Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Laura Brigg's OA Concept Map

Cool OA concept map. Thanks, Laura!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Version 77, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Charles Bailey has just released Version 77 of his Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

E-LIS: Over 10,000 documents

E-LIS now contains over 10,000 documents. As of 1:15 pm MST, December 13, 2009, the E-LIS homepage advertises that the repository now has "more than 10,021" items in the archive. The 5-digit mark is a notable line to cross; I've been checking in with the site now and again to see when E-LIS got to this point. Congrats to E-LIS and all who have deposited in this OAR.

Disclosure: I am part of the Canadian editorial team for E-LIS

Friday, December 11, 2009

December 11, 2009 Dramatic Growth of Open Access

I just published the December 11, 2009 early year-end edition of the Dramatic Growth of Open Access.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

U.S. OA Action Alert

From Peter Suber on Open Access News:

The Obama administration wants OA for federally-funded research

The Obama administration is calling for public comments on ways to enhance access to federally-funded research.  From today's announcement:

With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies. This RFI [Request for Information] will be active from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Public Access Policy Forum...or may submit responses via electronic mail. Responses will be re-posted on the online forum. Instructions and a timetable for daily blog topics during this period are described at [the White House Open Government Initiative web site]....

[T]he Administration is dedicated to maximizing the return on Federal investments made in R&D. Consistent with this policy, the Administration is exploring ways to leverage Federal investments to increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness. The results of government-funded research can take many forms, including data sets, technical reports, and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, among others. This RFI focuses on approaches that would enhance the public's access to scholarly publications resulting from research conducted by employees of a Federal agency or from research funded by a Federal agency....

The Executive Branch is considering ways to enhance public access to peer reviewed papers arising from all federal science and technology agencies. One potential model, implemented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...requires that all investigators funded by the NIH submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Articles collected under the NIH Public Access Policy are archived in PubMed Central and linked to related scientific information contained in other NIH databases....

The NIH model has a variety of features that can be evaluated, and there are other ways to offer the public enhanced access to peer- reviewed scholarly publications. The best models may [be] influenced by agency mission, the culture and rate of scientific development of the discipline, funding to develop archival capabilities, and research funding mechanisms....

Input is welcome on any aspect of expanding public access to peer reviewed publications arising from federal research. Questions that individuals may wish to address include, but are not limited to, the following (please respond to questions individually)....[PS: Here omitting the nine questions; but anyone submitting a comment should read and address them.]

Comments (by Peter Suber)

  • This is big.  We already have important momentum in Congress for FRPAA.  The question here is about separate action from the White House.  What OA policies should President Obama direct funding agencies to adopt?  This is the first major opening to supplement legislative action with executive action to advance public access to publicly-funded research.  It's also the first explicit sign that President Obama supports the OA policy at the NIH and wants something similar at other federal agencies.
  • Don't forget that FRPAA has to stand in line behind healthcare reform, financial regulation, and climate change.  This is the perfect time to open a new front from the executive branch.  Also don't forget that the federal funding agencies belong to the executive branch and are subject to executive order.
  • Comments are due January 7.  Please write one and spread the word, not necessarily in that order.  As far as I can tell, comments from non-citizens addressing the nine questions are as welcome as comments from US citizens. 
  • You can be sure that the publishing lobby will be writing comments.  It's vital that the research community be heard as well, loud and clear.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

University of Ottawa

This morning, the University of Ottawa announced a comprehensive Open Access program, including an authors fund, a research to support research on OA, a fund to support the creation of digital materials, and support for the U of O Press to produce a collection of OA monographs. The University of Ottawa has also joined the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

The announcement can be found here, with links leading to the components of the OA program.

Congratulations to everyone at the University of Ottawa (especially Tony Horava for sending me the news right away) for putting together a broad program in a very coherent manner.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

December 2009 SPARC Open Access Newsletter

Peter Suber just released the December 2009 SPARC Open Access Newsletter. Featured this month: implications of the Google Books settlement for open access.