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Here's more of what to expect for the upcoming international Open Access Week (October 19-23, 2009):
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) new Principles on Conduct of Clinical Trials and Communication of Clinical Trial Results took effect on October 1. (Thanks to the Wall Street Journal Health Blog.) The voluntary guidelines describe ethical standards for industry-sponsored clinical trials.
The New York Public Library and Kirtas Technologies Partner to Make 500,000 Public-Domain Books Available to the World, press release, September 29, 2009.
Via email, Jonathan Pace of NYPL tells me that the digitized books will "ultimately" be OA: "We don't have a specific timeline, but we are currently looking into it."
See also our past posts on Kirtas.
I just mailed the October issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. This issue takes a close look at ten challenges facing OA journals. The roundup section briefly notes 177 OA developments from September.
Update. Correction: I tried and failed to mail the October issue. I'm having trouble with my ISP and can't send any email at all. I'm sure it's temporary, and my ISP simply found the perfect time to let the gremlins out. In the meantime you can read the online edition of the newsletter, which is identical to the email edition.
Two recent statements of support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, S.1373), the U.S. legislation which would provide OA to publicly-funded research government-wide:
Here's a new feature I'm trying out. The aim is to distill some of the news that comes across the Open Access Tracking Project every day, but that doesn't require as extensive coverage as our full posts. Let me know what you think. —Gavin
Heather Morrison, Dramatic Growth of Open Access: September 30, 2009, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, September 30, 2009.
This issue of The Dramatic Growth of Open Access features a few key quotable numbers to illustrate the growth and current extent of open access: more than 4,000 fully open access, peer reviewed journals in DOAJ, growing by 2 titles per day; close to 1,500 open access repositories listed in OpenDOAR, adding a new repository every business day; over 30 million free publications through Scientific Commons, growing by more than 20 thousands items per day; more than 20% of the world's medical literature is freely available 2 years after publication, and close to 10% is freely available immediately on publication; 1 more journal decides to submit all or most content to PMC every business day, and growth of open access journals in PMC is one new journal every other business day. The number of open access mandate policies is well over a hundred, and growing rapidly - but also likely understated. If you have a policy, please be sure to register with ROARMAP. This quarter saw some minor setbacks. Most notable (but still small) is a decrease in free content through Highwire Press. ...
Colin Smith, Institutional repositories and the REF, Open Research Online, September 30, 2009.
See also our past posts on the Research Assessment Exercise and the Research Excellence Framework.
Also see Durbin's press release on the bill.
Comment. Is this the first federal legislation to define "open license"?
See also our past posts on Sen. Durbin, or our past post on a similar piece of legislation in the House, the LOW COST Act.
T. V. Padma, Agricultural research 'should be open access', SciDev.Net, September 29, 2009.
Minutes from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, September 23, 2009:
... [Vice Provost and Director of Libraries H. Carton Rogers] outlined various current models used for open access publishing, and the growing interest from the government and numerous universities in the open access movement. He suggested that the increased visibility and accessibility that comes with open access publishing benefits authors as well as readers and is a way to make the research and scholarship happening at Penn more widely available to the global community of scholars. Vice Provost for Research Steve Fluharty also announced that Provost Vincent Price would be interested in forming a faculty committee to address Open Access issues in the Penn context....
Two recent comments on the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, where students from schools not participating in the compact call on their universities to do so:
Danny Crichton, On open access, Stanford’s leadership falters, The Stanford Daily, September 29, 2009.
Lindsey Stull, Strengthening shoulders, The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 29, 2009.
Also see comments by Parker Higgins of Students for Free Culture.
See also our past post on COPE.
On September 24, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced its latest National Leadership Grants. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) Among the grants is $850,000 to Georgia Tech to develop a statewide IR:
The Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, Albany State University, North Georgia College and State University, and the College of Coastal Georgia, will build a statewide institutional repository (IR) called the GALILEO Knowledge Repository. The partners will also host a national symposium on statewide and consortial repositories, create instructional materials, conduct consortial IR training, and offer consulting services. This project will advance scholarly communication by expanding the use of IRs by U.S. colleges and universities and by increasing the number of professionals with knowledge and skills in managing consortial IRs.Several of the other grants ($17.9 million in all) are also related to OA; see the full list, especially the "Advancing Digital Resources" category.
Two related OA textbooks initiatives from Florida:
U.Va. Faculty Senate Weighs Access to Scholarly Articles, UVA Today, September 28, 2009.
See also our past post on the proposed mandate or all past posts on UVa.
Jadranka Stojanovski, Jelka Petrak, and Bojan Macan, The Croatian national open access journal platform, Learned Publishing, October 2009. Abstract:
Until recently, Croatian scientific journals were accessible only in print form and only to a relatively small audience. A national online journals platform was therefore planned to offer publishers a simple tool for building online versions of their journals and to make them open access. The platform, named Hrčak, was launched in 2006, supported by governmental funds. It currently includes 170 open access (OA) journals. Most journals include backfiles from 2006 onwards; the average archived period is 6.3 years. 56.5% of the journals come from the fields of social sciences and humanities. Metadata from the Hrčak platform are regularly harvested by OA repositories. To increase the number of Croatian journals covered by relevant bibliographic and full-text databases, Hrčak has forged links with Elsevier, Thomson Reuters and EBSCO. So far, the main achievements include assisting publishers in the process of electronic publishing, and improving accessibility to Croatian scientific output.See also our past post on Hrčak.
Jeff Young, College Bookstores Hope to Turn Their Web Sites Into E-Book Portals, The Wired Campus, September 24, 2009.
Also see the NACS press release.