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Public Access to Federally-Supported Research, Data & Publications

April 25th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research



Public Access to Federally-Supported Research and Development Data and Publications: Two Planning Meetings


“… 14 February 2013, ‘a bill to provide for Federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by employees of that agency or from funds administered by that agency’ (called the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research act, or FASTR)…


…22 February 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies, directing them to ‘develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government’…


…requested that the National Research Council (NRC) Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) organize two planning meetings.  The agendas of these two meetings (one focusing on scientific data, and the other on scholarly publications) will primarily comprise time for stakeholder input, with brief introductory addresses by a select few experts and summarizing commentary by equally few rapporteurs…”




UC Supports AB 609

April 16th, 2013 by Mary Wood

UCOP letter in support of AB 609


California Taxpayer Access to
Publicly Funded Research Act

. AB 609 (Nestande)


. External Relations

. State Governmental Relations

. Legislation

. AB 609

.background from Nestande’s office

2013 | AB 609 | Legislation

California Taxpayer Open Access to Research Act


On May 1, 2013, the Accountability and Administrative Committee in the State Assembly voted in support of AB609. Six graduate students from UC Davis gave testimony.  Next, the bill heads for the Appropriations Committee.

Related documents:

On May 24, 2013,  a group of nine organizations released a letter in support of AB609.  Organizations included:  SPARC, ACRL, ARL, COAPI, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greater Western Library Alliance, Public Knowledge,  and PLoS.



UK research funders implement open access policies: Publishers respond

April 5th, 2013 by Amy Studer

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On April 1st, new open access policies came into effect at Wellcome Trust and Research Councils (RC) UK.

The RCUK Policy on Open Access requires “immediate, unrestricted, online access to peer reviewed and published scholarly research papers, free of any access charges.” The policy extends to “papers published in academic journals or conference proceedings, and which acknowledge Research Council funding.”

Compliance with RCUK Policy is the responsibility of researchers; however, the RCUK determines that a journal is compliant if:

  • The journal provides, via its own website, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper, which should be made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.  The may involve payment of an ‘Article Processing Charge’ (APC) to the publisher.
  • The journal consents to deposit of the final Accepted Manuscript in any repository, without restriction on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period.

The April 1, 2013 start date for compliance has prompted responses from publishers about how authors publishing in their journals may comply with the policies.

SHERPA/FACT beta is a new tool “to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder’s requirements for open access to research.”

More information about open access is available from the Open Access Topic Guide.

The future of publishing: A new page

April 2nd, 2013 by Mary Wood

A special issue of Nature looks at the transformation taking place in scientific publishing.

NatureSPECIALSThe future of publishing

495(7442):409-544 3/28/13



“After nearly 400 years in the slow-moving world of print, the scientific publishing industry is suddenly being thrust into a fast-paced online world of cloud computing, crowd sourcing and ubiquitous sharing. Long-established practices are being challenged by new ones – most notably, the open-access, author-pays publishing model. In this special issue, Nature takes a close look at the forces now at work in scientific publishing, and how they may play out over the coming decades.”

Topics include open access, open data, scientific publishing, and libraries.
Contributors include Declan Butler, Richard Van Noorden, Richard Monastersky, Jason Priem, and John Wilbanks.