torek, avgust 02, 2011

Novosti v odprtem dostopu

Dr. Mojca Kotar iz Univerzitetne službe za knjižnično dejavnost UL  je tokrat pripravila bogat “poletni” pregled dogajanj v odprtem dostopu. V celoti ga kopiram v ta zapis:




Strokovno posvetovanje Prost dostop do dosežkov slovenskih znanstvenikov, Ljubljana, 27.-28. 10. 2011
Predstavitve in zbornik posvetovanja: 
Poročilo, objavljeno v Knjižničarskih novicah 11/2010:

Strokovno srečanje Informacijska pismenost v visokem šolstvu, Ljubljana, 16. 6. 2011
Zaključki in priporočila:


Neelie Kroes speech to the LIBER 40th annual conference, Barcelona
Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, announced that the EU's OA mandate will expand to cover 100% of EU-funded research. It is currently a "pilot" mandate covering only 20% of the FP7 research budget. (The announcement comes at 1'38" in the video.) She also announced (at 1'50") plans for OpenAIRE to accept deposits of datasets, not just articles. She made the announcements at the 40th LIBER annual conference (Barcelona, June 29, 2011).

Open Science Project: Final Report

Research Communications Strategy

NWO and Open Access
The Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) posted a page to its website collecting the many ways in which it has supported gold OA and put it ahead of green OA.

Strategy for the programme 2011-2013
Sweden's program released an English-language version of its Strategy 2011-2013.  Excerpt:  "The Programme shall support both publishing in open access journals and parallel publishing in open archives....A national open access policy adopted by the government should provide authority and clarity to the continuing work with open access....Higher education institutions and research funders will coordinate information campaigns on open access for researchers.  All Programme participants will inform about open access via their own channels....There will be support for introducing licensing agreements that facilitate open access publishing for researchers into the e-licenses consortium negotiations....Parallel publishing shall be simplified by a continued development of the services offered by the open archives at the higher education institutions. The goals are better user-friendliness and quality. It is also important to be able to handle or link to research data and learning resources....The majority of Swedish research journals shall either be open access or allow parallel publishing within a maximum of six months after publication...."

House of Commons - Peer review in scientific publications - Science and Technology Committee
The Eighth Report on Peer Review in Scientific Publications, from the UK Houses of Commons Science and Technology Committee, made several recommendations supporting OA. "[Recommendation 3:] We encourage increased recognition that peer-review quality is independent of journal business model, for example, there is a "misconception that open access somehow does not use peer review"....[Recommendation 19:] Access to data is fundamental if researchers are to reproduce, verify and build on results that are reported in the literature. We welcome the Government's recognition of the importance of openness and transparency. The presumption must be that, unless there is a strong reason otherwise, data should be fully disclosed and made publicly available. In line with this principle, where possible, data associated with all publicly funded research should be made widely and freely available....[Recommendation 30:] While pre-publication peer review continues to play an important role, the growth of post-publication peer review and commentary represents an enormous opportunity for experimentation with new media and social networking tools. Online communications allow the widespread sharing of links to articles, ensuring that interesting research is spread across the world, facilitating rapid commentary and review by the global audience...."

More than four million Spanish judicial opinions in open access
The Spanish government created an OA database of more than four million Spanish judicial opinions, the largest collection of OA case law in Europe.

Public University of Navarre participates in two European projects to promote open innovation in universities and companies
"The Public University of Navarre (UPNA) is to receive a total of 217,000 euros for its participation in two of the six EURIS projects to promote open innovation in Europe....[The university will] work on the development of a cooperative platform with various European regions and in studying successful cases of businesses that have put open innovation into effect....The aim of the ORP (Open Research Platform) project is to develop a web-based platform for open research and put it into practice. This involves an online platform that will enable the dissemination of the scientific and technological provision of universities and other bodies....The financed project is known as BMOI (Business Model for Open Innovation), the aim of which is to provide practical knowledge to enterprises and PYMES (small and medium-sized companies) on how to apply business models that will enable them to benefit from open innovation, either through good working practices, training content and practical models and/or policy recommendations...."

