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.