Archive for the ‘Open Access’ Category

Nobel Prize Winner to Boycott Leading Science Journals

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Randy Schekman, a professor at UC Berkeley and co-winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, announced Monday in a “Comment” piece in The Guardian that his lab would stop submitting research articles to Nature, Cell, and Science, which he describes as “luxury journals.”

He has taken this action because of what he describes as “inappropriate incentives”: their practice of publishing articles about the most attention-getting research rather than the best/most important research. He proposes publishing in open-access journals edited by working scientists instead and encourages universities and funding agencies to consider the quality of the published research rather than the outlet in which it appeared.

UC Open Access Policy Takes Effect for UCLA Faculty Today

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The new systemwide UC Open Access Policy takes effect for UCLA faculty starting today, November 1, 2013.  As UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh noted in an October 8 announcement, the policy “allows faculty members to maintain legal control over their research articles while making their work much more widely available to the public.”

This policy places the UC system in the company of more than 175 prestigious colleges and universities across the country, though we’re the largest to date. It does not require publication in open access journals or the payment of publication fees; instead, it commits faculty to making a version of each journal article published on or after November 1, 2013, available publicly in an open access repository, such as UC’s own eScholarship repository or a subject repository.

The UCLA Library is working with the Academic Senate to make implementation as easy as possible for UCLA faculty. More information is available on the Library’s web page about the policy, and questions and requests for assistance can be emailed to

White House Makes Government Data Publicly Accessible

Friday, May 10th, 2013

The White House has taken steps to make all data created and stored by the federal government openly accessible to the public. The president issued an executive order, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy established an open data policy, both of which require data generated by the government from this point on to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while safeguarding privacy, confidentiality, and security as necessary.

White House Issues Directive on Public Access to Federally Funded Research

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a directive that aims to increase public access to the results of federally funded research.  This policy memorandum directs federal agencies spending more than $100 million in research and development grants to develop plans that will make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public and that will require researchers to better manage digital data resulting from federally funded research.

Public-access Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Zoe Lofgren joined her House colleagues Mike Doyle and Kevin Yoder to introduce the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), designed to increase the openness, transparency, and accessibility of publicly funded research results.  The legislation, which has attracted wide bipartisan support, would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide public online access to manuscripts resulting from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Senators John Cornyn and Ron Wyden also introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.

Elsevier Launches New Open-access Journal

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Elsevier, a major publisher of science, technology, and medicine journals, has launched a new open-access journalNeuroImage: Clinical focuses on the study of abnormal structure-function relationships of the human nervous system based on imaging.

Particle Physics Journals Move to Open Access

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) has announced that it has negotiated agreements with twelve journals in particle physics that will make some ninety percent of their articles available via open access in perpetuity beginning in 2014. Article publishing fees will be paid centrally by SCOAP3 from a fund to which libraries, research agencies, and consortial partners contribute, and participating journals will lower their licensing/subscription fees.

UCSF Academic Senate Approves Open Access Policy

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

By a unanimous vote, the UCSF Academic Senate has adopted an open access policy, making scholarly articles produced by its faculty freely available to the public.  UCSF is the first UC campus and the largest scientific institution in the U.S. to adopt such a policy; it is also country’s leading public recipient of funds from the National Institutes of Health, which has its own public access policy. Under this new policy, UCSF faculty must make their articles available through an open-access repository such as UC eScholarship or the NIH-sponsored PubMed Central.

University of Minnesota Launches Open Textbook Catalog

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

An Open Textbook Catalog is available from the University of Minnesota, offering options that will help reduce students’ costs for books. To make it easier for potential users to judge each title’s quality, its contents are being reviewed by Minnesota faculty; reviewers from other institutions are invited to participate as well.

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.