News Archives

April 18, 2011

We have recently noted that some journal publishers have sought to negotiate individually with universities and research institutes, seeking to increase embargo periods for authors depositing their articles (final version or pre-prints) into repositories, and requesting embargo periods that go beyond what is already stated in the publishers’ own policies. We strongly urge institutions not to enter into individual agreements with publishers that supersede the existing policies of the publisher or any previous licensing agreements.

April 15, 2011
John N. Berry, Library Journal
We have made “good progress” toward open access to scholarly research, especially results of research funded by government with our tax dollars. That is a bit of good news in this time of library bummers. It was also the best I could get from Corey Williams at the Washington Office of the American Library Association (ALA).
March 30, 2011

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows.

March 24, 2011

The ninth installment in the Berlin Open Access Conference Series, which convenes leaders in the science, humanities, research, funding, and policy communities around The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, will take place at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute on November 9 & 10, 2011. The conference, called “Berlin 9 Open Access Conference: The impact of Open Access in research and scholarship,” will focus on the role that open online access can play in accelerating the conduct and communication of scholarship, and the opportunities this presents to the funders, creators, and end users of this information.

March 14, 2011
It's been a few years since we first discussed the ridiculous racket known as academic publishing. Unlike pretty much any other publication, all of the writing for these publications is done for free.
March 10, 2011
Carnegie Mellon University
Three students from Carnegie Mellon University presented U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania with a plaque to thank him for supporting legislation that would guarantee open access to publicly funded research.
February 22, 2011
James Fallows, The Atlantic
You might argue that academic publishing affects only academics, but it does not. Anyone with an interest in or question about health or art history or building a house or running a business -- the list is endless -- might want to learn the newest knowledge -- something they might find in an academic article.
February 14, 2011

The importance of the student stake in opening up access to scholarly research will be highlighted in Open Up! – the fourth installment of the annual Sparky Awards student video contest. Calling on students to articulate their views in a two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving.

January 27, 2011

Before the ACRL 2011 meeting in Philadelphia, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and Berkeley Electronic Press will host an “IR Tailgate,” a one-day session on the challenges and opportunities of implementing and sustaining an institutional repository, to be held March 30.

January 19, 2011
Nick Shockey, Director, Right to Research Coalition
In a move that demonstrates the building global momentum for student commitment to Open Access, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) today announced its membership in the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of undergraduate and graduate student organizations that promotes a more open scholarly publishing system through advocacy and education.