Archive for the ‘Open Access’ Category

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.

California Representatives Sign On to FRPAA

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Henry Waxman have joined more than twenty bipartisan co-sponsors of the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This legislation would require federal agencies to provide public online access to articles reporting on the results of federally funded research no more than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Joint bills were introduced in both the House and Senate on February 9 and have attracted broad bipartisan support for their potential to fuel innovation and economic growth.

UCLA Faculty Sign Elsevier Pledge

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Several UCLA faculty have signed The Cost of Knowledge, a pledge not to support any journal published by Reed Elsevier unless the company changes its academic publishing practices.  As of this morning, more than 4,400 people have signed the pledge.

The pledge grew out of a blog post by Timothy Gowers, a Fields Medal-winning mathematician at the University of Cambridge. In that post, he stated that he would not submit or referee papers for any Elsevier journals or serve on any of its editorial boards until the company changed its practices of charging high prices, bundling titles, being difficult to negotiate price with, and supporting legislation like SOPA and the Research Works Act.

UCLA mathematician Terence Tao commented on the pledge on his blog.

New Faculty Survey on Scholarly Communication

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

A recent survey of faculty at the University of Toronto assessed their awareness, attitudes, and practices when it comes to scholarly communication.  Results are compared with a 2007 survey of UC faculty.

World Bank Development Data Now Freely Available

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The World Bank has made its extensive catalog of developmental data publicly available without restriction or fees. This includes more than two thousand health, economic, human development, financial, and business statistics covering more than two hundred countries.  Access had previously been restricted to subscribers.

Federal Research Public Access Bill Introduced in House

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) has been introduced in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan list of co-sponsors.  The bill would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide public online access to research papers resulting from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate in 2009.

Duke Faculty Adopt Open-Access Policy

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Academic Council at Duke University has unanimously adopted an open-access policy that will apply to all scholarly articles written by Duke faculty.  The policy was passed on March 18; background information is available on the Duke news Web site.

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.