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National Book Trust of Uganda, Commercial Publishers experiment with Open Access, press release, November 17, 2009.
SciELO Brazil adopts Creative Commons attribution of access and use, Virtual Health Library Newsletter, November 16, 2009.
Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age, National Academies Press, November 2009. A report of the National Academies' Committee on Ensuring the Utility and Integrity of Research Data in a Digital Age, published in book form last week. From the summary:
Danielle Venton, OpenAIRE: archive access anytime, anywhere, International Science Grid This Week, November 25, 2009.
Rebecca Trager, Nobel laureates appeal for open access, Chemistry World, November 17, 2009.
Hamish Johnston, Nobel laureates call for open access, physicsworld.com, November 19, 2009.
S. A. Rands, Ethical policies on animal experiments are not compromised by whether a journal is freely accessible or charges for publication, animal, June 29, 2009. Abstract:
The advent of the open access (OA) movement in publishing has been instrumental in causing a shift in the accessibility of research findings published in academic journals. The adoption of OA and other online publication models means that the results of scientific research published in journals using a free access (FA) framework are now available, free of charge, to anyone with access to the Internet. FA journals typically require a payment from the authors of a manuscript, which has raised concerns about the quality of work published in them; accepting payment from an author may compromise a journal’s acceptance criteria. This study addresses whether journal policy on the treatment of animals is influenced by whether a journal follows a FA publishing model, and whether a requirement to pay for publication has an influence. A random sample of 332 biomedical journals listed in the ISI Web of Knowledge and Directory of Open Access Journals databases were assessed for whether they had an ethical policy on publishing animal studies, and what form of publication framework they used (103 of the journals followed a FA framework; 101 charged in some way for publication). Only 135 (40.7%) of the journals surveyed demanded that submissions comply with a pre-defined ethical stance. FA journals are just as likely to have an ethical policy on the treatment and presentation of animal studies as ‘traditional’, non-FA journals (significance of there being a difference: P = 0.98), and there is no relationship between policy and whether an author is required to pay for publication (significance of there being a difference: P = 0.57). Older journals are more likely to have an ethical policy (P = 0.03). There is, therefore, no obvious compromise shown by FA journals in the explicit policies on reporting studies involving animals. However, since anyone can read published FA studies online, FA journals that do not have an explicit policy about publishing animal research are urged to consider adopting one.
Jonathan A. Eisen, For $&%# sake, Bentham Open Journals, leave me alone, The Tree of Life, November 19, 2009.
Philip Davis, Giving Open Access a Bad Name, The Scholarly Kitchen, November 23, 2009.
Chris Armbruster and Laurent Romary, Comparing Repository Types: Challenges and Barriers for Subject-Based Repositories, Research Repositories, National Repository Systems and Institutional Repositories in Serving Scholarly Communication, working paper, November 23, 2009. Abstract:
The authors invite comments.
Alliance for Taxpayer Access, New England University Presidents Back Bill for Public Access, press release, November 23, 2009.
Prateek Vasireddy, Faculty approves MESALC master’s, The Cavalier Daily, November 23, 2009.
David Wiley, Two Units in BYU Adopt Open Access Policies, iterating toward openness , November 23, 2009.
See also: Peter included BYU in his January newsletter's list of "mandate proposals known to be under discussion".