Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

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.

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy to be Enforced

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it will enforce compliance with its mandatory public access policy beginning in Spring 2013.  At that point, the NIH will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from the awards are not in compliance with the policy until the publications are in compliance.

Further information is available in an NIH Guide notice.

N.Y. Times Article on Digital Humanities

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Digital Keys for Unlocking Humanities Riches,” a November 16 article in the New York Times [registration required], examines ways in which humanities scholars are conducting research using data.  Examples cited include charting the flow of ideas during the Enlightenment, creating a digital map of the Bayeaux Tapestry, and searching for the earliest recorded instance of particular words.

Radio Show ‘Marketplace’ Looks at Open Access

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

American Public Media’s Radio show Marketplace takes a look at the cost of publicly funded research and its impact on taxpayers, researchers, and the business models of publishers.  The focus is on the NIH Public Access Policy and the Fair Copyright in Research Act, the proposed law in the U.S. Congress to overturn it.

Scholars’ Role in their Digital Future

Monday, April 6th, 2009

UCLA professor Johanna Drucker, in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, remarks that humanities and social science scholars must become more active participants in their future digital environments.  Drucker calls this work “an intellectual responsibility, not a technical task.”

Often considered to be the realm of librarians and technologists, digital tools that do not help scholars engage in research are not used.  Drucker points to the critical need for scholars, including those in the humanities, to work with these partners to create useful digital tools for the types of scholarship they do.  She believes scholars must take their role seriously and administrators must see the value of this work.

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”.

UC and UCLA Pledge Support of NIH Public Access Policy

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The University of California and UCLA both submitted comments supporting the NIH Public Access Policy, detailing the campuses’ efforts, and suggesting improvements to the process.

The UCLA letter, signed by Vice Chancellor for Research Roberto Peccei, Vice Provost of Intellectual Property and Industrial Relations and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Kathryn Atchison, and University Librarian Gary E. Strong, described their collaborative efforts “targeted at faculty, librarians, and staff aimed to inform, educate, and assist researchers and to support the broadest possible dissemination of their work.” In addition, the letter explains, “the Library has taken the lead in providing individual assistance to authors who have questions about the submission process.”

In addition, UC Provost and Executive Vice President Wyatt Hume submitted a letter on behalf of the university detailing UC-wide efforts.

If you have general questions about the policy or how you can ensure you are compliant, email the Library for assistance at

Update to IRB Policy Makes Research Involving Public Use Data Files Easier

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The UCLA IRB Policy 42 allows for registration of public use datasets and publicly available data depositories to eliminate the need for obtaining a Certification for Exemption of Review.

This means that any data available from the following pre-approved public use data sets can now be freely used with no paperwork or certifications required:

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • National Center for Educational Statistics
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • National Election Studies
  • UCLA Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Data Archive
  • The ISSR Data Archive<> will assist in getting other public use data sets registered; please send your suggestions or requests for further information to Libbie Stephenson, Archivist (  Check out the IRB Policy 42 periodically as more data sets may soon be registered.