News Archives

October 04, 2013
By:
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
Yesterday, Science Magazine published an article reporting on a “sting” exercise designed to expose the flaws in the editorial processes of Open Access journals. The article “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” by self-proclaimed “gonzo” scientist John Bohannon recounts his experience in submitting a deliberately flawed scientific paper under a pseudonym to 304 Open Access journals over a ten month period. He reports that to date, over half of the journals to which the article was submitted have accepted the paper, raising legitimate concerns over the quality of the editorial practices of some Open Access journals.
October 04, 2013
By:
Tania Rabesandratana, Science
October 02, 2013
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By David Fristom, BU Today
October 02, 2013
By:
Steven Bell, Library Journal
October 01, 2013
By:
Kristin Butler, UPI
September 25, 2013
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank are pleased to announce the following speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kickoff event on Monday, October 21st starting at 3:00pm EDT in Washington, DC: Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy The kickoff event will take place at the World Bank. A LiveBlog and webcast of the panel discussion and ceremony will be available for those who cannot attend in person. The event will be recorded and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events. No registration is necessary for the webcast. Participants are encouraged to post their questions for the panel in advance and during the event at, and to stream the webcast to kick off their own Open Access Week events.
September 25, 2013
By:
Elementa
Elementa's Editors-in-Chief share their thoughts on the topic of the Anthropocene, the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to climate change, working with a mission-driven nonprofit publisher, and open access publishing.
September 23, 2013
By:
Heather Joseph, SPARC Executive Director
Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) have introduced new legislation focused on the issue of public access to publicly funded research results. The sponsors of the “Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act” have indicated that the legislation is intended to build on the recently issued White House OSTP Directive on Public Access, and to codify that language into legislation for those agencies under the jurisdiction of the House Science Committee.
September 16, 2013
By:
Jeffrey S. Vitter, University of Kansas and Lorraine Haricombe, Current Chair of SPARC Steering Committee & COAPI member
Fresh on the heels of last week's (September 10, 2013) well-attended Congressional briefing exploring the issue of public access to taxpayer funded research, a groundswell of support is taking shape in the academic community for the proposed Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) bill. This important bipartisan bill introduced into both the House and the Senate in February, now has a growing list of higher education leaders who have signed an open letter underscoring their – and their campuses – support for FASTR. The "Open Letter to the Higher Education Community" is a joint effort by SPARC, ARL, and COAPI asking member librarians to encourage your provosts and presidents to add their names in support this important legislation. The letter and the current list of signatories are posted below.

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