Friday, 20 November 2009

Open Access uptake prompts 9% price reduction for The EMBO Journal and EMBO Reports

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) have announced that the prices for site licence access to The EMBO Journal and EMBO reports will be reduced by 9% in 2010, reflecting the increased publication of Open Access content in 2008.

Only last month (October 2009) the Wellcome Trust called for greater transparency among publishers to counter the argument that access fees are being paid twice - once through subscriptions and again through publication fees.

This decision by EMBO/NPG to reduce subscription is clearly a step in the right direction, though in the interests of transparency it would be useful if publishers - as a first step - disclosed what proportion of their content was routed through the author-pays model.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

PMC Canada

PubMed Central Canada is now live.

PMC Canada is a partnership between the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM)

PMC Canada is the second PMC International site to be established.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

European Respiratory Journal - self-archiving option

The European Respiratory Society, publishers of the European Respiratory Journal, have confirmed that they will shortly be amending their instructions to authors to add that Wellcome Trust (or other members of the UK PMC Funders Group) will be permitted to deposit a copy of the final, peer-reviewed author-supplied manuscript (before copy-editing and publication) in PMC 6 months from publication in a print issue.

This self-archiving option is compliant with the policies of all the UKPMC Funders.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Endocrine Society's open access option

The Endocrine Society - who publish titles such as the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Endocrinology - have developed an open access option for Wellcome Trust funded authors.

"The Endocrine Society will offer authors supported by the Wellcome Trust the option of meeting the publication requirements of the Trust by paying for an open access option. The cost to authors would be $3,000. Upon receipt of payment, the final print version will be deposited in PMC for immediate open access. These articles will be licensed using the Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-commercial license 2.0. " Further information is available from the Instruction to Author's page.

Currently this option is only available to Wellcome Trust funded researchers.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Wellcome Trust calls for greater transparency from journals on open access publishing costs

As Open Access Week 2009 gets underway, the Wellcome Trust has called for greater transparency among publishers to counter the argument that access fees are being paid twice - once through subscriptions and again through publication fees.

The call comes as the Trust announces a further £2 million to fund open access publication fees for its researchers over the next 12 months. The funds are part of the ongoing commitment to ensuring that the results of all Trust-funded research are made freely available online.

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, comments: "We are deeply committed to ensuring that research outputs are accessible to the widest possible audience. We are committing £2 million over the next year to support our researchers to make this happen and will be working closely with other funders, publishers and the research community towards this aim."

Since 2005, the Wellcome Trust has made it a condition of funding that researchers are required to make any Trust-funded publications available within six months through UK PubMed Central (UKPMC), the UK's life sciences online archive. The Trust will meet publication costs where the publisher agrees to make articles freely available through UKPMC at the time of publication and to license these works in a way that facilitates re-use, subject to proper attribution.

In recent months, however, concern has been expressed by the research community that publishers are using open access fees as an additional revenue stream without making a concerted effort to adapt their business models. In other words, access fees are being paid twice, through subscriptions and through publication fees.

"We would like to see a commitment from publishers to show the uptake of their open access option and to adjust their subscription rates to reflect increases in income from open access fees," says Sir Mark. "Some publishers, for example Oxford University Press, have already done this and we would like to see all publishers behave the same way."

Thursday, 15 October 2009

British Journal of Cancer -- new licence for OA content

The British Journal of Cancer - owned by Cancer Research UK (CR-UK) - has chosen to implement the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence for articles published under the BJC OPEN initiative.

This licence permits distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. The licence does not permit commercial exploitation without specific permission.
This licence meets the requirements of the Wellcome Trust and the funders in the UKPMC Funders Group.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Open Access and Funder Mandates workshop

The Wellcome Trust, on behalf of the UKPMC Funders’ Group, held a workshop on the 24th Spetember, for HEI repository managers and research/open access administrators, to discuss the issues involved in ensuring that funder open access mandates are met.

The workshop was split into two sessions. The morning session focussed on the practical aspects of supporting funder mandates, including discussions around the administration and funding of author-pays charges. The afternoon session provided an opportunity for attendees to preview some of the new developments to the UKPMC service - including grant reporting functionality and the UKPMC beta website.

