Monday, December 14, 2009

U of Ottowa introduce comprehensive Open Access programme

University of Ottawa announced a comprehensive Open Access program, including an authors fund, a research to support research on OA, a fund to support the creation of digital materials, and support for the U of O Press to produce a collection of OA monographs. The University of Ottawa has also joined the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Times Higher piece on Open Access journals and books

Free, immediate and permanently available research results for all - that's what the open-access campaigners want. Unsurprisingly, the subscription publishers disagree. Zoe Corbyn weighs up the ramifications for journals, while Matthew Reisz asks how books will fare.
12th November

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Brill introduces Open Access option for authors

Brill Open
Brill also offers its journal authors the option to make their articles freely available online in Open Access upon publication. The Brill Open publishing option enables authors to comply with new funding body and institutional requirements (for example those in place from the Wellcome Trust and the NIH, and announced for several other funding bodies and universities).

The Brill Open option will be available for all journals published under the imprints Brill, Martinus Nijhoff and VSP. The Article Processing Fee for this service is € 2,000 / $ 3,000 per article and does not cover any additional author fees (such as color charges) as well as taxes where applicable.

Payment of the Article Processing Fee will enable articles to be available on Brill’s primary online service IngentaConnect.com to non-subscribers, as well as to subscribers to that journal. It will also permit authors to post the final version of the published article on their own website and to submit it to their funding agency’s and/or their institution’s preferred archive. It is not permitted to post the article at any service for commercial use.

Friday, October 30, 2009

University of Salford to be Open Access University from 2010

20 October 2009

On Friday 16 October the University of Salford announced its policy of mandatory open access, bringing the worldwide tally of open access mandatory policies to 100. The policy will be implemented from January 2010. The policy will make research knowledge free and easily accessible to a world audience via the University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) portal.

In a recent keynote speech, Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said, "Openly disseminated knowledge is good knowledge."


For the last two years the University has been implementing systems to enable the University's research active staff to deposit their findings and research into the repository. From January 2010, the University of Salford will officially be an Open Access University.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Open Access website encourages exchange of research data

Utrecht, 20 October 2009 – SURF, the higher education and research partnership for network services and ICT in the Netherlands, is launching the website www.openaccess.nl. The website has been developed on behalf of the whole higher education sector and links up with international Open Access week (19 to 23 October).



The Open Access website provides structured information about Open Access to research results and the advantages that Open Access has. Practical examples are used to illustrate the possibilities opened up by the Internet for innovations in scholarly communication. The website provides researchers with information about how Open Access can give their work a larger potential audience. Openaccess.nl shows the options that each discipline has for making research results openly accessible.

Monday, October 19, 2009

LENUS the Irish health repository for the HSE

This week is being celebrated internationally as Open Access Week. (http://www.openaccessweek.org).

I am taking this opportunity to raise awareness about Lenus the Irish Health Repository which is an Open Access initiative. (http://www.lenus.ie)

Lenus pronounced “Lehnus” is named after a Celtic God of Healing.

It has over 4,500 full-text resources encompassing clinical research, policy evaluation, statistics and official publications. It is the only Irish resource of its kind.

The content includes 3 collections – HSE, ‘Other Irish health organisations’ and “Research Articles”.

HSE (includes HSE publications categorised by broad subjects, theses, archive of former health board publications and minutes)

Other Irish health publications (includes DOHC publications and other Irish health organisations)

Research Articles (this is a work in progress with the intention of including up to date articles of interest to Irish health professionals).

As you can see this is a broad collection, it is not limited to the HSE. It is a national resource and contributions are most welcome.

In the meantime I would appreciate it if you could advertise it on your library blog/notice board/canteen etc. If you would like any bookmarks or leaflets for your library please contact me.

Many thanks

Aoife Lawton
Systems Librarian,
Regional Library & Information Service, Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8
Health Service Executive.
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Direct: (+353) -1-6352558, Ext: 2317
Fax: 01-6352557
Email: aoife.lawton@hse.ie
Web: http://www.hselibrary.ie (HSE Libraries Online)
http://www.lenus.ie (Irish Health Repository)

Open Access Week! Oct 19-23

This week is Open Access Week (Oct 19-24). Open Access is a movement within the global research community to make the published results of scholarly research freely availble on the Web. Open Access Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of the services, technology and expertise available to you.
http://www.openaccessweek.org/

Monday, October 12, 2009

SPARC guide to economic models for OA publishing

For immediate release
October 8, 2009

NEW SPARC GUIDE REVIEWS INCOME MODELS FOR SUPPORTING OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS

WASHINGTON, DC – “Who pays for Open Access?” is a key question faced by publishers, authors, and libraries as awareness and interest in free, immediate, online access to scholarly research increases. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) examines the issue of sustainability for current and prospective open-access publishers in a timely new guide, “Income models for Open Access: An overview of current practice,” by Raym Crow.

“Income models for Open Access: An overview of current practice” examines the use of supply-side revenue streams (such as article processing fees, advertising) and demand-side models (including versioning, use-triggered fees). The guide provides an overview of income models currently in use to support open-access journals, including a description of each model along with examples of journals currently employing it.

Friday, October 9, 2009

AcaWiki - a "Wikipedia for academic research."?

AcaWiki’s mission is to make academic research more accessible and interactive by creating a "Wikipedia for academic research." ]

Launched October 7th

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dramatic growth of Open Access - some statistics

From The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics blog

... a few key quotable numbers to illustrate the growth and current extent of open access: more than 4,000 fully open access, peer reviewed journals in DOAJ, growing by 2 titles per day; close to 1,500 open access repositories listed in OpenDOAR, adding a new repository every business day; over 30 million free publications through Scientific Commons, growing by more than 20 thousands items per day; more than 20% of the world's medical literature is freely available 2 years after publication, and close to 10% is freely available immediately on publication; 1 more journal decides to submit all or most content to PMC every business day, and growth of open access journals in PMC is one new journal every other business day. The number of open access mandate policies is well over a hundred, and growing rapidly - but also likely understated. If you have a policy, please be sure to register with ROARMAP. This quarter saw some minor setbacks. Most notable (but still small) is a decrease in free content through Highwire Press

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Unsustainable: OA Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

From the Scholarly Kitchen blog:

A shift to an author-pays open access publishing model is not a sustainable option — this is the main message of a much-awaited study of the costs of journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

The report, “The Future of Scholarly Journals Publishing Among Social Science and Humanities Associations,” was released on September 1st by the National Humanities Alliance. The study was conducted by the independent publishing consultant, Mary Waltham, and underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The study was based on a detailed analysis of the publishing costs and revenue streams of eight humanities and social science and journals (HSS), representing the flagship journals of their associations and based on three-years of data (2005-2007).

Friday, September 25, 2009

Mendeley scrobbles your papers

Mendeley is a social web application for academic authors that has been receiving quite a lot of attention recently. Victor Keegan wrote about it in The Guardian last week, likening it to the streaming music service Last.fm

You can recommend other people’s papers and see how many people are reading yours, which you can’t do in Nature and Science.

The company itself is formed of a team of researchers, graduates and software engineers from a number of prestigious UK, German and US institutions (including several of our Partners - Stanford, Imperial College, Warwick and Cambridge). It currently has over 4.7m downloadable items and is adding tens of thousands every day. I checked over the last two days, and it added just over 62,000 on Tuesday, and nearly 64,000 on Wednesday. Statistics for users reveal that bioscientists (19.4%) and computer and information scientists (19.1%) are the largest groups, with medics (7%) trailing way behind in third place

Monday, September 14, 2009

NPG launches an online only open access journal - Cell Death & Disease

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) along with the Associazione Differenziamento e Morte Cellulare is publishing an open access online journal called Cell Death & Disease in January 2010

The journal aims at exploring the area of cell death from a translational medicine perspective. It will be a peer-reviewed author-pays online journal that will publish full-length papers, reviews and commentaries describing original research in the field of translational cell death.
The scientific and medical information publisher said that the upcoming journal has started accepting submissions. This journal marks the first launch of several open access journals NPG is planning to introduce within its academic and society journal program in 2010

Live webcast from 1st OA conference at Lund

You can watch the various speakers at this conference live!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Data sharing - Nature News Special on need for OA to data

Most researchers agree that open access to data is the scientific ideal, so what is stopping it happening? Bryn Nelson investigates why many researchers choose not to share.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Google Book Settlement - summary of what it is and implications

A very clear statement from EBLIDA on what the Google Book Settlement allows and issues for European users and libraries

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

viXra.org: An Alternative Archive Of e-Prints In Science And Mathematics

A physicist in the UK has set up a new website for sharing preprints following criticisms about the way that the popular arXiv.org preprint server is moderated. Called viXra.org, which is the reverse of arXiv, the rival server — unlike arXiv — places no restrictions on the sorts of papers that can be posted. "This is an experiment to find out what kind of stuff is not managing to get into the arXiv, as well as being a serious archive for people to put their research in," says Philip Gibbs, an independent physicist based in the UK and creator of viXra

See also http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/39845

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has recently launched their repository (LENUS) running on Open Repository

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has recently launched their repository (LENUS) running on Open Repository, BioMed Central's hosted repository service. A case study is now available that explores the journey HSE took when setting up their
repository. Deciding how to build and host a repository and who to partner with can be a major challenge for organizations and this new case study aims to assist in this process by sharing the experiences of HSE.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

University of Leicester adopts OA mandate

The University of Leciester, UK, following a decision ratified by Senate on 27 May 2009, has joined a growing number of UK institutions, including UCL, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southampton, in adopting an open access mandate for research publications.

Open access means that a research publication can be freely accessed by anyone using an internet connection.

Academics are now required to submit their research publications to both the open access web-based Leicester Research Archive (LRA) and the internal central research publications database (RED). The LRA includes full text versions of publications where publishers' terms allow it (or the bibliographic reference otherwise); RED includes only bibliographic references.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

McCarthy report now available in UCD Institutional Repository

You may be interested to know that the ‘Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes’ has now been archived in the UCD Institutional Repository. Colm McCarthy is participating in the EU Economists Online project and for completeness sake we have added the report to his list of works. Here is the permanent URL:

http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1257

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Colm Mccarthy research output can be seen here

An Bord Snip Nua report is out -
http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/pressreleases/2009/bl100vol1.pdf


Mr Colm McCarthy, School of Economics, University College Dublin, was appointed as
member and Chair of the Special Group - read some of his other research output in the UCD Institutional Repository

NEEO network extends its reach

UCD is a member of the NEEO consortium of top economics faculty in Europe. The group is now extending its reach and recently Columbia joined the group- read about that in this blog entry

Monday, July 6, 2009

Comparative study says benefits of OA outweigh costs

From Peter Suber's OA blog:
For Denmark, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands free access to scholarly materials could offer significant benefits not only to research and higher education but also to society as a whole. This has been calculated by Australian economist Professor John Houghton in studies which have taken place in these three countries on the costs and benefits of scholarly communication. He has now summarised these findings in a report commissioned by Knowledge Exchange, which is a partnership of the IT bodies from Denmark (DEFF), the United Kingdom (JISC), the Netherlands (SURFfoundation) and Germany (DFG). ...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No OA impact advantage seen in ophthalmology

Peter Suber blog reports on V.C. Lansingh and M.J. Carter, Does Open Access in Ophthalmology Affect How Articles are Subsequently Cited in Research? Ophthalmology, June 20, 2009.

CONCLUSIONS: Unlike other fields of science, open access thus far has not affected how ophthalmology articles are cited in the literature.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Public Domain: enclosing the commons of the mind

Engaging half hour video from James Boyle, professor of law and co-founder of the Centre for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University and author of The Public Domain: enclosing the commons of the mind.

Is the public domain as vital to knowledge, innovation and culture as the realm of material protected by intellectual property rights? James Boyle thinks so and visits the RSA to call for a new movement to preserve it. If we continue to enclose the commons of the mind, Boyle argues, we will all be the poorer.

Delivered March 2009 at the RSA

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

UCL embraces open access with institution-wide mandate

University College London has become the latest British institution to introduce a mandatory open-access repository for its scholars' work in what is a growing international trend.

A new Centre for research and development in open access at the University of Nottingham

The way that research is communicated around the world is changing rapidly, opening access for more people to more research than has been available before. This brings change, challenges and exciting opportunities for authors, investigators and others in the research process.
The SHERPA team at the University of Nottingham are pleased to announce the formation of a new research centre -- the Centre for Research Communications (CRC). This will be based at the University and will help to support and inform these changes and new ideas. The CRC will house the portfolio of open access projects, services and initiatives currently undertaken by the University.
These include the home of the SHERPA partnership; the open access services RoMEO, Juliet and OpenDOAR; the Repositories Support Project (RSP), and the University contribution to the European and international projects DRIVER, Dart-Europe and NECOBELAC. Project and service funders include JISC, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and SPARCEurope. The CRC will also act as a focus for new work in the area both within the University and nationally.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Open Access in Humanities and Social Sciences - survey

Introduction in German but click on the button and survey is in English:
This survey deals with open access publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is specifically targeted at academics and researchers in these fields. It is part of the OAPEN project (Open Access Publishing in European Networks (www.oapen.net)). This project is conducted by a group of European academic publishers and universities and intends to develop an open access publication platform for academic books in the aforementioned disciplines. OAPEN wants to contribute to accessibility, impact and relevance of European research in those fields. We work in the interest of the academia and cannot do without the views, opinions and experiences of scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The results of this survey will be part of a broader report on user preferences to be published as part of the OAPEN project.

Friday, May 22, 2009

PhysMath Central & Open Access

An introduction to the open access features of PhysMath Central, presented at the INSPIRE meeting at FermiLab in May 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Research of Barrington Medal winning UCD economist in UCD IR

The Council of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland under the auspices of the Barrington Trust (founded in 1836 at the bequest of John Barrington) has awarded UCD economist Dr Liam Delaney the 2009/2010 Barrington Prize in recognition of his promising new research in the economic and social sciences.

His research, some of it in full text, can be located in the UCD Institutional Repository

Friday, May 15, 2009

First humanities department OA mandate in the world

On Wednesday, May 14th, by unanimous vote, the faculty of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon adopted an Open Access mandate (text below). This mandate is the first (according to ROAR) such mandate in the world by any Department in the Humanities and the 3rd in Oregon (after OSU Library faculty and UO Library faculty). It is distinguished by the stipulation that URLs of self-archived postprints are to be included in all materials submitted to the Department for purposes of review and promotion.

Reported by Peter Suber on OA News blog

Many subscription journals have an OA option

Many key subscription journal publishers provide an Open Access option where your research will be globally viewable on payment of an up-front fee. SHERPA project maintains this handy summary guide.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

UCD repository reaches 1,000 items

UCD Library is building a repository of full text research outputs from UCD staff. The Institutional Repository (IR) also forms part of national and international portals. We are focusing on select areas in the first phase, and are pleased to have reached a milestone of 1,000 records. Check http://irserver.ucd.ie/dspace/

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Get arXiv postings on your iPhone or iPod touch

ArXiview is a new iPhone application billed as "a very easy way to surfthe last few weeks of arXiv postings."

Developed by Paul Gingsparc then of the Los Alamos Nattional Laboratoryand now of Cornell University, arXiv.org provides "Open Access to534,588 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, QuantitativeBiology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics."

arXiview was designed by Dave Bacon, a theoretical physicist at theUniversity of Washington, ...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Open Access briefing paper

JISC have updated their short Open Access briefing paper

Access to world-wide knowledge in informatics, 1 million plus items

In collaboration with partners, among them the Gesellschaft für Informatik, the University of Trier and international publishers, FIZ Karlsruhe offers a web portal for computer science. io-port.net pools information from several computer science sources (among them our CompuScience file) which formerly had only been available separately. The portal provides access to more than one million publications from these sources in a standardized format, covering all areas of computer science and related disciplines. The portal is constantly updated with additional content.

The database covers the time range from 1931 to the present. This makes it the most comprehensive source of data on the historical development of computer science. The database contains bibliographical meta data, links to electronic full-texts and, for most of the references, article summaries or abstracts written by scientists.

Monday, April 20, 2009

We Need Publishing Standards for Datasets and Data Tables

OECD has released a white paperwhich examines the problems with current data discoverability and citations and the remedy in creating industry standards for bibliographic dataset metadata and linking.

Written by Toby Green, Head of Publishing at OECD and an expert in data publishing, the paper details the problems with user ability to locate and reference online data. Datasets are a significant part of the scholarly record and being published much more frequently but with widely inconsistent metadata, links and citations.

Green, T (2009), “We Need Publishing Standards for
Datasets and Data Tables”, OECD Publishing White Paper,
OECD Publishing.
doi: 10.1787/603233448430
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/603233448430

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Announcing New Cognitive Science Network, Social Science Research Network

SSRN opens new cognitive science section

Mark Turner, Announcing New Cognitive Science Network, Social Science Research Network, April 14, 2009.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Cognitive Science Network (CSN). It will provide a worldwide, online community for research in all areas of cognitive science, following the model of other subject matter networks within SSRN.

We expect CSN to become a comprehensive online resource for research in cognitive science, providing scholars with access to current work in their field and facilitating research and scholarship. ...

Welcome to the International Repositories Infrastructure wiki

This wiki is for those interested in:
1. developing coordinated action plans for specific areas of repository development
2. pursuing those plans
3. coordinating that activity internationally

Briefing materials
Alma Swan has produced and is maintaining a set of briefing materials that support this work by documenting current work under a range of headings relevant to the action plans. If you have any updates on any of these, please either email Alma so that she can update the map versions to match.
Author identification
Copyright and licensing
Harvesters - national and international
Harvesters - subject- or discipline-based
Ingest - selected issues
Institution identifiers
Peer review
Persistent identifiers
Preservation
Prestige and profiling services
Registries
Repository software
Repository support organisations
Storage
Usage reporting and metrics
User services
Validation and certification of repositories
Versioning

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dramatic Growth of Open Access 2009

This quarter, the growth of open access has been dramatic in open access journals, open access archives, and, perhaps most noteworthy, open access policies. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is on the verge of an important milestone - 4,000 fully open access, peer-reviewed journals, double the number of the largest commercial publisher. DOAJ is growing at the rate of 2 titles per day. OpenDOAR lists 1,373 repositories, an increase of about 70 this quarter. Scientific Commons now encompasses 26 million items, an increase of 2 million. 663 journals are now voluntarily participating in PubMedCentral, an increase of 119 (22%) this quarter. 447 journals provide immediate free access through PubMedCentral, an increase of 29 (7%) this quarter. There are 11 more open access policies, for a total of 72 policies worldwide, and 4 more proposed policies, for a total of 14 proposed policies. One decrease is noted - not in open access per se, but rather subscription journals providing free back issues: Highwire Press seems to have 212,000 fewer free articles, a decrease of 10%.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

BioMed Central launches new journal

BioMed Central has announced the launch of Genome Medicine, the sister journal to the prestigious Genome Biology.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Poor understanding of publishers' agreements

16 March 2009

The Publishing Research Consortium has published another in its series of reports, Journal authors' rights: perception and reality. (18 pages)

For both the submitted and the accepted version of their manuscript, the majority of publishers' agreements (as calculated by the number of articles they publish) allow authors to provide copies to colleagues, to incorporate into their own works, to post to a personal or departmental website or to an institutional repository, and to use in course packs; just under 50% also permit posting to a subject repository. However, far fewer authors think they can do any of these than are in fact allowed to do so.
The published PDF version is the version that authors would prefer to use for all the above purposes; again, publishers' agreements exceed authors' expectations for providing copies to colleagues, incorporating in subsequent work, and use in course packs. However, the picture is turned on its head when it comes to self-archiving; more than half of authors think that publishers allow them to deposit the final PDF, whereas under 10% of publishers actually permit this - probably because of serious concerns about the long-term impact on subscriptions.

New OA Chemistry Journal from Chemistry Central

The Journal of Systems Chemistry is a forthcoming peer-reviewed OA journal published by Chemistry Central. See the March 19 announcement. There are currently no author-side fees. Authors retain copyright and articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

MIT adopt Open Access self-archiving policy

Passed by Unanimous of the Faculty, March 18, 2009The Faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy: Each Faculty member grants to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology nonexclusive permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles for the purpose of open dissemination........

Press release and further information available via Peter Suber's OA blog here:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2009/03/more-on-mit-policy.html

Friday, March 13, 2009

NIH Public Access policy made permanent

2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act ensures NIH public access policy will persist
Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2009 – President Obama yesterday signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National Institutes’ of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy permanent. The NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine’s online archive, PubMed Central (PMC). Full texts of the articles are made publicly available and searchable online in PMC no later than 12 months after publication in a journal.
The NIH policy was previously implemented with a provision that was subject to annual renewal. Since the implementation of the revised policy the percentage of eligible manuscripts deposited into PMC has increased significantly, with over 3,000 new manuscripts being deposited each month. The PubMed Central database is a part of a valuable set of public database resources at the NIH, which are accessed by more than 2 million users each day.
The new provision reads in full:
The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.
“This is a significant moment for all of us in the health community, and for efforts in health reform. With free access to health research, individuals are empowered with the knowledge necessary to understand the health threats they and their families face,” said Sharon Terry, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance. “Congress recognizes the incredible power of technology and innovation in enabling new solutions for the proactive management of health, consumer-driven healthcare, and novel partnerships and collaborations in research. Congratulations to us all.”
The NIH Public Access Policy addresses the public’s growing need for high-quality health information and promotes accelerated scientific advancement in the biomedical sciences.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Science Foundation Ireland's Open Access mandate is now effective

ScienceFoundation Ireland's Open Access mandate is now effective (from February 1st2009).

Science Foundation Ireland is Ireland's largest funding council.

The policy is clearly outlined on the SFI website under 'Grant policies':http://www.sfi.ie/content/content.asp?section_id=471&language_id=1#oa

The full text of the policy is available here:
http://www.sfi.ie/uploads/documents/upload/SFI_OA_policy_2009_v3.pdf
It covers peer-reviewed papers, conference papers, reports, monographs anddatasets and generally follows the EURAB recomendations.

Now all Irish funding councils but one have open access policies: the HigherEducation Authority (HEA), the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineeringand Technology (IRCSET), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the HealthResearch Board (HRB) - the latter has OA recommendation which are expected tobecome mandatory later this year). All of the others have Open Access mandatesin line with the EURAB recommendations.

Apparently discussions are underway inthe only Irish research funding council without an OA policy, the IrishResearch Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Columbia University joins NEREUS

Columbia University became the first U.S. institution to join the Network of European Economists Online (NEEO), an international economics research project to which UCD economic researchers are also participating with UCD Library

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Spain to introduce OA mandate

Next Wednesday, [Spain's] Minister of Science and Innovation, Cristina Garmendia, will formally present the draft of the new and awaited Law of Science and Technology ... Regarding the dissemination of results, Chapter III establishes the obligation to publish in open access texts that have been accepted for publication in scientific journals where these have been financed with public funds from the General Administration of State. ...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

An OA repository for nanoscience

The project brings together partners from the EU, China, India and Russia and aims to...[create] an open access electronic archive of nanoscience publications and tools to facilitate networking between scientists in different world regions.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Review of Open Access in 2008

Peter Suber's review of OA progress in 2008 is now available. Heather Morrison introduced this in her OA Librarian blog: "... this piece succinctly captures the major events of 2008 - the widely heralded such as the strong NIH mandate, the Harvard mandate, and the Springer acquisition of BioMedCentral - to the more important but perhaps less noticed events - such as the fact that BMC achieved profitability before being bought by Springer. Highly recommended as a review for those who keep up, or an overview for those who don't always have the time"

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