Researchers of Tomorrow: A three year (BL/JISC) study tracking the research behaviour of 'Generation Y' doctoral students
* Researchers of Tomorrow, the three-year study of 'Generation Y' doctoral students by JISC and the British Library, released its second annual report.  From the executive summary:  "As we noted in the first year of the study the Generation Y doctoral students tend to be conservative in their choices, risk averse and unwilling to share their research prematurely.   Open access Many Generation Y (and older) doctoral student respondents appear to be deeply confused about exactly what ‘open access’ and ‘self-archiving’ mean, and uncertain how to go about assessing the appropriateness and authenticity of open access channels of research communication in order to address their own primary concerns and reservations. They appear to need greater clarity, better awareness-raising, more proactive promotion of open access channels and other technology-based tools, and support in using them if they are to make sensible and informed judgments...."  For more detail, see esp. pp. 12-13 and 41-45 on OA.

Article of the future

JISC Open Citations Project – Final Project Blog Post | JISC Open Citations
"The Open Citations Project is global in scope, designed to change the face of scientific publishing and scholarly communication. Specifically, it aims to make it possible to publish bibliographic information in RDF and to make citation links as easy to traverse as Web links....While this is the formal Final Blog Post for the JISC-funded Open Citations Project, that was funded for a year from 1st July 2010, our work is not yet finished. We cherish grand ideas for the liberation of the reference lists from all scholarly journal articles, using the Open Citations Corpus as an exemplar, in collaboration with publishers and organizations such as CrossRef who handle such citation data on behalf of publishers on a daily basis. This work will only be finished when it is longer be up to an individual academic research group to take on the task of citation liberation, but when each publisher publishes the citation data from each of their journal articles as open linked data on their own web sites, marked up using agreed ontological standards that we have proposed, freely available for scholar around the world, from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe, and from Holland to New Zealand, to use and explore, independent of their ability to afford subscription access to the journal articles from which the citations are made."

OA book business models

Pondering the 5 W’s of Publication Funding – Who, What, When, Where, and Why
"Under open access, the money that keeps the Publisher in business comes from the same sources as in the traditional publishing model, it is just delivered before an article is published instead of being paid afterward to provide researchers with access."

Measuring Impact in the field of Microbiology

EIFL Open Access Program wins the sixth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications

PLoS ONE named as the new SPARC Innovator: Public Library of Science changes the face of open-access publishing, again

Suber: Leader of a Leaderless Revolution


Emory University adopted an OA mandate
"Each Faculty member grants to Emory University permission to capture and make available his or her scholarly articles the author has chosen to distribute as Open Access and to reproduce and distribute those articles for the purpose of open dissemination.  In legal terms, each Faculty member grants to Emory University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles the author has chosen to distribute as Open Access, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit.  The Emory Faculty author remains the copyright owner unless that author chooses to transfer the copyright to a publisher...."  At the same time, three departments at Emory announced OA mandates for theses and dissertations.

The University of Barcelona adopted an OA mandate
"The 7th of June of 2011, the Governing Council of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) approved the document entitled "Universitat de Barcelona Open Access Policy" establishing that all the members of the scholar community shall deposit a copy of any academic publication immediately after publication and no later than 6 months. The UB recommends the publication in open access journals when possible and it is committed to facilitate this type of publication, either by providing resources or dealing with publishers."

The University of Bath adopted an OA mandate
"The University of Bath requires researchers to deposit full-text copies of their peer-reviewed journal articles and papers from published conference proceedings (subject to copyright provisions) in the University of Bath research repository, Opus1. The mandate applies to items published after 1 June 2011. Publications from 2008 onwards should also be added in readiness for the REF. The full-text of the paper and its details should be uploaded to Opus as close to publication as possible. Optional deposit of other research outputs such as book sections, reports, working papers and conference presentations is supported. These items will be identified as peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed as appropriate. Full repository policies are available from the Opus website. The Library provides support for this activity and will check copyright permissions on all deposited papers. The Mandate has the support of the University Research Committee...."

Washington University adopted an OA resolution
On May 9, the Faculty Senate at Washington University voted overwhelmingly to adopt an OA resolution encouraging green and gold OA.  "Faculty members are encouraged to seek venues for their works that share this ideal. In particular, when consistent with their professional development, members of the Faculty should endeavor to: [1] Amend copyright agreements to retain the right to use his or her own work and to deposit such work in a University digital repository or another depository, which is freely accessible to the general public; [2] Submit a final manuscript of accepted, peer-reviewed publications to one of the University’s digital repositories whenever consistent with the copyright agreement; and [3] Seek publishers for his or her works committed to free and unfettered access (often referred to as open access publishers) whenever consistent with his or her professional goals...."

