The US Alliance for Tax-Payer Access and other sponsors have launched a petition calling for free and open access to research funded by the U.S. Federal government. This joins the European Commission Petition, which already has over 24,000 signatories, calling for open access to be mandated by research funders and institutions. If you support open access, please sign these petitions to add your voice to these important campaigns.
The Research Information Network (RIN) have issued a helpful briefing note about payment of publication fees for open access journals. The briefing note explains how funders’ open access policies, such as those of the Wellcome Trust and RCUK, can work with institution budgeting structures. It also suggests that institutions may wish to set up a central fund for open access publication fees. If you would like to talk with us about setting up a central fund for your institution, please join us at our MLA workshop (link to item below) or contact us.
BioMed Central journal content is now available through the LOCKSS system. LOCKSS ("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") is a project initiated by Stanford University Libraries, which provides librarians with an easy and inexpensive way to collect, store, preserve, and provide access to their own, local copy of authorized content. More than 50 BioMed Central journals are already included, and the LOCKSS team will be adding the rest of BioMed Central’s 170+ journals over the coming months.
BioMed Central’s open access consultation and workshop at MLA and ARMA UK
Are you attending MLA 2007 in Philadelphia? BioMed Central will be holding a consultation workshop to discuss a number of issues relating to open access publishing including funding and payment mechanisms. If you will be at MLA this year, we would be delighted if you would join us. The consultation will be held onsite at the MLA conference on Monday, May 21st, 2007 from 7.00 – 9.00am and breakfast will be provided. To register, please send an email to MLAconsultation@biomedcentral.com.
BioMed Central is working with ARMA UK to organise an open access workshop at ARMA’s annual conference in Cardiff this June (6th-8th June). For further details please visit www.arma.ac.uk.
New BioMed Central blog offers the latest OA news and comment
No need to wait for the next email update! The new BioMed Central blog provides a regular fix of news from BioMed Central, including our take on recent open access developments. PhysMath Central and Chemistry Central both have great new blogs that are worth a look too.
Maximum access at minimum cost The benefits of open access are hard to beat, when considering the economical value for institutions. BioMed Central’s Publisher Matthew Cockerill has recently examined the company’s cost per article downloaded, when compared with traditional publishers. The results prove just how cost-effective open access can be. Read More…
BioMed Central’s Open Access Colloquium: slideshows and podcasts available
In February, BioMed Central hosted an Open Access Colloquium: ‘Open Access: How Can We Achieve Quality and Quantity?’ at the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK. Speakers included Sir Muir Gray of the NHS; Robert Kiley from the Wellcome Trust; Richard Smith, Member of the board of PLoS and former Editor of the BMJ and Ben Goldacre, Guardian journalist and clinician. All of the talks are now freely available on the BioMed Central website as MP3s, Podcasts and slideshows.
The Colloquium was a fascinating day – the many highlights included Ben Goldacre discussing why taking the London Underground to get to a public library is not his idea of an information superhighway and Michael Kidd identifying the exciting benefits that could result from large scale open access publication of medical case reports. Please visit our websiteto listen to all of the speakers.
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CLA and CHLA BioMed Central will be exhibiting at both the Canadian Library Association and Canadian Health Libraries Association 2007 conferences. CLA takes place from 23rd – 26th May in New Foundland. CHLA takes place from 29th – 31st May in Ottawa.
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