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Wolters Kluwer to publish Journal of Bio-X Research
- 03 Jul 2018

Wolters Kluwer Health will begin publishing the Journal of Bio-X Research under its Lippincott portfolio. The first issue of the Journal of Bio-X Research, the latest open access journal of the Chinese Medical Association (CMA), is now available.

The international journal seeks to publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed papers in a variety of fields that straddle the boundaries between biology and medicine by focusing on interdisciplinary collaborative research. It promotes the application of advances in biology to modern medicine in areas such as etiology, pathophysiology, clinical diagnostics, and preventive medicine, and covers significant technical developments and applications in every area of biomedicine.

The first issue of the Journal of Bio-X Research is now available online.

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VSNU and Wolters Kluwer reach open access deal
- 26 Jun 2018

As part of its negotiations with Wolters Kluwer to extend the contract for legal and fiscal professional literature, the VSNU has agreed open-access terms. The 27 academic journals in Wolters Kluwer's collection of otherwise mainly professional literature will be subject to new and explicit open-access embargo rules. The parties have agreed that academic articles from these 27 journals will be eligible for publishing in the public domain 6 to 12months after the date of their publication on Navigator and Wolters Kluwer's other platforms.

Generally speaking, embargo periods with regard to articles are considered a form of green open access. Given the VSNU's stated objective of securing as much gold open access to articles as possible, this makes the agreement all the more remarkable.

In contrast with other big-deal open-access negotiations, the VSNU is not the main beneficiary of its negotiations with Wolters Kluwer. The legal profession and other professionals are easily the most avid consumers of Wolters Kluwer's professional literature. In that context, it is only natural for the VSNU to play a more modest role.

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Declaration on Open Access in Greece
- 25 Jun 2018

Building on the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and on the progress that has been achieved so far, OpenAIRE is pursuing the large-scale implementation of free online access to, and largely unrestricted use and re-use of scholarly research articles. OpenAIRE is an EC-funded initiative which aims to support the Open Access policy of the European Commission via a technical infrastructure.

Open Access is a key tool for promoting scientific research, improving the quality of research and the free dissemination of knowledge in society. Even though Open Access is now a shared vision of the world's academic communities, research institutions and funding bodies, nearly 85% of the world's scholarly outputs are still locked behind paywalls, inhibiting the full impact of scientific research and miring the dissemination of scholarly outputs in an obsolete and dysfunctional system.

OpenAIRE recognises and endorses various ways of implementing open access (OA), including the development of new OA publishing platforms, archives and repositories. In scholarly journal publishing, OA has gained a substantial and increasing volume. Most journals, however, are still based on the subscription business model with its inherent deficiencies in terms of access, cost-efficiency, transparency, and restrictions of use.

To gain the full benefits of OA and enable a smooth, swift and scholarly oriented transition, the existing corpus of scholarly journals should be converted from subscription to open access. Recent developments and studies indicate that this transition process can be realised within the framework of currently available resources.

With this statement, OpenAIRE expresses its interest in establishing an international initiative for the OA transformation of scholarly journals. The initiative aims to transform a majority of today's scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing in accordance with community-specific publication preferences. At the same time, continue to support new and improved forms of OA publishing. It is inviting all parties involved in scholarly publishing, in particular universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large. As a first step, OpenAIRE is urging institutions to establish Open Access policies and Institution professors / researchers to submit their post-print scientific papers to academic depositories immediately after approval for their publication (Green route to OA).

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FAO implements OA policy for its knowledge products
- 21 Jun 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has implemented an Open Access policy, enabling maximal reach and ease of use for FAO knowledge products.

FAO has been disseminating knowledge since its foundation in 1945, and its publications have been freely accessible in the FAO online Document Repository since 1998.

The new Open Access policy goes a step further; not only ensuring that FAO's wealth of knowledge remains easily accessible to users around the world, but actively encouraging and providing a framework for the broader use, reproduction and dissemination of this material.

In concrete terms, FAO will apply a Creative Commons 3.0 IGO license to all eligible publications and documents published on its Web site.

The policy uses a license developed together with the World Intellectual Property Organization and other United Nations and international organisations and designed for international institutions - which have unique legal status - to allow unrestricted online access to expert research.

The new policy covers FAO publications and documents published in the FAO online Document Repository from now on. For earlier publications, original licensing conditions - which encourage use but may require permission - apply.

With implementation of the policy, third parties can make use of FAO's published works in more and easier ways - reproducing them, using snippets, and adapting them for their own ends. Permission is not required for non-commercial use, as long as FAO is cited as the source of the material.

The policy will particularly benefit member states, policy makers, researchers and others engaged in sharing information in support of resolving global hunger issues and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - most of which require constant scientific input.

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EDP Sciences and Northwestern Polytechnical University partner to publish its principal journal
- 19 Jun 2018

Not-for-profit publisher EDP Sciences has announced the open access publication of the first issue of the Journal of the Northwestern Polytechnical University. The journal was founded in 1957 and mainly publishes research results in aviation, aerospace, marine science and engineering technology. All articles are published in Chinese language.

Publishing the journal on the EDP Sciences platform will increase its visibility among an international audience. The journal will continue to develop, and that the research performed in the Northwestern Polytechnical University will be more easily accessed and shared by the global academic community.

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