Accelerating access to biomedical evidence

Columbia University Libraries take note of where researchers publish

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Back in December Peter Suber mentioned on his blog that Columbia University has joined leading institutions such as Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley in a commitment to a Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity. The compact commits signatories to the timely establishment of mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication fees for open access journal articles authored by researchers without alternative funding.

What kind of evidence is available to support the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services commitment?

I went to Biomed Central and did an author institutional advanced search for Columbia University; about 400 authored articles came back in the search.  In comparison, a Yale University search returned about 350 articles.  The University of Pennsylvania search I did returned just over 380 articles. The University of California, Berkeley search returned just over 310.

Based on this small sample, it seems like Columbia University is following the lead of their faculty in endorsing open access and the OA Compact.

Following Columbia’s endorsement, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) also joined in the Compact.

The Biomed Central sample for MSKCC showed about 130 open access contributions, a smaller number for a much smaller institution, but if you are less knowledgeable about the history of Open Access, you wouldn’t know that MSKCC President  Harold Varmus helped to found the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

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Sun, March 7 2010 » Uncategorized

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