Karolinska Institutet adopted an open access policy
"The Board of Research at [Karolinska Institutet]...adopted an open access policy that encourages its researchers to make their publications to the greatest possible extent freely available taking into account publisher terms and relevant demands of grant-awarding bodies and government authorities.  To help researchers at KI comply with the open access requirements an open archive has been established, and a support function based at the University Library is available to aid the researcher in the process of depositing articles...."

Ukraine's Sumy State University adopted an OA mandate

Ukraine's National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy adopted an OA mandate in October 2008
Posted to ROARMAP last month.

The UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) officially adopted an OA mandate
(It revealed that it planned to do so back in January 2009.)  From the new policy:  "EPSRC Council has agreed to mandate open access publication, with the proviso that academics should be able to choose the approach [green or gold] best suited to their field of research. This mandate is now being implemented:  EPSRC requires authors to comply with this mandate and ensure that all published research articles arising from EPSRC-sponsored research, and which are submitted for publication on or after 1st September 2011, must become available on an Open Access basis through any appropriate route...."


Open access and copyright


Funders unveil 'elite' open access journal 
Glej tudi e-pošto na koncu tega obvestila.

The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009

More than 10000 OJS Installations! | Public Knowledge Project
"As of July 2011, we have discovered over 10,000 OJS installations from around the world....We're continuing to see strong growth internationally, with OJS being used for traditional journals, but also for reports, learning management systems, courses, monographs, and more."

OA journal business models


PLoS ONE’s 2010 Impact Factor

More than one hundred BioMed Central journals now have impact factors
"The 2010 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports, released on June 28th 2011, provides further evidence that open access journals are delivering not only high visibility but also high rates of citation and impact. Altogether, 101 BioMed Central journals now have official impact factors. 21 journals recorded their first impact factors this year. Meanwhile, among the 80 journals which already had impact factors, 52 increased while only 28 declined. The average change in impact factor was an increase of 0.19 points...."

Impact factor of 4.976 just released for the International Journal of Nanomedicine, published by Dove Medical Press
"Thomson Reuters has just released the 2010 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), showing an impressive improvement to the impact factor for the International Journal of Nanomedicine, published by Dove Medical Press. The 2010 impact factor for the International Journal of Nanomedicine has been released at 4.976 (up from 2.612)...."

2010 JCR data out; Half of OB-GYN impact factor top 10 offer open access option for authors
"Half of the top-10 IF OB/GYN journals provide a gold open access option for immediate public access...."

New Journal of Physics celebrates Impact Factor success
"As reported in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports published by Thomson Reuters, New Journal of Physics (NJP) is celebrating an Impact Factor of 3.849. This represents a 53% increase in citations from 2009. Significantly, NJP now has the highest Impact Factor of all gold open-access journals in physics, and the highest Impact Factor of all general physics journals that publish only non-Letter, original (non-review) research articles...."


E-only scholarly journals: overcoming the barriers

Reassessing the value proposition: first steps towards a fair(er) price for scholarly journals
Abstract: Business models surrounding scholarly communications have been much debated over the past two decades. However, interest in the discussion has been sharpened in the UK by the funding issues facing the higher education sector, the reality of budget cuts and the need to focus on affordability. There is a growing realization that notions of ‘moderate’ price increases associated with ‘big deals’ over the past ten years will need to be radically reassessed. This paper discusses the financial realities facing UK libraries and the attempt by Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to look for solutions that maintain access to the maximum amount of material possible.,17,27;journal,2,72;linkingpublicationresults,1:107730,1

British Research Libraries Draw Line in Sand Over Journal Pricing
"Research Libraries UK (RLUK), which represents 30 British research libraries, is pledging to cut through "the barbed wire thrown up by journal publishers around scholarly research." David Prosser, the group's executive director, wrote the above phrase in a letter to the Guardian newspaper on April 8, and in a previous article in March he reported that the group "would not support future journal Big Deals unless [publishers] showed real price reductions." ...Prosser wrote that the library community has to be prepared to walk away from unacceptable deals, because without price reductions libraries will have to cancel a significant number of subscriptions "which will fatally compromise the UK's capacity for research....The reluctance to do so in the past has caused many of the problems that we see today," he wrote....In the long term, RLUK supports "a shift in scholarly communication to open-access models so the fruits of publicly funded research are available to all," Prosser wrote to the Guardian."

