SPARC enews/January 2013

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1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access


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2. SPARC Partner News
Please see the SPARC Web site for a complete list of news from SPARC partners.
3.   Highlights from the Open Access movement
All recent OA-related developments tagged by participants in the OA Tracking Project (OATP):
4. Authors & Researchers

Research is more valuable when it's shared

Sharing enables new research to build on earlier findings. It not only fuels the further advancement of knowledge, it brings scientists and scholars the recognition that advances their careers. In the digital world, the ways we share and use scholarly material are expanding — rapidly, fundamentally, irreversibly.

READ more More SPARC Resources for Authors.


5. Resources for Publishers
Income Models for Supporting Open Access

Developing a sound business model is a critical concern of publishers considering open-access distribution. Selecting the model appropriate to a particular journal will depend not only on the expense hurdle that must be cleared, but also on the publisher’s mission objectives, size, business management resources, risk tolerance, tax status, and institutional or corporate affiliation. 

CONTACT: Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant (crow [at] arl [dot] org)
6. SPARC Resources for Students 
Join us online or in-person Thursday, January 17th at 12pm PST for a conversation with Jorge Cham of PhD Comics live from UCSF's Rock Hall! Jorge, who started PhD Comics while completing his PhD at Stanford, is the animator behind Open Access Explained!, which has already seen over 125,000 views since its release during Open Access Week.  He will discuss his evolving view of Open Access, how it changed while making “Open Access Explained!”, and explore lingering questions with Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, and Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at UC Davis and chair of the PLOS Biology Advisory Board.
Both the webcast and the in-person event are open to all; however, registration is required.  More information and a link to register can be found at
CONTACT: Nick Shockey, SPARC Director of Student Advocacy (nick [at] arl [dot] org)
7. Upcoming events

ALA Midwinter - Seattle, WA
3pm - January 26, 2013 
Rm. 606-607, Washington State Convention Center

Open Access Week
October 21 - 25, 2013

2014 SPARC Open Access Meeting
March 3 & 4, 2014
Kansas City 

8.  Articles of Interest