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Alexandre Linhares, A modest (billion-dollar) proposal, The Human Intuition Project, October 6, 2007. Linhares is the Director-General of the Brazilian Chapter of the Club of Rome. Excerpt:
Robin Peek, I Interview Me on Open Access, Wikis@GSLIS, October 5, 2007.
Comment. You don't see this everyday: an OA preprint of a newspaper column, and one about OA to boot. Kudos to Robin for trying it and to Information Today for allowing it.
Paul D. Thacker, Investigative reporting can produce a “higher obligation”, SEJournal, Summer 2007. Excerpt:
Digital Library Center provides online dissertations, Inside UF, September 27, 2007. Excerpt:
Parliamentarians call for more books to be put online, EurActiv, September 27, 2007. (Thanks to ResourceShelf.) Excerpt:
Ehud Ben Zvi, A Prototype for Further Publication Development of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and Other Open-Access Journals, Society of Biblical Literature Forum, September 2007. (Thanks to Sansblogue.) Excerpt:
If you use Infomine, this tip should help:
Ulrich Herb, Online oder unsichtbar, Telepolis, October 5, 2007. A report on the meeting, Open Access Policies deutscher Verlage (Stuttgart, September 26, 2007). Read it in the original German or in Google's English.
PS: If someone could post an English summary of this article, or first-hand observations of the September 26 meeting, to SOAF, then I'd link to it from this post.
Under a new agreement between the University of Göttingen and Springer, all articles by Göttingen faculty published in Springer journals will be OA under the Springer Open Choice program. Read yesterday's announcement in German or in Google's English.
Comment. The press release doesn't say whether Göttingen is paying anything beyond its current Springer subscriptions for this extra benefit. (The Open Choice publication fee is normally $3,000 per article.) If so, then the deal is much like an institutional membership program. But if not, then it's like the Springer deal with the Dutch library consortium, Universiteitsbibliotheken en de Koninklijke Bibliotheek (UKB), in which current subscription payments are considered to cover publication fees as well.
In my newsletter article Tuesday on Flipping a journal to open access, I cited the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) as an example of an OA publication adopting a strategy similar to the second stage of a two-flip conversion. (Sorry. I know this won't make sense for those who haven't read the article.)
SEP's Principal Editor Ed Zalta and Senior Editor Uri Nodelman believe I may have given a false impression of SEP's fund-raising program, and they may be right. The full story of SEP's fund-raising strategy is interestingly complicated and I've often blogged the details. However, in the Tuesday newsletter I only described it as much as necessary to show the connection to the second half of a two-flip conversion. As a result, I omitted many details and may have created a false impression. I'm happy to post this clarification from Zalta and Nodelman:
PS: For more background, see the SEP's page on its fund-raising strategy.
For OCA's New Partners, Scan Plan Is a Commitment of Dollars and "Sense", Library Journal Academic Newswire, October 4, 2007. Excerpt:
PS: For more on the UConn participation in the project, see the October 1 story in the UConn weekly newspaper.
Jennifer Howard, Anti-Open-Access Effort by Publishing Group Loses Another University Press, Chronicle of Higher Education News blog, October 4, 2007. Excerpt:
Emma Hill, JCB content automatically deposited in PubMed Central (PMC), Journal of Cell Biology, October 1, 2007. An editorial. Excerpt:
Comment. This goes well beyond standard green policies that permit self-archiving. It even goes beyond the few that positively encourage self-archiving. It guarantees OA archiving and doesn't leave it to the initiative of busy authors unfamiliar with their options. Automatic deposit in PMC is routine for OA journals at PLoS and BMC, but don't forget that JCB is a TA journal. Moreover, JCB is depositing the published editions of its articles, not the unedited author manuscripts, and doing so from self-interest, not the goad of payments from authors or funding agencies. Compare the HHMI deal with Elsevier in which Elsevier would not deposit even the unedited author manuscripts in PMC without payment of $1,000-1,500 per paper. If other journals follow the lead of JCB, then the OA percentage of the new literature will rapidly approach 100% and funding agencies like HHMI will never again accede to archiving demands like those of Elsevier. Kudos to JCB and Rockefeller University Press.
Nelson Pavlosky, FreeCulture.org is now Students for Free Culture, FreeCulture.org, October 2, 2007. Excerpt:
Elodie Portales-Casamar and seven co-authors, PAZAR: a framework for collection and dissemination of cis-regulatory sequence annotation, GenomeBiology, October 4, 2007.
From the PAZAR Project Outline:
Peter Monaghan, Publishers and Treasury Office Settle Suit Over Restrictions on Authors in Nations Under Embargo, Chronicle of Higher Education, October 3, 2007 (accessible only to subscribers). Excerpt:
Comment. This is one issue on which I see eye to eye with the publishers. It was a scandal that the Treasury Department ever applied trade embargoes to scientific editing, as if ironing out an awkward sentence or fixing a diction error were analogous to exporting munitions. The settlement is a major step forward, but the continuing requirement for a government license to edit manuscripts submitted by scientists from "enemy" nations is a serious impediment to the freedom of the press and the dissemination of research. For background, see my many previous posts on this long-running controversy.
Update. Also see the press release on the settlement from the AAP/PSP, AAUP, PEN American Center, and Arcade Publishing.
