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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

ALPSP responds to OSTP Public Access Policy consultation -

The Association of Learning and Professional Society Publishing (ALPSP) has submitted its response to the Public Access Policy consultation carried out by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP, part of the Executive Office of the President in the US… Read More

Panel calls on US agencies to develop policies for better public access to research results -

An expert panel of librarians, library scientists, publishers and university academic leaders has called on US federal agencies that fund research, to develop and implement a more robust scholarly publishing system. The policies ought to ensure free public access to the results of the research they fund ‘as soon as… Read More

Institute of Physics publishes briefing note on climate change -

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has published a physics briefing note to help understand the science behind climate change as several world leaders have gathered in Copenhagen to discuss environmental issues. Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the IOP, has expressed hope that world leaders… Read More

Research community members seek to resolve author name ambiguity issue -

Various members of the research community have announced their intent to collaborate to resolve the existing author name ambiguity problem in scholarly communication. Together, the group hopes to develop an open, independent identification system for scholarly authors. This follows the first Name Identifier Summit held last month in Cambridge, MA,… Read More

Nobel laureates express support for open access to publicly funded research -

A group of 41 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, including 16 chemists, are urging the US Congress to require the results of federally funded research to be made freely available online. In an open letter to lawmakers the Nobel laureates endorse the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009. The legislation would… Read More

Open Book Alliance criticises Google’s revised book settlement proposal -

Internet search services provider Google, Inc., the Authors Guild (AG) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) recently released their revised book settlement proposal in an attempt to revise the existing legal agreement. According to Open Book Alliance co-chair Peter Brantley, the… Read More

ARL brings out E-book Collections, SPEC Kit 313 -

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced the publication of the E-book Collections, SPEC Kit 313. The kit examines the current use of e-books in ARL member libraries; their plans for implementing, increasing, or decreasing access to e-books; purchasing, cataloging and collection management issues; and… Read More

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