality and impact, which in turn help it improve its submissions even further in a benign circle. Congratulations to the whole Bioinformatics team.
PS: Kudos to APLA.
Heather Morrison, A potential positive cycle: more access, more funds, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, June 11, 2007.
PS: Thanks and congratulations to SHERPA. RoMEO is indispensable for the OA movement; and as it covers more publisher policies, it becomes even more indispensable.
Stevan Harnad, Open Access: What Comes With the Territory, Open Access Archivangelism, June 12, 2007.
The June issue of the Repositories Research Team Newsletter is now online.
Lila Guterman, Open-Access Policy Would Be Strengthened in House Panel's NIH Spending Bill, Chronicle of Higher Education blog, June 12, 2007.
PS: There's still time for US citizens to ask their representatives to support this bill. See the details from the ACRL and the frequent updates from the ATA. The NIH is the world's largest funder of medical research, and its $28 billion budget results in about 65,000 peer-reviewed articles per year. Strengthening its public access policy from a request to a requirement is a critical goal for OA and medical research.
Comments. (1) It appears that a "publication unit" is a page or figure. (2) What does it mean for a repository to "accept AGU copyright permissions"? A repository will accept anything that the publisher allows it to accept. (3) When authors pay publication fees, they should retain copyright. If AGU really wants the copyright in order to protect authors, then it should let authors decide. (4) Note that AGU doesn't promise to reduce subscription prices in proportion to author uptake.
Tom Franklin and Mark van Harmelen, Web 2.0 for Content for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, JISC, May 28, 2007. Excerpt:
Update (8/28/07). JISC has published its response to the recommendations. Excerpt:
Peter Murray-Rust, “open access” is not good enough, A Scientist and the Web, June 10, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. See Peter MR's response to my response. We agree on every substantive issue here.
Richard Akerman has also blogged some notes on Tom Cochrane's talk earlier today at the IATUL 2007 meeting Global Access to Science: Scientific Publishing for the Future (Stockholm, June 11-14, 2007). Excerpt:
Update. Richard has now blogged on Håkan Carlsson's talk as well, and I expect many more over the next few days. For the time being, I'll just point you to Richard's blog and urge you to read his posts directly.
Richard Akerman has blogged some notes on Rüdiger Voss' talk earlier today on CERN's SCOAP3 initiative at the IATUL 2007 meeting Global Access to Science: Scientific Publishing for the Future (Stockholm, June 11-14, 2007). Excerpt:
Jean-Claude Bertin reviews Thierry Chanier's book, Archives ouvertes et publication scientifique. Comment mettre en place l'accès libre aux résultats de la recherche? (Paris: L'Harmattan, December 2004) in the May issue of ReCALL (accessible only to subscribers). (Thanks to Stevan Harnad.) Excerpt:
Michael Jensen, The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). Michael Jensen is the director of strategic Web communications for the US National Academies. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, No Need for Canadian PubMed Central: CIHR Should Mandate IR Deposit, Open Access Archivangelism, June 10, 2007.