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Just five days left to submit your vision for the future of scholarly publlshing to Beyond the PDF2! in Amsterdam http://www.force11.org/beyondthepdf2  "We invite anyone with an idea, a demo, a vision, a manifesto, or technology that can bring scholarly communication to the next stage to climb on their virtual soapbox and tell us how to change. This session is devoted to new, crazy, out-of-the-box, revolutionary ideas; demo’s of apps, interfaces, smart tools, gadgets, things-that-blog, lab software, or anything else you care to show us" Abstract submission form at http://www.force11.org/node/4242 
Go directly to: Registration | Location | Transportation | Hotels | Amsterdam Guide | Committee | Sponsors | Preliminary Program | Beyond the PDF on Lanyrd Beyond the PDF2 Conference Tuesday, M...
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I thought I'd share what is perhaps a new and interesting example of missed impact through Closed Access research publishing.

I was reading this new Nature blog post 'What were the top papers of 2012 on social media?' http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/12/what-were-the-top-papers-of-2012-on-social-media.html

and found that the 3rd most tweeted paper (cumulatively) throughout 2012 was first published way back in 1996.
Why was such an old paper so topical in 2012? 

Well, the title is: "Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women"
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002937896701412

It is not a freely accessible paper. Most people can only see the abstract without paying more. The tweets are clearly related to this news story and related US political issues: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/19/republican-todd-akin-rape-pregnancy 

Perhaps Todd Akin and other public policy-makers in the US and abroad might have benefited from Open Access to this and related research?


Am I clutching at straws here with my thinking that this is huge missed potential for societal impact? The difference between an abstract and the fulltext is immense - what knowledge benefits have we missed out on here with so many citizens and policymakers denied full access to this publicly-funded* piece of medical research?

* The paper was "Supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant No. ROIDA05220"
 

Food for thought perhaps?



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#openaccess   #OA   #policy   #policymakers   #Research   #engagement   #elsevier   #elsevierboycott   #ClosedAccess  
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An important meeting in South East Asia for anyone involved in Open Research - and its not so far from North American west coast, plus you get to visit New Zealand which should be on everyone's list of must-dos
 
Registration is now open for the Open Research Conference in Auckland, Feb 2013
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From me in Nature on the RCUK policy and the importance of re-use and licensing
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I really cannot disagree with this...
Would you like your new programming language to have a million users in a couple of years? You would? Cool—here’s how to do it. Instead of asking yourself, “How will people write loops?” or, “Is this statically or dynamically typed?”, ask yourself, “What can I do in the language to make packaging and installation a zillion times easier?” Because that’s the biggest headache most people have these days: getting a thousand and one bits of code to in...
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This is Javascript's unfair advantage. The era of changing the syntax delimiters is rapidly coming to an end. Probably last minute text-only thrill seekers trying to get their name in the history of programming languages ;-)
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A new blog post with thoughts about the situation for UK Humanities and Social Sciences.
Someone once said to me that the best way to get researchers to be serious about the issue of modernising scholarly communications was to let the scholarly monograph business go to the wall as an obje...
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I suspect the problem is less bad in maths and physics, because papers in these fields tend to use numbered sections. In palaeo, for some dumb reason, we don't; so if we want to cite a specific part of a long paper, we have to do it by page number. And that obviously breaks as you go from the preprint to the final version.
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Interesting comment on my blog post on H&SS transition to Open Access. It resonates with me but first time I've seen a statement quite this strong from a policy development person.

http://cameronneylon.net/blog/oa-and-the-uk-humanities-social-sciences-wrong-risks-and-missed-opportunities/#comment-752226765

"Coming to this a little late. For researchers outside the magic .ac circle, I have access to tons of relevant economics working papers, via IZA, REPEC etc, however if I want to see if there is research relevant to my policy-relevant research in sociology, anthropology or psychology, it may as well not exist, being behind paywalls that my funders won't pay for accessing. The policy-makers I'm writing reports for can't see the papers either so would be required to take any summary on trust, which isn't something I'd want to encourage.

Therefore, and not surprisingly, the economics works get referenced and the others don't."
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O - M - G ! Do I see a seismic shift in copyright law enabling data-mining? Devil in the details of course: 
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which restrictions in copyright law? first I've heard of this...
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From me in Nature on the RCUK policy and the importance of re-use and licensing
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This paper contains a clear and understandable discussion of the differences between "access" and "usability" and how conditions of research funding can encourage not just accessibility but reusability of research. Also emphasized is the importance of licensing terms to enabling reusability.
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I'd like to try and get more people really utilising and contributing to this as a resource. 
 
Milestone for the Open Access Tracking Project

The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) has now tagged more than 20,000 web sites since it launched in April 2009.

OATP is a crowd-based effort to notice and tag new OA developments. The goal is to organize knowledge of the field and provide continual updates to readers who subscribe to the project feeds. OATP is grateful to all the project taggers, and especially to Andrea Bernard, who can be called the OATP tagger-in-chief nowadays.

The 20k total includes OA-related journal articles, news stories, blog posts, project pages, slide presentations, and videos. It includes sites tagged when OATP ran on Connotea, and sites tagged after OATP moved to TagTeam earlier this fall. It includes about 16k sites that were new at the time of tagging, and about 4k sites tagged retroactively in our ongoing effort to put earlier developments into the OATP database for search and classification.

OATP home page
http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/OA_tracking_project

TagTeam introduction
http://bit.ly/tagteam-intro

TagTeam front end to the 20k items tagged for OATP 
http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/3

How to subscribe to a feed of items tagged for OATP 
https://plus.google.com/109377556796183035206/posts/Wkr8GZPy2UN

How to tag OA-related developments for OATP
http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Transition_to_TagTeam#Participating_as_a_tagger

How to search OATP records. (Note that we're improving the TagTeam search engine and UI at this very moment, and hope to roll out the improvements shortly.)
http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/3#hub_3=8

#oa #openaccess #oatp  
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Thanks, Cameron. I appreciate it.

If any new users find OATP confusing, please let me know. Behind the scenes, the project has several moving parts, but the user experience should be simple. I often revise the online documentation (for OATP and TagTeam) in order to lower the barrier to entry. But I may still have a long way to go.
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A new blog post with thoughts about the situation for UK Humanities and Social Sciences.
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This is really interesting. This program gives subscribers a series of publication vouchers that they can use for publication under a CC BY licence in RSC journals. What I find interesting is that RSC are keen to go global on this even before the presumed pressure that arises from UK policy coming into force in 2013 starts to kick in.

I can only assume uptake has been strong and they see this as an effective way of keeping APC prices relatively high in the short term (they're charging £1700) before real competition starts to kick in. 

It's also interesting positioning of RSC vs American Chemical Society (motto: Our job is to make Elsevier look good). Firstly because this is in chemistry, traditionally the hardest nut to crack in the physical sciences for #openaccess  but also because its the latest round in a game for global dominance in this space where RSC has traditionally been seen as behind the ACS. Openness as a market differentiator in a very closed domain. First time I've really seen that come up.
RSC Gold for Gold goes global. 10 December 2012. Following an exceedingly successful pilot in the UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is now rolling out its 'Gold for Gold' open access initiative...
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Mike, please let me know what mystifies you and I'll do my best to explain so that you can understand.
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  • PLOS
    Advocacy Director, 2012 - present
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council - UK
    Senior Scientist, 2005 - 2012
  • University of Bath
    Wellcome Trust Fellow, 1999 - 2001
  • University of Southampton
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I'm interested in how research and the research community can benefit from the web and a strong believe in Open Access, Open Data, and the potential for much more efficient and effective research they can bring. My background in science is in biophysics. I work at PLOS as Advocacy Director.

I'm also currently working on better systems for recording what happens in the research process, looking at how to change the incentive structure so as to encourage more effective sharing amongst researchers, and changing the way scholarly communication works.
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  • Australian National University
    Chemistry, 1995 - 1999
  • University of Western Australia
    Biochemistry, 1991 - 1994
  • Perth Modern School
    1986 - 1990
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