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ONG Derechos Digitales, Las publicaciones necesitan mejorar sus condiciones de acceso al público, press release, November 13, 2009. Read it in the original Spanish or Google's translation. Excerpt of an unofficial translation; errors mine:
Richard Poynder, German petition takes Open Access movement by surprise, Open and Shut?, November 13, 2009. An interview with Lars Fischer, author of the OA petition to the German parliament (English translation).
The November 12 issue of Times Higher Education contains a lengthy feature on OA, as well as an editorial calling for institutional OA mandates:
Nature Publishing Group, Open Access uptake prompts 9% price reduction for The EMBO Journal and EMBO reports, press release, November 12, 2009.
Liz Lyon, Open science at web-scale: Optimising participation and predictive potential, report for JISC, November 10, 2009. From the executive summary:
Participants in the Free Culture Forum (Barcelona, October 29-November 1, 2009) developed this Charter for Innovation, Creativity and Access to Knowledge:
Signatories include the P2P Foundation, Consumers International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, David Bollier, Knowledge Ecology International, Free Knowledge Institute, Amelia Andersdotter (Swedish Pirate Party MEP-elect), Creative Commons Spain, and Students for Free Culture.
Rowena Cullen and Brenda Chawner, National Survey: Perceptions of New Zealand Academic Staff Towards Institutional Repositories, September 2009, OARiNZ, September 24, 2009.
Jacqueline Dutton, University's e-press recasts publishing model, The Australian, November 11, 2009.
Committee for Economic Development Releases Report on Improving Research, Teaching, and Learning in The Digital Age, press release, November 6, 2009.
The report specifically supports the NIH policy, as well as expanding the NIH policy to all non-classified research at other federal agencies.
See also our past post on the draft report, released last month.
Alliance for Taxpayer Access, Nobel Prize-winning scientists urge Congress to act to ensure free online access to federally funded research results, press release, November 10, 2009.
The number of Nobelist signatories on this letter (41) is an increase from past letters: 33 in 2008, 26 in 2007, and 25 in 2004. The signatories include two of the three 2009 laureates in medicine.
OA journal announcements, conversions, and launches spotted in the past week:
Philip Davis, Open Access Memberships: Are Libraries Paying Too Much?, The Scholarly Kitchen, November 9, 2009.
Knowledge Exchange publishes brochure on Comparison of various studies on journal business models, press release, November 9, 2009.
Phillip Edwards, Opportunity knocks: Authors' writing and publishing decisions when manuscripts are solicited, presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science annual meeting (Washington, D.C., October 28-31, 2009). Abstract:
In recent years, mechanisms for distributing scholarly products have increased dramatically in variety, and the ways in which scholars make decisions about where to publish or how to distribute the products of their work have become increasingly unclear. The study discussed in this paper employs a contextualized approach to investigating scholars' work practices related to scholarly communication, borrowing concepts and representational techniques from managerial decision-making research. Existing [science & technology studies] research largely ignores the role that authors' solicited manuscripts play within the larger scholarly communication system; this study approaches these solicited manuscripts as part of a larger portfolio of scholarly work that an author uses to represent his or her academic productivity. Faculty members in the fields of communication and biological sciences at a large, public research university in the United States were selected to participate. Starting from their curricula vitae, in-depth interviews and sorting activities were used to elicit narratives about individuals’ attitudes and practices from their own publishing histories as well as their use of networked tools to distribute their scholarship. Participants spoke about two classes of communication decisions that were qualitatively different: (1) decisions associated with manuscripts that were solicited by 'notable' editors or peers and (2) self-directed decisions about where to publish written reports emerging directly from their scholarship. In both cases, peer review and audience analysis played substantial roles in influencing scholars' decisions; however, the relative 'openness' or 'closedness' of the written products under both sets of conditions varied considerably. Finally, this paper considers the implications of these "opportunity" and "problem" decision stimuli for "gold" and "green" open access initiatives.
Transitions in Scholarly Communications, press release, November 2, 2009.