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New Open Access Project for the Humanities and Social Sciences

February 11th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Tower of Books

A new open access publishing project for humanists and social scientists is developing.  According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“A brand-spanking-new nonprofit organization, called the Open Library of Humanities, aims to create a humanities-and-social-sciences version of the successful Public Library of Science, or PLoS, which in the past decade has established itself as a major presence in open-access, peer-reviewed scientific publishing.” ( Howard, 2013)

From the Open Library of Humanities website:

“The mission of the OLH is to provide a platform for Open Access publishing that is:

• Reputable and respected through rigorous peer review

• Sustainable

• Digitally preserved and safely archived in perpetuity

• Non-profit

• Open in both monetary and permission terms

• Non-discriminatory (APCs are waiverable)

• Technically innovative in response to the needs of scholars and librarians

• A solution to the serials crisis”

For more information about OLH:

Website:  https://www.openlibhums.org/

Press release: https://www.openlibhums.org/media/press-release/

Reference:  Howard, J. (2013, January 19). Project aims to bring PLoS-style openness to the humanities.  The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Retrieved February 3, 2013, from http://chronicle.com/article/Project-Aims-to-Bring/136889/

Image credit:  Tower of Books by Mar.tin on Flickr License:  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

NIH Notice: Public Access Policy Compliance To Impact Funding Distribution

November 20th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

On Friday, November 16th, the NIH announced “that in Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance.” (NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-160).

Included in this notice are several process and procedural changes related to the public access requirement.

In a related blog post, Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, offers this advice to researchers:

“The challenge is that publication occurs throughout the year, and progress reporting occurs once a year. So I encourage principal investigators to start thinking about public access compliance when papers are planned. Discuss with your co-authors how the paper will be submitted to PubMed Central, and who will do so, along with all the other tasks of paper writing. The easiest thing to do, perhaps even today, is to take a couple of minutes to enter the NIH-supported papers you have published in the last year into My NCBI to ensure you meet the requirements of the policy regardless of when your non-competing continuation is due. This will help you avoid a last minute scramble that could delay your funding.” (Rock Talk blog, November 16, 2012)

Open Access Week in the Library

October 11th, 2012 by Amy Kautzman

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity to discuss and learn about the potential benefits of open access publishing. As the UC community debates open access mandates, faces federal data sharing requirements, and along with the rest of the worldwide research and academic community debates how to work with an ever-increasing amount of scholarly information, Open Access Week is more relevant and important than ever.

Please join the UC Davis Library in celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with three special events:

Should You Publish in Open Access Journals?
This session will include a short introduction to OA publishing, followed by a facilitated audience discussion on the pros and cons of publishing in open access journals, led by Michael Rogawski M.D., Professor of Neurology. Bring your questions and come ready to participate!
Monday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Education Building Room 1204, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento Campus map

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Open data and open access: expert panel discussion
Four experts — MacKenzie Smith (UCD University Librarian), Jonathan Eisen (UCD Professor and PLoS Biology editor), Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons) and Carly Strasser (DataOne and the California Digital Library) will debate the merits of open access and open data and discuss recent developments in scholarly publishing and sharing data. Come with your questions for what promises to be a lively, cutting-edge discussion!

Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am-1:00p
Nelle Branch room, 2nd floor Shields Library map

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Data Management for Researchers: Organizing, Describing, and Sharing your Data
This workshop, presented by Carly Strasser, will introduce researchers to basic data management principles and demonstrate tools you can use to organize and share data. Not sure whether you should be publishing your data, or how to get started? Come to this workshop!

Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Instruction Lab, 1st floor Shields Library map

Questions or RSVPs? Contact Phoebe Ayers at psayers@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-9948 (main campus), or Raquel Abad at rjabad@ucdavis.edu or 916-734‑3870 (Sacramento).