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SpringerOpen’s launch… and a handy list of OA funding agencies

Tweet Not so long ago, in October 2008,  Springer Science+Business Media acquired the  BioMed Central Group (BMC) and its 180 open access journals (now up to 208).  BMC continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary within Springer’s Science+Business Media and do some interesting things. Recently we have heard about  the launch of a new [...]

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Wed, January 19 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open Access and Medical Library Collections: a survey and consensus statement

Tweet Many readers know I am a medical librarian, and many readers have met me at Medical Library Association (MLA) activities.  Medical libraries are valued for making health information accessible, organized, and useful,  and one prominent role for academic and hospital libraries is the collection management role:  providing campus-wide institutional access that can tempt and often [...]

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Sat, January 15 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Nature launch and learn: Scientific Reports and an open access agenda

Tweet Nature Publishing, still smarting from last year’s rejection of  institutional price increases from a couple of academic library systems, has apparently studied the recent success of PLoS ONE ( as an interdisciplinary science journal, PLoSONE instantly ranked in the 2009 top 10 Biology ISI impact factor journals after two previous years of data) and launched [...]

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Fri, January 7 2011 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Ecological Society of America (ESA) goes with gold OA: Ecosphere

Tweet The Ecological Society of America (ESA), a well-established organization with a history of embracing every phase of the relation of organisms to their environmental condition, has launched its current global membership of over over 10,000 into the era of open access with the launch of Ecosphere. What makes this launch really interesting to me [...]

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Wed, December 29 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

The predatory open access seal of approval goes to… intechweb

Tweet I found a previously undetected open access publisher with a website, blog, youtube channel, and even a twitter feed called intechweb.org.  The also have a selection of open access textbooks, including one on medical robotics. I went to their web site and confirmed that the publisher used a gold open access model of an [...]

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Mon, October 4 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Who pays for open access? A video primer from CUL

Tweet 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, [...]

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Tue, August 31 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

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

Tweet 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 [...]

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Sun, August 15 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

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

Tweet 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 [...]

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Wed, July 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

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

Tweet Back in May I highlighted Jeffrey Beall’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 [...]

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Fri, July 16 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

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

Tweet 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 [...]

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Fri, July 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments