Chemical Information Monster, American Chemical Society (ACS), Failed to Stop NIH Public Chemistry Database Needed by All
Source: Suber P. More on the failure of ACS lobbying in Congress. OAN Blog (16 June 2005) [FullText]
Reshaping academic communication. Liberating the scholarship from commercial publisher cabal. Uniting global Jewish scholarship
"PLoS Genetics will officially launch on July 25 but already has a couple of "sneak preview articles" online. See the PLoS press release (June 16): 'PLoS Genetics, a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), will premier on July 25, 2005. The journal is lead by the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Wayne N. Frankel, a Senior Staff Scientist at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. PLoS Genetics will capture the breadth and scope of quality genetics research from around the world. We invite you to judge PLoS Genetics for yourself by reading the two papers we are previewing from the first issue. Open access --free availability and unrestricted use -- to all articles published in the journal is central to the mission of PLoS Genetics. "Genetics and genomics research have lead the way for timely, open access policies to all types of biological data?it is high time that we applied the same principle to our papers and unleash our creativity to develop new ways to use the scientific literature," the editorial team says. The two papers released now report a gene involved in diaphragm defects in humans, and a community effort to annotate the genome of the yeast that causes thrush and other conditions.'"
Source: Suber Peter. Preview of PLoS Genetics. OANBlog (18 June 2005) [FullText]
Excerpt: Whereas connecting users with the information they need is one of a library's most essential functions, and access to information is one of librarianship's most cherished values; and Whereas scholars and funders of research desire to share their research results and enhance the impact of their research; and Whereas the scholarly publishing industry has been experiencing a cycle of price increases above inflation rates, leading to library cancellations, leading to further price increases, and so forth, with no relief in sight, and has thus negatively impacted access to research; and Whereas the Open Access alternative involves making peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles freely available over the web through open access journals and/or author self-archiving; [...] Be it resolved that the CLA formally declare its commitment to Open Access by signing the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities; and Be it resolved that CLA implement Open Access as expeditiously as possible, and CLA Executive Council report back to the next Annual General Meeting with regards to progress. "
Source: P. Suber. Canadian Library Association endorses OA. OANews Blog (19 June 2005) [FullText]
"MedGadget asked eight anonymous pundits to write fragments of a commencement address to this year's new doctors and nurses. Excerpt from one of them: 'Today's graduates will need open access to science and medicine research and news if they hope to stay informed. So we at Medgadget were disturbed the American Medical Association moved to restrict access to their AMNews site. Despite rallying our colleagues, the service was limited to AMA members on June 1st. A free workaround still exists, however, for PDA users of AvantGo. Vive la resistance!' "
Source: Peter Suber. New doctors and nurses will need OA. Open Access News Blog (8 June 2005) [FullText]
"On June 6, the University of Bielefeld adopted a resolution on open access (in German). It requests [fordert auf] that Bielefeld faculty deposit copies of their postprints in the Bielefeld institutional repository. It encourages and supports [ermutigt und unterst?them to submit their work to OA journals. Update 1. Richard Sietmann has written a news story (also in German) about the Bielefeld resolution for the June 8 issue of Heise Online. Update 2. Bielefeld has just registered its OA archiving policy at the Registry of Institutional OA Self-Archiving Policies."
Source: Peter Suber. Bielefeld resolution on OA. OENews Blog (6 June 2005) [FullText]
AIBS convened a 1.5 day meeting on the topic of open access journal publishing. The first day was with the AIBS Council of member societies and organizations; the second day was with a larger group of attendees and guests. The meeting was sponsored by Burk and Associates.
Venue: Washington DC, 8-9 May 2005 Duration: One-and-a-half days
Speakers and Slide Presentations, in Chronological Order (A Meeting Transcript will be Posted Here in June 2005)
(Note: Contact speakers directly for permission to re-use slides)
1. "Libraries and Scholarly Publishers in an Open Access Environment" (view slides as PDF), Richard Fyffe, Assistant Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas, email@example.com
2. "The Economics of Open Access" (view slides as PDF) , Barbara Meyers, Meyers Consulting Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. "The Economics of Biology Journals and the Prospects for Open Access" (view slides as PDF) , Carl Bergstrom, University of Washington, email@example.com
Panel (no slides)
Richard Fyffe, Assistant Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas, firstname.lastname@example.org , Martin Apple, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, email@example.com ; Alan Kahan, Director of Communications, Entomological Society of America, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Kent Holsinger, President-Elect, AIBS; Chair, BioOne, email@example.com ; Linda Rowan, Director of Government Affairs, American Geological Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Barbara Meyers, Meyers Consulting Services, email@example.com ; Carl Bergstrom, University of Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Carpenter, Director of Business Development, BioOne, email@example.com
Samuel Scheiner, National Science Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org(no slides)
Kent Holsinger, President-Elect, AIBS; Chair, BioOne, email@example.com (no slides)
Martin Frank, Executive Director, American Physiological Society, mfrank@The-APS.org (no slides)
"A Society Publisher's Limited Foray into Open Access" (view slides as PDF) , Alan Kahan, Director of Communications, Entomological Society of America, firstname.lastname@example.org "Launching a Cross-Disciplinary Open Access E-Journal." (view slides as PDF) Philippa J. Benson, Consulting Editor, Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, email@example.com
Richard Fyffe, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication, Univ. of Kansas, firstname.lastname@example.org (no slides)
Heather Joseph, President, BioOne, email@example.com (no slides)
Barbara Meyers, Meyers Consulting Services, firstname.lastname@example.org (no slides)
Cara S. Kaufman, Kaufman-Wills Group, email@example.com (no slides)
Commentary (no slides)
Robert Harington, Global Science Publishing Director, Blackwell Publishing, RHarington@bos.blackwellpublishing.com
Trish Thomas, Executive Editor, U.S. Humanities and Social Science Journals, Oxford University Press,firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrap Up (no slides)
Mary Waltham, email@example.com
Source: Symposium Home Page (last viewed 10 June 2005) [FullText]
"Alexei Koudinov, editor of the OA journal Neurobiology of Lipids, has launched an email discussion list on OA topics for STM journal editors. From the announcement: 'This is to invite STM Journal Editors (of both Open Access Journals and Subscription Journals) to join New Mailing List. The list is devoted to the issues of Open/Public Access Development, and is thought to be the forum to educate editors about new trends in scholarly publishing, new information technologies and opportunities, and the benefits and public demand for Open Access and publication integrity.'"
Source: Peter Suber. Discussion list on OA topics for STM journal editors. OANews Blog (6 June 2005) [FullText]
"Richard Sietmann, Wissenschaftliche Informationsversorgung, May 25, 2005. On a proposal to revise "fair use" under German copyright law in order to permit the copying and distribution of scientific research for teaching, research, or archival purposes.
Source: Peter Suber. Revising German copyright Law to Permit OA. OAN Blog (6 June 2005) [FullText]