September 18, 2009

5 leading universities announce Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity

In the Sept. 15 edition of Inside Higher Ed, Scott Jaschik reports on a commitment by Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and the University of California at Berkeley to "the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds."

The group's web site is here:

And an article by Harvard's Stuart Shieber in PLOS Biology explains the group's thinking in more depth:

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September 11, 2009

RePEc economics archive passes 400,000 articles milestone

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), a publicly available online archive of working papers, journal articles and software, now has over 462,000 online journal articles.

From The RePEc Blog:

The month of July is generally calm. Regular classes are not in session on campuses, researchers are on vacation or at conferences, thus it is to be expected that RePEc sees little new material or traffic. [...]

We still managed to pass a few thresholds:

400000 online articles
12500 listed book chapters

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September 4, 2009

Harvard launches beta test of its open access repository

From the Sept. 1 press release of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication:

The Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) today unveiled the beta‐test site for its open access repository,, to the public. DASH, for Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard, is intended to serve as a university‐wide institutional repository.


Hundreds of scholarly works have been added to DASH in recent months, mainly by Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and Harvard Law School (HLS) professors, with the assistance of student Open Access Fellows as well as HLS and other library staff. To date, over 350 Harvard authors have contributed to the repository, including roughly a third of FAS's 718 faculty members. Of the 1,500+ items in DASH today, the vast majority are peer‐reviewed journal article manuscripts.


Contributors include Harvard President Drew Faust and University professors Robert Darnton, Peter Galison, Stanley Hoffman, Barry Mazur, Stephen Owen, Amartya Sen, Irwin Shapiro, Helen Vendler, and George Whitesides. Harvard's science and engineering departments have contributed the largest proportion of items in the repository, but humanities and social science departments including economics, anthropology and philosophy are also represented by dozens of submissions.

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