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Unlocking chemistry: it’s time to make the subject as open as bioscience

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge, in a blog on the Guardian Higher Education Network, says: “Now that millions of patented compounds are open information, chemistry has a chance to catch up.”

“The conventional business model for chemical information has been to collect it, enhance it, then charge for access. This started with the visionary Friedrich Konrad Beilstein who founded the famous Handbuch der organischen Chemie (Handbook of Organic Chemistry). The first edition, published in 1881, covered 1,500 compounds in 2,200 pages.” 

“Now there are tens of millions of compounds electronically abstracted from research literature in great detail, but most are behind paywalls. The closed access model increasingly frustrates the community. In the internet era, citizens – not just practising scientists – want to develop new ways of using information: mashups, linked data, apps, new displays and more.” 

To read more, go to:

[Source Guardian Higher Education Network as above]

E-conservation magazine becomes e-conservation journal

Monday, December 9th, 2013

“E-conservation magazine, which has been in operation since 2007 as an online, open-access, magazine dealing with conservation issues, has recently made the move to a more formal scientific journal, in partnership with Laboratorio Hercules at the University of Evora, Portugal.”

“The first issue of e-conservation journal (issue 1, autumn 2013) has just been released, and is available to download at the following link:

[Source heritage Portal: ]

First Wellcome Trust open access book charts the increase in serious fungal disease in Britain and the USA

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000, written by Dr Aya Homei and Professor Michael Worboys from the University of Manchester, is the first research monograph to be made open access under an extension of the Wellcome Trust’s open access policy. The book is also the first open access book from academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan.”

“The book charts the history of fungal infections over the course of last century. It examines how some types of infection – for example, invasive aspergillosis and systemic candidiasis – became more prevalent and serious.”

“The authors highlight that these infections mostly affect people who have benefited from medical advances, such as antibiotic treatment and transplantation, and those with conditions affecting immunity. By contrast, minor, chronic and mostly external fungal infections (e.g. ringworm and athlete’s foot) have remained common, but better controlled by antifungal medication.”

Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850-2000 is published by Palgrave Macmillan under a CC-BY license and is now available for free in all main digital formats, via Palgrave Connect and major online retailers.”

To access the book go to:

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

Implementing the recommendations of the Finch report

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: A Review of Progress in Implementing the Recommendations of the Finch Report

“The Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings – the Finch Group – has [as its final act] published a review of progress in implementing the recommendations of its original Report which was published in June 2012. That original Report  – Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: how to expand access to research publications  – recommended a series of measures to accelerate and manage a transition to open access (OA) over an extended period that would be characterised by a mixed economy that would provide OA via a variety of routes, along with extensions to current licensing arrangements.”

“The review is based on a rigorous analysis of evidence from a wide range of sources. It finds that research funders, universities, libraries, learned societies and publishers have all made substantial moves to facilitate and promote the transition to the kind of mixed economy we advocated. The policy positions adopted by the Government, Research Councils UK, and the UK Funding Bodies – and the responses to those policies from universities, publishers and learned societies – mean that there is now real momentum behind the moves to OA across all parts of the scholarly communications system.”

To read the report go to:

[Source Research Information Network (RIN): ]

British Academy’s vice-president for publications discusses the challenges of open access policies

Monday, November 4th, 2013

“The British Academy [has announced] a new research project looking at the impact of open access policies on academic publishing, particularly focusing on humanities and social sciences (HSS). The research looks at three areas:

  • The half-lives of journals, discipline by discipline.
  • The degree to which different disciplines are involved in no-UK journal publishing, and the degree to which different countries are committed to moves towards open access in different disciplines.
  • The effect that different embargo periods would have on library acquisition policies.”

“The research is funded by HEFCE but independently managed by the Academy. The results of the research are expected to be available in early 2014, and will be used to inform Academy advice to HEFCE on how to pursue the implementation of open access in the post-2014 REF.”

“Professor Chris Wickham, [the British Academy’s] vice-president for publications, [also] discusses the challenges of open access policies in a new video:

[Source British Academy news: ]

Wellcome Library launches open access fund for Library users

Monday, November 4th, 2013

“The Wellcome Library [has] launched an open access fund to enable users to publish their papers, monographs and book chapters in open access form.”

“Anyone with peer-reviewed work accepted for publication that draws significantly on the Library’s collections is eligible, if they do not already have access to funds to make their publication open access.”

“The work of researchers who use the Wellcome Library collections is as diverse as the Library’s contents, which range from ancient Egyptian papyrus prescriptions to the latest digital biomedical images and together make up the one of the world’s most comprehensive resources for the history of health and medicine. Too often, however, authors simply do not have the means to share their research with the widest possible readership.”

“Publications made open access through this fund will be deposited in Europe PubMed Central, which receives 35 000 daily visitors. Open access research can be freely read by anyone, is disseminated further and is downloaded more frequently. By covering the publication costs, the Library will allow many researchers of the history of medicine to find new audiences for their work.”

“The Wellcome Library is part of the Wellcome Trust, which has required its grantholders to make their research papers open access since 2005. This policy has recently been widened to include monographs and book chapters. The Wellcome Library Open Access fund is a voluntary scheme that stems from the same set of ideals, extending the commitment of the Trust to open access and the free circulation of knowledge and ideas.”

[Source Wellcome Trust news: ]

UK Data Service supports Open Access Week

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Open Access Week “highlights the potential benefits of Open Access and Open Data, particularly as an important method of supporting and stimulating the knowledge economy.”

“The UK Data Service is involved in the movement toward Open Access in the data environment, providing a number of datasets without registration or authentication and plans to make more of its open licence data available as Open Access in the future.”

“Data currently available at the UK Data Service without registration or authentication include:

  • World Banks World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators openly available to all at UKDS.Stat
  • Unrestricted Access Teaching Datasets: ONS Opinions Survey, Well-Being Module, April 2011, Living Costs and Food Survey, 2010, Quarterly Labour Force Survey, January – March, 2011”

“In support of Open Access Week, the UK Data Service is adding an open access area to its website, intended to draw attention to data that is available to anyone without restriction.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

International Open Access Week, 21-27 October 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

“Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

“’Open Access’ to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.”

“Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.”

For further information about OA week go to:

[Source Open Access Week website as above]

In addition there is information about OA on the Library website at: and links to OA resources including  Directories of OA books and journals.

Announcing ALM Reports – a new tool for analyzing Article Impact

Friday, June 28th, 2013

“PLOS is a leader in transforming research communication through Open Access and we are also committed to improving the evaluation of research through Article Level Metrics (ALM) that measure impact at the article (not the journal) level.”

“We are delighted to announce the release of ALM Reports which allow you to view and download ALMs for any set of PLOS articles as well as summarize and visualize the data using charts that reveal patterns and trends for further discussion.”

“To find ALM that interest you, simply enter as many of the following search terms as you wish into the ALM Reports tool: author info; institution; funder; subject areas; date range; journal title or provide the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or PMID (PubMed ID). The resulting article list can be saved for future reference, instantly updated and shared on social media or email. We’ve also added some “best in class” categories of PLOS articles such as top cited and views, among others.”

To use the Reports Tool go to:

[Source PLOS blog: ]


Monday, June 10th, 2013

“PLOS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLOS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. It provides:

•Open-access—freely accessible online, authors retain copyright

•Fast publication times

•Peer review by expert, practicing researchers

•Post-publication tools to indicate quality and impact

•Community-based dialogue on articles

•Worldwide media coverage”

“PLOS ONE is published by PLOS, a nonprofit organization.”  It “features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between papers whether within or between disciplines.”

[Source PLOS One: ]

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