RLUK Develops Journal Subscription Analysis Tool | RLUK
"As budgets become tighter and journal subscription prices increase, it is imperative that libraries look to new metrics to assess value for money. This is especially true in the case of ‘big deals’ - large aggregations of journals from publishers sold as a single package. Some of these packages now cost RLUK members over £1million per year and account for an ever increasing proportion of library budgets. Such deals have proved attractive as they allow libraries to expand the range of titles they provide to users for a relatively small additional fee. But to date RLUK members have lacked a simple way to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of these packages. At a recent Workshop for members, RLUK unveiled a powerful model that allows members to carefully analyse the value-for-money of publisher packages and to determine whether there would be cost savings to be made from moving back to title-by-title purchasing...."


OpenDOAR reaches its’ 2000th Repository 
SHERPA Services is delighted to announce that the OpenDOAR directory now boasts over 2000 repository entries from across the globe. As OpenDOAR forms a major quality target resource for services such as the  OpenAIRE Deposit Service and  OpenDepot, 2000 entries is a significant step forward in enabling the global virtual repository network to cooperate in new and innovative ways. OpenDOAR provides a comprehensive, authoritative and quality checked list of institutional and subject-based repositories. In addition it encompasses archives set up by funding agencies like the National Institutes for Health in the USA and the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. OpenDOAR creates a bridge between repository administrators and the service providers which "harvest" repositories, such as search engines. General Internet searches often bring back too many "junk" results. Information from OpenDOAR enables search services to provide a more focussed search by selecting repositories that are of direct interest to the user - for example, all Australian repositories, or all repositories that hold conference papers on chemistry. OpenDOAR can also be used by researchers to discover their local institutions repository.

Each month around 23 new additions are made to OpenDOAR, and 7 suggestions are rejected, due to not meeting our inclusion criteria. These include being a journal site, not containing open access materials and requiring a subscription to access content. Our full criteria for inclusion can be found here:

TU Delft Library: 25,000th upload to TU Delft Repository
"The TU Delft Repository, which is managed by the Library, has reached another milestone!"

Summary report on "Brief Institutional Repository Survey"
The UCF Libraries Scholarly Communications Task Force has completed its  “Brief Institutional Repository Survey” and has posted a  summary report on Google docs. In brief: The UCF Libraries Scholarly Communications Task Force conducted a survey of existing institutional repositories (IRs) which included questions concerning their organization, staffing, and funding requirements. The ten question survey included the name and type of institution, information about the responder, specifics about the IR including the personnel, job assignment and department, and its funding.

Of the fifty four (54) responses 95.9% were from 4 year/Masters and/or PhD granting universities with 92.3% of the IRs falling within the institutions’ libraries. The survey revealed that IRs report to a wide variety of units within the libraries including the library administration, digital services or technical services. From these results it shows that IRs’ success may be more a function of the people driving the effort than its setting. From the question (#6) concerning which positions are involved with IR operations, the results show that in general there are about 3-4 people working on the IR. And finally, of the twelve (12) institutions reporting actual funding levels for their hardware, software and subscriptions, the range was $1000 to $110,000, with an average of $22,746.

Capacity building for OA repository administrators and managers: EIFL-OA – KIT – COAR online workshop | EIFL
The slides and videos of the presentations from the EIFL-OA – KIT – COAR online workshop on Capacity building for open access repository administrators and managers (Online, July 27, 2011) are now online.


Déclaration sur l’open data en France
iCommons, (24 Jun 2011)
"Creative Commons France, Regards Citoyens, Open Knowledge Foundation, and Veni Vidi Libri announced a Declaration On The Open Data in France. The document states that it is essential that the data service are free. Introducing any license limitations or discrimination in access or restrictions on their reproduction or redistribution for commercial purposes should not be considered as an Open Data license. They recommend the choice of certain free licenses...." [PS: The declaration is undated but seems to be recent.]

