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In January, we reported a spate of new or forthcoming OA journals from Academic Journals; Jim Till counted the total of extant or announced journals at 54. On the publisher's journals list, there are now 106 journals, by my count. New titles range Journal of AIDS and HIV Research to Journal of Brewing and Distilling.
Scholas is a newly-launched beta service which brands itself as "Social File-Sharing for Academics". The site is run by an Oxford-based company. From the about page:
A group of 21 professors from the University of California have submitted a comment on the proposed Google Books settlement. Among other issues, the faculty are concerned the settlement does not provide support for academic author's "open access preferences". From the comment:
Peter Sefton, Towards Scholarly HTML, Serials Review, June 30, 2009; see also the self-archived OA version. Abstract:
Terry Anderson, Royalties from Open Access, Virtual Canuck, August 19, 2009.
Harold Varmus, A new website for the rapid sharing of influenza research, Public Library of Science, August 20, 2009.
Vivien Marx, PLoS Mulls Hosting Software amid Growing Crossover between Informatics and Publishing, BioInform, August 7, 2009.
Walt Warnick and David Wojick, The Knowledge Investment Curve, OSTIblog, August 19, 2009.
Daniel Cressey, French library denies ‘Google seduction’ claims, The Great Beyond, August 19, 2009.
The National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences has adopted an OA mandate. According to ROARMAP, the policy is the first mandate in China. (Thanks to EIFL.)
See: Li Lin, Liu Xiwen, and Zhang Xiaolin, Open Access Practice in National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science, presented at the IFLA annual conference (Milan, August 23-27, 2009):
... During the preparing of NSL-IR operation, we drafted related archiving policies, guidebooks, and other mechanisms, which can be divided into 3 levels. Firstly, it is the basic principles and archiving policy. NSL adopted the mandate policy, which mandates the NSL members to archive the article to the NSL-IR 1 month after the article was published. The articles submitted by the NSL members will be one of the main evidences and references for the members’ final year performance evaluation, which impacts on the salaries and other treatments of the faculties and staffs. The archiving policy also stipulates the dissemination principles and the mission of NSL-IR. Secondly, it is the related addendums. We drafted series of addendums, including Copyright License Addendums, Conference achievements hosted by NSL Archiving License, Journals hosted by NSL Archiving License. For the CAS institutes whose articles published in foreign journals, we also translated and edited the RoMEO Guidebook to introduce the foreign publishers’ copyright licenses to CAS scientists. Thirdly, it is operational guidebooks, including the procedure of IR operation and IR system handbook. We provide the detailed documents of the IR operation procedure to the institute libraries, which are the IR operational department in the CAS institutes. Also, we edit many kinds of system handbook, for the users, administrators, and policy maker, with both the simple version and the detailed version. ...
See also our past posts on the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Jay Walsh, 3,000,000, Wikimedia Blog, August 17, 2009.
Canada's Ministers of Industry and Canadian Heritage are conducting a consultation on copyright reform, soliciting comments until September 13. Of particular interest to OAN are comments calling for an "open" copyright system or an end to Crown copyright. See Michael Geist's tallies of the submissions so far (1, 2, 3). For examples, see comments by the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities ("more practical access to orphan works ... [e]liminate Crown copyright") or by the Green Party of Canada ("Crown copyright and public domain must be reformed to build a healthy information commons").
Xian Ke, Bringing the power of Creative Commons to Google Books, Inside Google Books, August 13, 2009.