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Norman Oder, Google Signs Print-on-Demand Deal for Two Million Public Domain Titles, Library Journal, September 17, 2009.
Update. See also the press release from On Demand Books and the blog post from Google Books.
Paul Graham, Post-Medium Publishing, Paul Graham, September 2009.
Center for History and New Media, CHNM Labs Report on Mobile Usage in Museums, press release, September 17, 2009.
Steven Inchcoombe, NPG's annual letter to customers (2009), Nature Publishing Group, September 17, 2009. (Thanks to Information World Review.)
See also our past post on Cell Death & Disease.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research, PMC Canada: Making Canadian health research accessible to all, press release, September 16, 2009.
See also our past posts on PMC Canada.
The Open University last month released its strategic priorities for 2009-10. Among the 5 business areas:
OU Freemium — new businesses deriving income from open educational resources (OER) and associated services. This business area was previously called "OU for Free" and has been re-titled to stress the need to monetise OER in order to create a sustainable business model. It includes OpenLearn, SocialLearn, iTunesU and Open Research Online.N.B. Open Research Online is the university's OA institutional repository.
This summer, Creative Commons started compiling a database of university copyright ownership policies. An analysis is forthcoming, but several American universities are already listed, and the database is a wiki, so users can add others. The entries consider ownership policies with regard to creative works, courseware, materials, and student works, as well as whether the university has an OA policy.
Several organizations have released statements of support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S.1373), the U.S. legislation which would provide OA to funded research government-wide:
Michael Geist, Has Someone Hit the Delete Key on Canada's Digitization Strategy?, Michael Geist, September 12, 2009.
Ricardo Saraiva, Open Access in Portugal, Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal, posted on August 19, 2009. Abstract:
From the conclusions:
See also our past posts on RCAAP.
Joseph S. Ross, et al., Trial Publication after Registration in ClinicalTrials.Gov: A Cross-Sectional Analysis, PLoS Medicine, September 8, 2009. Editors' summary:
Sylvain Mathieu, et al., Comparison of Registered and Published Primary Outcomes in Randomized Controlled Trials, Journal of the American Medical Association, September 2, 2009. Only this abstract is OA, at least so far:
Also see coverage by Nature News (subscription required) and Science Progress.
Alex Golub, Shuttering Mana'o, Open Access Anthropology, August 25, 2009.
See also our past posts on Mana'o.
Update. See also comments by Dorothea Salo:
Ijad Madisch, Self-Archiving Repository goes online, ResearchGATE Blog, September 15, 2009.
See also this comment by Lorenz Khazaleh at antropologi.info:
Marla Fogelman, PubMed Central® Releases New Search Option for Embargoed Articles, NLM Technical Bulletin, September 10, 2009.
Denise Nicholson, Tips for Developing Countries when reviewing Copyright Laws, African Copyright & Access to Knowledge Project, September 9, 2009.
Benjamin J. Keele, Balancing Copyright Privileges in Law Journal Publication Agreements: An Empirical Study, working paper, self-archived September 11, 2009. Abstract:
This study examines forty-nine law journal publication agreements and finds that a minority of journals ask authors to transfer copyright. Most journals also permit authors to self-archive articles with some conditions. The study recommends journals make their agreements publicly available and use licenses instead of copyright transfers.
Mohammad Hanief Bhat, Open access publishing in Indian premier research institutions, Information Research, September 2009. Abstract:
Following on the compact to support OA journals (which Cornell signed) and on Harvard's OA fund to implement it, Cornell is launching an OA fund.
George Lowery, New funds help faculty publish in open-access journals, Cornell Chronicle, September 15, 2009.
The details of the fund are largely the same as Harvard's. A few areas where they differ:
On the heels of the Harvard-led compact to support OA journals:
Stuart Shieber, Harvard’s new open-access fund, The Occasional Pamphlet, September 15, 2009.
Harvard’s participation in the open-access compact is being managed by the Office for Scholarly Communication, which has set up an open-access fund—the Harvard Open-Access Publishing Equity (HOPE) fund—consistent with the compact. Through HOPE, Harvard will reimburse eligible authors for open-access processing fees. Initially, members of the four Harvard faculties—Arts and Sciences, Education, Government, and Law—that have formally adopted open-access policies will be eligible to make use of the fund, with other faculties becoming eligible as they develop open-access policies. More information about Harvard’s fund can be found at the OSC web site.
From the HOPE fund site:
See also this interview with Shieber from Harvard University Library Notes.
Comments. Kudos to Harvard for (again) putting its money where its mouth is.
A Compact for Open-Access Publication, press release, September 14, 2009.
See also our past post on this proposal.
Update. See also my comments:
... I don’t see why the compact couldn’t have been a commitment to fund OA journals in general rather than to fund publication charges at OA journals.
Update. Cornell launched an OA fund.
Update. Also see comments on Law Librarian Blog.
A few days ago, PLoS Medicine posted an announcement that, as part of celebrations for the journal's 5th anniversary, it was holding a contest for best OA article in medicine from the past 5 years, with a list of nominees. Today, the original announcement had been pulled and this update was posted on the journal's blog:
Susan Jones, PLoS Medicine’s 5th anniversary competition – update, Speaking of Medicine, September 15, 2009.
We are currently running a competition to find the best open access medicine paper of the past 5 years — many thanks to all of you who have voted. Unfortunately, it has now come to our attention that one of the articles shortlisted was not an open access paper, but instead was free access. So, we’ve had to suspend voting temporarily and we’ll be relaunching the competition as soon as possible. We would like to unreservedly apologise to all those who have already cast their votes and reassure you that you’ll be able to cast your vote again. Although free access is a step in the right direction, it differs from open access, because true open access means that you can not only read articles for free, but can download, copy, distribute, and use (with attribution) any way you wish. Open access is a core principle of PLoS; this problem illustrates how easy it is to fall foul of this important distinction but serves to remind us about the key difference between free and open access that we’re seeking to highlight.
Nature Publishing Group, Introducing Cell Death & Disease - a new open access journal for 2010, press release, September 14, 2009.
The OA journal PLoS ONE won the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers' 2009 award for Publishing Innovation. The award was announced at the ALPSP annual conference (Oxford, September 9-11, 2009).