Richard Poynder, The IP world is not for the weak minded, Open and Shut, October 3, 2007.
Richard interviews Peter Vanderheyden, the Vice President for Global Intellectual Property at Elsevier's LexisNexis. At the close of the interview, Vanderheyden explains why he believes OA would not work for a high-end patent database and why he's not considering it for LexisNexis generally.
Yasmin Anwar, Campus launches YouTube channel, UC Berkeley News, October 3, 2007. Excerpt:
Peter Becker and Jos van Helvoort, Benefits of Open Access Publishing for students in higher education, in Proceedings EADI IMWG Conference 2007, The Hague, 2007. Self-archived October 4, 2007.
In my newsletter article yesterday on Flipping a journal to open access, I gave a couple of examples that came close to embodying the concept.
Here's one I missed. Jan Velterop wrote to remind me of the Springer deal with the Dutch library consortium, Universiteitsbibliotheken en de Koninklijke Bibliotheek (UKB). Here's the key provision in the agreement:
The UKB member institutions are already paying subscription fees, and now, with no extra payment, they are considered to be paying publication fees on behalf of their faculty. Unlike a full Rowsean flip, the journals don't become OA. But the new articles by authors at UKB member institutions will be OA, and for the same money that formerly bought reader access (to the non-OA articles in Springer journals), the UKB member institutions are now buying both reader access to non-OA articles and author access to OA articles.
If I missed other examples, I'd very much like to hear about them.
Stevan Harnad, Departmental Repositories, Institutional Repositories, and Research Record-Keeping, Open Access Archivangelism, October 2, 2007.
Michael Wong has blogged some notes on Teaching for a World of Increasing Access to Knowledge (Vancouver, September 18, 2007). Excerpt:
Scott Kiel-Chisholm, Academic Authorship, Publishing Agreements and Open Access Survey, OAK Law Project blog, October 1, 2007. Excerpt:
The latest intelligence is that the Senate will vote on the bill to mandate OA at the NIH sometime during the week of October 15-19. That gives us more time to ask our Senators to support the bill.
I've collected all the info you need right here. If you haven't already contacted your Senators, please do. And please spread the word to others. Messages should arrive before the end of business on Friday, October 12, to be sure that Senators see them in time. That's 10 days.
A. Hijikata and 39 co-authors, Construction of an open-access database that integrates cross-reference information from the transcriptome and proteome of immune cells, Bioinformatics, September 25, 2007. I'm linking to the PubMed abstract because the relevant issue of the journal isn't yet online.
Update. Rufus Pollock points out that this database does not permit commercial re-use.
Gavin Baker, Open Access Journal Literature as an Open Educational Resource, a presentation at the Advisory Committee on Open Education Resources of the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
The committee is also willing to hear comments from the public on OERs. Send them to Patrick Cushing.
Jean-Baptiste Piggin, Book industry resists free internet access to text, EUX.TV, October 2, 2007. (Thanks to Klaus Graf.) Excerrpt:
Laying the foundations for the European Digital Library, a press release from EDLnet, October 1, 2007. Excerpt:
I just mailed the October issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at an idea of Mark Rowse, former CEO of Ingenta, for converting subscription journals to open access. The round-up section briefly notes 98 OA developments from September.
CBCRA Introduces Policy on Open Access, Breast Cancer Research Bulletin, the Spring/Summer 2007 (scroll to p. 7). The CBCRA is the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, a public-private partnership. Thanks to Jim Till for the alert and for presenting the new policy alongside my coverage of the old policy. From the new announcement:
From my newsletter coverage of CBCRA's previous policy (August 2006):
All for Open Access, an unsigned editorial in the Harvard Crimson, October 2, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. Also see the follow-up letter to the editor, Open Access, But Who Really Pays? by H. Frederick Dylla (executive director of the American Institute of Physics) and Gene D. Sprouse (editor-in-chief of the American Physical Society).
A. A. Adams, Copyright and research: an archivangelist’s perspective, SCRIPT-ed, September 2007. Excerpt:
Update. Also see Stevan Harnad's comments on Adams' paper.
NIH Launches Extensive Open-Access Dataset of Genetic and Clinical Data, a press release from the NIH, October 1, 2007. Excerpt:
From the synopsis:
From the body of the interview:
Sergio Sismondo, Ghost Management: How Much of the Medical Literature Is Shaped Behind the Scenes by the Pharmaceutical Industry? PLoS Medicine, September 25, 2007. Excerpt:
Comment. What's the OA connection? Some publishers worry out loud and groundlessly that OA will undermine peer review and quality control, but then work with pharma companies to undermine peer review and quality control themselves and profit handsomely from it.
Peter Brantley, Making a Brouhaha in the Blogosphere, O'Reilly Radar, September 30, 2007. Excerpt:
Stevan Harnad, Success Rate of the First of the Self-Archiving Mandates: Southampton ECS, Open Access Archivangelism, September 30, 2007.
Yesterday Heather Morrison added four blog posts to her series on Canadian Leadership in the Open Access Movement:
Heather Morrison, Dramatic Growth of Open Access Series: September 30, 2007 Update, Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, September 30, 2007. Excerpt:
Update. Søren Bertil Fabricius Dorch has translated highlights of Heather's post into Danish.
Graham Steele, Conference Report, McBlawg, September 29, 2007. Excerpt: