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Open Access Week – 2011 – from Open Science Summit

Posted in Health and Medicine, Science, Science and Society by kubke on October 28, 2011

Only a few days ago the Open Science Summit met in the US. As I was going through the videos I found these two which I think were interesting to highlight during Open Acess Week. (sorry, don’t seem to be able to embed from!)

The first one is from last year’s OSS, that provides a great view on the history on the  federal research public access act.

Introduction to Open Access and Latest Developments from Open Science Summit on

Some nice numbers on the talk: PubMed central gets 740K articles downloaded per day. Not bad.

The second is from this year’s OSS.

Open Access: Where We Are, Where We Are Going from Open Science Summit on  by Jill Cirasell and Margaret Smith.

The talk starts with a description of benefits to open access, as well as the argument of ‘free labour for the journal and the journal makes a fortune’.  I learned that, for example, the  Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University passed a resolution that asked promotion committees to consider the added value of Open Access publications. I had not heard of that (I am assuming this is the document) – I have argued several times that I wish the PBRF weighted differently articles published under Open Access.

If you would like to look at which Universities have Open Access Mandates, the ROARMAP has a list. (By the way, check out that healthy plot on mandates!)

Of course, I did a search for New Zealand, and here is what I found.

There are 3 thesis mandates (Universities of Canterbury, Auckland and Waikato).

Canterbury: affects both Masters and Doctoral theses – seems to only say that theses and other OA research material go into their repository – but not sure who can have access to that.

Auckland: Doctoral thesis copyright default choice is Open Access, but students can opt out. (The ‘recommended’ OA licence is CC-BY-NC-SA). For Masters, the default is access to University members only, but under ‘special circumstances’ open access can be opted in.

Waikato: Digital copies of the theses (does not differentiate between PhD or Masters) are deposited in the respository and will be publicly available (no indication of what the copyright licencing is)

Come on New Zealand, we should be able to do better, shouldn’t we?

Open Access Week – 2012

Posted in Health and Medicine, Science, Science and Society by kubke on October 27, 2011

We are now in the middle of Open Access Week – a good time to reflect on how widely we share that which we publish.

The University of Auckland held an event where we got to hear from Helen Ross, Jean Rockel, Felicity Goodyear-Smith and Chris Paton about their experiences in Open Access publishing.

The highlight for me was to hear from Chris Paton.  He described his experience with the Journal of Medical Internet Research and the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries. I had head of Chris, but had never heard what he was doing in the publishing side. As far as I understood, the articles are not only open access, but authors are not charged for publication. Yes, a labour of love. So I had to take a second look, and this caught my eye…

A new feature on the JMIR website, open peer review articles, allows JMIR users to sign themselves up as peer reviewers for specific articles currently considered by the Journal (in addition to author- and editor-selected reviewers).  [From JMIR site]

All I can say is yay! I really like that *anyone* can sign up to review an article. I only wish this was a bit more widespread.

A second OAW yay goes to the Royal Society who just announced that their journal archive will be made free to access. From their site:

From October 2011, our world-famous journal archive – comprising more than 69,000 articles – will be opened up and all articles more than 70 years old will be made permanently free to access.

Why Open Access?

Well, I think the reasons are rather well described in this video:

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