Archive for February, 2010

NIH Public Access Policy Workshop March 4

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The UCLA Library will offer “Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy,” a workshop for UCLA faculty, researchers, and administrators, on Thursday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. The session will cover what the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy means for NIH-funded researchers at UCLA and how UCLA librarians can help them comply. It will be led by members of the Library’s Scholarly Communication Steering Committee.

Attendance is limited to UCLA faculty, researchers, and administrators. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

“How-to” Guide to Publishing an Open-access Journal

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

An online guide providing practical information on planning, setting up, launching, publishing, and managing an open-access scholarly journal is now available. Additional resources include links to related information, samples of applied practices, and downloadable tools that can be adapted. Users can also share their own best practices, tips, and suggestions through a comment field.

The guide has been developed by the Lund University Library and Co-Action Publishing.  Although it contains some information that is specific to the Nordic region, most of its content can be applied internationally.

Scholarly Publishing Roundtable Issues Report

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

A report has been issued by the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable, which was created in June 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in coordination with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.   Charged with examining the current state of scholarly publishing and developing recommendations to expand public access to journal articles arising from research funded by federal agencies, the committee included academic administrators, librarians, publishers, and researchers.

The group’s recommendations were endorsed by twelve of its fourteen members. The two dissenters were publishers’ representatives from Elsevier and Public Library of Science.