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NEW! The AVMA Animal Health Studies Database

July 1st, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment. It will encompass all fields of veterinary medicine, all species of animals, and will extend beyond the United States to Canada and the United Kingdom. Ahead of the launch, the Veterinary Cancer Society transferred all the studies from its Veterinary Cancer Trials website—about 100—into the AVMA database; and the AVMA has been soliciting studies from veterinary colleges. So far, 153 studies are represented.

The AVMA Aniaml Health Studies Database is at, and additional information can be read at in JAVMA News.

US Department of Energy Launches PAGES

August 5th, 2014 by Amy Studer

Image credit:  Sergey Sus.  License:  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. <br/>

On August 4, 2014, the US Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled its plan to increase access to the research that it funds, as required by the White House OSTP directive of February 22, 2013.

Now available is a beta version of the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website provides links to the full plan, FAQs, as well as this short summary:

” In response to the OSTP directive, OSTI has developed and launched the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta – DOE PAGESBeta. When fully operational, this new resource will offer free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months. ”

According to Nature News Blog (August 4, 2014), the PAGES approach will make up to 30,000 papers per year “free to read”, but open access advocates are concerned that the approach may not provide for bulk downloading, re-distribution or creative re-use, such as text-mining.

More description of the PAGES approach from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information website:

” The portal that OSTI has prepared employs a hybrid model of centralized metadata and primarily decentralized full-text access to accepted manuscripts or articles hosted by DOE-funded national laboratories, universities, and other institutions or by individual publishers. In this way, the gateway builds on DOE’s existing scientific and technical information infrastructure and also integrates publishers’ public access efforts. For publisher-hosted content, OSTI has been collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States. OSTI is also engaging with other stakeholders’ initiatives to advance public access, such as the university and research library community’s Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). ”

For more information:

ScienceInsider Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)

Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)

Image credit: Sergey Sus. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Managing NIH Public Access Compliance using MyNCBI / MyBibliography

July 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood

My Bibliography is a tool that helps you save your citations directly from PubMed or, if not found there, to manually enter citations using My Bibliography templates. My Bibliography provides a centralized place where citations are easily accessed, exported as a file, and made public to share with others.

My Bibliography facilitates the management of publication compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  From the “Awards” view, eRA Commons users are able to see whether their publications are compliant with the Policy, start the manuscript submission process, associate their NIH extramural awards with their publications, and designate delegates to manage their bibliography via My NCBI.

eRA Commons no longer displays citations that have been manually entered into Commons.  These citations must be added to My Bibliography so that they will continue to appear in Commons and can be associated with annual progress reports (RPPR: Research Performance Progress Report).

My NCBI Tool to Replace eRA Commons for Bibliography Management (NIH Notice: NOT-OD-10-103)


Guidance for UC Davis Researchers:

NIH Public Access Mandate (Library Guide)

NIH Public Access Policy: Compliance Management Using the My Bibliography Tool in My NCBI (pdf) or

NIHMS FAQ and illustrated submission tutorials are also available and extremely helpful.

Acknowledgements: Amy Studer and Cathy Sarli

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

Web Forum : Proposed UC Open Access Policy

December 4th, 2012 by Mary Wood

A UC Davis faculty Town Hall on Open Access was conducted this past Friday, Nov. 30; background information may be found at UC  Reshaping Scholarly Communication: UC Open Access Policy.

In response, the Academic Senate is now launching a web forum for Academic Senate and Academic Federation faculty to express their thoughts, both pro and con, regarding the proposed policy.  (Web forum will close January 4, 2013.)

The faculty of the University of California, in conjunction with UCOLASC, is proposing a new OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING POLICY that will apply to the dissemination of all scholarly work. … The primary goal of the policy is “to increase the availability and impact of research produced by the University of California, without adding new costs or undue burdens on the faculty.”


Information from forum posts will be consolidated and forwarded to the UC Davis Senate, who will draft comments representing Davis’ position and forward them to the Academic Council .   The Academic Council will consider the sentiment from all UC campuses at their January 23, 2013 meeting.

If Academic Council passes the proposed policy, it becomes Senate policy and then goes to UCOP to make it a joint presidential policy.

NIH Notice: Public Access Policy Compliance To Impact Funding Distribution

November 19th, 2012 by Amy Studer

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)

Seeking additional information?  See the NIH Funding Public Access Mandate subject guide, created by UC Davis Health Sciences Librarians.

NEW – Open Access Fund Pilot

October 22nd, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Davis Open Access Fund pilot (UCD-OAF) supports
Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students
who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access)

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.


The California Digital Library and UC Davis University Library are providing the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing.
The University Library will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated.
The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.

additional information and application

My NCBI : PubMed, My Bibliography, Managing Public Access Compliance…

February 9th, 2010 by Mary Wood

While PubMed seems to be changing appearance daily, the content and indexing of this premier NLM database remains extraordinary.  Among its many tools and resources is My NCBI.  Registering for My NCBI is free and provides access to bells and whistles that you soon find you can’t live without.  One “Collections” option in My NCBI is “My Bibliography“,  in which you can  save your publications (journal articles, books, patents, presentations and meetings)  – and, now, manage publication compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.


My NCBI: Managing Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy

The “Other Citations” Collections option in My NCBI is a place to store items you did not directly author, but may have contributed support in other ways (e.g. grant support).  Citations in My Bibliography and Other Citations can also be downloaded into Endnote and viewed in PubMed for easy access to full-text.