April 29, 2005

Editorial from NEJM on NIH open access

Here's an editorial of possible interest in this week's New England Journal of Medicine on the imminent (May 2) implementation of NIH's open access policy: Public Access to NIH-Funded Research. New England Journal of Medicine [0028-4793] Steinbrook, R. 2005 352(17) 1739 http://tc.liblink.umn.edu/sfx_local?sid=Entrez:PubMed&id=pmid:15858180

Discusses some of the possible short-term implications for authors and for PubMed Central.

Posted by Kevin Messner at 3:03 PM

April 11, 2005

PubMed Spell Check Feature

A spell checking feature has been added to PubMed to suggest alternative spellings for PubMed search terms that include misspellings. The spell check feature tries to determine what the user intended and then displays an alternative spelling. See the NLM Technical Bulletin article for more information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/nd04/nd04_spell.html

Posted by Kevin Messner at 2:52 AM

April 5, 2005

"Publication, the Public University, and Public Interest” Presidential Conference

Scholarship means little without publication. But the definitions of ‘publication’ are undergoing major changes.

We would like to invite you to take part in the University Libraries’ upcoming conference: "Publication, the Public University, and Public Interest.” (http://www.lib.umn.edu/ppp) Part of the President’s 21st Century Interdisciplinary Conference Series, the conference (scheduled for Tuesday, April 19) promises to tackle topics of significance to students, researchers and scholars across the University.

The digital age has brought unprecedented opportunities to share research discoveries with a global audience, prompting a revolution some have compared to post-Gutenberg times. Yet as the Internet and World Wide Web have unleashed new resources and capabilities, they have also challenged the conventions of how research is published and shared.

Traditional modes of publishing–print journals and monographs–have served scholars for decades. Today, though, scholars in some disciplines advocate making research results available through open archives (e.g., institutionally-sponsored or other non-profit venues), and some are even suggesting that universities and funding agencies require open access.

“Publication, the Public University and the Public Interest” will feature three notable speakers in the morning plenary session (the provost from Michigan, a dean from Virginia, and a faculty member from NYU). They will speak to institutional policy, faculty reward structures, and the changing landscape of intellectual property law. The afternoon will provide a venue for small discussion groups (facilitated by University of Minnesota faculty) to surface issues for further analysis and dialogue on campus.

We hope that you can attend for the entire day, but you may register for the morning session or the afternoon session individually. We also hope you’ll encourage your graduate students to attend. The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.lib.umn.edu/ppp for more information and to register.

This may be one of the few conferences where all constituents, all disciplines…all of us have something at stake. We hope you and your students will join us.

Posted by Kevin Messner at 2:49 AM