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 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. 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. (

I am taking this opportunity to raise awareness about Lenus the Irish Health Repository which is an Open Access initiative. (

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.
Direct: (+353) -1-6352558, Ext: 2317
Fax: 01-6352557
Web: (HSE Libraries Online) (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.

Monday, October 12, 2009

SPARC guide to economic models for OA publishing

For immediate release
October 8, 2009


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