May 23, 2008

Author's Choice revenues responsible for American Physiological Society's small increase

The American Physiological Society (APS) announced its 2009 Subscription Prices. The 2.5% increase represents a 50% reduction from last year. From APS' press release:

The less-than-expected increase is due in part to revenues generated by the Society’s new program, Author’s Choice. The program, introduced nine months ago, allows authors who publish with the APS and want to provide the public with immediate access to the results the ability to do so, for a fee. Author response to the new program has been positive.

According to [Margaret Reich, Executive Editor], “The APS is a nonprofit organization working with a largely nonprofit subscriber base. We have chosen to use a portion of our new revenues to help offset the cost of subscriptions.?

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May 16, 2008

Berkeley helps pay authors' open-access charges

"It’s one thing to say you support open-access publishing. It’s another to provide authors with a pot of money to actually pay for it." So notes SPARC e News in a story about the University of California Berkeley new pilot program that provides up to $3000 to faculty, post-doc, and graduate students to cover publication charges for open-access journals. UC-Berkeley joins the University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in covering fee charges to encourage faculty to publish in open access venues, increasing access to and impact of their research.

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May 9, 2008

Open Humanities Press premieres

Open Humanities Press, devoted to publishing open access journals in the humanities, debuted this week with seven titles:

Cosmos and History
Culture Machine
International Journal of Zizek Studies

The Chronicle devoted a story in its May 7 issue to the new press, quoting Stephen Greenblatt, professor of humanities at Harvard and former president of the Modern Language Association:

Humanists "need to ask ourselves where things are going in the future. [. . . ] This is a responsible and serious way of thinking that through."

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Harvard Law faculty votes for open access to scholarly articles

The Harvard Law School has voted for an open access policy requirement similar to the one passed earlier this spring by Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. From its May 7 press release:

In a move that will disseminate faculty research and scholarship as broadly as possible, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted last week to make each faculty member’s scholarly articles available online for free, making HLS the first law school to commit to a mandatory open access policy.

"The Harvard Law School faculty produces some of the most exciting, groundbreaking scholarship in the world," said Dean Elena Kagan '86. "Our decision to embrace 'open access' means that people everywhere can benefit from the ideas generated here at the Law School."

Under the new policy, HLS will make articles authored by faculty members available in an online repository, whose contents would be searchable and available to other services such as Google Scholar. Authors can also legally distribute the articles on their own websites, and educators here and elsewhere can freely provide the articles to students, so long as the materials are not used for profit.


The vote came after an open access proposal was made by a university-wide committee aimed at encouraging wider dissemination of scholarly work.

As with the earlier policy, there is an opt-out clause. The policy will be reviewed after 3 years.

Coverage of this development in the Chronicle, and reaction from fellow academics and Harvard alumni, is available at:

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May 2, 2008

You wrote it; you own it!

Rockefeller University Press now allows its journal authors to retain copyright. Authors can re-use their own work as they see fit, as long as they give proper attribution to RUP.

6 months after publication, journal readers can use the work as well, under a Creative Commons license -- again, with attribution and only for noncommercial purposes.

As Emma Hill and Mike Rossner put it in their editorial, "We are pleased to finally comply with the original spirit of copyright in our continuing effort to promote public access to the published biomedical literature."

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