Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dramatic Growth of Open Access: March 31, 2009

** with apologies for cross-posting **

I just posted the Dramatic Growth of Open Access for March 31, 2009


This quarter, the growth of open access has been dramatic in open access journals, open access archives, and, perhaps most noteworthy, open access policies. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is on the verge of an important milestone - 4,000 fully open access, peer-reviewed journals, double the number of the largest commercial publisher. DOAJ is growing at the rate of 2 titles per day. OpenDOAR lists 1,373 repositories, an increase of about 70 this quarter. Scientific Commons now encompasses 26 million items, an increase of 2 million. 663 journals are now voluntarily participating in PubMedCentral, an increase of 119 (22%) this quarter. 447 journals provide immediate free access through PubMedCentral, an increase of 29 (7%) this quarter. There are 11 more open access policies, for a total of 72 policies worldwide, and 4 more proposed policies, for a total of 14 proposed policies. One decrease is noted - not in open access per se, but rather subscription journals providing free back issues: Highwire Press seems to have 212,000 fewer free articles, a decrease of 10%. This is a bit puzzling, as Highwire has added 1 more completely free site, and there is an increase of 11 sites providing free back access. Any background on what is happening here would be most appreciated.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009


New YouTube Channel, just for higher ed videos! Thanks, You Tube - Chronicle of Higher Education - and Open Access News.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Richard Poynder Interviews Helene Bosc!

Richard Poynder has just published an interview with early open access pioneer (and librarian) Hélène Bosc.

Friday, March 20, 2009

U.S. OA Librarians: ATA Legislative Action: Oppose Conyers Bill

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has created a Legislative Action Centre that makes it easy to oppose the Conyers bill with just a few clicks!

Hat tip to Peter Suber on Open Access News.

2nd International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference: Preliminary Program Available

PKP Conference Program Available

The Public Knowlege Project is pleased to announce the preliminary program for the Second International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, to be held in Vancouver from July 8 - 10, 2009:

Highlights include:

- An opening keynote address by PKP founder and principal investigator, Dr. John Willinsky

- Pre-conference Workshops on various PKP software applications and communities:

- A post-conference Workshop on creating open access journals led by Dr. David Solomon and Dr. Caroline Sutton:

- A day-long series of sessions from the Open Humanities Press on monograph publishing:

- A wide range of sessions for editors, libraries, and developers, from speakers from around the world:

Spaces are limited for the workshops and the conference, so please register early to avoid missing out on what promises to be a fascinating conference:

I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Heather G. Morrison
PKP Conference Planning Committee /
Project Coordinator
BC Electronic Library Network
Phone: 778-782-7001
Fax: 778.782.3023
Email: heatherm@eln.bc.ca
Web: http://www.eln.bc.ca

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

April Issue of Learned Publishing online, with some open access

The April issue of Learned Publishing is now online. Kudos to Editor-in-Chief Sally Morris and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) for going as far with open access as they think they can - some content is provided free by ALPSP, other content through author choice. All content is freely available after one year. Learned Publishing was the early leader in developing an author-friendly license to publish that is still a good model.

Make all academic research databases free for everyone

A call for open access from outside of academe! Article by Chris Bowers, Open Left.

Thanks to Gilbert Bede.

Monday, March 16, 2009

OA Librarian Movers & Shakers - Library Journal 2009

Library Journal's latest Movers and Shakers includes OA Librarian's own Dean Giustini and noted OA librarian Dorothea Salo. Congrats, Dean & Dorothea!

Hat tip to Peter Suber on Open Access News.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Open Access Week: October 12 - 23, 2009

Mark your calendars and start your planning for Open Access Week 2009!

Monday, March 02, 2009

March 2009 SPARC Open Access Newsletter

Peter Suber has just released the March 2009 SPARC Open Access Newsletter. The focus is on the re-introduction of the Conyers bill, an attempt to reverse the NIH Public Access Policy by changing US copyright law. Essential reading and urgent action item for US OA librarians.