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Cancer patients are taxpayers, and JCO could afford an open access experiment

The Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO), is considered a top shelf medical journal, ranked 4th for impact in oncology by the current Journal Citation Reports.  JCO follows the historical standard of requiring assignment of author’s copyright to the publisher upon article acceptance.  Authors submit manuscripts with the [...]

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Wed, July 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

July 27th hearing on FRPAA: Who opposes public access to publicly funded research?

From the ARL SPARC press release: Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, the Census and National Archives announced it will hold a hearing on the issue of public access to federally funded research on Thursday, July 29. The hearing will provide an opportunity [...]

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Tue, July 20 2010 » Uncategorized » 4 Comments

More on predatory open access from Jeffrey Beal and the Charleston Advisor

Back in May I highlighted Jeffrey Beal’s article in the Charleston Advisor open access archive (the OA archive  is open, unlike the rest of the journal) , an entertaining exposé about several open access publisher websites that don’t describe or respond to questions about peer review or anything else…just register as an author, insert your [...]

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Fri, July 16 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The next domino: SIU follows UC in opposing NPG subscription increases, urging open access alternatives

On June 4th the University of California Library System issued a very public complaint about Nature Publishing Group‘s proposed triple-digit increase in institutional subscription costs, coupled with a threat of author and editorial boycott by faculty. On June 24th, David Carlson, the Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University(SIU), Carbondale, and Associate Dean Connie [...]

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Tue, July 13 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

An OASIS in the turbulent open access times

OASIS, the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook, was launched in 2009 with seed funding provided by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute and the personal efforts of two open access advocates, Alma Swan and Leslie Chan.  Their efforts are supported by an international steering committee/advisory board of very recognizable open access advocates.  OASIS  combines the traditional notion [...]

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Sun, July 11 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

UTK’s Office of Research and the University Libraries Support OA with $$$

When a library tweets about open access funding, I sit up and listen.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and University Libraries have renewed a fund of $20,000 for FY 2009-2010 to support publishing in open access journals.  Credit must be given to the Library Scholarly Communication unit, which guides digital library initiatives, [...]

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Fri, July 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

eIFL reports on open content licenses in developing countries

eIFL.net is an international not-for-profit organization building partnerships with libraries around the world to enable sustainable access to high quality digital information for people in developing and transition countries.  Like SPARC in the U.S., eIFL.net was originallystarted to address the serials pricing crisis in  academic and research libraries in Central and Eastern Europe. eIFL.net currently [...]

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Mon, July 5 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Elsevier tests new peer-review….we want open peer review

I noticed in a tweet of a Research Information posting about Elsevier’s new peer-review experiment for Chemical Physics Letters called PeerChoice. On the scale of news,  PeerChoice is a murmur.  Reviewers for  one journal will now have the freedom to choose which articles they would like to review, hopefully matching their expertise and interest, in [...]

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Sat, July 3 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open Access @ UNT Speaker Stevan Harnad explains the OA Advantage

The Open Access @ UNT Symposium on May 18 featured a keynote address by Stevan Harnad, the über evangelist of the green open access movement.  Dr. Harnad has a standard address about the benefits of pre-print self archiving that translates into the open access advantage. This carefully edited video transcription also works in Harnad’s answers [...]

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Thu, July 1 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments