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Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty Adopt Open Access Policy

The Harvard Arts and Sciences Faculty voted unanimously to adopt a policy that makes them the first university in the US to mandate open access to its faculty members’ research publications. Read more about it in Open Access News.

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UC Berkeley Announces Berkeley Research Impact Inititative

UC Berkeley announces a fund to subsidize open access and paid access fees. The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) supports faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

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2007 UC Academic Senate Review of Proposed Open Access Policy

Citing the “obvious potential for this policy to be beneficial to the broader scholarly community” the UC Academic Senate conveys their review of the UC Open Access Proposal. The review also included significant concerns with policy implementation and explored a concern about the risk of additional burdens on the faculty. In asking the Provost to address the concerns raised, the Council says it “looks forward to a second review of the draft Open Access Policy” and “hopes it can decide to endorse the policy at that time.” (more…)

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2007 Proposed Open Access Policy

Citing the University of California Senate’s recommendation that the University take action “to facilitate scholarly communication and maximize the impact of the scholarship of UC faculty,” Provost Rory Hume asks the UC Chancellors and Academic Senate to review a proposed Open Access Policy. The policy proposes that UC faculty authors of published articles or conference proceedings retain their copyright but routinely give the University non-exclusive permission to make their research findings available in a publicly accessible online repository such as UC’s eScholarship repository.

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25 Provosts Support FRPAA in Open Letter

The provosts of 25 research universities jointly release an open letter that strongly backs the Federal Research Public Access Act and encourages higher education to prepare for a new way of disseminating research findings. UC Provost and Executive Vice President Rory Hume is among the signatories. (An article in Inside Higher Education covers the development.)

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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PLoS Launches Second Journal

Open access journal publisher Public Library of Science launches PLoS Medicine, its second journal.

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