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Review Articles in BioMed Central Journals Now Open Access

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

BioMed Central publishes 274 open access journals in biology and medicine.

More than 60 subject-specific journals are in the BMC series

A number of the titles in BioMed Central’s portfolio are journals that transferred and converted from the subscription model to open access.

Review articles in the following journals will no longer require a subscription to read; they will be open access like the rest of the BioMed Central portfolio.

Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy

Arthritis Research & Therapy

Breast Cancer Research

Critical Care

Genome Biology

Genome Medicine

Stem Cell Research & Therapy

New OA Journal: Veterinary Medicine & Science

December 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood


Wiley has a new open access journal :  Veterinary Medicine and Science

Veterinary Medicine and Science is an international open access journal which publishes original, high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and Science relating to companion, production and zoo animals.

Publish for free : they are waiving the APC for the first 15 accepted articles

Publicity cites the following as reasons to publish with Veterinary Medicine Science :

High standard, rigorous peer review
Quality and reputation, supported by Wiley’s network of prestigious journals and societies
Immediate open access
Fully compliant with all open access mandates
Authors retain copyright. Articles published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License

Editor: Ed Hall MA VetMB, PhD, Dip-ECVIM-CA, MRCVS
Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Bristol Veterinary School

Open Access Fund subsidizes author publishing fees

July 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis University Library continues to fund the UC Davis Open Access Fund


In support of UCD authors publishing in fully open access journals, awards of up to $1000 are available to offset the author publishing fees.

Application information may be found here : UC Open Access Fund libguide

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

April 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood




OATD currently indexes over 1.5 million open access international graduate theses and dissertations

Metadata from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions.


Many of these schools’ records come from their own repositories. Others come from regional or national ETD consortia, or from a set of ETD catalog records provided by OCLC Worldcat. With few exceptions, records are harvested from these sites using a standard called the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Additional resources to find theses:

    Proquest Dissertations and Theses, dissertations and theses published electronically or in print.

    Google Scholar

    NDLTD, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, electronic theses and dissertations, both open access and not.

    BioMed Central tool to help choose an open access journal

    March 27th, 2013 by Deanna Johnson

    Find the right journal

    BioMed Central, with Edanz Journal Selector, have created a tool to assist authors in identifying open access  journals that fit their research; it selects  from more than 350 open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.


    ..“The Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help authors quickly choose the open access journal that is right for their manuscript. Authors can enter an abstract or description of their research and the Journal Selector provides a list of relevant open access journals. Matches to a journal are based on the similarity of the entered text to articles already published in that journal.”


    Additional tools and information on publishing in open access journals may be found in the library’s Open Access libguidePublishing in Open Access Journals

    PeerJ – new open access journal

    March 1st, 2013 by Mary Wood


    .PeerJ Publishes Its First Articles
    from Press Release, Feb 12th 2013

    PeerJ, a new academic journal publisher, founded on the principles of affordability, innovation, and Open Access, published its first articles 2/12/13, launched by Jason Hoyt (formerly at Mendeley and Stanford University) and Peter Binfield (formerly at PLoS ONE)

    Essential Features of PeerJ:

    > Rapid, peer reviewed, ‘Open Access’ scholarly journal, using a Creative Commons license which means that all articles are entirely free to read, distribute, and reuse provided authors are properly attributed.

    > Publication decisions are made only on scientific validity (not on perceived impact).

    >  Uses a ‘Membership Model’ whereby authors become lifetime members, giving them the ability to freely publish their articles thereafter.

    >  PeerJ has 800 Academic Editors, including 20 Advisory Board members (of which 5 are Nobel Laureates).

    >  Encourages ‘open’ Peer Review (meaning that reviewers are encouraged to provide their names; authors are empowered to reproduce their peer review history alongside their published article).

    >  By utilizing short, iterative development cycles, users will see the rapid development of new features and innovative functionality, dramatically improving the academic publication and reading experience.


    UC Davis scientists included in inaugural issue


    1 Dept of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
    2 National Pet Alliance, San Jose, CA
    3 Dept of Comparative Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    REDUCED EXPRESSION OF GLYCOLATE OXIDASE LEADS TO ENHANCED DISEASE RESISTANCE IN RICEMawsheng Chern1, Wei Bai1,2, Xuewei Chen1,3, Patrick E. Canlas1, Pamela C. Ronald 1

    1 Dept of Plant Pathology, University of California Davis, California
    2 College of Life Sciences, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Huhhot, China
    3 Rice Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

    Policy Memorandum: Expanding Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research

    February 22nd, 2013 by Mary Wood

    Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) commends the Obama Administration for historic action

    “Today, the Obama administration issued a historic Policy Memorandum that opens up access to the results of publicly funded research. ARL applauds the Obama administration for this critically important action. The memorandum calls upon federal agencies with annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with free and unlimited online access to the results of that research…”


    .Office of Science and Technology Policy ; blog post
    ..Commentary from Chronicle of Higher Education
    .…….from Peter Suber ; from SPARC

    FASTR: Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act

    February 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood

    Legislation introduced to US Congress 14 February 2013

    The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act was introduced in both houses of Congress on February 14 by a bipartisan team of sponsors.

    From Scholarly Kitchen‘s Nick Anderson:

    FASTR would require federal agencies that fund $100 million or more of extramural research each year to ensure that funded authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts are made publicly available within six months of publication. Furthermore, the articles are to be made available to the public “in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.”


    The Association of American Publishers (AAP), predictably enough, characterizes FASTR as a “different name” for the “same boondoggle” (as FRPAA), calling the proposal “unnecessary and a waste of federal resources.” Equally predictable is the response by the Association of College & Research Libraries, whose president expressed his pleasure at the bill’s introduction and emphasized the importance in particular of its provisions for “greater reuse through open licensing.”

    The Library Journal InfoDocket (Gary Price) provides access to the ongoing discussion, including comment/analysis from Peter Jerram, PLOS and from Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons

    Publish open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

    January 25th, 2013 by Mary Wood

    Publishing in an RSC journal? Maximize Readership With Gold Open Access

      The UC Davis Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.
      This program offers a limited number of voucher codes that enable UC Davis researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

    Benefits of Gold OA publishing

      Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.
      Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read. Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

    You are eligible if

      You are currently affiliated with UC Davis (faculty, student, staff) and
      Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
      You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Davis Library

    Get your voucher code

      After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code. It will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been verified.
      Once you have your voucher code, complete the online RSC Gold for Gold Application form to make your article open access
      Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Fine print

      Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
      Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013


      Please contact Mary Wood, Reference Librarian:
      or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian:

    15-year-old’s medical breakthrough thanks to open access data

    December 19th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

    The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article stressing the importance of open access data:

    “This year a high-school student in Maryland announced that he had invented a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. The test costs three cents per use. It works 168 times as fast and more than 400 times as accurately as the best previously existing test. It also may be able to detect ovarian and lung cancers.

    Jack Andraka, the inventor, is 15 years old. His cancer test is more than a medical triumph. It is also a triumph for open access, the goal of a decade-old movement to replace an obsolete and inefficient scholarly publication industry with something better for everybody: a system that allows anyone with a computer and an Internet connection free access to results of academic and scientific research—most of it paid for by taxpayers.”

    Read the full article.

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