News from the Open Access Tracking Project (OATP)
The OATP is a social tagging project to capture new OA developments comprehensively and in real time.
Scholarly Communications: Selected News 2012 - 2013
New directive requires federal agencies to support increased public access to federally funded research (Feb 2012)
"The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hereby directs each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government. This includes any results published in peer-reviewed scholarly publications that are based on research that directly arises from Federal funds..." Full text of the directive.
An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing (Oct 2012)
Nikolaus Kriegeskorte, Alexander Walther and Diana Deca D. An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing. Front. Comput. Neurosci. 6:94, 2012 doi: 10.3389/fncom.2012.00094
OA journals in biomedicine are approaching the same scientific impact and quality as subscription journals (July 2012)
Bo-Christer Björk and David Solomon. Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact. BMC Medicine, 2012
"The scientific impact of articles published in open access (OA) and subscription journals are similar when journal discipline, location of publisher and age of publication are compared, which is particularly true in medicine and health, where OA journals founded in the last 10 years receive on average as many citations as subscription journals launched during the same time." (Editor's Summary)
Georgia State E-reserves Case (May 2012)
- Long-Awaited Ruling in Copyright Case Mostly Favors Georgia State U., Chronicle of Higher Education
- The GSU decision — not an easy road for anyone, Kevin Smith, JD, Scholarly Communications @ Duke
Harvard Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing (April 2012)
"We write to communicate an untenable situation facing the Harvard Library. Many large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive. This situation is exacerbated by efforts of certain publishers (called “providers”) to acquire, bundle, and increase the pricing on journals..."
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- Open Access
- Scholarly content made available free of charge to anyone upon publication.
- Open Archives
- Scholarly content in subscription publications made available free of charge after an initial embargo period.
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