Archive for May, 2008

More Journals to Submit Final Published Articles to PubMed Central

Monday, May 19th, 2008

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains a list of journal titles whose publishers will submit final published articles to PubMed Central (PMC) for authors in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy. This will make complying with the new policy easier for NIH-funded researchers who publish in these journals.

Last week, six journals were added to the growing list of more than 350.  The new titles are Biotechnology for Biofuels, HPB Surgery, International Archives of Medicine, Journal of Chiropractic Education, Marine Drugs, and Molecular Cytogenetics.

Thanks to Open Access News for the update.

Open Humanities Press Debuts this Month

Monday, May 12th, 2008

The Chronicle of Higher Education announced the debut of the Open Humanities Press, an international open-access press for the humanities.  The press is beginning with seven established journals:

Open Humanities Press describes itself as “A grassroots response to the crisis in scholarly publishing in the humanities … an international open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought freely available worldwide.”

Harvard Law Approves Open-Access Policy

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

On the heels of the open-access policy approved by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School announced yesterday that its faculty unanimously voted to make all faculty members’ scholarly articles available online for free.

In the announcement the Dean Elena Kagan states: “Our decision to embrace ‘open access’ means that people everywhere can benefit from the ideas generated here at the Law School.”

More on this at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg, and the Harvard Crimson.

University Press Allows Authors to Retain Copyright

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Through the use of a Create Commons license Rockefeller University Press allows authors to retain the copyright to their intellectual property after a six month embargo.  The journals covered by this include: The Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and the Journal of General Physiology.  A recent editorial in the Journal of Cell Biology Press give details of the decision.  Fulltext of the new copyright policy is avaialble here:


Thanks to Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press who corrected an error in this post:

“The new copyright policy of The Rockefeller University Press allows authors to retain the copyright to their published work at all times, without any embargo period. We have also released all of our content for re-use by third parties under a share-alike, attribution, non-commercial license, immediately after publication. The only embargo is that we restrict the creation of free mirror sites within the first 6 after publication.”