How big was OA Week this year? How comprehensive is OATP?

“The Open Access Tracking Project (+OATP, @oatp) uses social tagging to generate real-time alerts to new OA-related developments — and it aims to be comprehensive. In the six months leading up to this year’s OA Week period, its primary feed published an average of 788 items per month. 

The OA Week tsunami began in September, peaked in October, and tapered off in November. In those three months to date (up to Nov 22), the same feed averaged 1,097 items per month. 

Of those 3,300 items, 376 or 11% were explicitly about OA Week itself, and tagged with oa.oa_week….”

How can research be made more accessible in LMICs? (34) Open access, APCs and languages (3) | HIFA.ORG

“I just wanted to contribute to the discussion on APCs and also translation into other languages. The model which we have adopted at ecancer is to support the activities of the journal with income derived from other areas of the organisation (events management, sponsored filming, elearning etc). We provide free translation into English of Spanish and Portuguese submissions (in conjunction with Translators without Borders) and publish both versions open access.


We also have a Pay What You Can Afford model so that only authors who have funding specifically earmarked for dissemination of their results need to pay towards publication. More detail here:


We have had a lot of feedback from authors from LMICs [Low and Middle Income Countries] as well as those in the West who work for charities or just have little funding who have said the free publishing and translation has been invaluable to them. Our elearning is also free and we translate that into as many languages as possible for the targeted area (i.e. Prevention and Treatment of Cancer of the Cervix in India elearning modules have been translated into Hindi, Telugu and Bengali). We also have text only versions to combat low bandwidth issues.,,,”

Open Science and Research

“The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland promotes research information availability and open science through the Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT), which is set out for the years 2014-2017. The objective is for Finland to become one of the leading countries in openness of science and research by the year 2017 and to ensure that the possibilities of open science will be widely utilized in our society. In addition to this, the ambition is to promote the trustworthiness of science and research, support the culture of open science in the way of acting within the research community, and to increase the societal and social impressiveness of research and science….”

OER revolution in higher ed | University Business Magazine

“Open educational resources have grown over the last few years from one-off oddities in single courses to the basis of entire degree programs. Cutting out textbook costs for students tops the list of reasons administrators encourage faculty to develop and adopt these free—or very inexpensive—resources, also known as OER.

Other enticements include immediate access for students who sometimes wait or refuse to buy course materials, and instructors’ ability to customize and update OER, which range from digital textbooks to interactive tutorials to quizzes to YouTube videos.”

Policies and Procedures | Touro Scholar

“Author’s Deposit Agreement [apparently when depositing work in the institutional repository]….I hereby grant to Touro College and University System the non-exclusive right to retain, reproduce and distribute the deposited work(s) (the Work(s)) in whole or in part, in and from its (their) electronic format. This agreement does not represent a transfer of copyright to Touro College and University System….”

Open Access [policy at Los Alamos National Laboratory]

“In February 2013, the United States White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a Memorandum titled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.” The Los Alamos National Laboratory Public Access policy brings the Laboratory into compliance with the OSTP Memorandum and enables lab authors to make readily accessible to the public all unrestricted scholarly publications resulting from research conducted by Laboratory workers.

Under the policy, scholarly articles will be deposited in the Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos Research Online (LARO) repository, an open access platform developed and maintained by the Research Library.  The author’s final peer-reviewed manuscript (i.e. the version which includes any changes made during the peer-review process, but does not include the publisher’s copyediting or formatting) will be used in most cases for deposit into LARO.  Publications in LARO are openly and freely available to the public.

Through this policy, Los Alamos National Laboratory is exercising the U.S. Federal government royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive license to publish and distribute copyrighted works developed under a contract or a financial assistance agreement with U.S. Federal government agencies, and to permit others to do so by or on behalf of the government. 

The lab’s Public Access Policy applies to scholarly publications resulting from all unclassified research at the lab and is consistent with the DOE Public Access Plan and plans of other US Federal agencies and various other funding organizations….”

Opening Up the Realm of Anthropology: Visiting Lecture from Becca Peixotto

“The expedition is unusual in the traditionally closed, guarded field of paleoanthropology—it is officially an open access paleoanthropological expedition. This means that expedition members blogged, tweeted, and video chatted to share their work with schools, teachers, and the public all over the world. The open-access ethos of Rising Star represents a radical shift toward a more collaborative and inclusive place….”

