Policy

September 11, 2007

“The Association of American Publishers has landed in hot water with university presses and research librarians, as well as open-access advocates, thanks to a new undertaking that is billed as an attempt to “safeguard the scientific and medical peer-review process and educate the public about the risks of proposed government interference with the scholarly communication process.”

July 27, 2007

Taxpayers pony up $28 ƒ|billion annually for the National Institutes of Health, the world's largest source of funding for medical research. The payoff, in addition to the occasional spectacular breakthrough, is more than 60,000 published studies each year.

July 23, 2007

After two ineffective years of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy that requested researchers to deposit copies of their final papers in PubMed Central (PMC), both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have included provisions in their 2008 appropriations bills that would require deposit of NIH-funded researchers’ final papers within one year of publication.

July 03, 2007

Only nine months after the Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) Working Group was first formed, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has issued a Draft for Trial Use of "SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding" (SERU version 0.9).

January 06, 2012

A new bill, The Research Works Act (H.R.3699), designed to roll back the NIH Public Access Policy and block the development of similar policies at other federal agencies has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Co-sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), it was introduced on December 16, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

June 25, 2007

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) Working Group has made available a new 0.9 draft of SERU on the NISO Web site. This latest version of the Shared Electronic Resource Understanding presents a set of statements publishers and libraries can choose to use for sales of electronic content.

June 15, 2009

Library and publishing innovators will offer concrete data and strategies for “Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace,” at the next SPARC-ACRL forum. The forum, to be held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July, is co-sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

August 07, 2009

A comment on Reed Elsevier (-) announcement regarding its 2010 science journal pricing announcement: more aggressive pricing than expected.

May 17, 2007

Today, Science Commons and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) announce the release of new online tools to help authors exercise choice in retaining critical rights in their scholarly articles, including the rights to reuse their scholarly articles and to post them in online repositories.

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