The overriding aim of the day was to establish a joint action plan to ensure that institutions, responsible for administering the requirements of the funder OA mandates, have the full support that they need to do the tasks involved effectively.

Workshop disucssion groups were lively and generated many ideas for actions around the main themes of monitoring compliance, messages for publishers, communicating with researchers and managing payments. These outputs will be used by the Funders' Group to produce a draft action plan - which will be circulated to delegates (and made available via this blog) by the end of October 2009.

The workshop presentations are available to view below.

UKPMC Funders' policies (Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust)

Case study: setting up an institutional fund (Bill Hubbard, University of Nottingham)

Managing OA payments: experience from the front line (Chad Pillinger, University of Cambridge)

Defining an action plan (Nicola Perrin, Wellcome Trust)

'My UKPMC': new grant reporting services (Alison Henning, Wellcome Trust)

UK PubMed Central Overview (Paul Davey and Ernie Ong, British Library)

Publisher policies and RoMEO (Bill Hubbard, Univeristy of Nottingham)

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

OASPA conference

The first Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) conference took place in Lund between the 14-16th September 2009. The full set of presentations will be made available from the conference site within the next week or so.

Robert Kiley, from the Wellcome Trust, spoke about the Trust's open access policy, grantee compliance with the OA mandate, and what steps needed to be taken to achieve full OA for all Trust funded research papers. A copy of this presentation is provided below.

OA Wellcome Lund Sept09

Thursday, 17 September 2009

British Jounal of Cancer - archive now available in UKPMC

The full archive (1947 to date) of the British Journal of Cancer -published by NPG on behalf of Cancer Research UK - is now available in UKPMC. Current content is embargoed for 12 months, though articles routed through BJC Open are made available at the time of publication.

The archive was digitised through the Wellcome Trust/JISC/NLM Medical Journals Backfiles Project.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

PMC Canada -- will launch in Autumn 2009

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced a three-way partnership to establish PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada).

"PMC Canada is a powerful tool that will help researchers build upon one another's work and speed up the discovery and innovation process to address important health challenges," says Dr. Ian Graham, Vice-President of Knowledge Translation at CIHR. "It will provide quick and easy access to a much broader audience, increasing the value and application of CIHR-funded research."

PMC Canada builds on the successful PubMed Central (PMC) archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine and will join UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) as a member of the broader PMC International network. This network enables national versions of PMC to share content, and will make much of PubMed Central and UKPMC content accessible through PMC Canada.

The initial release of PMC Canada, to be available in fall 2009, will include a basic bilingual interface, a manuscript submission system for CIHR researchers and a bilingual help desk. An advisory committee of Canadian health researchers and other stakeholders will guide PMC Canada's future development.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

American Association for Cancer Research - Manuscript deposition service

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) - publishers of journals such as Cancer Research and Molecular Cancer Research - have announced the launch of their manuscript deposition service.

Designed to assist journal authors in meeting their funders' archiving mandates, authors of articles published in AACR journals can elect to have the AACR deposit their accepted manuscripts to PubMed Central or UK PubMed Central, thereby meeting the archiving requirements of the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.

For authors that choose to take advantage of this service, AACR will upload the accepted version of the manuscript to the repository upon acceptance, with a release date of twelve months (for National Institutes of Health) or six months (for Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council) post-publication.

No fee is charged for this service.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Five minutes of your time to help us: take part in UK PubMed Central images survey

UK PubMed Central development partners at the British Library invite life sciences researchers to take part in a short survey on images (takes no more than five minutes). The British Library project team, which manages development activities for UKPMC, and is specifically tasked with identifying additional, hard to find content to add to UKPMC, is keen to understand what types of images researchers would find useful for potential inclusion in the repository.

Take part in the UKPMC images survey

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Nature Publishing Group allows data- and text-mining on self-archived manuscripts

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) have announced the development of a licence that will explicitly permit academic reuse of archived author manuscripts.

"NPG supports reuse for academic purposes of the content we publish. We want the excellent research that we publish to help further discovery, and recognize that data-mining and text-mining are important aspects of that," said David Hoole, Head of Content Licensing David Hoole.

Under NPG's terms of reuse, users may view, print, copy, download and text and data-mine the content for the purposes of academic research. Re-use should only be for academic purposes, commercial reuse is not permitted. Full conditions are available on

The re-use permissions apply to author manuscripts, of articles published in NPG's journals, which have been archived in PubMed Central, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) and other institutional and subject repositories. The terms were developed in consultation with the Wellcome Trust, the leading biomedical research charity.

As a result, the full text and metadata of these NPG author manuscripts will form part of the UKPMC Open Access subset of articles. "The Wellcome Trust was keen to expand the Open Access articles available on UKPMC," continued Hoole. "We wanted to clarify the copyrights and terms of reuse for archived content, so that we could offer NPG author manuscripts for the UKPMC Open Access subset."

"The Wellcome Trust is supportive of NPG's efforts to make archived content more reusable," said Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust. "This is an important development because it shows that reuse can be facilitated, independent of business model, for text-mining and academic research."

These articles will be accessible via the UK PubMed Central OAI service (UKPMC-OAI), an implementation of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). NPG's re-use terms will be included in the metadata of these archived manuscripts.

This development is the next step in NPG's support for self-archiving. NPG's License to Publish encourages authors of original research articles to self-archive the accepted version of their manuscript, for public access six months after publication.

Forty-three journals published by NPG offer a free Manuscript Deposition Service to help authors fulfil funder and institutional mandates for public access. NPG's Manuscript Deposition Service will deposit authors' accepted manuscripts with PMC and UK PubMed Central (UKPMC).

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

American Society of Hemtaology implements Wellcome-compliant author pays option

The American Society of Hematology - publishers of the journal Blood - have developed a Wellcome-compliant author-pays option.

In return for a fee ($2000), ASH will deposit the final version of Wellcome-funded articles directly into PMC, where they will be made freely available at the time of publication. Further, special licensing language has been drafted to allow end-users of Wellcome-funded articles unrestricted access to these articles. All articles are mirrored to UK PubMed Central (UKPMC).

In order for ASH to deliver these articles to PMC, Wellcome funded authors must acknowledge explicitly in the text (i.e., Acknowledgement section of the article) of their research article that:

(a) the research in the article they authored was funded by Wellcome Trust
(b) their institutional affiliation with Wellcome Trust

Authors can find out more information about funded research access options for Blood during the manuscript submission process.

Currently, the special licencing language only applies to researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Other funding organisations who wish their author-pays articles to be licensed in the say way should contact Blood.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Am J Hygiene and Tropical Medicine clarifies author pays option

For authors who select the OA option (at a cost of $2500) the journal office will deposit the final version directly in PubMed Central and it will be made freely available at the time of publication.

These articles will be licensed using the Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-commercial license, which permits others to use, reproduce, disseminate, or display the open access version of this article for non-commercial purposes provided that the original authorship is properly and fully attributed.

This policy is fully compliant with the requirements of all the UKPMC funders.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Journals compliant with Wellcome mandate

At a poster session at the Open Repositories Conference 2009, Peter Millington (Technical Development Officer st Sherpa) presented data on the number of publishers/journals used by Wellcome-funded authors that offered a Wellcome-compliant OA publishing policy.

Taking a cohort of 3766 papers published in 901 different journals, Millington shows that potential compliance increased from 70% in 2006 to 87% in 2009. (i.e. 87% of articles were published in journals that had a Wellcome-compliant OA policy).

Millinton's analysis is based on a fixed cohort of papers, published in 2006. Analysis undertaken by the Wellcome on more recent publications (see Funder manadate presentation, slide 14) shows a potential compliance of around 95%, with actual compliance hovering around 35%.

To help Wellcome-funded authors determine the OA publishing policy of the most popular journals used by Wellcome-funded authors the Trust has produced a simple A-Z journal list. This list provides advice – at the journal title level – on how best to comply with the Trust’s open access requirements in a way that also meets the journals’ publishing policy.

As a result of the mandates

This presentation (to run, see below), given at the Research Information Network / Repositories Support Project event on May 29th, 2009, includes some interesting facts and figures about UK PubMed Central as well as a providing a brief outline of some of the development activities being undertaken by the British Library and partners Mimas, the European Bioinformatics Institute and NaCTeM

As a result of the mandates

Friday, 29 May 2009

Funder mandates

Presentation given at the RIN/RSP conference Research in the Open: how mandates work in practice on the 29th May 2009.

The presentation looks at a number of funder open access mandates, with special reference to the Wellcome Trust's policy and its implementation. The presentation also considers the author-pays model and provides data on the level of compliance with the Wellcome Trust OA mandate.

Posted on behalf of Robert Kiley

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Royal Society OA pricing model changed

The Royal Society have announced a change in the pricing structure for its author-pays, open access model, known as EXiS Open Choice.

Responding to author feedback, EXiS fees will now be based on a per-article rate, rather than a per-page rate.

There are now two article rates:

Full research articles and reviews are priced at £2,600 ($4,420).

Shorter format articles are priced at the lower rate of £1,500 ($2,550).

Articles published under this model are automatically deposited in PubMed Central (and mirrored to UKPMC) and made available at the time of publication. These articles are licenced using the Creative Commons Attribution, Noncommercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and this use is for non-commercial purposes.

New UKPMC Grant Reporting services – including citation data – now available

Users of the UK PubMed Central Manuscript Submission System (UKMSS) are now able to use a new service - 'My UKPMC' - to report on the outcomes of any grant funded by any one of the UKPMC Funders' Group member organisations. Grantholders can export these grant reports not only in standard .csv and xml formats but also as publicly available web pages, which will update dynamically whenever a new publication is added to either PubMed or UK PubMed Central.

The service also provides grantholders with a “My Impact” report which shows the number of citations each paper has attracted. The citation count data – again updated dynamically so that it always shows the most up-to-date data – is provided by Thompson/Reuters Web of Knowledge (WoK). Users who have full access to the WoK service will be able to see details of the citing articles.

Over time we hope to provide additional metrics from other organisations, along with data such as number of downloads from the UKPMC repository.

Grant reporting using ‘My UKPMC’ : a step-by-step guide [PDF 8MB]

Any questions or comments? Contact the UKPMC Helpdesk by email at or by phone on 01937 546699.

Monday, 18 May 2009

ASBMB - join PMC and UKPMC

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) - publishers of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), Molecular and Cellular Proteomics (MCP) and the Journal of Lipid Research (JLR) have announced that they will make all their content freely available through the PMC and UKPMC repositories, with a 12-month embargo. [Previously ASBMB were only depositing NIH and "Author Choice" papers to PMC/UKPMC.]

Researchers funded by any of UKPMC Funders should continue to make use of the ASBMB "Author Choice" option. On selecting this option, papers are made available at PMC/UKPMC at the time of publication (no embargo), and are licenced using the Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC). This licence allows uses to copy, distribute and transmit and adapt the work, subject to attribution and that it is undertaken for non-commercial purposes.

Author Choice papers are also included in the PMC OAI set, which allows users to download and harvest the content in XML format (e.g. see a recent JBC article in html and XML).

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Society for Neuroscience offer manuscript deposition service

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) - publishers of the Journal of Neuroscience - now offer a manuscript deposition service for Wellcome Trust funded researchers.

Under this option, the Society will deposit the final author manuscript (i.e. the version that includes all changes that were approved following the peer review process) in UKPMC, where it will be made freely available six months after publication.

No fee is charged for this service.

This service is currently limited to researchers funded by NIH, HHMI and the Wellcome Trust.

Further information is available at the SfN web site.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

American Psychological Association develops Wellcome-compliant OA option

The American Psychological Association (APA) - publisher of titles such as Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Psychological Bulletin - have developed a Wellcome-Trust compliant author-pays model.

In return for paying an OA fee ($4000) APA will deposit on behalf of the author, the final, published version directly into PMC, where it will be mirrored to UKPMC.

Such papers will be licenced such that anyone may "access, download, copy, display, and redistribute this article or manuscript as well as adapt, translate, or data and text mine the content contained in this document", as long as this is done for non-commercial purposes, and proper attribution is given.

Upon submission to an APA journal, Wellcome-funded authors will be asked to identify their manuscript as being Wellcome Trust funded. If the papers is accepted for publication, Wellcome funded authors should complete this form (pdf) to ensure that APA journals will deposit the manuscript in PMC.

As of April 2009, this author-pays option is only available to Wellcome-funded researchers.

Friday, 24 April 2009

RCUK - further support for open access

Research Councils UK (RCUK) have published an independent study commissioned by the Research Councils into open access to research outputs.

The purpose of the study was to identify the effects and impacts of open access on publishing models and institutional repositories in light of national and international trends. This included the impact of open access on the quality and efficiency of scholarly outputs, specifically journal articles. The report presents options for the Research Councils to consider, such as maintaining the current variation in Research Councils’ mandates, or moving towards increased open access, eventually leading to Gold Standard.
Welcoming the study, Professor Ian Diamond, Chair of the RCUK Executive Group said: "This excellent study sets out a way forward for the UK Research Councils in relation to open access, building on the extensive activities already supported through repositories such as UK PubMed Central and ESRC Society Today. The Research Councils look forward to working with their partners across the research community to consider the options."
In response to the study, the Chief Executives of the Research Councils have agreed that over time the UK Research Councils will support increased open access, by:
  • building on their mandates on grant-holders to deposit research papers in suitable repositories within an agreed time period, and;
  • extending their support for publishing in open access journals, including through the pay-to-publish model.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Resources for researchers now on UK PubMed Central website

There is now a ' Resources and Media ' section on the UK PubMed Central website. So far this includes:

Focus group highlights - 2 minute streaming video
In late February members of the UK PubMed Central project team ran a focus group at the University of Oxford. 18 PubMed Central users attended, including researchers, technologists and librarians working within the biomedical and health communities. You can view a short two minute video which provides a quick insight into how we conducted the focus group and favourable comments from those that attended. Get in touch (email ) if you would like information about future events, workshops and focus groups - at this stage we particularly want to engage with researchers - the views and comments of this target audience is vital to help feed into our development activities.

Vital information for biomedical or health researchers
Are you a researcher with a grant awarded by any of the UK PubMed Central funding organisations? If so, download and scrutinise the latest UK PubMed Central promotional leaflet. As well as containing vital information for you, it also includes a very brief overview of our development activities.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) [update]

Following a previous posting on the topic of JoVE, I am pleased to report that the publisher has developed a Wellcome Trust /UKPMC Funders Group-compliant, open access option.

"For articles published under Open Access, JoVE applies the Creative Common Attribution-Noncommercial license . Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, distribute, and/or copy articles for non-commercial purposes, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers. "

The OA option at JoVE costs $2000 per video (if it is made without the help
of the JoVE video-production services) and $3000 per video, if JoVE video production services are required.

The Open Access articles are made freely available in PubMed Central and UK PubMed Central immediately after publication.

Further details are available at the JoVE site.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Add a UKPMC search box to your browser toolbar

Simply click this button to add the UKPMC search plugin to your browser search toolbar.

Supported by Firefox 2+ and Internet Explorer 7 only.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

The announcement that the Journal of Visualized Experiments - JoVE - has moved from an open access model, to a subscription-based model, has attracted much comment in the blogosphere, as can be seen from the postings at the Nature Network, and the Scholarly Kitchen blogs.

As a consequence of moving to a subscription service, content from JoVE at PMC and UKPMC is now embargoed for two years.

Conscious that this change in policy means that no researcher funded by any of the UKPMC Funders can seek publication in this journal - the maximum permissible embargo set by these funders is 6 months - the Wellcome Trust has spoken with JoVE's Editor-in-Chief to determine whether any alternative publishing options are available.

Though the details have not yet been fully worked out, it seems likely that JoVE will offer a "Wellcome-compliant" author-pays, open access option.

A Wellcome-compliant, author-pays, OA option, is one where the publisher deposits the final version of the paper (or video in this case) directly in PMC, and attaches a licence to the paper (video) which allows others to re-use this content. Publishers may impose conditions on users in relation to attribution (i.e. users must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor) and commercial use (i.e. specify that the work must not be used for commercial purposes).

