Open access mandates and policies continue to be discussed and developed at an exciting pace. The following developments have taken place over recent months:
Mandate for open access to NIH-funded research a step closer to becoming law The U.S. Senate has approved the FY2008 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill (S.1710), including a provision that directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve its Public Access Policy by requiring participation by researchers. The bill will now be reconciled with the House Appropriations Bill, which includes a similar provision, in another step toward support for public access to publicly funded research becoming US law. Read more.
BioMed Central and HHMI announce publishing partnership In August, BioMed Central and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) agreed to a new membership under which HHMI will pay the article processing charges for all research published by its investigators in BioMed Central journals. This agreement complements HHMI's new open access policy, which requires that the results of research funded by the Institute must be deposited in PubMed Central. Read more.
Swiss National Science Foundation adopts an open access mandate Effective since September 1, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) recently announced an open access mandate, Open Access: Der SNF erlässt Weisung für die Umsetzung. The policy requires open access archiving for the results of SNF-funded research. Grantees may deposit their work in institutional or disciplinary repositories, and must respect any embargo imposed by their publisher. Read more.
BioMed Central is delighted to announce the following consortium news:
The South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) The South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, known as SCAMeL, is a consortium of 14 academic medical libraries. Its mission is to improve information services, library operations, and resource sharing in its member libraries in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
This year they confirmed their support towards BioMed Central by renewing all existing subscriptions and adding 17 new products, amongst which were two supporter memberships, increasing their total to 62 subscriptions.
OhioLINK The Ohio Library and Information Network is a consortium of 86 Ohio college and university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio. More than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff at their institutions can continue to publish in BioMed Central’s 180 journals for free due to their renewed Prepay Membership.
Max Planck Society The Max Planck Society - which performs research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities - has renewed their Prepay Membership. This enables researchers at their 78 institutes and research facilities in Germany to publish in any of BioMed Central’s 180 journals without charge.
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Open Repository news
Open Repository is delighted that several new repositories have launched over recent months, including Roehampton University.
Open Repository has continued to provide free pilot repositories so users can try, without obligation, the service for themselves. Recent pilot repositories have included the Ministry of Defence, Helsebibliotheket and Fundación Instituto Leloir.
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BioMed Central and the library community have been discussing how libraries, funding agencies and research administration can and should work together to set up central funds and processes for open access publishing. Over the last 12 months BioMed Central has run three workshops on institutional collaboration between librarians and funding agencies. There are now several institutions who are leading the way and have already set up have central funds and allow authors to use these funds when publishing in open access journals.
We are pleased to share this case study example from Nottingham University, which can provide you with ideas on how to set up a similar fund at your organization.
If you would like help or ideas on how to set up a central fund or would like to discuss this further, please contact us.
BioMed Central is pleased to announce the launch of Biology Image Library, an online resource that provides access to over 11,000 carefully selected biology-related images. This is the latest service from BioMed Central, part of the Science Navigation Group of companies which was also responsible for the creation of images.MD, a popular medical image resource.
Subscribers to Biology Image Library are provided with unlimited use of the images, plus the tools and online workspace to help use them effectively. The product is an easy-to-use indispensable resource, which brings users the visuals needed to transform and enhance lectures and reports.
To celebrate the launch of this exciting product we are giving a free 1GB memory stick to all those who subscribe before 31st December. Contact your Sales Representative to arrange a free trial to Biology Image Library at your institution.
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BioMed Central is delighted to announce that, in the last three months, we have launched five new journals as part of our innovative 'Independent Journals Program':
Four society journals, Asia Pacific Family Medicine, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica and Geochemical Transactions have also moved to BioMed Central's open access platform.
In addition to this great news, Thomson Scientific (ISI) has accepted eight BioMed Central journals for inclusion in the Science Citation Index (Expanded), and they are on track to receive Impact Factors. To view a full list of BioMed Central journals tracked by ISI visit the website.
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