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Nephrology open access opportunities in top journals

Tweet Once again, I used the SCImago Journal Rank for the medicine category Nephrology in 2011 (also requiring that each journal had to exist for three years and have at least 100 articles over the three years) to see how many of the top-10 journals had an open access option, typically an extra author article [...]

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Mon, January 30 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Anti-RWA fervor, meet self-reliance: Pre-Prints and Post-Prints can change the world

Tweet It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views.   Ralph Waldo Emerson- Self-Reliance (1841)   Obscured  in all the [...]

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Thu, January 26 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Stepping into the Light: AAP members part ways with RWA

Tweet Kurt Elling playing “Steppin’ Out” (Joe Jackson) at the New Morning in Paris on May 26, 2011. “We so tired of all the darkness in our lives With no more angry words to say can come alive Get into a car and drive to the other side” You may not learn anything new in [...]

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Mon, January 23 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Public health becoming more public: open access options in top-10 public health journals

Tweet The SCImago Journal & Country Rank allowed me to drill down into 2011 citation data for Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health.  Here are the top 10 cited journals in 2011: Here is a description of how these journals offer or encourage open access (or not). 2011 Public Health Journal Openness JOURNAL TITLE PUBLISHER [...]

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Fri, January 20 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Resisting open access, publishers dangle free access in front of readers

Tweet I was looking at the SCImago 2011 journal ranking for Obstetrics and Gynecology and noted that the top six journals were either open access or had an open access option for authors. Of course, in position 7, is a notable non-open access journal , Obstetrics and Gynecology, that does not have an open access [...]

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Wed, January 18 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Library organizations unanimous: Oppose H.R. 3699, The Research Works Act

Tweet The Medical library Association issued an Action Alert on January 12th, asking their membership to contact House Representatives and urge them to oppose H.R. 3699,  The Research Works Act. MLA suggested using the talking points developed by the Alliance for Taxpayer Access: The bill would prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grant funding to [...]

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Sat, January 14 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Are we open access fanatics… or PTSCB survivors?

Tweet There are actually observers and players in scholarly communication  that think the 100 or so open access blogs out there are merely a bunch of shrill malcontents bent on breaking up the marriage of convenience between overburdened faculty and experienced publishers that have historical precedent to prosper and profit from selling it right back to the institutional libraries of [...]

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Thu, January 12 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

opacmo release 2 promotes biological text-mining in PMC open access subset

Tweet I completely missed the first release of opacmo: the open access mortar.  The first release of this PubMed Central text-mining tool took place at the end of July 2011, when I was gearing up to teach my August-December library school class by learning another course management system (DesireToLearn), as well as preparing the details [...]

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Mon, January 9 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Let’s not lose track of these immediate defenders of taxpayer access to tax-subsidized scholarship

Tweet I don’t have much to add when there are already very articulate opinions supporting the case for retracting or opposing the Research Works Act. If you care about this and are a U.S. constituent of a House Member, please let them know your opinion. Michael Eisen, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley [...]

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Fri, January 6 2012 » Uncategorized » No Comments

What’s new with the predator InTech? Not much…apparently

Tweet I have well over 5,000 page views for my posts about the open access publisher InTech. More than 80% of them come from internet users that do a google search for InTech and find my postings that I have effectively tagged.   That would lend credibility to the idea that InTech is continuing to use direct email [...]

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Thu, January 5 2012 » Uncategorized » 3 Comments