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Who pays for open access? A video primer from CUL

The Big Think site brought this video to my attention.  As this is a teaching blog, I think it is worth watching, if you are unfamiliar with this notion of who pays and what are the most sustainable models of open access.   Panelists: Mike Rossner, Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press; Ivy Anderson, Director [...]

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Tue, August 31 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

First results: Study of Open Access Publishing (SOAP) at OASPA meeting

The 2nd annual Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) is taking place this week,  August 22-24, at the President Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic One of the most eagerly expected presentations was given on August 23rd, the First results of the SOAP Project (large PDF, be patient).  There is also a SlideShare version of the presentation.

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Thu, August 26 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Top-shelf, taxpayer-published open access journals (like EHP)

Recently I was asked in a blog post comment whether taxpayer-sponsored research combined with paying an additional out-of-pocket open access fee to an OA publisher amounts to a double-burden on taxpayers. Good question.  Here’s how I would reply. There is already funding support precedent for either: Using part of the original NIH grant for page [...]

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Fri, August 20 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

NEJM hordes taxpayer images…Chi-Ching$, Chi-Ching$

Sometimes the soft firewall I try to keep between this blog and daily life at a top-tier academic medical center library just breaks down. One of my favorite scientist teachers down the hall turned to me when her favorite librarian wasn’t available.  She was preparing a lecture for this fall’s new class of medical students [...]

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Tue, August 17 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Another open access predator, or just a social way of doing business?

At first this blog from iMedPub or oMedPub (take your pick, they seem to be used interchangeably) seemed attractive, at first glance,  and also seemed to be highlighting promising articles from a new open access publisher. My skepticism began to grow as I conducted an excruciating search for a real person behind “a social publishing house which has [...]

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Sun, August 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Do taxpayers pay for private sector peer-reviewed journal articles?

On July 29th, Allan Adler, Vice President of government and legal affairs at the Association of American Publishers (AAP), told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee that FRPAA would seriously threaten the scholarly publishing industry: “Publishers strongly believe that American taxpayers are entitled to the research they’ve [...]

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Fri, August 13 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Need a policy model for an academic open access repository? U. of Ottawa’s got it.

I saw the announcement on resourceshelf.com about The University of Ottawa Press decision to launch a new open access collection of 36 UOP books will be available free to the online community in the University of Ottawa’s institutional repository, uO Research,  including both French and English-language in-print titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences.  Curious about the representation [...]

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Sun, August 8 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

We hold these truths self-evident: the polarity of expanding access to funded scientific research

On July 29th, Allan Adler, Vice President of government and legal affairs at the Association of American Publishers (AAP), told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee that FRPAA would seriously threaten the scholarly publishing industry: “Publishers strongly believe that American taxpayers are entitled to the research they’ve [...]

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Fri, August 6 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Evidence2010-debate on the future of medical publishing in healthcare (early-bird reg. ends Aug. 6th)

Evidence 2010 will bring together international experts from the areas of education, EBM resource development, implementation, health economics and commissioning. Register now at the Early Bird rate and make savings. August 6th is the early-bird deadline. This 2 day conference will be aimed at: Commissioners of evidence-based services Those involved in assessing the cost effectiveness of [...]

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Wed, August 4 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

APS public access v. arXiv open access- We live in interesting times…

The following  press release was forwarded to me by a colleague: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ APS ONLINE JOURNALS AVAILABLE FREE IN U.S. PUBLIC LIBRARIES Ridge, NY, 28 July 2010: The American Physical Society (APS) announces a new public access initiative that will give readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online [...]

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Sun, August 1 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment