In an article published today in The Guardian, Ian Sample, science correspondent writes “Harvard University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls….”
Click to watch the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GMIY_4t-DR0#!
MIT was the first institution to have a university-wide, faculty-driven open access policy, which was established in March 2009. Learn more about MIT’s efforts to promote open access in the video, MIT Faculty on Open Access. Professors Hal Abelson, Eric von Hippel, Richard Holton and JoAnne Yates speak about the scholarly publishing environment and the goals and impact of the Open Access Policy they helped put in place. Since the policy’s enactment, more than 4,000 articles by MIT authors have been added to the Open Access Articles Collection in DSpace@MIT, and the collection continues to grow.
“Through local, national and international collaboration exchange perspectives, expertise and resources with diverse communities. We embrace community engagement and encourage effective use of resources and contributes to the economic, cultural and social well-being of the people of BC and beyond.”
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The SPARC Innovator program is a new initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public. SPARC Innovators are featured on the SPARC Web site semi-annually.
Ventura R. Pérez launched an interdisciplinary open-access journal dedicated to the study of violence and the impact it has on society, Landscape of Violence (LoV). A biological anthropologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Pérez adopted an open-access model to share insights into the causes of violence directly with the communities affected, in addition to making the research available to scholars.
“One of the primary goals of this new journal is to create an inclusive platform designed to reach a broad audience including scientists, academics, policymakers, and the public. To that end, LoV is an open-access journal. Articles will be available to all on the internet, free of charge and without restriction. ”
In his inaugural issue (Vol1 Issue 1 article 1), Perez acknowledges Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, for championing efforts from the beginning to help make LoV an Open Access journal!
For his efforts, Pérez is honored as the first Innovator of 2011 by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
Read the Press Release here.