New Top-Tier OA BioMedical Journal Announced

In June three well-known research organizations, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, announced they intend to start a new top-tier open access biomedical and life sciences journal.
From the June 27, 2011 press release:
“All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge.
A team of highly regarded, experienced and actively practising scientists will ensure fair, swift and transparent editorial decisions followed by rapid online publication. The first issue of the journal, whose name has yet to be decided, is expected to be published in the summer of 2012.”

“The journal will be an open access journal: the entire content will be freely available for all to read, to reproduce and for unrestricted use. This open access system will also enhance opportunities to share content and to more directly engage the reader.”
And from the July 11, 2011 press release:
Randy Schekman, a distinguished cell biologist and the 14th editor of ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’, has been named the first editor of a new journal”

2011 SPARKY Award Winners Announced

The SPARKY Awards is a contest for students to create short videos explaining why the open exchange of information is important.
From the press release:
This year, the judges selected winners in three categories:
• BEST LIVE ACTION: Breaking News: Open Access Wave Sweeps World (, produced by Joshua Goodman (University of Pretoria).
• BEST ANIMATION: Free your Data (, produced by Nico Carver (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).
• BEST SPEECH: We’re In This Together (, produced by Paula Seligson (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill).
The organizers now invite students, faculty, librarians, and others on campus to weigh in for their favorite in the Sparky People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award highlights all of the 2011 entries. The winner will also receive an iPad, iPhone, or iPod plus a personalized award certificate. To vote, visit The deadline to vote for the People’s Choice Award is September 23, 2011.