From the : "The AHA requires that all journal articles resulting from AHA funding...should be made freely available in PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. It will be the responsibility of the author to ensure this occurs....The AHA has adopted the procedures put in place by the Health Research Alliance (HRA)....All new grants awarded for applications due starting in July 2014, must comply with the outbound Public Access policy....All original research articles in the 11 subscription-model HA journals are made freely available on that AHA journal website after six months. All other articles in AHA journals are freely available on the AHA journal web site one year after publication....The AHA requires grant applicants to include a data sharing plan as part of the application process. Any research data that is needed for independent verification of research results must be made freely and publically available within 12 months of the end of the funding period...."
Note that the AHA is a research funder, research publisher, research user, and non-profit society. Needless to say, this combination is rare, and OA mandates for mixed-breed entities like this are also rare. Kudos to all involved!
#oa #openaccess #opendata
From : "As a journalist who really does try to keep abreast of the incredible work done by academics, I think both sides are targeting the wrong culprit. The real problem is that the primary system for disseminating academic research -- through professional journals and working papers -- doesn't work for anyone but academics, and it may not even work for them. Professional journals are wildly expensive to subscribe to and bizarrely difficult to keep up with. How expensive? Last year, Harvard University -- yes, the place with the $30 billion endowment -- concluded that “major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable.” Journal subscriptions can often run into the tens of thousands of dollars...."
Klein is right. See my comments on this from an October 2012 interview: "Imagine what would happen if all journalists who write about [academic research] had access to primary sources themselves. Imagine if they could put links to primary sources in their publications, and imagine if readers could click through for free online access to those primary sources. That would change things. It wouldn’t merely change science journalism. It could also change political journalism, fact checking, and reader knowledge. Even when scholars are not writing for the general public, journalists could be the bridge. Journalists have always tried to play that role, but it’s been hard for them without access. Open access could change that...."
#oa #openaccess #journalism
From : "The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York. Both publishers, which were privately informed by Labbé, say that they are now removing the papers....Ruth Francis, UK head of communications at Springer, says that...the relevant conference proceedings were peer reviewed... — making it more mystifying that the papers were accepted. The IEEE would not say, however, ...whether submissions for the relevant conferences were supposed to be peer reviewed. “We continue to follow strict governance guidelines for evaluating IEEE conferences and publications,” Stickel said....Labbé emphasizes that the nonsense computer science papers all appeared in subscription offerings. In his view, there is little evidence that open-access publishers...necessarily have less stringent peer review than subscription publishers."
Also see my post on the Bohannon sting from last October.
From FY 2015 budget request (p. 41): "By opening up Government-generated assets including data and the fruits of federally funded research and development (R&D) — such as intellectual property and scientific publications — to the public, Government can empower individuals and businesses to significantly increase the public's return on investment in terms of innovation, job creation, and economic prosperity."
#oa #openaccess #obama
From : "As [Elana] Simon put it to me over the phone earlier today, patients usually freely surrender their tissue and information to hospitals, but why should they? “It’s their information, it’s their health, so they should have the right to do with it what they want,” she said. Perhaps the best thing patients can do is to give their data away for free to work, bit by bit, toward a cure. The open-access movement has worked for software and genetics; it can work for medicine, too."
The guide is based on the experience at Harvard and many other institutions around the world. It has been endorsed by the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS), Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet), Open Access Directory (OAD), UK Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG), Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and SPARC Europe.
Disclosure: I maintain the guide with as part of the Harvard Open Access Project.
If your institution is considering an OA policy, or if you want it to, please have a look at the guide and spread the word.
#oa #openaccess #hoap
- Harvard Office for Scholarly CommunicationDirector, 2013 - present
- Harvard Open Access ProjectDirector, 2011 - present
- Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
- Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
- Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
- Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.
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