PLoS ONE: Who Shares? Who Doesn't? Factors Associated with Openly Archiving Raw Research Data
Abstract: Many initiatives encourage investigators to share their raw datasets in hopes of increasing research efficiency and quality. Despite these investments of time and money, we do not have a firm grasp of who openly shares raw research data, who doesn't, and which initiatives are correlated with high rates of data sharing. In this analysis I use bibliometric methods to identify patterns in the frequency with which investigators openly archive their raw gene expression microarray datasets after study publication. Automated methods identified 11,603 articles published between 2000 and 2009 that describe the creation of gene expression microarray data. Associated datasets in best-practice repositories were found for 25% of these articles, increasing from less than 5% in 2001 to 30%–35% in 2007–2009. Accounting for sensitivity of the automated methods, approximately 45% of recent gene expression studies made their data publicly available....[A]uthors were most likely to share data if they had prior experience sharing or reusing data, if their study was published in an open access journal or a journal with a relatively strong data sharing policy, or if the study was funded by a large number of NIH grants. Authors of studies on cancer and human subjects were least likely to make their datasets available. These results suggest research data sharing levels are still low and increasing only slowly, and data is least available in areas where it could make the biggest impact. Let's learn from those with high rates of sharing to embrace the full potential of our research output.

DuraSpace to Bring Cloud-Based Platform “Direct-to-Researchers”
The not-for-profit DuraSpace organization announced that it will develop a hosted, cloud-based data storage and management service aimed at meeting the specific needs of working scientists and researchers.  The new service, an expansion of DuraSpace’s popular DuraCloud data management and archiving service, is being funded through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  
“Scientists and researchers are under increasing pressure to archive and provide access to their data well beyond the grant funding period. The currently available commercial cloud services do not fully meet their needs and have no ties back to the research organization”, said Michele Kimpton, CEO of DuraSpace.  “We’re committed to providing a solution for managing research data that’s safe, secure, flexible, and most of all, easy-to-use for the scientist who does not have IT staff on hand to help tackle data management issues.” With “Direct-to-Researcher, “catching” the results of research at the source means that scientists and researchers have the ability to meet granting agency requirements for accountability in preserving and creating access to data.


Open Questions on Open Courseware

From Link Rot to Web Sanctuary: Creating the Digital Educational Resource Archive (DERA)
Describes how an innovative use of the EPrints repository software is helping to preserve official documents from the Web. From the Conclusion: The main things we have learnt from the project are that: - Placing files in a repository gives digital preservation to key documents in the subject field and eradicates the link rot problem. - Adding high-quality metadata enhances the resource and allows it to hold its head high and become an integral part of a library's collection. - A specialist library can play an important role in preserving domain-specific government content as part of its long-term strategy and ensure high-quality resources remain available. - Provided you are prepared to get to grips with its complexity, the EPrints software is well suited to the task and provides good interoperability with other legacy systems for importing metadata - The added value of being able to search the full text provides a potentially very rich resource for data mining whether by current or future researchers of educational history.


Final Product Post: Open Bibliography
"Bibliographic data has long been understood to contain important information about the large scale structure of scientific disciplines, the influence and impact of various authors and journals. Instead of a relatively small number of privileged data owners being able to manage and control large bibliographic data stores, we want to enable an individual researcher to browse millions of records, view collaboration graphs, submit complex queries, make selections and analyses of data – all on their laptop while commuting to work. The software tools for such easy processing are not yet adequately developed, so for the last year we have been working to improve that: primarily by acquiring open datasets upon which the community can operate, and secondarily by demonstrating what can be done with these open datasets....In working towards acquiring these open bibliographic datasets, we have clarified the key principles of open bibliographic data and set them out for others to reference and endorse. We have already collected over 100 endorsements, and we continue to promote these principles within the community. Anyone battling with issues surrounding access to bibliographic data can use these principles and the endorsements supporting them to leverage arguments in favour of open access to such metadata...."


SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #159, July 2, 2011

Open Access Directory

Building and Sustaining Alternative Scholarly Publishing Projects Around the World
Third International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference will be held from September 26 - 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The program for the conference is now available, including lists of sessions and plenary speakers.

From: [] On Behalf Of Peter Suber
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 7:22 PM
To: SOAF post; BOAI Forum post
Subject: [BOAI] Randy Schekman to Lead New Open Access Journal
[Forwarding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  --Peter Suber.]

