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Emerald signs up to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines
- 18 Aug 2017

Academic publisher Emerald Publishing has become a signatory to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, a framework supported by the Center for Open Science (COS) that increases the reproducibility of research through the adoption of transparent research practices.

All Emerald journals will encourage adoption of TOP transparency standards, in particular working with the COS to improve the openness of data and research methods and design. As a starting point, as part of their author guidelines, all Emerald journals now encourage authors to cite data as they would an article, which gives data creators more credit for sharing data in repositories.

Becoming a TOP signatory forms part of Emerald's engagement and support for an open research workflow, and position that 'Open' means more than just Open Access.

The Center for Open Science is also encouraging researchers to take on its $1 Million Pre-registration Challenge.

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FASTR legislation to ensure permanency of public access to scientific research
- 27 Jul 2017

SPARC, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication, has applauded the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, which would ensure that public access to research articles becomes the law of the land.

FASTR calls for federal agencies with extramural research budgets in excess of $100 million to establish consistent, permanent public access policies for articles reporting on their funded research. This means that articles reporting on the results of taxpayer-funded research would be made available to the general public to freely access and fully use. FASTR would codify the February 22, 2013 White House Directive to provide greater public access to taxpayer-funded research.

FASTR was introduced in the House of Representatives by Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3), Mike Doyle (D-PA-14), and Zoe Lofgren (D- CA-19). The bill represents the next step forward in the competitiveness agenda, spurring both innovation and job creation in broad sectors of the economy, from agriculture and energy to publishing; improves transparency and accountability in government spending; and expands access to taxpayer-funded information while protecting classified research, royalty generating works, and preliminary data.

Calls for free online public access to final peer-reviewed manuscripts or published versions as soon as practicable, but not later than six months after publication in peer-reviewed journals in formats and under terms that enable productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.

Every year, the federal government funds tens of billions of dollars in basic and applied research. Most of this funding is concentrated within 11 departments/agencies (e.g. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy) and the research results in a significant number of articles being published each year - approximately 100,000 papers are published annually as a result of NIH funding alone. Because U.S. taxpayers directly fund this research, they have a right to expect that its distribution and use will be maximized, and that they themselves will have access to it.

The government funds research with the expectation that new ideas and discoveries resulting from that research will advance science, stimulate innovation, grow the economy, and improve the lives and welfare of Americans. The Internet makes it possible to advance these goals by providing public online access to federally funded research, and has revolutionized information sharing by enabling prompt sharing of the latest advances with every scientist, physician, educator, entrepreneur and citizen.

Now more than ever, a critical challenge faced by industry today is gaining quick access to research for commercial application, to spur investment in development of new innovative products. Businesses - small and large - need faster access to this information to be competitive in the global marketplace.

In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Directive, that requires the results of taxpayer-funded research - both articles and data - be made freely available to the general public with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery and fueling innovation. While to date, most agencies and departments covered by the Directive have released initial plans (including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, and NASA) as is always the case, a Directive is not permanent law, and can be changed. In addition, without the power of law, federal agencies and departments can ignore an executive order - or move so slowly on implementation as to render it essentially useless.

FASTR was first introduced in the 113th Congress. In July 215, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee unanimously passed S. 779 by voice vote. You can learn more by visiting SPARC's FASTR homepage.

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Knowledge E added to SHERPA/RoMEO database
- 30 Jun 2017

Knowledge E has announced that all its copyright policies are now featured in the SHERPA/RoMEO database. All KnE conference proceedings and journals articles are covered under policies classified as 'RoMEO Green Publisher' status as displayed on the SHERPA/RoMEO database effective immediately.

The global research community, including those interested in open access publishing and publishing ethics evaluation can now easily find Knowledge E's copyright policies.

SHERPA/RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis. SHERPA/RoMEO is a part of Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee) is a United Kingdom not-for-profit company whose role is to support post-16 and higher education, and research, by providing relevant and useful advice, digital resources and network and technology services, while researching and developing new technologies and ways of working.

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AIP Publishing eliminates publication charges for the Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters
- 07 Jun 2017

AIP Publishing has announced that it will eliminate publication page charges for the Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters, as of June 1, 2017.

As a leading not-for-profit publisher, AIP Publishing continually reviews and updates its policies to ensure that its services are meeting the needs of the physics community. After a recent evaluation of publication page and color charge policies, the decision was made to end them completely.

Removing publication page charges from the Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters is the latest move in a series of changes that reflect AIP Publishing's commitment to authors and to making publishing more fair and accessible to all researchers.

Last year, AIP Publishing began using a new non-restrictive license to publish, allowing authors to retain copyright of their work, and enabling sharing of the Author Manuscript without embargo at the time the article is accepted for publication.

AIP Publishing is deeply involved with industry initiatives such as CHORUS and howcanishareit to make content more discoverable and accessible for researchers. In May 2017, AIP Publishing joined the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), making reference data from its journals open and free to access.

AIP Publishing will continue to examine policies and explore ways to improve the author experience and make published work more widely available.

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IET calls on the electrical industry to have its say on the 18th Edition of IET Wiring Regulations
- 05 Jun 2017

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling on the electrical industry to have its say and influence the content of the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671), following the release of the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) for BS 7671:2018.

The DPC allows users of the IET Wiring Regulations to see the proposed content and put forward their views to JPEL/64, the decision-making committee behind BS 7671.

The DPC of BS 7671:2018 contains many completely revised and redrafted sections, chapters and regulations. An entirely new area, Part 8 - Section 801, is proposed, encompassing requirements for energy efficiency.

An overview of the proposed changes is included in the introduction to the DPC, which also provides a summary of some of the key changes and new content.

JPEL/64 will discuss all submitted comments over the following months and make final decisions before BS 7671:2018 is published, expected to be July 2018.

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