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 nature.com.

The re-use permissions apply to author manuscripts, of articles published in NPG's journals, which have been archived in PubMed Central, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) and other institutional and subject repositories.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