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October 16, 2006

Israel Scholar Founder Teaches Global Neuroscience Community on Open Access at the Major Congress of Neurosciences

Atlanta, Georgia - 16 October 2006 - Teaching Presentation on Open Access by Israel Scholar Founder Alexei Koudinov, MD, PhD provides an ABC for the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting attendees on how Open Access to Scholar literature may benefit and be easily achived by every scientist, their labs and Universities.

Neuroscience 2006, held this year October 14-18 in Atlanta, Georgia, is a major world gathering and showcase of latest research and technology in Neurosciences, hosted by Washington, DC based professional Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Unlike half-a-day science sessions, Dr. Koudinov teaching session is open for poster viewing during the entire conference week. Two poster board pospresentation serves to educate global scholar community about noteworthy OA projects, their usefulness and ease of use.

Dr. Koudinov (who also serve as founding and managing editor of two Open Access journals, Neurobiology of Lipids and Doping Journal) is a neuroscientist with fifteen years expertise in Alzheimer's disease. The list of his academic affiliations includes New York University Medical Center, The Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, Hamburg University Hospital in Germany, and a number of Institutions in Moscow, Russian Federation. His research on the role of cholesterol and other fats in brain function and brain diseases was published in the major world science journals, such as Science, PLoS medicine, FASEB Journal, Neurology, etc. His Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting science and teaching presentations were named hot science stories, as supported by their appearence in lay language in the Neuroscience Meeting Press Books 2000, 2001, 2004. In 2004, Dr.Koudinov co-authored Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2004 teaching presentation on Open Access (with a key OA advocate Prof.Peter Suber, available in the abstract form, as full text poster presentation .PDF imprint, and press book lay language article.

Quoting Neuroscience 2006 Open Access presentation abstract (available in full at the Neuroscience 2006 abstract central web site): "Open Access (OA) is the online access to scientific literature, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. OA was named one of the top recent science news stories by science, learned society and media publishers (including Nature, Science, The Scientist, The Wall Street Journal) and governments (USA, EU, UK, India). Rapidly rising conventional subscription journal prices have been denounced by leading universities, found dysfunctional by independent analysts (PNB Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse), and are supported by most influential science funding bodies (National Institutes of Health USA), Howard Hughes Medical Institute USA; the Wellcome trust UK; the Max Planck Society and the DFG, Germany, the CNRS and INSERM, France), graduate students, leading scientists and the panel of Nobel Prize laureates. OA movement includes the development of OA journals and OA archives. There are high profile OA journals (such as PLoS Biology and PLoS Medicine) successfully competing with most influential science, technical and medical (STM) serials. OA archives (institutional or governmental, such as PubMedCentral, PMC by National Library of Medicine USA) allow scholars to deposit their articles published previously in regular peer-reviewed subscription-based journals, to secure free access to their creative works by peers and the public. Modern web search capabilities (ex. Google Scholar) allow easy web accessibility of an article at either publisher or an archive web site..."

Israel Scholar founder presentation explains why OA journals and OA archives both provide the tools to liberate scholarship from commercial publisher cabal, why OA improves the impact of scientists' publications, their university recognition, and ease grant application and reporting requirements. Studies show that OA accelerates research, shares knowledge, improves the usefulness of scholar literature, higher education and global scientific heritage. Wider development of Open Access depends on educating the scientific community about its simplicity and benefits. The presentation makes simple the understanding of what Open Access is and how easy it can be achieved by students and scientists. It is available for viewing at Israel Scholar Advocacy section as .PDF imprint of the poster presentation, part 1.

The second part of the presentation by Alexei Koudinov (entitled Grant Support Wanted: Developing Universal Open Access to Scholar literature and available in full as .PDF imprint of the poster presentation) describes the rationale and the development plan of run by scholars (not commercial publishers) non-profit OA science journals (Neurobiology of Lipids and Doping Journal) and nation-wide OA archive (Israel Scholar Works). This project as competitive award application of "merit" (submitted to The Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2006) reached final evaluations step by Rolex Awards committee. "The Rolex Awards support exceptional men and women who are breaking new ground in areas which advance human knowledge and well-being," - Rolex Awards Official Web site says. The project, however, was not funded and therefore open for support by other interested organizations. Full application and any additional info are available upon request, Neuroscience 2006 presentation by Israel Scholar founder concludes.

For further info please contact Israel Scholar: (972 54) 796-8607 or postmater[at]israelscholar.org

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