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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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PubMed to include authors' conflict-of-interest statements and link them to abstracts
- 08 May 2017

PubMed, the leading database of abstracts from medical and life science journals, will reportedly include authors' conflict-of-interest statements and link them to abstracts so they are accessible on search pages.

Most journals necessitate authors to reveal funding and conflicts. To simplify reporting to PubMed, all they need to do is move the information to the abstract or connect it to the abstract. PubMed is now leaving it on journal publishers to provide the information.

PubMed's new policy was recently announced in a technical bulletin by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). It comes over a year after a group of scientists, physicians, organisations, and a handful of US senators sent a letter to the NLM and the National Institutes of Health asking them to publish the disclosers.

While the impact of PubMed's new policy is awaited, others in the industry are similarly inclined. The Journal of American Medical Association recently devoted an entire issue to articles about conflict-of-interest.

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American Chemical Society responds to reports of changes in agency scientific policies
- 26 Jan 2017

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is monitoring, with concern, reports stating the Trump administration is changing scientific communication policy and grant procedures. During this transition, ACS urges the administration to clarify, as soon as possible, its positions on these policies.

The American Chemical Society has established public policies underscoring the importance of unfettered scientific discourse and exchange to ensure the integrity, credibility and reliability of the scientific enterprise.

The ACS Freedom of International Scientific Exchange statement notes: Science and scholarship flourish when scientists collaboratively pursue and publish research and communicate without externally imposed impediment, limitation, or restriction. It is important for organisations that represent scientists and educators to advocate the most open and fair exchange among scientists without limitations imposed by national and global political concerns.

In addition, the Society's Scientific Integrity in Public Policy statement underlies ACS' detailed perspective on science policy, and states in part: Scientists and engineers have an obligation to provide comprehensive, transparent, unbiased, and understandable technical analyses. Policymakers have the responsibility to consider these analyses and any other relevant technical input in a comprehensive, transparent, and unbiased manner.

Related policy materials are available at https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/policy/publicpolicies.html.

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The Optical Society applauds passage of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
- 09 Jan 2017

The Optical Society (OSA) has issued a statement on the passage and signing of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which promotes investment in research and development innovations that will better allow U.S. companies to compete in the international marketplace. In addition, the bill includes a provision calling for increased partnership among federal science agencies, academia and industry to advance optics and photonics technologies.

In an effort to promote the continued development of the optics and photonics industry, the bill encourages federal agencies to share information on optics and photonics-related programs, partner with the private sector and academia to leverage knowledge and resources, and ensure a highly trained optics and photonics workforce through Federal and private sector sponsored internships and improved educational facilities and programs in colleges and universities. In addition to the promotion of optics and photonics, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act aims to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens on federally funded researchers, provide grants to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM-related fields and increase educational outreach efforts to K-8 students.

The bill received broad bi-partisan support and was passed by a unanimous consent in both the House and Senate.

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