New OA Meeting in 2012

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has just announced that it will host a new North American meeting on Open Access in March 2012. This will be an expansion of the already successful biennial SPARC meeting on digital repositories.
From the press release:
“There is a clear need for a regular, North American event where the community can get together and discuss all aspects of the burgeoning Open Access movement,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC.
The SPARC 2012 Open Access meeting will be held March 11-13 at the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel. Further details will be available on the SPARC Web site this fall.

Berlin 9 Open Access Conference in Washington DC this Year

The Berlin Open Access Conference Series will be held in North America for the first time this year! The conference will take place in Washington DC November 9-10, 2011.
Some background from the conference website:
“In 2003, a landmark meeting organized by the Max Planck Society and the European Cultural Heritage Online project brought together international experts with the aim of developing a new web-based research environment using the Open Access paradigm as a mechanism for having scientific knowledge and cultural heritage accessible worldwide.
As a result of the meeting, leading international research, scientific, and cultural institutions issued and signed The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, a document that outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge.”
“In order to support continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration, as well to track progress on their implementation, the original signatories agreed to support regular follow-up meetings. As a result, Berlin Open Access conferences have been convened annually since 2004. The conference series now takes place in locations around the world; to date Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, and – most recently – China – have hosted this prestigious gathering.”

Look for Open Access Journals at DOAJ

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the first place to search for Open Access journals by subject area or title. DOAJ is a quality controlled list – if you are wondering about the quality or legitimacy of an OA journal check to see if it is listed in the DOAJ.
“The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.”
Recent milestones:
The DOAJ now has over 6400 OA journals listed, from more than 100 countries, and in more than 50 languages! And they have just launched a new search interface – go check it out:
And, as always, if you want to learn more about Open Access please visit the Open Access LibGuide.

3rd Anniversary of the NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central. (The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has a similar policy adopted January 1, 2008).
Reposting from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access Website:
“…April 7, 2011 will mark the 3rd Anniversary of the implementation of the policy opening up access to articles reporting on the results of NIH-funded research. The policy has shown tremendous signs of success. PubMed Central now contains more than 2 million full text articles reporting on the latest NIH-funded research, and nearly a *half a million* individuals access these articles each day.”
Heather Joseph, Executive Director at SPARC, is collecting stories on what your experience has been like with this policy. You can send stories directly to her: heather [at] arl [dot] org.

OA Journal now Largest Journal in World

PLoS ONE, an interactive open access journal for scientific and medical research, is now the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world (by number of published articles per year). See Heather Morrison’s charts comparing PLoS ONE (6,749 articles) to the next largest titles PHYS REV B (5782 articles) and APPL PHYS LETT (5449 articles).
As Peter Suber points out in this month’s SPARC Open Access Newsletter:
“Size isn’t quality. But a reputation for low quality would deter author submissions and function as a limit on size. When PLoS ONE launched in late 2006 and announced that it would review submissions for methodological soundness and rigor, but not for significance and impact, many OA skeptics and TA publishers predicted that it would become a warehouse for low quality. But that’s not what happened, in part because reviewing for soundness and rigor is a barrier against low quality. In fact, something else happened instead. Not only did PLoS ONE attract voluminous submissions, including breakthrough submissions. It attracted imitators from other publishers.”

2010 OA Summaries

It seems 2010 was great year for Open Access! Heather Morrison lists numerous stats for the year on her Dramatic Growth of Open Access blog entry, and states that “2010 was the strongest year for open access growth so far.”
Peter Suber has also released his comprehensive summary of Open Access in 2010 in the SPARC OA Newsletter #153. It is extensive, so if you want just the “highlights of the highlights” scroll down to section 10!

Open Access Week Wrap Up

SPARC has issued their synopsis of the 4th international Open Access Week:
“The largest, most successful International Open Access Week yet has just come to a close. With just under 900 participants in 94 countries, this year’s event was no less than three times larger than it was just a year ago. Hundreds of videos, photos, blog posts, and more were released to promote and highlight the benefits of Open Access to research and take the conversation even more deeply into the research community – and they absolutely did.”
Read the rest of the SPARC blog entry HERE.

Open Families in Science

In celebration of Open Access Week (October 18-24), SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is showcasing the stories of two exceptional families who have embraced Open Access as a value and have advanced their own work – though not always without reservations. The personal stories of brothers Jonathan and Michael Eisen (both evolutionary biologists), along with Neil Buckholtz and his son, Josh (neuroscientists), grappling with the pros and cons of Open Access are now profiled on the SPARC Web site: