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Recent OA Headlines
California passes Open Access legislation
1 October 2014 - The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act is signed into law.
Critics say sting on Open Access journals misses larger point
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 October 2013 - A response to the Bohannon study on OA journals appearing in Science magazine on the same date.
Editors of Top Linguistics Journal Quit in Protest to Elsevier Subscription Model
All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of Lingua, one of the top journals in linguistics, last week resigned to protest Elsevier's policies on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online. As soon as January, when the departing editors' noncompete contracts expire, they plan to start a new open-access journal to be called Glossa.
Expanding public access to the results of federally funded research
22 February 2013 - The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum calling for Open Access to federally funded research and better research data management resulting from federally funded scientific research
Open Access "sting" reveals deception, missed opportunities
From the Scholarly Kitchen blog, 4 October 2013 - a response to the Bohannon study on Open Access journals appearing in Science magazine on the same date.
Open Access papers "gain more traffic and citations"
30 July 2014 - The Times (London) Higher Education Supplement reports on a study that analyzed web traffic to more than 700 articles published in the science journal, Nature Communications, a hybrid OA journal.
Press Release: Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
Press release from the Open Society Foundations from 12 September 2012. The Open Society Foundations issued the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2001, one of the earliest declarations defining and support Open Access to scholarship.
Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
19 December 2013 - Proposes criteria for best practices and openness among scholarly journal publishers in order to separate legitimate journals and publishers from a new crop of predatory ones.
Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers
24 February 2014 - Reports on how the publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.
Secretary's Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions by Discretionary Grant Programs (U.S. Department of Education)
24 June 2014 - the U.S. Department of Education announces support for Open Educational Resources (OER) to improve and enhance department-wide priorities
Statement regarding the Suspension of Springer's Membership in OASPA
7 April 2014 - From the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA). Reports on Springer being placed under review by OASPA due to questions over peer review and the publishing of fake articles.
U.S. Energy Department to make researchers' papers free
4 August 2014 - From the Science Insider, a report on how the U.S. Dept. of Energy plans to increase public access to the research it finances
University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it
22 August 2014 Guardian - a think piece by Erin McKiernan, a researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience and an OA advocate.
Who's Afraid of Peer Review?
From Science magazine, 4 October 2013 - "A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals." See additional links for criticism of this study.
WHO policy on Open Access
1 July 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) announces a new policy that requires articles authored or co-authored by WHO staff to be published in OA or OA-friendly journals.
Why Open Access is the next frontier for science
16 June 2014 - A radio feature from the Australian Broadcasting Commission by Tom Cochrane, a University of Queensland researcher and advocate "for a new system of distributing knowledge"
Sources for OA News
Chronicle of Higher Education
In its blogs, news articles, and opinion pieces, the Chronicle of Higher Education regularly features articles on Open Access, Open Data, and scholarly publishing and communication.
EIFL - Recent News
EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Europe that works with libraries to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries.
The official blog of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA), of which Pitt's E-Journal Publishing program is a member.
Open Access Now
Compiles and selects news and research about Open Access, scholarly publishing, and scholarly writing
Open and Shut?
Writer and OA advocate Richard Poynder's blog, featuring opinion pieces, news, and interviews with leading Open Access actors
The Scholarly Kitchen
"What's Hot and What's Cooking in Scholarly Publishing" - the scholarly publishing and communication blog of the Society of Scholarly Publishers.
SPARC (Europe) - Global News
Offers international perspective and news on Open Access and scholarly publishing and communication issues.
SPARC (North America) - News & Media
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Interests include Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.