Randy Schekman to Lead New Journal
Randy W. Schekman, a distinguished cell biologist and the 14th editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has been named the first editor of a new journal that the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust aim to launch next year.
“It is my strong feeling that there is a need for a scientific journal at the very high end that is run by active practicing scientists embedded in an academic environment, individuals who experience both the frustrations and satisfactions of research,” says Schekman. “The scientific journals that are now at the high end are doing some things right, but I think there is room at the top for an alternative approach.”
Schekman will assume his new responsibilities in August. His first priorities will be recruiting a managing executive editor responsible for overseeing the journal’s business functions and identifying the scientific editors, including two deputies, 10-12 senior editors, and a larger board of reviewing editors.
Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, says, “Randy Schekman is an outstanding cell biologist who has edited the PNAS with great distinction. We are delighted that he has agreed to lead the new journal that we are founding, which will provide a major new vehicle for publication of the world's best research in the life sciences. Randy and the new journal share the values of our organizations - this journal will support the brightest minds in science.” 
Leaders of the three research organizations announced their intention to launch the new journal at a London press conference on June 27 and outlined their fundamental goals: publication of highly significant research; an independent editorial team comprised of active, practicing scientists; and a rapid and transparent peer review.
Professor Herbert Jäckle, Vice President of the Max Planck Society, says, “Publishing top science requires the leadership of the best active scientists to reliably judge the quality of the submitted work and the reviewers’ responses, and to take rapid and unbiased decisions that are transparent both for the authors and the scientific community. Randy’s commitment as a founding editor of the new journal guarantees that these essentials become reality."
Expected to launch in about a year, the journal will be online and open access. Schekman says he does not expect the journal to hold the copyright to the literature, but to utilize Creative Commons licenses so that the data can be widely shared. Schekman has been an HHMI investigator at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1991. He will devote half of his time to the new journal, but will also help guide PNAS until the National Academy of Sciences identifies a successor.
For more than 30 years, Schekman’s research has focused on the molecular machinery that enables proteins to be trafficked within cells. Working in yeast, he made fundamental discoveries about how vesicles bud off from the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum – a membranous network inside the cell – and transport proteins for further processing for internal or external use. Schekman and his colleagues identified more than 50 genes involved in the process, methodically determining the order and role each played. He shared the 2002 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with James Rothman, now of Yale University, and has received other major awards including the Gairdner Foundation International Award and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.
Robert Tjian, President of HHMI, says, “Randy is the ideal founding editor in chief; his scientific judgment is impeccable, he is broadly knowledgeable, widely regarded as fair minded, and highly respected internationally. Perhaps equally important is his extensive experience as an editor in chief and his obvious zeal and commitment to making the new journal the most successful in a generation.”
Schekman has served as editor of PNAS since 2006, succeeding the late Nicholas R. Cozzarelli. Like Cozzarelli, he focused on elevating the quality and visibility of the journal by increasing the number of direct submission articles that are subject to rigorous peer review. Under Schekman’s leadership, PNAS earlier this year also launched an online-only option for direct submission articles. Called PNAS Plus, it provides for a longer digital article and a companion summary in the print journal.
“I have a track record of making independent decisions, but I think this journal also has an important founding principle: We will seek the best research papers from all over the world and will not favor scientists supported by the founding organizations,” Schekman says.
Schekman reports that editors will be appropriately compensated, noting for example that senior editors will be expected to devote 20 percent of their time to the journal and would be paid accordingly. He has already begun speaking with potential scientific editors.
For the first three to four years, to help establish the journal, no fees will be charged to authors. Once the journal is established, it is anticipated that authors will be charged an article processing fee to cover some of the ongoing costs of publication.
“My priority will be to launch the new journal promptly and with great visibility,” says Schekman. “Open access is the future and we will build on the pioneering efforts of the Public Library of Science so that scientists will have access to this literature and the data anywhere they are.”

About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute plays a powerful role in advancing scientific research and education in the United States. Its scientists, located across the United States and around the world, have made important discoveries that advance both human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. The Institute also aims to transform science education into a creative, interdisciplinary endeavor that reflects the excitement of real research.

About the Max Planck Society
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization. The primary goal of the Max Planck Society is to promote research at its own institutes. The Max Planck institutes perform basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Currently, the Max Planck Society operates 80 institutes, four of which are in Italy, the Netherlands and the USA.

About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.

From: [] On Behalf Of Peter Suber
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 5:14 PM
To: SOAF post; BOAI Forum post
Subject: [BOAI] Open Biology - open for business
[Forwarding from the Royal Society.  --Peter Suber.]

Announcing the launch of a new open access journal from the Royal Society
Open Biology is a new, fast, open access journal covering biology at the molecular and cellular level.   This selective, online Royal Society journal will publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed research in cell biology; developmental and structural biology; molecular biology; biochemistry; neuroscience; immunology; microbiology; and genetics.  The criteria for acceptance will be scientific excellence, importance and originality.  
Importantly, the Open Biology
Editors and Editorial Board are practising scientists who aim to provide a journal that will serve their respective communities.  They will actively engage in identifying excellent papers, selecting referees and  steering the overall direction of the journal.  Our intention is to publish research of the highest quality and to ensure a fair and speedy review process without recourse to unnecessary rounds of revision.  Articles will include a minimum of supplementary material, presented separately from the main text. 
Author benefits include:
·  rapid publication in a Royal Society journal 
·  rigorous and constructive peer-review 
·  immediate open access 
·  e-only continuous publication model, which allows immediate citation of articles 
·  author retention of copyright and liberal reuse rights via Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC by 3.0) 
·  publisher deposit of articles in PubMedCentral 
·  information on individual article downloads 
·  high levels of author service and support 
·  media promotion of articles
·  free online colour
If you would like your research peer-reviewed fairly, published rapidly and disseminated widely, please 
submit your next research article to Open Biology.  For further information on the journal, browse the Open Biology web pages or contact Victoria Millen.
Open Biology represents the Royal Society's first fully open access journal.  You can find out more about the Royal Society's policy on open access by visiting
our website.

From: [] On Behalf Of Peter Suber
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:42 PM
To: SOAF post; BOAI Forum post
Subject: [BOAI] Versita Open in Scandinavia - press release
[Forwarding from Versita.  --Peter Suber.]

Versita Open Expands to Scandinavia 
First Scandinavian Journals Join Versita Open 
Warsaw, 30th of June 2011
For 10 years Versita has been a successful publisher of own and third-party scholarly journals from Central & Eastern Europe. Professional e-publishing technology solutions and e-marketing services provided to journals published by universities and academic institutions recently attracted also customers from outside the region. Three Scandinavian serials: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Nordic Journal of Migration Research and Sommerfeltia are now included in the portfolio of more than 200 Open Access journals published by Versita Open.
The newly contracted Scandinavian journals, besides the basic pack of services, have also selected optional functionalities such as online submission system (Editorial Manager), copyediting, language and technical editing. With the professional support from Versita, journals that make their content available for readers at no cost can enjoy the same sophisticated online publishing technology and powerful marketing tools used by paid-access journals of large international publishers, and can compete with them in terms of impact.
Kerstin Stenius, Editor-in-Chief of Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD) comments: “As most other scientific journals, we have lately noted the increased demand on researchers to publish scientific articles, but also increasing competition between journals over the most interesting and ground-breaking findings. We look forward to the professional assistance of Versita in getting a higher scientific impact by being included in even more prestigious indexing systems. Open Access through Versita gives NAD the possibility to reach out with new scientific findings through the internet, which has become the most important source of information for most citizens”.
Dawid Cecula, Business Manager of Versita Open, comments: “Expanding our portfolio with publications from Northern Europe is a signal for us that a need for professional publishing services in the Open Access area is also shared by countries from outside the region. For this reason, we have decided to expand beyond Central and Eastern Europe and enter Scandinavia, which will help us even better fulfill our mission of global dissemination of scientific research.”

About Versita
( publishes over 200 own and third-party scholarly journals across many disciplines. Versita is the publishing partner of Springer ( and de Gruyter ( Versita also runs Versita Open (, one of the largest Open Access platforms in the world. The company was established in 2001 by Jacek Ciesielski.

About Open Access
Open Access (OA) is an emerging model for academic publishing where readers receive free access to scientific journals and books. In typical OA models, the publishing costs are paid by authors. The first OA advocates were librarians, and recently several publishers have introduced their OA offerings.

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