Archive for April, 2012

Harvard Faculty Memo Criticizes High Journals Prices, Supports Alternatives

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The faculty advisory committee to the Harvard University Library has issued a memorandum to all faculty criticizing the high and ever-increasing prices of journal titles and packages.  The memo notes that “…major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable. Doing so would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas, already compromised.”

Among other actions, the memo recommends that faculty publish in Harvard’s open access repository and open access journals and consider resigning from editorial boards of journals that will not consider open access publishing models or publishers with more reasonable pricing models.

Directory of Open Access Books Launched in Beta

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

A beta version of a Directory of Open Access Books has been launched to gather user feedback, which will be used to develop it further. The contents, focused on peer-reviewed books published under an open access license, currently total approximately 750 books from more than twenty publishers; academic publishers are invited to submit metadata for their open access books. The directory comprises a searchable index linked to full text on publishers’ websites.

Economist Editorial Supports Public Access to Funded Research

Friday, April 13th, 2012

An editorial in the April 14, 2012, edition of The Economist comes out strongly in favor of public access to articles resulting from goverment-funded research: “Government bodies that fund academic research should require that the results be made available free to the public. So should charities that fund research.”

World Bank Announces Open Access Policy

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The World Bank will implement a new open access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products as of July 1, 2012.  As the policy’s first phase, the bank has launched an “open knowledge repository” and adopted Creative Commons copyright licenses.  Under the new policy, anyone will be able to use, re-use, and redistribute most World Bank knowledge products and research outputs for commercial or non-commercial purposes. 

The policy will also apply to the institution’s two journals, World Bank Research Observer and World Bank Economic Review, which are published by Oxford University Press. In accordance with the terms of the third-party publisher agreements, this content will be subject to publishing embargoes, but the amount of time it takes for externally published World Bank content to be included in its institutional repository is expected to diminish over time.