Under Trump, Scientists May Get a Break on Data-Sharing

“Almost four years after the Obama administration ordered federal agencies to make plans for requiring the public sharing of articles and data from government-sponsored research, the agencies’ policies are almost complete and ready to be put in place.

“A lot of questions have to be answered.” But the Association of American Universities, which represents the nation’s premiere research institutions, is concerned that those policies aren’t sufficiently synchronized. And if they aren’t better aligned before they go into effect, the AAU contends, researchers will face an array of differing expectations and formats for recording, storing, and reporting their data.

In that sense, the election of Mr. Trump, with his generally skeptical approach to regulations, is “probably a positive,” said Tobin L. Smith, vice president for policy at the AAU, since a potential Clinton administration probably would have moved much faster in imposing the agency-by-agency data-sharing plans developed in the Obama administration.

It’s “not that we don’t want to move in the direction to ensure open data access,” Mr. Smith said. “But a lot of questions have to be answered.”

Others involved in university research community who are more directly tied to the open-access movement said they don’t disagree with the bottom line of the AAU’s analysis but would prefer to keep pushing ahead with putting those policies in place….”

Should Indian researchers pay to get their work published?

[We’re tagging this version of the article from the Google Cache because the repository version is unreachable. The repository URL is dead <> (Nov 2017).

Abstract: “We raise the financial and ethical issue of paying for getting papers published in professional journals. Indian researchers have published more than 37,000 papers in over 880 open access journals from 61 countries in the five years 2010-14 as seen from Science Citation Index Expanded. This accounts for about 14.4% of India’s overall publication output, considerably higher than the 11.6% from the world. Indian authors have used 488 OA journals levying article processing charge (APC), ranging from INR 500 to US$5,000, in the five years to publish about 15,400 papers. More than half of these papers were published in just 13 journals. PLoS One and Current Science are the OA journals Indian researchers use most often. Most leading Indian journals are open access and they do not charge APC. Use of OA journals levying APC has increased over the four years from 242 journls and 2557 papers in 2010 to 328 journals and 3,634 papers in 2014. There has been an increase in the use of non-APC journals as well, but at a lower pace. About 27% of all Indian papers in OA journals are in ‘Clinical Medicine,’ and 11.7% in ‘Chemistry.’ Indian researchers have used nine mega journals to publish 3,100 papers. We estimate that India is potentially spending about US$2.4 million annually on APCs and suggest that it would be prudent for Indian authors to make their work freely available through interoperable repositories, a trend that is growing significantly in Latin America and China, especially when research is facing a funding crunch. We further suggest bringing all Indian OA journals on to a single platform similar to SciELO, and all repositories be harvested by CSIR-URDIP which is already managing the OA repositories of the laboratories of CSIR, DBT and DST. Such resource sharing will not only result in enhanced efficiency and reduced overall costs but also facilitate use of standard metadata among repositories.”

NOT-OD-17-015: NIH Request for Information (RFI) on Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

“This Request for Information (RFI) seeks public comments on data management and sharing strategies and priorities in order to consider: (1) how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, (2) how to set standards for citing shared data and software….”

IsisCB Cumulative: Open Access to History of Science Bibliography, 1913-1975 | H-Sci-Med-Tech | H-Net

“A new open access reference resource was released this month: IsisCB Cumulative, a digitized version of the Isis Cumulative Bibliography of the History of Science, spanning sixty years from 1913 to 1975. The full text is available as seven large HTML files corresponding to the seven volumes of the Isis Cumulative Bibliography covering that period….”

Meet An Open Access Hero | CCC’s Beyond the Book

“For taking on the challenge of Open Access, the real heroes are publishing professionals like Raegel De Guzman of BMJ Group in London.”

“Recently, Copyright Clearance Center invited BMJ’s Raegel De Guzman to share with peers her hero’s journey. This special podcast features the audio from that webinar.”

New NLM chief wants to focus on data, consumer friendliness – MedCity NewsMedCity News

“Print media may be withering on the vine, but don’t write off libraries just yet. In fact, the director of the National Library of Medicine sees a bright future for medical libraries — as long as they evolve.

‘What the library was, which was a stable repository of knowledge, is no longer possible,’ NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan said Tuesday in a keynote address to the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium in Chicago. ‘Now the big action is moving upstream to the data.'”