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4open publishes its first article in chemistry
- 16 Nov 2018

4open, a multi- and inter-disciplinary Open Access journal, has published its first article in chemistry. The article 'Characterization and modelling of the polarization phenomenon to describe salt rejection by nanofiltration' by Yassine Mdemagh et al. is free to access on the 4open website.

Presenting a new model to determine the thickness of the polarisation's boundary layer and the concentration of polarisation, this article explores the application of dead-end filtration to the concept of nanofiltration used in water treatment.

4open is published by EDP Sciences under the auspices of the Société Française de Physique, and in partnership with Theodor-Billroth-Academy®&Int'l Consortium of Research Excellence of the TBA®.

The journal encourages submissions in the fields of natural sciences, medicine and technology, including material sciences and engineering.

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Frontiers and the Mid Sweden University form open access publishing agreement
- 14 Nov 2018

Under the terms of the Sweden Open Access Publishing Framework Agreement, the Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) will cover Article Publishing Fees for eligible authors in any of the Frontiers journals.

Eligible authors are corresponding authors of a given article who meet the funding criteria of the Mid Sweden University.

Eligible authors will benefit from streamlined submission and invoicing processes, managed directly between Frontiers and the Open Access team at the Mid Sweden University Library, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Under this agreement, the Library will receive a discount of 10 percent on any article covered.

With the Mid Sweden University joining the framework agreement, authors will be further encouraged to publish open access, increasing uptake of open access to the results of mostly publicly funded research, to the benefit of the scholarly community and the public at large, while reducing costs.

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SAGE Publishing to publish official journal of the American Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Currents
- 09 Nov 2018

Academic publisher SAGE Publishing will publish Epilepsy Currents beginning in 2019. The official journal of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), Epilepsy Currents is an open access journal that publishes commentaries on recent significant research published in major epilepsy and seizure disorder journals.

Reaching an audience that includes clinicians and researchers, issues also contain topical scholarly reviews written by a distinguished board of contributing editors. The journal was founded in 2001, and currently has an impact factor of 9.333.

Dr. Jack M. Parent, professor of neurology and director of the Neurodevelopment and Regeneration Laboratory at the University of Michigan Medical School, serves as chief editor of Epilepsy Currents. Other members of the senior editorial team are Dr. Michael Wong, senior editor of basic science research; Dr. David Spencer, senior editor of clinical research; and Dr. Lara Jehi, associate editor of clinical research.

SAGE publishes more than 400 science, technical, and medical journals, as well as a growing collection of open access titles. The company aims to be the world's pre-eminent social science and fastest growing STM publisher.

Epilepsy Currents will be published under a Creative Commons CC BY NC ND license. AES members receive the print subscription as a benefit of membership and all content will continue to be freely available at epilepsycurrents.org and PubMed Central.

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USDA and CHORUS sign participation agreement
- 08 Nov 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has signed an agreement with CHORUS to expand public access to the results of its funded research.

USDA's Public Access Plan calls for collaboration with partners to 'maximise the impact of the Federal research investment.' CHORUS will monitor compliance with open access requirements to help maintain permanent, authoritative access to articles based on USDA-funded research.

USDA's National Agricultural Library is one of five US national libraries and houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences. Through its PubAg system, NAL provides open access to more than 82,000 articles and over 2,000,000 citations that are based on USDA-funded research. The PubAg portal delivers over 82,000 full-text journal articles on the agricultural sciences and includes over 2,000,000 citations. Researchers searching PubAg can follow links to open access articles and accepted manuscripts on CHORUS publisher member websites.

CHORUS dashboards and reports facilitate monitoring of access to articles and data reporting on USDA research. CHORUS' interoperable, distributed approach is built on open standards, distributed networks and established infrastructure to facilitate sustainable open access, sharing, discoverability, reporting, and preservation of content reporting on funded research.

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Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation join European open-access plan
- 07 Nov 2018

Two of the world's largest biomedical research funders have backed a plan to make all papers resulting from work they fund open access on publication by 2020.

On 5 November, the London-based Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, announced they were both endorsing 'Plan S', adding their weight to an initiative already backed by 13 research funders across Europe since its launch in September. The plan was spearheaded by Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission's special envoy on open access.

The Wellcome Trust, which gave out £1.1 billion (US$1.4 billion) in grants in 2016-17, is also the first funder to detail how it intends to implement Plan S. Its approach suggests that journals may not need to switch wholesale to open-access (OA) models by 2020 to be compliant with Plan S - if the initiative's other backers decide on a similar line.

The biomedical charity already has an OA policy, but in some cases it allows an embargo of up to six months after publication before papers have to be made free to read. The organisation says that by January 1, 2020, it will ban all such embargoes.

Wellcome-funded work will not be able to appear in Nature, Science and other influential subscription journals unless these publications permit Wellcome-funded papers to be published under OA terms (Nature's news team is editorially independent of its publisher, Springer Nature).

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, said that it would update its policy to comply with Plan S over the next 12 months.

Plan S also states that scientists cannot publish in 'hybrid' journals, which collect subscriptions and charge for some papers to be made OA. Wellcome says that it will stop paying OA fees for articles published in hybrid journals. But it will not bar papers resulting from research it has funded from hybrid journals if the authors can find another way to pay, or if a journal agrees to let authors also post their accepted manuscripts elsewhere at the time of publication under OA terms.

Essentially, this follows the spirit of statement by the backers of Plan S that some hybrid-journal publishing would be allowed for a transitional time.

Meanwhile, the Gates Foundation, which already demands immediate OA for the papers that result from the research it funds, said it would update its policy to comply with Plan S over the next 12 months. The initiative's hybrid-journal component is the only part not covered under Gates' current policy, a spokesperson says.

Taken as a whole, the revised policies put more pressure on non-OA journals to change the way they operate, says Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Open Access Project and the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Gates Foundation, which spent $4.7 billion in 2017, much of it on science, has been influential in changing the policies of subscription journals by demanding research they fund is made OA on publication.

Since 2017, when the foundation began enforcing its policy, journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have been offering a permanent OA publishing route for the charity's grant holders. The Gates Foundation also arranged a pilot partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, which publishes Science, under which around 25 papers were published under OA terms. That trial ended in June.

The Wellcome Trust's new OA policy also says that when there may be a significant public-health benefit to sharing preprints widely - such as during a disease outbreak - the work it funds must be published before peer review under a liberal licence.

The 13 other funders that support Plan S are expected to launch a public consultation on their implementation ideas at the end of November.

STM, a global trade association for academic and professional publishers, has welcomed the efforts of orgainisations such as the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to work towards expanding access to peer-reviewed scientific works to maximise their value and reuse.

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