Sunday, April 20, 2008

Top 5 ways for librarians to contribute to OA

Dean Giustini has just posted the Top 5 Ways for Librarians to Contribute to OA on UBC Academic Search - Google Scholar Blog.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Periodicals Price Survey 2008: Embracing Openness

The latest issue of Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born's Periodicals Price Survey series has just been published in Library Journal.

Global initiatives and startling successes hint at the profound implications of open access on journal publishing


Evidence for open access as an emergent, global state of mind is everywhere

The OA tsunami crested on February 12. In a move few anticipated, Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously to give the university permission to post their scholarly articles in an institutional repository.

A really big mandate (NIH)

What's next for 2009? Read the article...

Thanks to Peter Suber on Open Access News.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

European Universities Association (EAU) urges universities to develop clear strategies to advance open access

Great news from Europe!!!

The EUA open access recommendations have now been published in the EUA Newsletter. For more details and links, please see my post on The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.

Thanks to Bernard Rentier and Stevan Harnad.

Librarians from outside Europe: have you been thinking that maybe you should go to Europe for a conference? If so - you have a point!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April 2008 SPARC Open Access Newsletter

The April 2008 issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter by Peter Suber has just been released.

Highlighted is the upcoming April 7 implementation date of the new NIH requirement policy for public access, and Peter Suber's own Three Principles of Open Access Policies.

Here are the Three Principles:

* Principles

1. Universities should provide open access (OA) to their research output.

2. Universities should not limit the freedom of faculty to submit their work to the journals of their choice.

3. Universities now pay most of the costs of peer review, through subscription fees and faculty salaries. They should continue to bear the costs of peer review, in order to assure its survival, while recognizing that the forms and venues of peer review are changing.