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Update: Public Access to Federally Sponsored Research Data & Publications

May 29th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Outcomes of recent public meetings on

Public Access to Federally Sponsored Research Data and Publications

Publications meeting: May 14-15, 2013

Get the agenda
View the archived webast
► Written statements
Transcript of Public Comments

Data meeting: May 16-17, 2013

Get the agenda
View the archived webcast
Written statements
Transcript of Public Comments


Previous blog post regarding the two NAS planning meetings

Update: CA Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research (AB609)

May 29th, 2013 by Mary Wood

5/31 update:

California AB609, California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act, passed in the Assembly by a vote of 50-3.

Now it goes on to the Senate.


SPARC Call to Action:

Support the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609)

The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Legislation (AB 609) was introduced into the California State Legislature in April of 2013 by Assembly Member Brian Nestande.  On May 24th, AB 609 was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee with full bipartisan support. It will be heard on the Assembly floor on May 29th or 30th.

California Taxpayer Open Access to Research Act

Bill status

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

May 17th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a new, nonprofit, open-access multidisciplinary journal, supported by leading research universities and BioOne.

Publishing original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change, Elementa will report on fundamental advancements in research organized initially into six knowledge domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society.

Elementa is published on an open-access, public-good basis—available freely and immediately to the world.

Elementa is now accepting submissions for the following domains:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Ocean Science
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Sustainability Transitions

Visit the Elementa website for more details:

Source for this blog post:  Elementa press release May 15, 2013


MelodySheep.  Elementa:  Science of the Anthropocene.  (2013, February 12). Humanities epoch:  Anthropocene.  Retrieved from YouTube:

DORA – San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

May 17th, 2013 by Mary Wood

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Putting science into the assessment of research
site includes: Original signers – Individuals  ;  Original signers – Organizations ;  News about DORA

“…The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated. The group met in December 2012 during the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco and subsequently circulated a draft declaration among various stakeholders. DORA as it now stands has benefited from input by many of the original signers listed. It is a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines. We encourage individuals and organizations who are concerned about the appropriate assessment of scientific research to sign DORA…”


Scientific insurgents say ‘Journal Impact Factors’ distort science
DORA calls on world science community to cut influence


Public release date: 16-May-2013

“…An ad hoc coalition of unlikely insurgents—scientists, journal editors and publishers, scholarly societies, and research funders across many scientific disciplines—today posted an international declaration calling on the world scientific community to eliminate the role of the journal impact factor (JIF) in evaluating research for funding, hiring, promotion, or institutional effectiveness…”


No shortcuts for research assessment
Stefano Bertuzzi and David G. Drubin
American Society for Cell Biology
Mol. Biol. Cell
May 15, 2013
vol. 24 no. 10 1505-1506

“…The Journal Impact Factor (JIF), developed to help librarians make subscription decisions, has de facto been repurposed by researchers, journals, administrators, and funding and hiring committees as a proxy for the quality and importance of research publications. The result of this shortcut is that researchers are judged by where their articles are published rather than by the content of their publications. This is fundamentally wrong…”


Science editorial:  Impact Factor Distortions
Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief
17 May 2013
Vol. 340 no. 6134 p. 787

“…The misuse of the journal impact factor is highly destructive, inviting a gaming of the metric that can bias journals against publishing important papers in fields (such as social sciences and ecology) that are much less cited than others (such as biomedicine). And it wastes the time of scientists by overloading highly cited journals such as Science with inappropriate submissions from researchers who are desperate to gain points from their evaluators…”

DMPTool Webinar

May 15th, 2013 by Mary Wood

DMPTool Webinar series
Related to data curation, data management, and using the DMPTool

All webinars will be recorded and made available for viewing afterward



Tuesday 28 May | 10:00-11:00am
Presenter: Carly Strasser
In brief: Introduce the Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) and demonstrate its use in creating a DMP
Who should attend: Researchers and librarians, staff, and information professionals interested in promoting the use of the DMPTool by researchers they support.  This is an introduction to the DMPTool, and therefore likely to be most useful for individuals new to the tool.

DMPTool Blog
Guidance & Resources for Your Data Management Plan

Coming May 29th…Open Access Presentation by the Publisher of PeerJ

May 6th, 2013 by Amy Studer

What’s All the Fuss About Open Access? What Do I Need to Know, and How Does it Benefit Me?

Join us for a presentation by Pete Binfield (previously the Publisher of PLoS One, and now the Publisher and Co-Founder of PeerJ) as he provides an overview of the current landscape of  Open Access publications; highlights some of the more innovative models that are being tested in the marketplace; talks about items such as article level metrics and open peer review, and shows how these new developments can benefit you as both a researcher and author.

Click on image to read about Pete Binfield

  • Date:  May 29, 2013
  • Time: 3-4 pm
  • Place: 1065 Kemper Hall

Hosted by UC Davis Library.  Contact:

Amy Studer, Health & Life Science Librarian    |    (530) 752-1678

Slides from the May 29th presentation…PeerJ Presentation by Pete Binfield May 2013


Howard, J. (2013, April 29). Asking authors to buy memberships for open accessChronicle of Higher Education.

VanNoorden, R. (2013, March 27).  Open access:  The true cost of science publishingNature News, 495(7442).

UC Davis Library Blog entry about PeerJ:  March 1, 2013

Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP)

May 3rd, 2013 by Amy Studer

Image credit: judepics License: CC-BY-NC 2.0

Do you know someone who has “used, applied, or remixed scientific research — published through Open Access — to make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole?” (ASAP)

Nominate them in the Accelerating Science Award Program.

Three top awards of $30,000 each will be presented. Nominations are accepted from May 1 to June 15, 2013 . Winners to be announced in October 2013 during Open Access Week.

Sponsors of ASAP include Google, PLoS, Wellcome Trust, Association of Research Libraries, and SPARC, among others.  Here is a complete list:

Perhaps you have a success story about open access that you would like to share with others at UC Davis? We would love to hear from you.

Contact:   Amy Studer  |  |  530-752-1678