When the details of the OA, author-pays option have been determined, this blog post will be updated.

Friday, 3 April 2009

UKPMC Twitter feed available

UK PubMed Central is on Twitter at - for now just tweeting blog posts and links to UKPMC Funders' Group-funded articles as they become available in UKPMC.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Open access licence: researcher opinion sought

A learned society has offered the Wellcome Trust an open access, author pays option for researchers who seek publication in their journal. However, the licence they wish to attach to these articles is more restrictive than the Trust would normally require when paying an OA fee.

The purpose of this posting is to seek opinion from the research community on whether these restrictions will, in any way, limit a researchers ability to re-use this content.

Summary of relevant licence conditions

The relevant section of the licence is shown below, in italics

PMC or UKPMC mirror site users may access, download, copy, display and redistribute articles, as well as text and data mine content in articles for non-commercial purposes only, subject to the following conditions:
  • In the case of text-mining, User may incorporate individual words, concepts and quotes up to 100 words per matching sentence, whereas longer paragraphs of text and images cannot be used.

  • Users may not create derivative works (as defined in the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.) based upon the documents.
The Wellcome Trust is seeking input from the research community to help determine:

A) Whether such a licence would impact on your ability to re-use and re-purpose this open access content.

B) If so, please give some examples of research activities that would be limited by this licence.

If you would like to respond to this issue, please use the comment function below or send an email to r dot kiley at wellcome dot ac dot uk.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Paying for OA publication charges - new report

The Research Information Network and Universities UK have produced a guide [PDF] to provide advice on paying open access publication charges.

Recommendations are made for each of the key players involved in the scholarly communication chain - higher education institutions, publishers, funder and authors. With regard to authors (researchers) the report makes the following recommendations:
  • authors should make use of services such as the Directory of Open Access Journals, and consider the options for publishing their results in such journals.

  • authors should familiarise themselves with their funders’ policies and requirements, with the options and the arrangements available to them in their institutions for meeting the costs of publication in open access and hybrid journals and with the administrative arrangements to apply for such funds.

  • authors should ensure that they have access to the funds necessary to meet the publication fee, before they submit articles for open access publication.
The report has attracted a number of comments from the open access community, including Peter Suber and Stevan Harnad.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

ACS Open Choice articles - now in PMC and UKPMC

Papers published by the American Chemical Society (ACS) under their Open Choice option are now available in PMC and UKPMC. Currently around 110 papers - drawn from 20 ACS journal titles - are now freely available. These papers can be found by running the following search on UKPMC:

ACS Author Choice [filter]

All future papers published under this model will be made available through these repositories at the time of publication.

ACS Open Choice articles are fully open access in the sense that the licence [PDF link] allows users - for non-commercial research and education purposes - to "access, download, copy, display and redistribute articles as well as adapt, translate text and data mine the content...."

This model meets the requirements of the Wellcome Trust - and the other funders in the UKPMC Funders Group.

Monday, 23 March 2009

UK PubMed Central - enabling easier reporting on the outcomes of grants

Users of the UK PubMed Central Manuscript Submission System (UKMSS) will soon be able to use a new service - 'My UKPMC' - to report on the outcomes of any grant funded by any one of the UKPMC Funders' Group member organisations. Grantholders will be able to export these grant reports not only in standard .csv and xml formats but also as publicly available web pages, which will update dynamically whenever a new publication is added to either PubMed or UK PubMed Central.

In advance of 'My UKPMC' going live - at the end of April 2009 - grantholders are able to use the current grants reporting service on UKMSS to link their publications with any existing grants awarded by UKPMC Funders' Group members. The step-by-step guide below shows how to do this.

Grant Reporting using UK PubMed Central – step by step guide [PDF 5MB]

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Finding funder attributed papers in UKPMC

Each of the eight funders associated with UKPMC has a Funders Home Page from which you can find all papers in UKPMC which are associated with any of these funding bodies.

In addition to be able to view these full-text articles, the article metadata can be exported in csv or xml. This metadata can also be sorted in various ways (author, title, date) and it is possible to limit the output to author manuscripts or publisher depositions.

