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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

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

An open future for JNCI? Now’s the time…

In a story line out of the post- Reagan excesses of substituting the private sector for governement activity, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), a highly respected research journal for a narrow, exclusive slice of taxpayers, is neither published nor sponsored by the National Cancer Institute(NCI).  It participates in Pubmed Central archiving only at the bare minimum [...]

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Wed, June 23 2010 » Uncategorized » 2 Comments

ASM OA journal mBio challenges OA microbiology champion, PLoS Pathogens

The American Society for Microbiology(ASM) is one of the most distinguished and successful biomedical science publishers.  ASM is already a full participant in PubMed Central for all of its non-open journals, offering free access at six months after publication, in effect already complying with the six month intent of the FRPAA legislative proposal. Now an [...]

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Sun, May 16 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

BioTorrents: A BitTorrent Tracker Site for Scientists

An article in zeropaid.com amplified the news about BioTorrents, a BitTorrent tracking and repository site created by researchers at the Genome Center of the University of California Davis, announced earlier in April in PLoS One (BioTorrents: A File Sharing Service for Scientific Data). If you are a denizen of digital bazaar known as BitTorrent, this latest development in [...]

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Wed, April 28 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Latest PLoS talking points- with lots of graphics

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Tue, April 20 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Finding OA in Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

If you are fortunate enough to have institutional or corporate access to Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), it is possible find Open Access journals analyzed by a variety of status criteria. For instance, start  out at the opening search page and select “View a group of journals by Publisher”: After displaying the list of publishers, select [...]

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Tue, March 23 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Open Access can help define health costs…

I tuned into the American Public Media radio show MarketPlace© the other night and listened to a well-formed discussion of the difficulties of defining health care costs .  As the year-long debate on health care has evolved, discussion of choices based on cost have evaporated. In the broadcast, there is a real patient needing stroke [...]

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Thu, March 18 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Columbia University Libraries take note of where researchers publish

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 [...]

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Sun, March 7 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

HINARI and open access- together in a PubMed search

The Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), introduced by the United Nations’ Secretary General Kofi Annan at the UN Millennium Summit in the year 2000, continues to provide free or very low cost online access to  major biomedical literature to not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.  Initially six international publishing  companies responded to Annan’s call to improve [...]

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Tue, February 9 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments