• American Chemical Society Expresses Opposition to NIH’s PubChem

    The press reports that the American Chemical Society is calling on Congress to shut down the NIH’s PubChem, a freely accessible database that connects chemical information with biomedical research and clinical information, organizing facts in numerous public databases into a unified whole. PubChem is a critical component of the NIH strategic “roadmap” to speed new medical treatments and improve healthcare.

  • UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate Passes Resolutions on Scholarly Publishing

    The UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate passes four resolutions on scholarly publishing. They include calls for a specific mechanism to engage faculty support for library content negotiations, exploration of the challenges of academic evaluation, pursuit of a collective copyright to bolster faculty copyright management, and tying immediate scholarly communication issues to the larger question of stewardship of UCSC’s scholarly assets.

  • UC “Postprint Repository Services” Report Released

    Postprint Repository Services: Context and Feasibility at the University of California. This March 2005 research report, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides contextual information and recommendations for a repository for open-access distribution of UC faculty article publications. It based its recommendations for establishing, promoting, and further studying a UC postprint repository service on results from six research objectives that collectively provide baseline data about the number and proportion of UC faculty articles that can be made available for simultaneous distribution in an open-access postprint repository, and faculty attitudes toward managing copyright in their work as a means […]

  • SLASIAC’s “Resolution I”

    Saying that “a failure to respond [to scholarly communication issues] will jeopardize UC’s pre-eminence, its contributions to scholarly inquiry and the progress of knowledge, its effectiveness in teaching and learning, and its service to the citizens of California,” UC’s Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee (SLASIAC) writes and endorses Resolution I: The University’s Role in Fostering Positive Change in Scholarly Communication. The resolution calls upon the university and its faculty to take a number of certain steps to “regain control of and strengthen scholarly communication processes.”

  • EScholarship Announces Postprint Service

    The University of California’s eScholarship Repository announces its new “postprint” service. UC faculty who have retained the appropriate copyrights or who obtain permission from their publishers can easily deposit previously published articles into this publicly accessible online repository. The postprints are fully searchable, available free of charge, and are persistently maintained in a centrally managed database. The established popularity of the repository, with more than one million full-text downloads of content since 2002, makes it an ideal venue for faculty to reach new audiences of researchers. Press release

  • NIH Releases Final Version of Public Access Policy

    The NIH releases the final version of its policy on enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from NIH-funded research. Beginning May 2, 2005, NIH-funded investigators are requested to submit to the NIH National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of the author’s final manuscript upon acceptance for publication, resulting from research supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs1 from NIH.

  • PLoS Announces Three New Journals

    Leading open access publisher Public Library of Science, announces three new open-acces journals: PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, and PLoS Pathogens. As with all PLoS journals, access is open to the public at no charge while production costs are covered by a mixture of sources including publication fees and institutional memberships. PLoS describes the new publications as “community journals” and is partnering with the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) on the first of these.

  • University of Southampton Announces Open Access Support

    The University of Southampton in the UK commits itself to providing open access to the research output of the university. According to the press release: “The University of Southampton is to make all its academic and scientific research output freely available. A decision by the University to provide core funding for its Institutional Repository establishes it as a central part of its research infrastructure, marking a new era for Open Access to academic research in the UK.”

  • Google Announces Beta Release of Google Scholar

    Google announces the beta release of Google Scholar. The Google Scholar FAQ promises the ability “to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research … from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.” For each article it indexes the service also displays a count of citations of which it is aware.

  • UC Response to NIH Call for Public Comment

    The UC Office of Scholarly Communication contributed analysis to the preparation of UC’s response to the September 24 NIH call for public comment on their proposed policy on public access and archiving.


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