OA Scholarly Publishers Association launches today

I am delighted to let you know that a new organization, OASPA, launches today with a mission to support and represent the interests of Open Access journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines.

Founding members include:

OA Professional Publishing Organizations

o BioMed Central
o Co-Action Publishing
o Copernicus Publications
o Hindawi Publishing Corporation
o Public Library of Science
o SAGE Publications
o Utrecht University Library (Igitur)

OA Scientist/Scholar Publishers

o Journal of Medical Internet Research (Gunther Eysenbach)
o Medical Education Online (David Solomon)
o The Canadian Journal of Sociology (Kevin Haggerty)

Other Organizations with Voting Privileges

o SPARC Europe

They welcome new members so organizations and journals that occupy this growing sector of the STM market can get on board if they wish.

Book launched for Open Access Day

In celebration of the first-ever Open Access Day, the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and Fundação Getulio Vargas Law Schools announce the launch of Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development.

The book is now available for print orders as well as free download. This title marks the Information Society Project’s first release as an open access publisher, and is the first in a series of original research produced by the Access to Knowledge Global Academy.

OA day in Rwanda

News of OA day has spread far and wide. Not only are they aware of it in Nepal but folks involved in health care issues in Rwanda just expressed this sentiment… “An open access web based Journal is a blessing in our region because physical libraries are inexistent and subscription to journals are expensive considering the salaries of teachers, researches, doctors, nurses and other health workers”.

Managing the creative outpouring for OA day

A great thing about working in the OA advocacy movement is the way that many folks make full use of Audio, Video, Educational Materials and Promotional Downloads and Creatables to get the word out and use tools like Wikis, Blogs and Friend Feed to keep everyone up to speed. The nice thing about many of these techniques is that they are highly effective and are low cost, or even free!

To help keep us organized tomorrow, the OAD wiki has set up some lists where you can log in and share your resources with the community.

Today is the day our video series goes live

Things are at fever pitch here at PLoS HQ. Emails flying to and fro with last minute items. Amid this flurry of activity, I want to remind you that our video series goes live to the public today, 4pm PDT, 7pm ET.

I want to publicly thank our two young filmakers Matt Agnello and Karen Rustad for all their hard work filming and preparing these 1 minute clips for posting.

And, if your weekend whizzed past without you finding time to write a blog post on why OA matters to you for the competition, there’s still time to work on it tonight and post it tomorrow morning!

Synchroblogging competition – get writing this weekend

Why does Open Access matter to you? Post a blog on October 14th 2008 and enter our competition – win a bag of swag

If you like to blog, support Open Access and want to enter a competition to win a bag of swag (including Scienceblogs.com/PLoS goodies), then we need you to draft a post this weekend.

On October 14, 2008, wherever in the world you live, we want you to tell everyone why Open Access Matters to you in celebration of the first ever Open Access Day. We want the cumulative effect of all these posts to show the blogosphere how Open Access touches the lives of many many people. Apparently, experts tell me that this activity is known as synchroblogging. We’re already the focus of attention on scienceblogs.com (10.10.2008 am) and A Blog Around the Clock is featuring us too.

There are 4 key points that we would like you to address in your post (these are the same questions that we asked the stars of the Voices of Open Access Video Series that we will also release on that day):

  • Why does Open Access matter to you?
  • How did you first become aware of it?
  • Why should scientific and medical research be an openaccess resource for the world?
  • What do you do to support Open Access, and what can others do?

To enter the competition, all you have to do is blog on this topic on October 14, 2008. We’ll use Google News/Technorati to track entries – to make this easier please use the phrase “Open Access Day” in your post. We’ve assembled a small team of judges who will review all these posts and vote on a winner. The winning post will have their entry cross posted on some or all of the sites where the judges blog on October 14h or thereabouts depending on space and other deadlines. The panel includes:

  • Bora Zivkovic – Scientist, blogger from A Blog Around the Clock and Community Manger for PLoS ONE.
  • Aaron Rowe – Scientist, blogger from Wired Science
  • Liz Allen – PLoS Communications

The winner will also receive a bag of swag that includes: a 1 year print subscription to Seed magazine, a PLoS travel mug, a couple of cool PLoS t-shirts and other items plus their post will be cross posted to the blogs where the judges blog.

In your eagerness to get involved, please don’t post before October 14, 2008, we really want to make a noise for Open Access Day.

Great quote about why OA matters in global health

Jeremy Farrar, 7 x a PLoS ONE author from the Centre for Tropical Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K. and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“In my area of work in international health, true open access at the time of publication is a vitally important concept, crucial to the building of science and encouragement of research globally and one which we will support fully by continuing to sending our work for consideration for publication in PLoS journals.”

Open Access Day has a FriendFeed room

Graham Steel, an Open Access Advocate, just started a room over at FriendFeed (FF) called Open Access Day. For those of you (like me) who are new to FF, it is great for microblogging and the aim is to capture chat in the blogosphere about the day, the build up and discussions after the event itself. Thanks Graham. I hear that Martin Fenner and Michael Nielsen have agreed to take Administrative roles, cheers for that guys.

100 organizations taking part

Great news. We’ve really grown, especially internationally. We have participation from 20 countries outside the US which is nice to see. We have to close registration tomorrow for those who want to use the live webcast in their event (we need to leave time for folks to join one of our practice sessions) so get on board now.

New snazzy OA day slide templates

PLoS Creative Director, Pat Margis, is the powerhouse behind the amazing OA day branding and nearly all the downloadables and creatables. She’s surpassed herself again by preparing some nicely designed template slides that you can customize at your event. Way to go Pat, thanks for all that you do.

Registration closes Friday, October 3 to view live webcast

Campuses and organizations who wish to participate in the online events scheduled for October 14, 2008 are reminded to register no later than Friday, October 3. Details to access the broadcasts will be sent only to registered participants and registration is limited to 100 for each event.

Remember, celebrations of Open Access Day are not limited to participation in these broadcasts. See the growing list of campuses and organizations in Canada, Chile, India, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Mozambique, UK, USA, and other countries that are arranging their own activities or simply distributing materials.

We’re also inviting Open Access supporters everywhere to submit “shout-outs” to be broadcast in conjunction with the Day. A shout-out is a short (maximum 30 seconds) video greeting and statement of support for Open Access that will be shared with participants worldwide. Tell us all why you support Open Access, or simply send a “hello” to the OA community. Shout-outs should be uploaded to the OA Day channel no later than October 9, 2008.

A really good overview of the current NIH mandate situation

I was just reading this really nicely balanced and argued piece entitled Kicking the Door Stop on Open Access and thought that I would share it with you. I was wondering just why it was so well written and reasonable in tone so I stopped to read the bio of the author, Rick Weiss, only to find that he is used to be the science and medicine lead reporter for the Washington Post for fifteen years, which explains a lot! I particularly liked his closing comment:

“The open access system is in place, on a limited scale. I say, “Let the experiment go on.” It’s a great opportunity to see if it works. And it’s a great inspiration for ink-and-paper publishers to start thinking about more modern ways to continue to profit in the inevitably lucrative business of onpassing new scientific findings”.