Publisher John Wiley&Sons, Inc., US, has announced that the majority of Wiley's journals in its open access publishing program now offers authors funded by The Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK the opportunity to publish their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY license when paying an Article Publication Charge (APC). This will support authors in complying with funder requirements that came into place April 1, 2013. The CC BY license allows others to modify, build upon and/or distribute the licensed work (including for commercial purposes) as long as the original author is credited.
Wiley has also updated its self-archiving policy for RCUK authors. If an author funded by RCUK chooses to publish in a Wiley journal but does not select and pay for OnlineOpen, they will be able to self-archive the accepted version of the article after a 12 month embargo period (starting with first publication online), or after a 24 month embargo for authors funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). If a journal does not offer an open access option, the embargo period is reduced to 6 months (RCUK's STM Councils) or 12 months for authors funded by AHRC and ESRC.
A limited number of society owned journals have not adopted the new self-archiving policy and/or the new OnlineOpen license policy and will continue to publish under the usual journal copyright license terms.
Wiley now publishes eighteen fully open access journals and additional journals are expected to publish in 2013. Wiley's OnlineOpen option is offered by more than 1200 journals or more than 80 percent of its titles. This option is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication. When selecting OnlineOpen, authors, their funding agencies, or their institutions, pay an APC to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library. Wiley Open Access Journals and those published under OnlineOpen are deposited in PubMed Central.
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has introduced several policy changes that are seen to increase access to its journals and conference proceedings. The changes are intended to better balance the needs of authors and researchers in the computing community, many of whom have expressed a desire for expanded rights and open access options to ACM publications from its Digital Library (DL).
The publishing policy changes not only expand author rights but reportedly provide greater levels of flexibility in the transition to open access. Under the options now available, authors who prefer to have ACM manage the rights and permissions associated with their work can continue to use the traditional ACM Copyright Transfer Agreement.
Authors who want to retain copyright of their work can choose an equivalent exclusive licensing agreement developed by ACM. It grants certain publication and distribution rights to ACM but allows authors to retain the core intellectual property rights that are important to many authors.
Authors can also select an author-pays option that enables them to retain all rights to their work and allows them to make it openly accessible in perpetuity via the ACM DL.
In addition, the new publishing policy enables open access to the most current proceedings volume of ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) conferences at the option of their sponsoring SIG. SIGs may also make their conference proceedings freely available via the ACM DL platform for up to two weeks before the event and for a total of one month. Intended to facilitate easy access to the proceedings by conference attendees, these changes will also enable the computing community to learn about the latest technology developments presented at conferences during the time of the event.
Research Solutions company Reprints Desk, Inc., US, has announced the launch of a new Open Access (OA) filter for the company's document delivery service that is used by research-driven companies and institutions to acquire single copies of scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. The OA filter sends customers to the source and supplements other Reprints Desk order filtering capabilities for subscription, token, print collection, and workgroup repository content, employing a dynamic process-driven approach to identify OA content rather than a data-driven one that may have limitations in coverage and accuracy.
Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted online access to scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and increasingly other content types. According to the results of one study, Open Access is responsible for roughly 20 percent of the total output of peer-reviewed articles published. Other recent developments include Research Councils UK (RCUK) announcement that beginning in April 2013, scientific papers must be made free to access within six months of publication if they come from work paid for by one of the United Kingdom's seven government-funded grant agencies, which spend billions of dollars each year on research.
Corporations, academic institutions and government organizations use document delivery as a legal method for retrieving single copies of full-text papers from scholarly peer-reviewed journals when subscription access does not exist. Reprints Desk has held lone honours as the top-rated document delivery supplier in every document delivery market research survey conducted by information analyst and advisory firm Outsell, Inc., since 2008.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has released a new community resource for research funders, titled 'Implementing an Open Data Policy'. This primer addresses key issues that these organisations encounter when considering the adoption and implementation of an open data policy. The guide covers big-picture topics such as how to decide on the range of activities an open data policy should cover. It also delves into areas of very specific concern, such as options for where data can be deposited, and how privacy and other concerns can be managed.
The guide is seen to complement recent work that SPARC has collaborated on with research funders. Earlier this year, SPARC worked closely with a key group of biomedical research funders, led by the Health Research Alliance, to develop a public access policy initiative. Research funders are seen to play a crucial role in advancing the dissemination of scholarly research and the building blocks supporting it. SPARC looks forward to continuing to work closely with this community.
SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. It has worked with funding organisations on a number of fronts recently, as interest in open access and open data has continued to grow.
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has welcomed its first South American Open Repository client, the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), based in Lima, Peru.
Open Repository, a Registered Service Provider (RSP) of DuraSpace, seeks to provide an enhanced service of building, maintaining and hosting DSpace repositories for a variety of global organisations. This allows its clients to showcase their intellectual output to an unrestricted audience and manage their content, whilst the service provides the infrastructure, software and full support needed.
UPC is a private and independent educational institution, established in 1994, whose aim is to educate, perform research and promote knowledge, culture and development in Peru. Its mission is to produce innovative leaders with the integrity and vision to transform the nation. With this in mind, UPC is said to have decided that Open Repository was the perfect service to fulfill the academic knowledge management requirements for their Institute.