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Federal Research Public Access Act introduced in US House of Representatives -

The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (FRPAA) has reportedly been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Doyle and other co-sponsors. The proposed bill seeks to build on the purported success of the first US mandate for public access to the published results of publicly… Read More

Regulator FCC has limited authority on web traffic, rules US court -

A US federal appeals court recently ruled that, under current law, regulators have only limited power over web traffic. The decision is expected to allow Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites. Also, they can charge video sites like YouTube to deliver their content faster. The decision is… Read More

University of Pennsylvania forms Committee on Open Access Publishing -

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has announced the appointment of a Committee on Open Access Publishing, comprised of faculty and ex officio staff from across the University. The Committee, appointed by Provost Vincent Price and Senior Vice Provost for Research Steven J. Fluharty, is examining… Read More

Scholarly publishers confirm support for MIT’s open access policy -

The faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced that a year after the faculty adopted a policy to open access to their scholarly articles, many scholarly publishers have confirmed their support. More than 850 articles have been added to the MIT Open Access… Read More

Elsevier announces new custom publication guidelines, sets new standards for publishing sponsored content -

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it will publicly share its internal custom publication guidelines. The global publisher seeks to provide scientific and medical communities, insight into a new and practical set of publishing standards for producing custom and sponsored publications. The new guidelines were… Read More

‘PLoS Medicine’ publishes paper on guidelines for health research reporting -

Open access journal PLoS Medicine has published a paper in its latest issue, which is expected to provide a substantial new resource for the developers of guidelines of the reporting of health research. The authors of the paper have reportedly been key in the development of… Read More

BioMed Central journal publishes privacy guidelines for data sharing in clinical trials -

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has announced that new guidance published in the journal Trials and sets out how personal information from clinical trials should be shared to help minimise risks to patient privacy. Many peer-reviewed journals now require authors to be prepared to… Read More

US Copyright Office adopts interim regulation on online-only deposits -

The US’ Copyright Office is adopting an interim regulation governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the US and available only online. The regulation establishes that online-only works (those without a physical version) are exempt from mandatory deposit until a demand for deposit of copies… Read More

Scholarly Publishers urge Administration not to impose access mandates -

The Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and DC Principles Coalition for Free Access to Science expressed their concerns in a letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The letter was… Read More

BioMed responds to US policy forum on public access to federally funded research -

Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has submitted its contribution to the US Office of Science and Technology Policy request for contributions to its Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research. According to BioMed Central, the success of its open… Read More

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