As of today (19th March 2009) there are 5725 Wellcome-funded papers in UKPMC, of which 4289 (81%) are publisher, final-version articles.

The links here show all the papers in UKPMC associated with the Wellcome Trust, and those which have been added to UKPMC within the last 30 days.

Friday, 13 March 2009

First U.S. public access policy made permanent

As reported by Jennifer McLennan (Association of Research Libraries) on the SPARC-OpenData mailing list:

2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act ensures NIH public access policy will persist

Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2009 – President Obama yesterday signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National Institutes’ of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy permanent. The NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine’s online archive, PubMed Central (PMC). Full texts of the articles are made publicly available and searchable online in PMC no later than 12 months after publication in a journal.

The NIH policy was previously implemented with a provision that was subject to annual renewal. Since the implementation of the revised policy the percentage of eligible manuscripts deposited into PMC has increased significantly, with over 3,000 new manuscripts being deposited each month. The PubMed Central database is a part of a valuable set of public database resources at the NIH, which are accessed by more than 2 million users each day.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Bulletin of the History of Medicine: author-pays articles now in PMC

Papers published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, for which an author-pays fee has been paid, are now flowing directly in PMC. These papers should be mirrored to UKPMC within the next 24 hours.

Monday, 9 March 2009

American Thoracic Society develops a compliant OA policy

The American Thoracic Society - publishers of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society - have modified their Open Access policy such that it is now fully compliant with the open access grant conditions developed by the UKPMC Funders.

ATS have agreed to deposit (on behalf of the author) final version papers directly into PMC, where they will be made freely available 6 months after publication. This policy applies to papers that have been accepted for publication in any ATS journal that has been funded by any of the UKPMC Funders.

To take advantage of this service, authors funded by any UKPMC Funders simply need to indicate their funding source on the ATS Copyright Form and provide the grant number and contact name on the title page of the manuscript.

Papers deposited under this policy are automatically mirrored to UKPMC.

This policy took effect in January 2009 and applies retrospectively to eligible articles published from June 2008.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Developing UKPMC

The British Library - who, in collaboration with MIMAS, and EBI are responsible for managing the UKPMC service on behalf of the UKPMC Funders Group - have been busy over the last few weeks running workshops and other events to begin the task of alerting the life sciences research community (and soliciting their input) to the developments which will come online at UKPMC over the next nine months.

You can read a summary of these planned developments at the UKPMC site or, for a more independent view, see the recent posting by Frank Norman (Librarian at the National Institute of Medical Research) and Branwen Hide's comments on the Research Information Network (RIN) blog.

Open access option now available on European Journal of Human Genetics

Authors publishing research in European Journal of Human Genetics (EJHG) can now opt to make their articles open access.

Read the full press release from Nature Publishing Group.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Company of Biologists and UKPMC

The Company of Biologists (COB) - publishers of Development and Journal of Cell Science - has announced a new policy in which papers published by researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust or the Medical Research Council will be automatically deposited in PMC (and mirrored to UKPMC).

The Company of Biologists will deposit the final version of all Wellcome Trust / MRC funded articles, and make these available within 6-months of publication. No fee is levied for this service.

The COB also offer an author-pays option, in which papers are made available with no embargo. The Wellcome Trust is currently in negotiations with the COB to determine whether these articles will be licenced in ways which meets the requirements of the Wellcome Trust.

When more information is available, I'll post details in this blog.

**Update: 6th March 2009.
The COB has confirmed that the deposition policy applies to all funders who mandate deposition in PubMed Central.

COB will deposit UKPMC funder-attributed papers (e.g. Wellcome, MRC, BHF, CR-UK etc.) at PMC and allow these to be mirrored to UKPMC.

UK PubMed Central Blog - welcome

UK PubMed Central(UKPMC) is the the UK's online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed research publications in the life sciences.

This blog has been created as a way of alerting researchers to:
  • new service developments at UK PubMed Central
  • changes to publisher policies in terms of open access and self-archiving
  • relevant news from the open access (OA) blogosphere
If there are any issues you would like to see discussed on this blog - or if you have any questions you have about UKPMC, or open access in general - then please post a comment on this blog.

Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust