Tuesday, October 21, 2008

BMJ converts to OA

The BMJ [formerly, the British Medical Journal] reiterates its commitment to open access publishing on the first international Open Access Day.

BMJ is now officially an Open Access journal

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

UCD Institutional Repository reaches a milestone

Just in time for Open Access day Tuesday, October 14, Research_online@UCD, the UCD library institutional repository, has archived its 500th item. The collection consists of peer reviewed journal articles, scholarly working papers, books and book chapters, technical reports, conferences items and government publications. The project is currently focused on the life's work of UCD economists and looks forward to providing access to a growing body of full text scholarly research.
Congratulations and thanks to all who have helped achieve this milestone. Take a look at http://irserver.ucd.ie/dspace/browse-title

Today is Open Access Day!

Take a look at the web page we have prepared to mark this first OA Day. Or if you are in the James Joyce Library this week then we have some information boards and take-away leaflets for you.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

University of Glasgow introduces Open Access MANDATE

University of Glasgow announces new Publications Policy

The University of Glasgow is proud to announce a new Publications Policy which will require authors to deposit the full text of peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings in the University's institutional repository Enlighten (http://www.gla.ac.uk/enlighten) where publisher agreements permit this.

The University has been at the forefront of repository developments since 2002 when the internationally recognised DAEDALUS Project, funded by JISC, was founded. Glasgow is an internationally renowned research intensive University producing thousands of research publications each year. In joining major institutions and funding bodies worldwide the University recognises the importance of free and unrestricted access to scholarly literature in the furtherance of research; and the importance to researchers of maximising the impact of their research across the world.

Professor Steven Beaumont, OBE CEng FRSE Vice-Principal Research and Enterprise said 'The University of Glasgow generates over 3,000 research papers per year. Since we began to put these into Enlighten on a voluntary basis there have been over 1 million downloads. Enlighten really does help the University to showcase its research and to increase the impact of that it has on society. This new policy will make that impact even greater. I very much appreciate the support of Senate in adopting this move.'

Details of the policy, which was approved by the University Senate, are available at http://www.lib.gla.ac.uk/enlighten/publicationspolicy/index.html. The policy came into effect at the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Open Access citation effect illusory

Journal articles made freely available online are accessed more than articles with a subscription cost but are not cited more. This is the controversial early finding of what will be a four-year study at Cornell University. The open access (OA) lobby has slammed the publication of the preliminary report as premature.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dramatic growth of Open Access continues

Article in The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics

"..The percentage of the world's scholarly literature that is freely available appears to be close to 20%..."