Archive for August, 2008

Europe to Pilot Open-Access Project for EU-Financed Research

Monday, August 25th, 2008

In a similar move to the NIH Public Access Policy, the European Union Commission began an open-access initiative by piloting a project which requires making all published research results funded by the EU to be made openly available after 6-12 months of publication.  The funds, totaling over 50 billion Euros, cover research in health, energy, environment, social sciences, and information and communication technologies.  The pilot will run through the end of 2008.

Analysis of Publishers’ Agreements Meant To Help Authors Make Informed Decisions

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Ben Grillot researched 12 publishers’ agreements to determine how well they meet the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy which allows for NIH-funded research to be deposited in PubMed Central and made publicly available after 12 months.

The Association of Research Libraries published his results in “PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights: Agreements between 12 Publishers and the Authors Subject to the NIH Public Access Policy”.

The press release states: “Grillot concludes that the significant variability in publisher agreements requires authors with NIH funding to closely examine publisher agreements and the rights granted and retained when deciding where to publish their research. His analysis of these 12 agreements will help authors determine what to look for in an agreement and what questions to ask before signing”.