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Monday, July 27, 2015
After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an ...
Thursday, June 25, 2015
However, SPARC executive director Heather Joseph pointed out, “The initial practice of Elsevier [in 2004] was to allow not only immediate deposit of authors’ manuscripts and repositories, but immediate accessibility. We’d like them to go back to that.”
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
As evidence of the continued importance of open access in contemporary research culture, several prominent colleges and universities have recently adopted open access policies or resolutions, maximizing the reach and impact of their faculty’s scholarship: Pennsylvania State ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Yesterday, during the annual meeting of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) National Advisory Committee, NIH staff noted that they were working to include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded articles into the PMC database. It turns out that very quietly, in early March, the VA released its plan ...
Thursday, June 4, 2015
In the last two weeks, over 1,600 individuals and organizations from 52 countries around the world have signed a statement opposing Elsevier’s new article sharing and hosting policy, underscoring that many in the scholarly community do not support the new policy. The policy imposes ...
Monday, June 1, 2015
Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will ...
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
In its recently released “Sharing and Hosting Policy FAQ”, Elsevier “recognize(s) that authors want to share and promote their work and increasingly need to comply with their funding body and institution's open access policies.” However there are several aspects of their new policy that ...
Friday, May 22, 2015
A major publisher’s new sharing policy creates “unnecessary barriers” to open access, according to an analysis.