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AnthroSource, the publishing arm of the American Anthropological Association, is moving from the University of California Press to Wiley-Blackwell. Thanks to William Walsh for the alert, this excerpt from the announcement, and the related links and excerpt to put the move in perspective:
Comment. This seems to put an end to the hopes of many anthropologists that the AAA would convert AnthroSource to OA.
Update. Also see this comment by Tom Wilson:
The basis for the decision appears to be, in part, a report by the AAA's Director of Publishing which contains a truly amazing proposition:Today’s electronic environment mitigates against a small scholarly publisher continuing to operate its entire program independently.I don't think I've seen such an unintelligent statement about publishing in the electronic era. It is exactly the opposite of the true situation: the electronic environment makes it easier for scholarly societies to pursue an independent programme. I would urge members of the AAA to abandon their organization (since it has abandoned them to the vagaries of commercial decision making) and develop their own alternative publishing outlets. There are many examples of collaborative, non-commercial OA journals from which they could take models and encouragement.
Don Waters of the Mellon Foundation is willing to fund a study of “the feasibility and desirability of a massive reallocation of institutional funds [from journal subscriptions] to support open access”. From his LibLicense post of August 15:
Cameron Neylon, Open methods vs open data - might the former be even harder? Science in the open, August 17, 2007. Excerpt:
The August issue of Cyberinfrasctructure Technology Watch (CTWatch) is devoted to The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communication and Cyberinfractructure. All the articles are OA-related:
The July issue of Ariadne is now online. Here are the OA-related articles:
Hajar Sotudeh and Abbas Horri, The citation performance of open access journals: A disciplinary investigation of citation distribution models, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, August 17, 2007. Not even an abstract is free online, at least so far.
Update. Thanks to Tom Wilson for sending me an excerpt, from which I've pulled these snippets:
...[C]itations to OA articles increase at a faster rate relative to the increase in publication of OA articles, although this rate is slower than that previously reported for the world science system....
Andrew Richard Albanese, Scan this book! Library Journal, August 17, 2007.
My computer is on the mend. It has a new hard drive, but I’m only half finished with the huge, annoying job of re-installing all my non-free software. Some installed without trouble. Some didn’t recognize my valid registration number, forcing me to live with a free trial edition until I resolved the problem or bought a new copy. Some didn’t recognize my valid files of data and settings, forcing me to start over or plead with unnamed customer service people by email (since of course they don’t use the telephone). Some merely required a day of problem-solving solicitude. Two are still not working, and I still have 13 packages to go.
One side effect is that I may have missed some email sent between Wednesday and today. If you sent me a personal message during that time, I hope you’ll try again. Thanks for understanding.
My computer is failing and tomorrow will undergo a hard-drive transplant. I’ll catch up as soon as we’ve both recuperated.
CARL and SPARC offer Canadian Authors new tool to widen access to published articles, a press release from CARL and SPARC, August 15, 2007. Excerpt:
Gerry Toomey, Sharing the fruits of science, University Affairs, August/September 2007. Excerpt:
The August issue of First Monday is now online. None of the articles directly addresses OA, but readers of OAN may find these of interest:
Andy Powell, How open is The European Library? eFoundations, August 13, 2007. Excerpt:
Klaus Graf shows that almost none of the research output of the Max Planck Society’s law and humanities institutes (as opposed to its natural science institutes) is OA through the Max Planck eDoc Server. Read the original German or in Google’s English.
The Max Planck Society is a major voice for OA and organized the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.
Jason Bobe, Can a personal genome sequence get a creative commons license? The Personal Genome, August 13, 2007. Excerpt:
There are four waves of funding and four deadlines for letters of intent: December 18, 2007, August 18, 2008, December 22, 2009, and August 21, 2009.
The EU is funding an Assessment of the Economic and Social impact of the Public Domain in the Information Society. From the August 8 announcement:
Maurice P.J.P Vanderfeesten and Gerard van Westrienen, A Portal For Doctoral E-Theses in Europe: Lessons Learned from a Demonstrator Project, SURF Foundation, July 2007.
Dean Giustini, UBC's John Willinsky - Stanford Takes Him (For Now), Open Medicine blog, August 12, 2007. Excerpt:
Heather Morrison, NIH Public Access Policy: Is the Funding for an OA transition already there? Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, August 12, 2007. Excerpt:
The German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft or DFG) has announced a funding program to launch new science journals, expand existing journals, and help print journals make the transition to electronic publication. To be eligible for funding, the journals must meet the DFG guidelines for open access, peer review, and preservation. (Thanks to the Informationsplattform Open Access.)
Update. See this comment by Tom Wilson:
The enlightened character of this development compares favourably with the still unresolved policy of the UK Research Councils, which seem continually to be running scared of actually making a decision....[T]he RCUK considers that there are only two forms of open access, "author pays" and "self-archiving". The notion that research funds, instead of supporting commercial publishers through "author payments", could go to the formation of new, collaborative, no fee, no subscription e-journals, is not on their agenda. The real reason for this, of course, is that the Research Councils fear offending government policy towards business - even if those businesses lie mainly outside the UK....
Lisa Junker, Into the Great Wide Open, Associations Now, August 2007.
Peter Murray-Rust, Open data: are licenses needed? A Scientist and the Web, August 11, 2007.