SPARC Open Access Newsletter & Forum

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The SPARC Open Access Newsletter (SOAN) is a monthly newsletter authored by Peter Suber and offering news and analysis of the open access movement —the worldwide movement to disseminate scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge, and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions. SOAN was launched in July 2003 to continue Peter's Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter (March 2001 - September 2002). The newsletter is the same; only the title has changed to reflect the role of SPARC in sponsoring and publishing it. Peter's views in SOAN are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of SPARC. Peter is also the author of the Open Access News blog.

Click here to view all previous issues of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter (SOAN).

The SPARC Open Access Forum (SOAF) is a discussion forum moderated by Stacie Lemick. Subscribers are invited to post questions, comments, and conversation about the open access movement, broadly conceived. In addition to these discussion postings, the forum also welcomes relevant postings from other lists, press releases, calls for papers, announcements, and other documents of interest to the OA community.

Subscriptions to the newsletter and the forum are free of charge. Subscribers to the Forum will receive email updates regularly. Subscribers to the Newsletter will receive one email each month. Both are available online for those who don't wish to subscribe by email.

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Visit the Forum Archive. This archive does not include postings from the older FOS Forum, the discussion list associated with the FOS Newsletter. However, the older forum's archive is still online. Both the new and old archives are accessible by non-subscribers.