March 16, 2005

Webcast - "Ownership and Access in Scholarly Publishing"

The University of Maryland (UMB) Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries are co-hosting a Webcast to inform academic faculty, graduate students, and staff on publishing trends and explain new models likely to affect their professional communication and research, "Ownership and Access in Scholarly Publishing"

Wednesday, April 6, 2005
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
UM School of Nursing Auditorium
655 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

a.. JHU School of Medicine Mountcastle Auditorium (Live Broadcast)
b.. JHU Homewood Campus: Bloomberg Auditorium (Live Broadcast)
c.. JHU Homewood Campus: SDS Room in Mattin Center (Live Broadcast)
d.. From your own desktop (Web cast)

Topics of discussion include:

Emerging Issues in Scientific Publishing (1:00 to 3:00 pm EST)
Keynote Speaker: David Lipman, M.D., Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Panelists: Kenneth R. Fulton, Publisher, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
John Wilbanks, Executive Director, Science Commons

Valuing New Models of Scholarship in Promotion & Tenure (3:00 to 4:30 pm EST) Keynote Speaker: Chi V. Dang, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Dean of Research, Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine and professor of Medicine, Oncology,
Pathology, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine

Panelists: Sharon, Krag, Ph.D., Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Associate Dean, Graduate Education and Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Marian J. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and Department of Neurology, University of Maryland,
Baltimore and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, UMBI

Additional information, including instructions on how to access the Webcast, is available at or email

This web cast is funded by the National Library of Medicine under a contract

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March 7, 2005

American Chemical Society broadens access to its articles

Conditions set for free availability one year after publication

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is broadening access to research articles published in its 33 scholarly journals. The Society is introducing two new experimental policies that define how readers can view free digital versions of ACS articles beginning one year after publication.

First, in response to public access guidelines recently released by the NIH, the ACS will post, for public accessibility 12 months after publication, the peer-reviewed version of authors' manuscripts on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central during 2005. The NIH policy encourages authors whose work it funds to submit their peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central, the agency's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Commenting on this new service, ACS Publications Senior Vice President Brian Crawford said, "We understand that NIH-funded authors will wish to comply voluntarily with the NIH's policy request. By introducing this service, the ACS will take on the administrative burden of compliance and at the same time will ensure the integrity of the scientific literature by depositing the appropriate author version of the manuscript after peer-review."

Second, as a value-added service to ACS authors and a method of further opening access to its content, the full-text version of all research articles published in ACS journals will be made available at no charge via an author-directed Web link 12 months after final publication. Allowing unrestricted access to articles 12 months after publication is an expansion of the Society's current practice of permitting 50 downloads of authors' articles free of charge during the first year of publication. This initiative will go into effect during 2005.

"We are very pleased to expand access in this way to research published in ACS journals," said Crawford. "It is fundamental to the ACS mission to support and promote the research enterprise and to foster communication among its scientists. Providing unrestricted access via author-directed links 12 months after publication - in addition to the 50 free e-prints currently allowed during the first year of publication - reinforces that mission."

Robert Bovenschulte, president of the ACS Publications Division, said, "These experimental policies balance the important goal of expanding dissemination of research with the need to preserve the integrity of the scientific record as well as the viability of our journals program."

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization, chartered by the U.S. Congress, with a multidisciplinary membership of more than 158,000 chemists and chemical engineers. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

Released: March 7, 2005


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